John Peters has Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Music Composition from Georgia State University where his studies also included jazz piano with Geoffrey Hayden, electronic music and recording with Robert Scott Thompson, and piano pedagogy with Anne Haun and Jim Lyke. He’s taught piano in Atlanta for over 20 years, also teaching jazz piano, improvisation, composition/arranging, theory/ear training, ukulele, beginner guitar, bass guitar, and hand drumming. John incorporates theory and ear training in lessons as well as creative practice techniques and endeavors to teach music beyond the notation, though reading notation is a necessary skill for convenient reference and communication.
John has composed and arranged music for himself and students and also for media starting with student film projects and a theme song for Kit and Kaboodle, an online education project for the National Science Foundation. He’s directed music at First Baptist of Doraville and played piano for services at Absalom Jones Episcopal chapel. He’s prepared students to perform at Spivey hall with the Clayton State music preparatory school where he’s also performed as part of their faculty recital. Lately he prepares students for recitals at the Chaddick Theater of The Galloway School where he teaches after school piano lessons. John encourages sharing music through performance and has in the past hosted Share Your Talent recitals for Georgia State Universities’ Neighborhood Music Schools at local assisted living homes and recently participated with students performing at The Azalea House in Decatur. He has experience preparing piano students for ABRSM and RCM exams as well as NFMC festivals.