Meet Our Teachers!

Courtney Rinehart

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.

Elizabeth Hobbs

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.

Jessica Petrasek

Jessica teaches piano and flute lessons.
Jessica Petrasek received her Master of Music from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where she studied under Leone Buyse on a full scholarship. Jessica graduated from Princeton University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and a Certificate of Music Performance, studying under Jayn Rosenfeld.
Jessica is the Principal Flutist of Breckenridge Music, a summer orchestra and chamber music festival in Breckenridge, Colorado. She has been Acting Piccoloist of the Kansas City Symphony, Principal Flutist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Piccoloist of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. In the summer of 2018, Jessica was awarded the "Best Performance of a Newly Commissioned Work" prize at the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. In 2013, she earned Third Prize in the same competition.
As a teenager, Jessica was a NFAA YoungARTS Silver Award Winner and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, resulting in debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. She was featured on NPR’s “From the Top” at age 12, and was a Miyazawa Flutes Emerging Artist. Jessica has received additional training at several summer festivals, including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Jessica has an enormous passion for teaching, and has taught consistently for the past 15 years. She loves helping students achieve their potential, whether that means taking professional orchestra or conservatory auditions, making All State, rekindling an old love of music, or simply experiencing the discipline and beauty of mastering an instrument for the first time.
When she's not playing the flute, Jessica can be found at the barn with her horse, Rav. Learn more about her at

Justin Dilley

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

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.

Matthew Kaminski

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.

Dr. Paula Van Goes

Paula teaches piano, saxophone, flute, and clarinet lessons.
Dr. Paula Van Goes is "a virtuoso saxophonist that possesses excellent technical attributes and a deep understanding of the music [she] performs" (Ovación). She enjoys a career as a chamber musician, soloist and educator. With more than 25 years of teaching experience, Dr. Van Goes has worked with students ranging from 10 to 60 years old. As a Selmer-Paris Artist and Clinician she has toured and lectured throughout Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Italy, Peru, Scotland, Ukraine and the United States.

Meet the Executive Director

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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 at Emory University, Sadi worked with multi-platinum audio engineer, Steve Fisher, at 11th Street Studios where he gained first hand experience 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, Sadi gained valuable business experience as well as more insight into the music industry, specifically music education. Sadi worked with the Peggy Johnson Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Dallas Austin Foundation to promote audio engineering and music lessons to inner city schools. Sadi 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 within 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 solely lesson business to one that invested in 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 gained more experience as an audio engineer mixing countless student and local talent EPs and full-length albums under the tutelage of Avid instructor and audio engineer, Joe Kay. Through more exposure into the music industry, 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 2014 Sadi was selected to become regional chairman of the Atlanta 1 Division of the National Federation of Music Clubs. 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.