Music Lessons to All Ages and Nations


Friendship School of Music partners with Sounds From Heaven Music Foundation to offer music education to children and adults from all nations. We offer music lessons for multiple instruments including: piano, acoustic and electric and classical guitar, all woodwind and brass instruments, drums and all stringed instruments and vocal training. Our instructors offer over 100 years of experience combined. We believe that music changes lives in a very positive way. Come and start the journey of music with us and grow in skill and life.


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Professional Instructors

We have spacious, well equipped studios, and our staff of talented, professional music teachers ensure students of all ages the best possible learning experience.

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Meeting Your Every Need

We offer private music lessons on of a variety of instruments including: piano, guitar, classical guitar, drums, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and vocals; also a opportunity to be part of an orchestra.

Our Vision

We believe in being family-friendly, structured classes, consistent lessons, performance opportunities, an enriching environment, and in challenging students to attain the highest level of artistry possible.

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Meet The Instructors

  • Julia Brynenn

    Vocal Ensemble and Piano Class Instructor

  • Jonathan Kilgore

    Director/Woodwind Instructor

  • Jeff Bianchi

    Classical Guitar Instructor

  • Darren English

    Brass/Drums Instructor

  • Tommy Cody

    Keyboardist/Worship Musician

  • Tasha LaRae

    Vocal Instructor

Julia Brynenn

Vocal Ensemble and Piano Class Instructor

As a passionate musician at heart, Julia has extensive education and experience in learning, teaching, and performing music. Over her 20 year career, she has taught students of all ages in St. Petersburg, Russia, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Her goal has (and is) to cultivate and nourish the music interest and talent inside every budding musician by instilling confidence through a rigorous, disciplined regiment of lessons that culminate in performances that allow students to demonstrate and showcase their newly developed skills.

Accomplishments:

  • Formed, developed, and brought to its success The New Times Children Touring Band. They caused quite a stir having swept throughout Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Latvia, and Lithuania. My students have been performed on various stages around the world and been recognized for their expressiveness and skill proficiency.  
  • Participated at The Russian Government Cultural Mission in St. Petersburg
  • Leader/Art Director of the St. Petersburg New Times Touring Children Band
  • Domestic and International concert tours in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary
  • TV and Radio Performances and Recordings
  • Orchestra-accompanied Piano Appearances
  • Prize Winner of the 2008 International Music Ensemble Competition
  • Amongst students and graduates: Winners of All-Russian and International Competitions

Jonathan Kilgore

Director/Woodwind Instructor

Mr. Kilgore is the FCS Chaplain and Fine Arts Director. He also directs band and also leads upper school chapel. He directs our fine arts after-school program for lessons with instructors.

He is a professional musician and he has been in full time music ministry for 13 years traveling across the nation and globe and has worked in education for 9 years.

He has traveled through missions to several countries including: Mexico, Kenya, Cape Town, & Nairobi. He has a heart for young people and developing musicians to use their gifts for the glory of God.

He has two children who will be attending FCS; grades 9th and 11th. His oldest daughter graduated in 2015 from FCS as valedictorian of her class.

Jeff Bianchi

Classical Guitar Instructor

A native of Williamson, New York, Jeff began performing at weddings and cafes while still in his teens. The uniqueness of the classical guitar coupled with his professionalism enabled him to stay working over the years. As his skills grew, he gave full concerts throughout Western New York. His hard work earned him performances at the Rantucci International Guitar Festival as well as the nationally recognized Ithaca Guitar Festival. His concerts continued with his move to Atlanta in the summer of 2002.

From 2005-2007 Jeff took a hiatus to tour nationally with Country acts Young Guns (Nashville, TN) and Chace Roberts (St. Paul, Minnesota). As an electric guitarist, Jeff toured much of North America; playing clubs and dance halls with capacity crowds. It was an exciting time in his life and was quite the adventure.

On his return home, Jeff resumed his solo performances. By 2009, he was touring throughout Georgia, playing in places such as Savannah, Tybee Island, Toccoa, Richmond, Duluth, and Hartwell. Large, enthusiastic crowds were the norm at these events. These positive reactions together gave him a goal to take his music to a much wider audience.

In February of 2010, Jeff undertook his first large scale solo tour. Making stops in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, he gave concerts for audiences as large as 600 people. The overwhelming success of this tour enabled him to expand his solo career to a national level.
Jeff continued his success in 2011 with performances in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. The 2012 – 2013 concert seasons marked a milestone in his career as he expanded his performances to opposite sides of the country. Concerts were given in Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Ohio and most of the South East.

Over the course of his 2014 and 2015 performing seasons, Jeff continued to build upon the momentum of the previous years. He performed to many “standing room only” audiences around the country as well as sold out performances in Georgia and Alabama.

His 2016 Season includes performance in Wyoming, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi.

Jeff studied at the State University of New York at Fredonia under James Piorkowski. He currently lives in Lanier Harbor (Buford, Georgia) where his time is devoted soley to his music.

