We are a team that strives to inspire a lifelong love of music in every student that comes through our doors.
At Highland Music Studio, our teachers:
- Have passion to inspire and motivate students of every age
- Work together as a team to continually improve upon our lessons and programs
- Are highly qualified with advanced degrees in music education and music performance
- Have many years of teaching experience with all ages
- Love the art of teaching music and changing lives every single day
Kaitlyn Davidson – owner, piano teacher & Music Together teacher
Hello there! I’m Kaitlyn and I am the piano teacher, Music Together teacher & founder of Highland Music Studio. Before living in Atlanta, I grew up in Macon, Georgia, a town known for its rich musical history – a place that put some soul into Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers and Little Richard, to name a few. I began piano lessons at age eight, with inspiration from my grandmother and great-grandmother, who were also piano teachers. By the time I graduated high school, I also learned other instruments such as clarinet, trumpet, guitar and ukulele.
I entered college on the Johns Hopkins Piano Scholarship and earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia studying Music Education and Piano Performance. I studied under concert pianists Edward Eikner, Gila Goldstein and Richard Zimdars. Since completion of my degree, I’ve been certified for ages K-12 in music as well as trained in the Music Together curriculum. I taught music classes for 3 years in public schools, which included elementary music, middle and high school choirs. Nowadays I enjoy teaching and creating fun and innovative music programs for Highland Music Studio.
Konner Scott – piano, guitar & ukulele teacher
Konner Scott is an Atlanta-based freelance songwriter, composer, and instrumentalist. He draws influences from all varieties of music styles, which primarily include rock, classical, folk, blues, hip-hop, pop, and R&B. He boasts a prolific songwriting portfolio containing 300+ original tunes, the bulk of which cover a wide variety of genres and styles. He is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, specializing primarily in guitar and piano. In addition to his writing and performing background, Konner has a profound passion for music production and engineering, and during his free time, he also dabbles in rap and poetry.
Scott Plato – guitar teacher
Scott received his Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance from Georgia State University under the instruction of John Sutherland, a protege of Andres Segovia. He recently completed his Master of Music degree at Adams State University. In 1995 Scott founded the guitar department at Gainesville College in Gainesville Georgia and was the Head of Guitar Studies there until 2000. His book on guitar improvisation, “Creating Guitar Solos,” is now being sold worldwide on www.lulu.com. Previous collaborations have included performances with members of the Atlanta Symphony and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Scott currently maintains a busy schedule as a performer and teacher in the Atlanta area and is Head of Guitar Studies at Gordon State College.
Scott is endorsed by and exclusively performs with D’Addario strings. In 2017, Scott released a solo CD “Sacred Music on Solo Guitar”. For sound samples visit https://scottplato.hearnow.com. Scott is a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy. Each year he is an active voter in the Grammy Awards.
Priyal Shah – piano teacher
Born and raised in a musical family in Mumbai, India, Priyal has grown up learning Indian and Western classical musical forms on the piano. Her love for music took her to the United States where she pursued her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance from Furman University and New York University.
Having taught all genres of music on the piano for over 9 years, Priyal firmly believes that the secret behind getting the best out of a student is by adopting a teaching method that caters to the student’s needs and abilities and by creating a friendly teaching environment that allows free and candid communication between the student and teacher. Apart from teaching piano, Priyal is an active performer in the Atlanta metro area, collaborating with other musicians and composers.
Emmy Lawalin – piano, guitar, voice & ukulele teacher
Originally from Gainesville, GA, Emmy received a music education degree from the University of North Georgia with concentrations in piano and voice. She student taught at Flowery Branch High School where she directed the chorus, prepared students for All-State auditions, and accompanied performances.
After graduating college, Emmy began a private studio in Gainesville, GA. For the next six years, she built up her studio, held two recitals each year, and took many students to perform in Junior Festival. Emmy has now been teaching piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele for eight years — she firmly believes in tailoring each lesson to the student’s unique aspirations and learning style. Since moving to Atlanta in 2016, Emmy has continued to teach and work on her career as a singer-songwriter. She releases music and performs behind the stage name Emmy Law, and is very involved in Atlanta’s local music scene.
Monique Osorio – piano, guitar & voice teacher
Monique Osorio earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia, graduating magna cum laude. She has been a private music instructor since 2013. Monique has a strong background in composition and theory and makes sure that each of her students, no matter their instrument, are learning composition, improvisation and theory concepts along the way. “My highest priority is to help each student find value and joy in creating and interpreting music, while also learning important lessons in regards to technique and practice methods!” she says.
