Meet Our Teachers!

Courtney Rinehart

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Locations: Grant Park Music (Atlanta), North Fulton Music (Alpharetta)
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Flute
Languages: English, French
Courtney teaches piano, voice, guitar, flute, and songwriting.
Courtney is proficient with recording studio tools and coaches students in the Artist Development program. Courtney runs Open Mic events and Songwriting courses at North Fulton School of Music. She has studied jazz and classical piano, as well as music theory at The University of Michigan, and The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. She also studied Music Therapy at Wayne State University, where she received her BA. Courtney has played in several bands as well as a solo artist, allowing her to tour and perform throughout the U.S., Europe, Central America, W. Africa, and the Caribbean. Currently she produces artists with her company C-Note Productions, and works with Multi-Platinum producer George ‘Luney Tunez’ Jackson. www.cnoteproductions.com

 

Elizabeth Hobbs

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Locations: Grant Park Music (Atlanta), North Fulton Music (Alpharetta), Online
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Clarinet, Guitar
Elizabeth teaches voice, piano, clarinet, guitar, and preschool lessons.
Elizabeth graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor Degree in Music (clarinet, two years of private piano studies) and Interlochen Center for the Arts Academy. Elizabeth has taught music in private schools in the metro Atlanta area for over 10 years and has been an adjudicator for GMEA All State Band. Her students have gone on to major universities, conservatories and received multiple Fellowships including the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program. In addition to teaching, Elizabeth is a signed voice over actor under both local and national representation. She studies voice with opera singer Laurie Swann, and has studied accent and dialects with Cynthia Barrett at Atlanta Voice Coaching. Elizabeth has successfully prepared students at North Fulton School for the Associate Board of Royal Schools of Music Exam and the National Federation Music Competition. Elizabeth is a signed voice over artist and conducts voice over courses for North Fulton School of Music and Grant Park Music. www.elizabethannehobbs.com

 

Jessica Wong

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Locations: Grant Park Music (Atlanta)
Instruments: Piano and Voice
Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
Born in Macau, Jessica is a pianist, vocalist, music producer, and audio engineer. She started playing classical piano at the age of 4 and is certified for ABRSM Diploma in piano performance. She graduated Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering, and with piano as her principal instrument. She is very versatile and fluent in all genres including classical, jazz, pop, country, etc. She is also well-versed in theory, arranging, and ear training.
Jessica is experienced in teaching students from all ages. She is very passionate about teaching and making sure that students are happy at the end of each lesson.

 

Justin Dilley

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Locations: Grant Park Music (Atlanta)
Instruments: Piano and Voice
Justin teaches piano and voice lessons.
Justin has over 15 years of professionally performing and working in regional theatre and music education. He received an M.A. from Emerson College with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Justin has also taught music and drama in both the Boston and NYC Public School, served as musical director and organist at several churches in OH, MA, NY/NJ and enjoys all styles of music. He founded and ran a theatre company in both Boston and NYC that focused on developing new works that explored theatre, music, and dance. In the vocal studio, Justin focuses on creating a healthy and authentic sound while building music theory knowledge and developing a conscious technique. Since moving to Atlanta, he regularly performs and directs in the area and founded the Atlanta Theatre Lab which helps performers develop skills such as “self-scripting.” He lives in Grant Park with his wife and son and enjoys hanging out in the neighborhood whenever he can.

 

Martina Albano

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Locations: Grant Park Music (Atlanta)
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Languages: English, Italian
Martina teaches piano and voice lessons.
Martina Albano is an Italian vocalist, songwriter, and audio engineer. Her extensive experience in singing contributes to her unique approach to performance and songwriting. Starting at the age of six, she was highly involved with music, beginning with classical piano. In 2011, Martina made the venture to America and discovered new styles of music like Gospel, R&B and Soul music, that she incorporates into her performance and writing.
Martina graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a major in Contemporary Writing and Production. Her skills include extensive experience in producing, writing and studio recording, both as a producer and vocalist.
In 2014, she received two awards (Semi-Finalist and Runner-up) in the Song of the Year songwriting contest, whose jury includes Phil Collins, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Steven Tyler.
Martina is very passionate about teaching and mentoring young singers and pianists. Her main goal is to help each student become the best version of themselves, discovering their potential and developing their technical and performance skills. https://www.martinaalbano.com/

