We at North Fulton School of Music, formerly known as Peggy Still School of Music, have been involved in the music lessons business in metro Atlanta since 1988. Our school was founded by Peggy Still Johnson in 1988, incorporated in 1994, and has an enrollment of over 500 students and 40 professional music instructors. Some of the finest musicians in the Southeast have taught at our school. We are proud of the many accomplishments of our staff and students. Many of our students have won college scholarships, talent contests, auditions, lead roles in plays, television contracts, recording contracts, and have become professional musicians and/or serious music hobbyists.
Our school has over 40 instructors on staff teaching across 4 studios in Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Atlanta. Our instructors are classically trained pianists that specialize in various instruments and styles with years of not only teaching experience but also performance experience. Our instructors customize each lesson to suit the needs of the individual student.
We are committed to providing music education to greater Alpharetta and greater Atlanta through not only traditional teaching and customized lessons taught by professional instructors but also through providing performance opportunities for our students and serving our community.
We at North Fulton School of Music believe learning should happen not only within the classroom but out in the real world. This is one of the main reasons why we provide performance opportunities to students as they can help students to grow as a musician. Performances help students to work on their stage presence and gives them an opportunity to perform for their friends, family, and other supportive musicians. It’s also a good opportunity to set some performance goals and have music performance ready. The more students perform, the easier it becomes to perform.
North Fulton School of Music offers various performance opportunities throughout the year. Among these opportunities are our music recitals held in the Fall. Recitals offer a chance for family and friends to come watch their students’ performances and we welcome the public to attend. Recitals help students gain performance experience in a formal setting.
North Fulton School of Music participates in various community events throughout the year. These events offer our students opportunities to perform in public and use the skills they’ve learned in lessons out in the real world. We also put on and participate in recitals, festivals, and many other events throughout the year. North Fulton School of Music students have performed at Philips Arena, Turner Field, Red Clay Theater, Famous Pub, Pure Woodstock, Roswell Arts and Crafts festival, City of Alpharetta Christmas events, Milton Roundup, Menchie’s, Scoops, Cans Taqueria, Belly’s Pizza and other venues across the Atlanta metro area. Many of these performance opportunities are at no additional charge to students, and participants in live events are accompanied and managed by North Fulton School of Music staff.
North Fulton School of Music offers various performance opportunities throughout the year. Among these opportunities are our Open Mic events. Open Mics are designed to allow students to perform in a low-pressure, informal, and supportive environment . These performances help students gain valuable experience playing in front of an audience. Open Mics are the first steps for musicians who wish to become performing artists and even a great way for experienced musicians to try out new music or simply jam.
North Fulton School of Music offers yet another informal performance opportunity, this time tailored towards voice students. The Karaoke Events are held at local restaurants and venues and are very similar to the Open Mics in that this is an informal and low-stress performance opportunity for students. Unlike traditional Karaoke, no lyric machines will be present. Instead, students submit a backing/karaoke track to the office at least 3 days prior to the event. The student memorizes the lyrics and performs their song using the backing track they provided.
North Fulton School of Music offers a variety of assessment programs for students. These programs help students set and achieve goals as well as mark progress for each student. Students receive valuable feedback from having a third party adjudicator. Our assessment programs include the NFSM Theory Assessments, the NFSM Music Assessments held in the Spring, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Theory and Practical Examinations, and the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Annual Festival.
NFSM Theory Assessments
North Fulton School of Music offers internal assessment programs to help students mark progress and set goals. The Theory Assessments is a written music theory exam designed similar to the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) exam. The Music Theory Exam was built by a group of North Fulton School of Music instructors who excel in music theory and have vast experience in preparing students for the ABRSM exams.
NFSM Music Assessments
North Fulton School of Music offers internal assessment programs to help students mark progress, set goals, and receive constructive feedback to help their growth as developing musicians. Our Music Assessments are offered once a year during the Spring. Students register for the event, prepare two pieces to perform in front of a North Fulton School of Music judge, and receive scores on the performances. This helps the students grow as musicians and gain experience performing in front of a judge. Students earning Superior ratings can earn a trophy and are awarded a 3-Year trophy for every 3rd consecutive superior rating. Learn more here.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is the most popular music examination organization in the world. Each year, over 500,000 people worldwide take Associated Board Exams. North Fulton School of Music feels this is the most complete program offered in the world. It covers the following: Performance, Theory, Ear Training, Scales & Arpeggios, and sight-reading. Read more on their website at abrsm.org
North Fulton School of Music is a federated club under the Georgia Chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). NFMC holds annual festivals for music students. This assessment program is annually held in the months of February and March. Students memorize pieces to be performed in front of a judge and can receive certificates for superior scores. NFMC awards Superior Trophy Cups for students who earn three consecutive superior ratings.
“My two daughters have been part of North Fulton School of Music for a few years and I can honestly say that it has been the greatest thing I have ever done. Under new management I strongly believe that it has been for the best, the owner shows interest in what goes on, makes everyone feel welcome.”
“My son has been attending lessons at the North Fulton School of Music for a few months now and absolutely loves it! He’s only 8 but his weekly lesson is what he looks forward to most. The teachers are patient and just wonderful.”
“North Fulton School of Music is perfect for anyone with musical pursuits, whether it’s a desire to improve technique and skill, or develop better performance. The school creates opportunities to suit the needs of its students and the teachers are very capable and experienced. ”
“My 2 children and I have been taking lessons for the last several years from the North Fulton School of Music. All of us have improved in our musical prowess. I have since produced and recorded several original songs, and the guidance from the instructors at the school has been fantastic!”