Dan is a Cum Laude graduate from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and has been playing piano and keyboards on the Atlanta music scene since 1981. Dan has played with and led bands for numerous local and regional acts. He was a staff musician for the Ritz Carlton Buckhead for thirty years. There he led instrumental trios, piano and vocal duos, trios with vocalist, as well as solo sets.
He has worked as musical director/band leader for many Atlanta and regional Rhythm and Blues singers including: Robin Brown, Liz Spraggins, and Jane Powell. His bands at the Ritz have featured vocalists like Theresa Hightower, Cheryl Renee, Sheila Wheat, and Elaine Garrett.
Dan has led bands at corporate events and weddings for Mayfair Artist Representatives. Lee J. Howard Entertainment, Rupert’s Orchestra, and Event Performance.
Dan has been teaching privately for many years. The last ten years with Kevin Bales Studios where he teaches students how to function as a working keyboard player. He stresses harmony (how chords work), as well as the fundamentals of learning chords, and gets students to improvise in just a few lessons. Also, Dan has been a keyboard instructor for Chicago Joe’s Rock and Blues Camp, as well as Atlanta Rock and Blues Camp.
Dan continues to play gigs in Atlanta as well as continuing his own musical education and practice regimen.
Johanna Millin hails from New York City; where she grew up listening to jazz, rock, and R&B. She began music performance studies at Syracuse University, then returned to NYC to continue personal studies in piano and guitar. Once back in NYC, Johanna pursued a professional career in music; which led to performing in numerous rock bands, soul bands, and sitting in the pit of an off Broadway show.
In her own words:
"I love playing the guitar, and enjoy helping students discover they can play it too. I've been playing for over 20 years, and have performed 10+ of those years. While I was homeschooling my own children, I discovered a new passion - teaching! I am currently a guitar/piano/ukulele/bass instructor for an after-school program in Decatur. I also teach private lessons to students ages 5 yrs - 55 yrs. My strengths are patience, enthusiasm, and fun. I design lessons based on your learning style, and influences for older students. Music theory rounds out the lesson, so a student can read and play music. I look forward to meeting you, and furthering your musical interest."
Michael Cady is the owner of Rehearse Live, LLC and has been teaching bass, guitar, and tuba for nearly thirty years. He also has expertise in arranging and transpositions to help his students. His easy-going personality makes him a great fit for any student.
Mike has studied under many teachers including Jim Woody, Lyn Deramus, David Fisher, Frank Carter, Rich Nanista, Michael Moore, Ted Howe, Mary Akerman, Sid Wolf, Jackie Pickett, and Don Strand. This variety of teachers has given him unusual insight into teaching techniques. He has taken what he considers to be the most effective methods of his various teachers, and developed them into his own curriculum.
Always looking to further his own musical education, Mike continues to study with other instructors in classical, flamenco and jazz. A lover of "low and loud," in addition to his main instrument - the seven string bass - he also plays upright bass and tuba.
A Georgia native, Brian Hill can teach all styles and skill levels of guitar but if you're into rock and metal he's definitely the teacher for you. Brian graduated in 2008 from the Atlanta Institute of Music and hasn't put the guitar down since then. He's served as lead guitarist for several local bands across Atlanta, and has played many high-profile gigs for thousands of people. He's also a sought after session musician. He's currently the lead guitar for Atlanta local band Fifteenth Summer.
Being a veteran of the local music scene, Brian knows that there's more to guitar than just learning the fretwork. In addition giving you the tools to make you a better player, he'll help to unlock skills that will help you as a performer and songwriter. His lessons involve technique-building, theory, ear training, melody versus harmony, and improvisation. Whether you're a beginner learning the basics or a seasoned player looking to expand your skillset, Brian can help you reach your musical goals.
Brian is available to teach on weekends in-house at the Rehearse Live facility.