Needlepoint Music

Needlepoint Music

5.0 (17)
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

Someone who is learning an instrument for the first time may feel quite vulnerable or uneasy. So, I take great care in the way I help students interface with music. In lessons I try to emphasize the excitement and the human emotion that comes with the creation of music.

And as a teacher of 9+ years, I know that a student isn't ready to commit their life to an instrument on their first lesson. Instead we'll dive into what gets us excited about music itself!

I teach guitar, bass, piano and ukulele, but, importantly, I teach music!

So let's get this thing rolling! Visit for a free consultation.

I particularly enjoy working with entire households where a parent has gotten lessons for their young student and realized its never to late to enjoy oneself learning a new instrument. Teaching fathers and daughters and brothers and sisters has been  lot of fun and it is extremely gratifying to cultivate those sorts of long-term relationships!

Join the family! Visit for a free consultation.

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Atlanta, GA 30318
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17 Reviews


  • Damontae Scott

    My time with Ansley Guitar Studio has been wonderful! I've only had a few lessons so far, but I have learned so much. Definitely planning to book more lessons!

  • Josiah Thule

    I have a five year old, and wanted to begin laying the foundation of her musical education. Simon's ability to create a fun environment that is also amenable to real progress in her learning is unmatched. It is not uncommon for our lessons to begin with a bit of whining outside of the studio doors, but within minutes, my daughter is fully immersed in the wonderful world of music, and leaves her lesson singing and strumming her ukulele. Simon has an abundance of musical talent, more than sufficient for teaching students of any age. What sets him apart from other teachers is his ability to communicate his knowledge and appreciation of the musical arts. His attitude is contagious! I am incredibly pleased with how he interacts both with my daughter as well as helping me to understand what is being taught and what to work on at home throughout the week. We love being your students. Thank you, Simon!

  • Fergus O’Keefe

    Simon helped revitalize my relationship to playing and writing music. His approach to guitar study lingered on its enjoyment and exploration of the instrument. And he open and flexible about guiding our lessons to my own tastes. The pacing of his lessons and his ceaseless encouragement kept me going when my frustrations with the instrument were high. It was a much-needed driver to enjoy my own playing and craft songs and compositions for others. He got me out of method books and random YouTube lessons and into seeking out other musicians to create with.

  • Athina Nav

    I'm glad I found a teacher as patient, friendly and knowledgable as Simon. Walked me through music theory, as well as the details of the guitar. I was nervous about picking up an instrument but I am now pretty confident I can learn how to play the guitar. Thanks for the great lessons and I look forward to many more!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First lessons have the feel of a consultation. There are no expectations or commitments as we start our time together.

Usually, I will take this time to see if we will be a good fit.

Lessons with me are best as a long-term journey and if we simply don't not have chemistry- that is okay! I am happy to help you find what you need.

If you are polite and driven, I am confident we will have much to explore.

Importantly, I am not looking for students of any certain ability. Just respectful students who want to excel in- and speak through- music.

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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I hold a BA in Music Theory Summa Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University where I studied with Dr.Benjamin Wadsworth & Dr.Jeffery Yunek. I have several published works (Music Theory Spectrum, Eastman's Integral) in the field of musicology with a focus on contemporary popular music and hip-hop. 

I hold a second BM degree in Jazz Studies with a concentration in Jazz Guitar. I studied under guitarist and composer Trey Wright and classical guitarists Mary Akerman and Sean Thrower. 

I studied piano under composer and jazz pianist Tyrone Jackson. And I was also enrolled in the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business program.

I hold a certification in the latest version of 'Logic Pro X' digital audio production software. I have worked in live venues, studios, theaters, concert halls, clubs, churches, hotels, private residences and have performed across the Southeast and overseas.

In fact, I have been performing and writing music since my teens and had no other profession other than a music-maker in mind until I enrolled in music school. 

Thanks to my own great mentors (and teachers!) I have had the privilege to work as a professional musician and recording engineer, alongside teaching and learning from a growing community of musician-learners.

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Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing I feel should be simple and transparent so we can get to the music! 

Lessons are booked, in advance, through at either the [Half Hour] ($35) or [Full Hour] ($65) rates.

The time you book is comepletely yours and you will also have access to all of my additional proprietary learning materials and will receive my contact for scheduling or questions between lessons.

You are welcome to book any available time you see on the site.

You'll want to consider what would make a great regular time to meet. We are going for sustainability in our musical journey, whether it be weekly, biweekly, or monthly!

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What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

You don't have to know what you want from your musical journey, but you should have the desire to cultivate the time you spend with music. And studying music is done the way one would pursue any fine craft: with curiosity and patience. 

Learning an instrument is the process of training your nervous system in fine motor movement and then using those new neural pathways to create sensation in your own or someone else's nervous system.

| What you're looking for is someone to train your mind. |

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What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

| Each session is designed to the student's individual needs. |

Students need not be of any certain ability. Just respectful, curious and dedicated to cultivating their musical voice. 

| I have worked with students from ages 5 to 63 of all abilities. |

There is also no level of mastery in music that cannot be improved through the exchange of ideas and approaches. Personally, I am constantly working to better my craft and my relationship with music (the eternal student!). So, I gel with students that also have that desire to explore their own musicality long-term or life-long. And those who would benefit from improved mental acuity gleaned from the study of music.

Needlepoint Music scholars aren't just guitarists, pianists, bassists. 

| First and foremost, we're musicians. |

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