Mount Pisgah Arts Academy

Performing, Visual and Cinematic Arts

Fall 2020: Private Lessons

 MUSIC Private Lessons: Quick Facts

  • Lessons start the week of: Monday, August 24th
  • Schedule Your Lesson: Please contact the teacher to schedule a lesson time. 
  • Lesson Cost: Lesson cost for all Private Music Instructors is $34 Half Hour/ $62 Full HourPay all in August: Get a $20 discount!
  • Lesson Schedule:  32 Lessons per the year/ 16 Lessons per semester.  Aug - May with Spring Recital. 
  • Make-up Lessons: One make up lesson per semester is allowed with 24 hr notice. 
  • Lesson format: Lessons will be taught in person or via an online platform if needed due to social distancing or at request of the student/ parent if possible.
  • Ending Lessons: 30 day notice must be given via email. Payment will stop at the end of 30 days.
  • Missed Lessons: Missed lessons by the student will not be made up unless student is sick with the exception of one make-up lesson per semester. 
  • Teachers: All teachers have been vetted by MPCS, background checked and hold degrees or professional performance experience in their field.

 Studio Policies can be read in full here. 

Anderson: Violin/ Viola/ Early Piano

Tuesdays:   3:30pm-7:00pm
Wednesdays: 3:00pm- 7:00pm

*MPCS Lower School/ MS School TBA

Email: Anne Anderson

Private lessons are designed for students interested in learning how to play violin or piano. Young learners will learn how to play the instrument, learn proper hold elements, posture, technique, rhythms, music terminology, music history and how to read music and develop strong practice strategies.  Older learners will focus on continued improved technique, etudes and classical literature and all students will have the opportunity to perform at Winter and Spring Recitals.  Anne Anderson  studied music education at the Suzuki institute at ECU.  Currently she performs with Agape Players, Adagio Big Band, Southern Manor Strings Quartet.

Dancy: LS Voice/ Early Piano/ Violin/ Ukulele

    Tuesday: 3:00-7:00
    Wednesday: 3:00-5:30
    Thursday: 3:00-7:00

Email: Ann Dancy 

*MPCS Lower School TBA

Specializes in beginning to intermediate strings, piano, and voice instruction. Students will learn correct instrumental/vocal technique while working on age-appropriate repertoire. Lessons will offer a variety of musical activities including technical exercises, performance pieces, and music theory. Students will be encouraged to set learning goals and participate in both the Winter and Spring recitals.Mrs. Dancy is a veteran music teacher, recently retired from the Cherokee County Schools.Mrs. Dancy received her Bachelor of Music Ed. from Georgia Southern University where she established the first strings program in Statesboro, GA and her Master of Music Education from  Florida State University where she taught strings at the FSU Developmental Research School. She also holds an Educational Specialist in Leadership and Administration. She was named Carmel Elementary School and Towne Lake 'Teacher of the Year'. 

Degants: Percussion/ Beginning Band

Times: TBA

*MPCS Band Room

Email: Alec Degnats

Specializing in teaching percussion and drum set, snare, drum set, mallets, timpani.  Mr. Degnats get your student off on the right foot for beginning band.  Mr. Degnats is a accomplished, professional musician that has toured all over the South East and with National and International Tours.  Learning percussion is a life skill that can go beyond the classroom and make your child a musician for life!    

Furtick: Piano Studio

Tuesday: 3:30pm-8:00pm/ MS Building
Wednesdays:  3:30pm-8:00pm/ MS Building
Thursdays: 3:00pm- 8:00pm/ LS Building
Fridays: 3:30-7:00pm/ MS Building

Email: Taylor Furtick 

Mr. Furtick teaches piano to all ages and levels. He guides students to increase their abilities, comprehend what they play, and build effective practice habits. He welcomes beginners through advanced learners. His previous students have scored distinction and merit on musical exams.  
Mr. Furtick is an experienced piano teacher and classical performing pianist holding several degrees in Piano Performance:  Syracuse University (M.Mus), San Francisco Conservatory of Music (B.Mus), and the Interlochen Arts Academy (Diploma). He has performed and collaborated in Indonesia,  Canada, and across the US. He has studied piano, music theory, music history, and collaborative piano for over a decade. His primary mentors include Dr. Sharon Mann, Dr. Fred Karpoff , and Dr. Michael Coonrod. He has a strong musical affinity towards Germanic and  Russian composers

