Glenda Garwood, our Ukulele and “Joyful Noisemakers” preschool instructor, was born and raised in Alaska where she met and married Paige Garwood. Paige and Glenda have been married since 1976. Music has been part of the fabric of family life from the beginning. Glenda began teaching preschool -K4 in the fall of 1995. God took her teaching into a new direction in fall of 2004 when she began teaching music for homeschooled children. Currently, she is teaching music at three different home school academies in the metro-Atlanta area to students from age 3 up to 4th grade. She also enjoys teaching private piano lessons to children from age 4-5 on up. Glenda has a passion to help your child discover a love for music and to find their own unique gifts. She believes music is a gift from God, to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of ability.
Clay Goswick, our guitar and worship team instructor, has been avidly playing the guitar since the age of 11. Trained in classic rock, he learned from several teachers’ styles and techniques. At the age of 15, Clay began to accept opportunities to play with local church bands, as he continued to teach himself and grow as a musician. By 17, Clay had relationships with multiple worship and rock bands across North Georgia. He continues to play guitar and bass for multiple worship groups out of the Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee area. He has toured the United States, leading and performing with multiple worship and rock bands. Clay is often involved with writing, recording and performing with artists from the Southeast, including his lovely wife. Currently residing in Woodstock, Georgia, Clay balances teaching guitar, performing in worship bands, and touring throughout the summer.
Amy Gravitte, our Beginner and Intermediate Band director, as well as our Marching Band director, is a graduate of Dalton College and grew up as the daughter of a Minister of Music. Since music was a natural part of daily life, picking up several instruments was not uncommon. Amy marched 4 years at Dalton High School, playing the flute and piccolo. During this time, she traveled to many locations for competitions and exhibitions, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. She has taught music lessons privately as well as in a homeschool organization and is currently the Praise Band leader at Grace Church. Amy and her husband, who is also a musician, are passing their love of God and music to their 6 children.
David Klausman, our Jazz instructor, received a music scholarship and graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, emphasis in Trumpet Performance, He has had the privilege to perform with the following artists: Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Olivia Newton-John, Lionel Hampton. David toured the 25th Anniversary Tour with the contemporary Christian group TRUTH andplayed with artists Ron Kenoly, “Annointed”, Pat Boone, Sheila E., Dave Boyer, and Babbie Mason. David started the VICTORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA, an 18 piece big band that really swings even today!
Dana Long, our Choral Instructor, has been teaching private vocal and piano lessons for 13 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Voice from The University of Georgia and is a Certified Music Teacher in the State of Georgia for grades K-12. She has years of experience leading children’s choirs and teaching classroom music. She also has a lot of experience performing in stage musicals and plays as well as performing in choirs and as a vocal soloist in various settings. Most recently, Dana played the role of Widow Corney in the British Academy of Performing Arts production of Oliver. Dana’s first love and true calling is music, and she is so happy to be able to share her love of music with her students and to have the privilege of doing the thing she loves doing the most as her profession!
Marla Majett, our Orchestra instructor and cellist, is a dedicated and gifted performer and teacher in the Greater Atlanta area. She brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her work with students. She graduated from Furman University with a music performance degree in Cello. Marla has also done post-graduated studies on Music Education and Music Performance. Marla also holds a Suzuki Certification in cello from Western Illinois University. She taught in the public school system for several years and also in such schools as the Atlanta International School, Trinity School of Atlanta and The Waldorf School.
Andrea Mattick, our Pre-Twinkle and beginning recorder instructor, began playing the violin at the age of 3. She has always enjoyed music and as an adult has enjoyed teaching herself how to play the viola, cello, and the bass guitar. In addition to teaching, she enjoys using her musical gifts in church and to play for weddings and other special events. Andrea studied psychology in college, but later felt that God was calling her to become a violin instructor. She quickly realized that she had a passion to teach and a love for children. She began by taking several Suzuki teacher training courses and has been teaching for the past 13 years. She has taught orchestra, violin, and viola classes in local schools and currently maintains a private violin and viola studio out of her home. Her students have participated in MYSO, GYSO, Joyful Noise, Honors Orchestra, and All State. Andrea Is a wife and a home school mom. She has 3 children.
April Pettus, our Orchestra instructor and violinist, has her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia and undergraduate degree from Berry College. She started her music study at the age of 5 and has never stopped, playing piano and violin. Growing up in East Cobb, God blessed April with the opportunity to successfully participate in fine arts programs through church, private instruction and school, earning many honors and awards. In college, she discovered she not only had a passion for playing music, but even more to teach others how to play an instrument. After graduating, April taught orchestra classes in the Fulton County School System to elementary, middle school and high school students for twelve years. Currently, April maintains a private piano & violin studio while being a wife and homeschooling mom of three girls.
Deborah Scarazzo, the director of our Elite and Advanced Bands and the woodwind ensemble, is an accomplished musician. In addition to Joyful Noise Band, Deborah has taught college music for 13 years at various schools, including North Georgia College and Reinhardt College. Her classes included Woodwind Private lessons, Symphonic Band, Chamber Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Music Theory, Sight Singing, and Music Appreciation In addition she has worked with Middle School and High school Students for 6 years and her church choirs for 7 years. Her education includes a Master of Music Education Degree from Columbus State University, Graduate studies in flute performance at DePaul University, Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the University of Denver. She has studied flute with various master flutists in various settings. She is an active member at Christ the King Lutheran Church where she performs as flute soloist, in chamber ensembles, and serves as children’s choir musical director. Deborah is a member of the National Flute association, the Atlanta Flute Club, and Georgia Music Educators Association.