Darren English

Brass/Drums Instructor

South African born trumpeter Darren English is the two-time recipient of the Fine Music Radio (FMR) Award and the 2012 recipient of the SAMRO Overseas Award.

He has performed with UK Reggae artist Finley Quaye, UK Pop artist Craig David and US pianist Joe McBride. His most notable performances have been with Grammy® nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn, featuring as the soloist in his Krunk Jazz Orkestra at the Atlanta Jazz Fest (2014) and with vocalist Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra). He has also performed and recorded with Curtis Harding’s Soul Power, Grammy® award winning saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Chris ‘daddy’ Dave, Tedeschi Trucks Band), Greg Tardy, Joe Gransden, the Marcus Lewis Big Band, Duffy Jackson, Dwayne Pate, Dave Matthews (Carlos Santana), the Kevin Bales Quartet, and Louis Heriveaux.

Recently he has been featured in the U.S. at the Atlanta Jazz Festival with his own quintet, and he was the featured young artist at the 2015 Sitka Jazz Festival in Alaska. He also performed in Livorno (Italy) with vocalist Michaela Lombardi and is a featured soloist on Russell Gunn’s new album The Sirius Mystery, and was the featured trumpeter with UK flautist Eddie Parker and the Listening to the Ground Project at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa). He has recently released his debut album Imagine Nation under Atlanta’s top jazz label, Hot Shoe Records®, which features trumpeter Russell Gunn, Joe Gransden, vocalist Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra), saxophonist Greg Tardy, pianist Kenny Banks Jr., drummer Chris Burroughs, bassist Billy Thornton, and the recorded voice of Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela. The album has been receiving positive media attention in the US, UK, EU, and South Africa. Darren is exclusively endorsed by B.A.C. Custom Artist Series Trumpets.

Tommy Cody

Keyboardist/Worship Musician

More Information Coming Soon

Tasha LaRae

Vocal Instructor

Tasha LaRae is an international recording artist hailing from Omaha, Nebraska where her love for music took its roots. After studying Vocal Music Performance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Ms. LaRae relocated to Atlanta, GA to follow her dreams of a career in music. Starting out as a background vocalist, Tasha began traveling across the USA and around the world. Sharing stages with a wide range of artists in Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Soul, and Hip Hop.

In 2008, Tasha LaRae became the newest member of 2x Grammy Award winning, Hip Hop group, Arrested Development and immediately began touring as their lead female vocalist and songwriting partner. Now immersed in the world of music and life as a touring musician, Ms. LaRae is frequently approached by up-and- coming singers from around the world, for vocal coaching and advice centered around the life of an independent artist.

While Tasha’s private voice coaching practice started in early 2006 and her business immediately took off. She’s also worked with private schools of music as a resident voice coach.

Currently, Tasha LaRae continues to write music and travel the world with her band mates, Arrested Development. She’s also released 2 solo, EP projects and has written songs for various recording artists. In April 2016, Tasha LaRae signed a deal with Quantize Recordings and released her first single, “Find My Way” which peaked at #4 on the Soulful House Music Charts on Traxsource. “When I’m out on the road, I’m in a master class with “hands on” experience in the music industry. Everything from proper breathing to stage etiquette, from vocal health to communicating with the audience becomes unforgettable teaching moments that help me to create a unique & exciting teaching environment for my students.” – Tasha LaRae

Our instructors are growing and we will be offering more instruments in the near future.


Facility


Our facility is located in a beautiful renovated Historical Chapel located in Suwanee, Ga. This Historic Chapel was build in the 1800’s has been restored internally to show off its beauty.


Partnership


We are proud to be partnered with Friendship Christian School & Sounds From Heaven Music Foundation that provides Friendship School of Music support and ability to provide service to their students. If you wish to find more about them Click Here.


Location


We are located in a prime spot in Suwanee. There is easy access to the location and also a place for parents to relax and have free wifi while your students are learning and excelling.

About Us

“Music is the electrical soil which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” –Ludwig van Beethoven
Can you imagine this world without music? Music greatly affects our everyday lives. Music has been proven to help create environments that help students learn, couples at weddings, people to worship and even sporting events and movies just to name a few. Our mission is to help develop musicians to provide our world with great music that help make our world go around. Our students did their own research in the city of Atlanta by interviewing some local residents about how music affects their lives. The project is called God, Music, Life click here to see their video.

Frequently Ask Questions

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    Where are you located?

    3150 Old Atlanta Rd Suwanee, Ga 30024 at the Historic Chapel

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    How long have you been teaching music?

    Our teachers have over 10 years of teaching music lessons.

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    When are lessons offered?

    Our instructors work with you to provide lessons timesto accommodate your schedule.

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    How can I get started?

    Just fill out our registration form online and someone will contact you.

Instruments

$110

Per Month
  • 30 Minute Lessons
  • All Instruments
  • Private Lessons
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Vocals

$100

Per Month
  • 30 Minute Lessons
  • Professional Instructor
  • Private Lessons
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