 

Matthew Kaminski

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Locations: Grant Park Music (Atlanta), Cooper Music (Brookhaven)
Instruments: Piano, Organ, Accordion
Matthew teaches piano, organ, and accordion lessons.
Born in Chicago, IL, Matt has been playing the Hammond Organ since he was five years old. Matthew has been a full time piano teacher since 2001 and currently teaches at North Fulton School of Music and has also taught at the college level for Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. Matthew continues to perform regularly in the Atlanta, GA metro area on three instruments: the Hammond organ, piano, and accordion. ln April of 2009, Matthew accepted the position of organist for the Atlanta Braves. He can be heard at every home game at Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves. www.matthewkaminski.com

 

Dr. Paula Van Goes

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Locations: Grant Park Music (Atlanta)
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Dr. Paula is “a virtuoso saxophonist that possesses excellent technical attributes and a deep understanding of the music [she] performs” (Ovación). Based in Atlanta, Georgia she enjoys a career as a chamber musician, soloist and educator.
Her musical studies began on piano at age 8 and continued with the saxophone, flute and clarinet. She holds a B.M. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, M.A. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and a D.M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in saxophone performance.
As a Selmer-Paris Artist and Clinician she has toured and lectured throughout Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Scotland, Ukraine and the United States.
Since 1995 she has taught students ranging in age from 4 to 64 in private studio, university and master class settings. Dr. Paula tailors each lesson to the needs of the student based upon their goals such as preparation for competitions, auditions and recitals or simply to play their favorite songs in an environment of curiosity and fun.
www.paulavangoes.com

Meet the Executive Director

Sadi Rahman

Sadi Rahman is the Owner and Executive Director of North Fulton School of Music and Grant Park Music.

Originally from Manhattan, Sadi earned his BA in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Sadi has always had an interest in and an ear for music stemming back from elementary school when he played the viola. While away at college he picked up the guitar and was introduced to recording and audio engineering.

During his undergraduate years, Sadi worked with multi-platinum audio engineer, Steve Fisher, at 11th Street Studios where he gained first hand experience of the recording side of the music industry through working with some of the top names on Billboard.

In the fall of 2007, Sadi began working with Peggy Still Johnson at the Peggy Still School of Music. Under Peggy Johnson’s mentorship, he gained valuable business experience as well as further insight into the music industry, specifically music education. Sadi has worked with the Peggy Johnson Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Dallas Austin Foundation to promote audio engineering and music lessons in inner city schools. He had the pleasure of working on the management teams of various talents including Ms. Georgia 2010, Lalona Richards and rising Latin pop-star, Cristina Quinones through Peggy Johnson Productions and Talent.

As Director of Operations of Peggy Still School of Music, Sadi grew the school from a single location of 300 students to three locations with over 600 students, breaking record enrollment numbers for the 20 year old business in three years. After the successful sale of Peggy Still School of Music to Brian Johnson in 2011, the school was rebranded as North Fulton School of Music.

Sadi helped Brian transition the school from a recitals and lessons business to one that invested in fostering creativity, artist development and community. With this transition, the music school opened a new recording studio in 2012, Lucky Dog Studios. Sadi worked with Lucky Dog Studios as the studio manager and audio engineer mixing countless student and local talent EPs and full-length albums under the tutelage of Avid instructor and audio engineer, Joe Kay. Sadi assisted Brian Johnson in opening an independent record label in 2013, Highway 9 Records, which signed internationally touring and award-winning rock band, Kickin Valentina in addition to other local bands and artists.

In 2014 Sadi was selected to serve as regional chairman of the Atlanta 1 Division of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). In August of 2016, Sadi successfully purchased North Fulton School of Music from Brian Johnson and is currently serving as the Executive Director for the school. In the fall of 2018, Sadi opened Grant Park Music, the newest branch of North Fulton School of Music in hopes of spreading the magic that music is, all throughout the city of Atlanta.