Tracy Stuever

 Tracy Stuever,  Studio Owner - harp, piano, guitar, voice, drums

Tracy Stuever, Studio Owner - harp, piano, guitar, voice, drums

Tracy started playing piano (self taught) at the age of 7.  She added on many instruments over the years, singing and playing guitar proficiently by the age of 13.  By this point in her life, she began composing songs as well.

In the fifth grade, her formal training started with the snare drum.  Her self-developed skills as a pianist aided her in class as she quickly added timpani and mallet percussion to her skill set.  From there she participated in the GMEA District Band in 8th grade, and then did so again every year until she graduated high school.  

In her senior year of high school, she attended the Governors Honors Program for percussion, made the All-State band, and was a member of the prestigious Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.  In addition to her commitments with the school band, Tracy was a dedicated member of the High School Choir and even student taught the Women's Choir during her senior year of high school.  She performed in over ten musicals and played guitar and sang in every talent show.

In 2007, Tracy graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.  She also received certification from the GAPSC (Georgia Professional Standards Commission).  During her time at the University, she performed in the Wind Symphony, Wind Esemble, Tropical Breeze Steel Band, Georgia Brass and accompanied many other musicians in solo rectials.   She trained on over 40 different instruments during her college years!

Tracy teaches private lessons from her studio in Monroe, GA and her home studio in Athens.  She has been teaching in Downtown Monroe for over 9 years now. She welcomes students of all ages and all ability levels!  

Kimberly Rooker

 Kimberly Rooker,  Instructor - cello, vioin, piano

Kimberly Rooker, Instructor - cello, vioin, piano

Kimberly Rooker Cellist

      Mrs. Rooker is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  She attended Lakeside HS and played in the Dekalb Youth Symphony and the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestras.   She received her degrees in music from Converse College.  She has a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, a Masters in Music History and an Education Specialist Degree in Integrating the Fine Arts in the Curriculum from Lesley University.   She has been an orchestra teacher for Gwinnett County Public Schools for 29 years.   She was on the inaugural faculty of Richards MS in 1987.  In 1996, she became the orchestra director at Snellville MS and since 2010 she has been an inaugural faculty member at Grace Snell MS in Loganville.   Kimberly and her husband Mark have lived in Monroe since 2001.  They have two children Marla Rooker of Savannah and Davis Rooker attending Kennesaw State University.   Kimberly plans to continue playing cello professionally and teaching music lessons in Monroe, Georgia.

Carly King

 Carly King,  Instructor - violin, piano, guitar, voice, drums

Carly King, Instructor - violin, piano, guitar, voice, drums

Carly King began formal training in violin at the age of 4 under Mary Locke in Fulton County, Ga, and continued through under the instruction of Becky Klein in Atlanta, Ga for her last two years of high school until she graduated in 2012.  She then continued her violin studies at the University of Georgia. She began studying piano at the age of 6 and took lessons for 10 years.  As a junior in high school she received a hand-me-down guitar from her older brother and has been playing for the past seven years.

Carly was a member of the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra in Roswell, Ga, for two and a half years from 8th-10th grade and participated in All-State Orchestra in her junior and senior years of high school.  In 2017 she graduated from the University of Georgia as a double major in Violin Performance studying under Dr. Michael Heald, and Music Therapy under the provision of Dr. Roy Kennedy and Dr. Ellen Ritchey.  From 2012-2016, Carly was a member of the UGA Symphony Orchestra as well as various small ensembles such as trios, quartets, a sextet, and an octet with other undergraduate students, graduate students, and doctoral students. 

As a musical side passion, Carly loves writing her own music, both instrumental and set to lyrics, and is also plays ukulele, mandolin, and banjo. She loves improvising on the instruments she plays and strongly encourages playing by ear as well as learning to read music. Aside from music, Carly loves to read, paint and draw, is experimenting with photography, and loves her dog.

She looks forward to building relationships with her students through music!

Vivian Cheng

 Vivian Cheng - violin, piano

Vivian Cheng - violin, piano

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Vivian Cheng began her piano studies at the age of 6, studying with Janice Wong and Dr. Elena Cholakova, and violin studies at the age of 9, studying with Thomas Ludwig and later Jun-Ching Lin.  She is currently a third year at the University of Georgia, studying under Dr. Michael Heald. She has participated in numerous orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, GMEA All State Orchestra, and Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra and has held principle positions in the Fulton County Honor Orchestra and the UGA Symphony Orchestra. During past summers, she was selected to participate in the 2015 Governor’s Honors Program and has attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Franklin Pond Chamber Music Program. 

Vivian has performed as a pianist, violinist, and chamber musician throughout her career, giving her debut with the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13 as the winner of the Rising Star Piano Competition and later performing in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. On campus, Vivian is an active chamber musician as well as the co-president of the UGA Chamber Music Society. She also enjoys playing for musicals, participating in local productions of Cabaret, Legally Blonde, and Next to Normal. 

Vivian looks forward to inspiring, working with, and making music an exciting part of everyone’s life.

Jonathon Miller

 Jonathon Miller, guitar

Jonathon Miller, guitar

Jonathon comes from a very musical family. His mother was a concert pianist and many of his uncles are excellent guitarists. His musical roots took soil courtesy of his mother in elementary school when she began to teach him piano. It was at this time he learned to read music and his superior aural skills began to develop. In middle school he began his formal study of guitar and progressed at a phenomenal rate. In addition to taking lessons he began to apply additional intensive self study and practice. From the vibration of the guitar to the endless theory he fell in love. Music is his way to express what's on his mind in a way that anyone can understand. Every time he picks up a guitar he feels the endless possibilities and through his love of teaching he hopes to show others the same.

