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About Helen McKinney

Helen Atkins
Helen McKinney
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Marietta, GA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Piano
Education: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC Suzuki Teacher Training, Washington University & Concordia University, St. Louis, MO Atlanta Suzuki Teacher Apprenticeship Program, Atlanta, GA Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Certification, T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Certification, Autism Spectrum Disorders Training, Attention Deficit Disorders Training, Learning Disabilities Training, Gifted/LD Training, Emotional & Behavioral Disorders Training, Cobb Co. Schools Professional Development, Marietta, GA
Performance Experience: I've been a soloist, accompanist & keyboard player most of my life. My 1st paying gig was playing at a holiday banquet at age 5 & later, I was the pianist for a traveling gospel group from age 13 until college. I played piano in clubs & restaurants from age 17 & played keyboards in various rock, pop & blues bands. I was the pianist for the contemporary service at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul in Marietta for 10 years & occasionally play for private parties & weddings.
Teaching Experience: Atlanta Music, Marietta, GA 1998 - 2001 Draisen-Edwards Music Center, Marietta, GA 2001-2018 Music & Arts, Marietta, GA 2018 - present
Teaching Philosophy: I am Suzuki & Orff-Schulwerk certified and trained in traditional piano pedagogy; however, each student has a unique learning style and no one method is best for everyone. I try to determine the best approach for each student and develop a personalized course of instruction that includes training in performance technique, ear training, sight-reading, theory, composition and improvisation at developmentally appropriate levels and suited to each student's unique abilities and preferences.
Helen McKinney teaches at:
1255 Johnson Ferry Rd Suite 9
Marietta, GA 30068
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