Monique has performed as a vocalist and pianist with several bands, including Beverley, (an experimental duo of vocals and violin), the Athens Tango Project (an Argentinian Tango band based in Athens), The Mute Sphere (a chamber group based in Atlanta), and Richard Gumby (an electronic-pop band based in Atlanta).
Monique is bilingual in English and Spanish. Her family is Colombian, and she carries a deep appreciation of her culture and its music. She understands the important role personal identity plays in music, and therefore encourages experimentation and exploration in all her students as they grow musically.
Samantha Puckett – piano & voice teacher
Samantha Puckett is a mezzo-soprano originally from Katy, Texas. She attended West Texas A&M University for her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music. Samantha pursued her Artist Diploma at Georgia State University. She is currently an alto Staff Singer at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Samantha’s operatic roles include Magda Sorel (The Consul); Charlotte (Werther) and Rebecca Nurse (The Crucible). Miss Puckett continues her vocal study and often performs as a guest soloist in Atlanta and the surrounding area.
Ben Fraser – piano, guitar, ukulele, violin & viola teacher
Ben Fraser is a professional musician and private music instructor in the Atlanta area. He plays and teaches piano, guitar, violin, and ukulele. After being classically trained on the piano, guitar, and violin throughout his youth, he chose to study Guitar Performance at the Georgia State University School of Music.
He currently performs in several ensembles, spanning multiple different genres, including classical, jazz, rock, pop, folk. Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, Rialto Center for the Arts, and Fulton County Auditorium are a few of the venues in which he has performed. Some festivals he has played include the Peachtree Corners Festival, Friendship Music Festival, and the Night Market in Peachtree City.
Music education is a great passion of his. He teaches students of all ages and all skill levels, from beginners to more advanced players. Providing personalized lesson plans to a wide variety of students, he has crafted an effective methodology that improves upon technique and increases musical understanding.
Emily Yu – piano teacher
Emily Yu is a pianist originally from Taiwan but raised in the US. She attended the University of Florida for undergraduate studies, receiving a BA in Piano Performance. She also attended Roosevelt University for her Master of Arts in Education. Emily has enjoyed broadening her musical areas of interests. She pursued Orff Schulwerk pedagogical methods classes at DePaul University. She also enjoys attending local workshops with clinicians like jazz composer Eric Baumgartner. Mrs. Yu enjoys sharing piano playing with others – from university orchestras to professional small ensembles to the local community. She believes music is a gift intrinsic in everyone and hopes to spark musical joy in others through teaching.
Mekensie Gonzalez – piano & voice teacher
My name is Mekensie Gonzalez and I have been teaching in multiple avenues for the past 6 years. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Development from the University of Central Florida. I have been an active member in the arts community since I was five years old, performing and studying dance, piano, and voice. I am classically trained in piano and voice am an Alumni of Gemini Blvd., a collegiate acapella group at the University of Central Florida. I have 4 years of teaching experience in the public school setting both in the general classroom and as a music teacher for grades K-5 as well as 3 years’ experience teaching piano, voice, and introduction to music privately. My teaching philosophy is simple, connection is key! Building relationships and truly helping my students see their own potential and love for music is my number one priority. Children and students must love what they are doing and feel supported and nurtured in order to grow and learn. I am honored to be able to provide knowledge, appreciation, and an enjoyable experience for all of my students. I love playing piano and singing as an adult and am incredibly grateful to pass my love and enjoyment onto a new generation.
J.T. Garred – piano & guitar teacher
My name is J.T. and I am a piano, guitar and music theory teacher here at Highland Music Studio. I am a worship pastor and a music teacher, and have been teaching students and young adults for the past two years alongside working in the local church. I have a masters degree in music from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Growing up, I was always involved with piano lessons, church choirs and worship teams and even started a punk rock band with my brother and some friends. I love all genres of music and have experience playing in everything from classical to jazz to 80’s hair metal to hip-hop. I released a solo EP in 2017 called “Unlimited.” Outside of music, I love spending time with my wife, going to concerts and anything involving sports! My main goal as a teacher is to help my students grow to be the best musicians possible so they can enjoy music for the rest of their lives. I’m excited to help you on your musical journey.