Jonathon is currently a senior at Monroe Area High School. Along with his success in music, he is extremely successful academically. He is currently ranked 5th in his class with a GPA of 4.125. He is very involved in his advanced placement classes  and already earning college credit. His extracurricular activities include Anchor Club, Beta Club (treasurer), and National Honors Society. He plans to pursue a degree in Aeronuatics/Aerospace engineering at an Ivy League college such as Stanford or MIT. 

Jonathon strives to do his best in everything and hopes to instill the same attitude in his students.

Kathryn Koopman

 Kathryn Koopman  composition,   woodwinds, brass, piano, voice, 

Kathryn Koopman composition, woodwinds, brass, piano, voice, 

Kathryn Koopman is a performer, music educator, and electro-acoustic composer originally from Dallas, Georgia. She began taking piano lessons in the 2nd grade, and later began playing the clarinet in the 6th grade. Her formal instruction as a clarinetist began her senior year of high school under Kennesaw State University's clarinet professor, John Warren. While in high school, Kathryn participated in the Georgia honor band, All-State band, Janfest, and the Roswell chapter of the Conn-Selmer Honor band, which played alongside guest artists such as the Canadian Brass. She also received the John Philip Sousa award from her band program at East Paulding High School.

In December 2017, Kathryn will graduate from the University of Georgia as a double major in Music Education and Music Composition. During her time there, she has studied clarinet under Dr. Ray McClellan and performed in ensembles such as the Wind Symphony as principle player, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in many small ensembles, specializing particularly in the premieres of new works written by UGA composers. Additionally, she has played mellophone with the UGA Redcoat band, and has sung with the UGA Repertory Singers and University Chorus. She is currently finishing up her student teaching semester, and is looking forward to a long teaching career specializing in elementary general music.

As a composer, Kathryn's music is often inspired by the natural world and by cross-collaborations in the disciplines of art and dance. She has written for all mediums, including wind band, orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles, and electronics. Her works have been performed by the Boston-based marimba and bass clarinet duo, Transient Canvas, as well as by the new Atlanta-based duo, Pie for Two. She has played in bands and ensembles around Athens that specialize in improv/free jazz, and has led several recording projects and album releases. She is also a founding member and clarinet/bass-clarinet performer in the Athens-based new music ensemble, incongruency, dedicated to performing and commissioning new works with a focus on community outreach. She has studied composition under Natalie Williams, Jesse B. Jones, Adam Roberts, and Peter Van Zandt Lane.

Samples of her work may be found at https://soundcloud.com/athrynoopman.

Kathryn is looking forward to sharing her deep joy of music-making with her students!

Nicole Valerioti

 Nicole Valerioti, violin, piano, guitar, ukulele

Nicole Valerioti, violin, piano, guitar, ukulele

Nicole began studying the violin at the age of eight with her father while homeschooled. She played with the Lynchburg Symphony Youth Orchestra for two years while living in Lynchburg, Virginia in middle school and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra for five years in high school. Nicole is classically trained on the violin and began playing piano and guitar in college.

Nicole is finishing her undergraduate degrees at the University of Georgia, pursuing Violin Performance and Music Therapy. She has studied with Dr. Michael Heald and played with the UGA Symphony Orchestra for over four years. While at UGA, Nicole has played in many string quartets, trios, and small chamber music ensembles which have shaped her musical character.

Singing has become an integral part of learning the violin, guitar, and serving her community in Music Therapy, so students will learn the value of the voice when they begin private lessons on any instrument Nicole offers.
Nicole plans to work as a music therapist and loves working with children and adults of all ages and abilities. She strongly believes that no child should be denied the opportunity to learn, regardless of any disability they may have. In addition to the violin, Nicole offers musical training in guitar, piano, and ukulele.

Ian Hrdlicka

 Ian Hrdlicka - guitar, mandolin

Ian Hrdlicka - guitar, mandolin

Music has long been a part of Ian Hrdlicka's life. Upon discovering the guitar at age ten, Ian gravitated towards the bluegrass music of his home state, North Carolina. Inspired by the great musicians he had seen at live concerts, Ian developed a strong desire to perform from a young age and soon began playing around his hometown in a bluegrass duo with his brother, Connor Hrdlicka.  While most of Ian's early musical pursuits were in the bluegrass realm, he began exploring different styles in his teens, branching out to jazz, rock and classical music. He had the very unique opportunity of performing the electric guitar part on Leonard Bernstein's "Slava" with the Greensboro Concert Band in 2013, an event that left him intrigued about the guitar's place in classical music.

 After graduating from Western Guilford High School in 2014, Ian decided to advance his six-string studies at UGA. Since entering the UGA guitar studio, lead by virtuoso guitarist Dr. Daniel Bolshoy, Ian has began performing as a soloist on the classical guitar. Weekly lessons, as well as guitar history and pedagogy classes have furthered Ian's understanding of the musical and technical challenges that the guitar presents. He plans to continue his education at the Masters level after he graduates from UGA in December 2018 with a degree in Music Performance and a minor in English. 

Ian teaches students of all styles and levels and prides himself on his adaptability. Ian makes it a point to not only show his students how to sharpen their skills on the guitar, but also improve them as musicians, teaching aspects of music theory and basic sight reading to all of his students.