Mitchell: Voice

Sundays: 4:00-7:00pm/ MS Building 
Mondays: 3:30-5:30pm/ MS Building


Email: Elaine Mitchell

Elaine Mitchell grew up performing in local and professional theater in Washington, D.C.  A veteran of the musical theater stage, some of her roles include June (Gypsy), Emily (Our Town), Hodel (Fiddler), and Liesl (Sound of Music). She studied opera, voice, ballet, musical theater, and acting at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C., The Stella Adler Conservatory, and CAP21, both in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. During her time at Mary Washington, Elaine interned with the Washington Opera in D.C.  After graduating, she was hired by The Walt Disney Company. This is Elaine’s fourth season teaching private voice with the MPAA.  Elaine feels blessed to work with such wonderful students, and takes joy in watching them grow their confidence both on and off the stage.

Pigott: MS/ US Voice

Mondays: 3:30-6:00pm

Tuesdays: 3:30- 6:00pm
Wednesdays: 3:30-6:00pm
Thursdays: 3:30- 6:00pm

*MPCS Orchestra Room

Email: Sarah W. Pigott 

Sarah Pigott studied Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Mississippi College where she received both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in music. In addition to a love of teaching, she continues to perform both in classical and musical theater venues. Sarah has performed across the United States and in France. She collaborated on a study on laryngeal manipulation and the singing warm up which was presented at the Voice Foundation Symposium.

One of her favorite roles was as Vincenette in Gounod's Mireille in France. She also completed the Songfest Young Artist Program in LA, and co-presented a study at The Voice Foundation this past spring.  Ms. Pigott teaches classical, contemporary and musical theater genres and specializes in college and audition preparation. 

Weber:  Voice, Piano, Drama, Accordion, Writing 

    Tuesday: 3:30 - 7:00


Email: Kristin Weber

Kristin Weber is an experienced private instructor in: voice, piano, and musical theater and has over 15 years in Dallas, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, and has become an in-demand instructor and audition coach. She aims to nurture each student's unique talents and gifts while instilling a strong foundation of good technique.  Kristin studied piano, voice, accordion, musical theater, and comedy for more than 15 years in both Dallas and Los Angeles. She has been seen in nationally touring musicals, commercials, festivals, showcases, and numerous regional musical theater productions. She has received awards in both Dallas and Los Angeles for comedic performances and as a composer has written several songs for short films and stage shows.  In addition to teaching, Kristin works professionally as a writer, comedian, and parodist.  

Wheeler: Violin/ Viola

Monday: 3:00- 6:00pm
Friday: 3:00-6:00 pm
Saturday: 9am-12pm
*MPCS Orchestra Room

Email:  Nicolas Wheeler 

Nicolas Wheeler studied music at Columbus State University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Composition at Georgia State University. He serves as the middle and upper school orchestra director for Mount Pisgah Christian School. Mr. Wheeler brings a wide, educational and professional range to MPCS and the Mount PIsgah Arts Academy.  His primary instruments are viola and violin, with proficiency in string bass and piano.  Outside of teaching, he plays regularly in the orchestras of First Baptist Church Atlanta, Mount Paran Church, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Agape Players, and True North Presents.  He will make his international debut as a composer with his Piano Concerto in E Minor at the 2020 Sao Paolo Contemporary Composers Festival.

Thomas: Director

Katherine Thomas is a veteran orchestra teacher in the Metro-Atlanta area since 1999. A classically trained violinist and professional string educator, Mrs. Thomas also founded The Atlanta Irish Music School and has trained several national-champion Irish musicians. Twice published in STRINGS magazine, she was also named a ‘Star of the South’ by Irish America Magazine and has served as a guest clinician at Georgia State University and Strings Without Boundaries. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Tennessee Tech University and a Master of Education degree from Kennesaw State University; she is currently completing her Certificate in Management from Emory University.  She also holds her Traditional Irish Teaching Certificate (TTCT) from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Dublin, Ireland.  She is currently the Director of the Mount Pisgah Arts Academy and lives in Alpharetta with her husband and two daughters. 

Cendoya:  Art

Mondays- Thursdays  3:00-6:30pm  LS D203 Art

*Please request price per lesson. MPCS Lower School Art Room

Email: Tracy Cendoya 

Private or semi private art lessons are designed to teach art concepts that reinforce art elements and techniques introduced during the school day. Students will take home their art when finished and a summary of what was learned with each completed piece of art. Ms. Cendoya is a professional artist.  *Basic Supplies Included