Meet Our Teachers:
We believe that quality teachers are essential to quality instruction. All of our teachers are certified Yamaha Instructors. To become certified, teachers must pass comprehensive exams and undergo over 100 hours of training. In addition, teachers are continually evaluated by Yamaha and, as curricula is updated, teachers receive updated training. All of our teachers have or are in the process of obtaining college music degrees.
Tina Darden studied piano performance at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where she earned a Bachelor of Music, and at Florida State University, where she earned her Master of Music, both in Piano Performance/Pedagogy. While studying at Florida State, Tina was sent to observe a Yamaha class as part of an assignment. The rest is history. She fell in love with the program and has been teaching the method ever since. Tina understands how important a child’s first exposure to music is and she sees the research and development that go into the Yamaha curriculum. She also knows how intense the testing and training are for the teachers. As a Yamaha Music Education Specialist for over 15 years, Tina has actively trained and mentored Yamaha teachers nationwide. And as the Owner/Director of AMEC, she strives to ensure each student, parent, and teacher feels welcomed, valued, and loved.In addition to Yamaha classes, Tina teaches private piano lessons and is the pianist for McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. She is an active member of MTNA and the North Fulton and Gwinnett chapters of GMTA.
Juliana Ashley is a classically trained harpist and pianist, and holds a Diploma in Harp Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has experience performing for events ranging from weddings to banquets, funerals to symphonies, and recitals to assisted living residences. Juliana won regional and state harp and piano competitions in 2002-2010 from the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. She also won the State Chopin Competition and the Wisconsin Baroque Competition.
Along with being an active performer, Juliana is very passionate about teaching. She is currently accepting students of all ages and experience backgrounds on both pedal and lever harp along with piano. Before moving to Atlanta, Juliana taught in the Milwaukee Public Schools as their principal harp instructor.
Sharon Camper graduated from St. Bernard College with a degree in Elementary Education with minors in Art and Music. Her early experience included serving as a church organist, teaching preschool and elementary school music classes, directing children’s choirs, and founding an elementary school band. She has taught Kindermusik and Music for Kids, as well as private piano and voice lessons. Sharon loves working students of all ages. She currently has students ranging in age from 8 to 80+! Using a variety of musical styles and methods, she creates a unique approach for each student to unlock their musical ability and creativity. Sharon is dedicated to helping the students develop the skills required to work independently so they can reach their highest potential and develop artistry in their playing.