Ansley Guitar Studio

Ansley Guitar Studio

5.0 (3)
1 employee
1 years in business

About this pro

My students are truly make what I do so remarkable. Some need a challenge, some need a direction and some just need a little help. Whatever they need, I have spent 6 years teaching and performing as a musician, creating as much music as I can in that time. 

I like build up on smaller goals like a big snowball, leading to bigger touchstones such as jam sessions, performances and even EP releases. I have a degree in music theory for those who need structure and I also have a degree in jazz studies for those who want to learn how to speak through their instrument. 

I have studied the music business and music production and hold certificates in this industry for those looking to perform locally. I am looking for students who want to grow in music, regardless of the ability level. For young students, we want to strengthen our brains and learn the language of music; a skill which will springboard their academics and cultivate their curiosity. For older students I want to rescue them from their musical ruts, challenge and inspire them to manifest the ideas in their heads and supplement their quality of life, and it's enjoyment, by teaching them about music. 

If this sounds compelling, I encourage you to reach out and try a consultation lesson. The enjoyment of music exists in every culture and predates recorded history. Music helps us empathize and express ourselves and even makes us better communicators and thinkers; for this reason everyone should experience a lifelong relationship with music.

Reach me with any questions or concerns at: [email protected] or (678) 740-4525 (Shoot me a text!)

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Atlanta, GA 30309
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3 Reviews


  • Marcy Blackmon

    Simon is incredible! He has been giving my older son guitar lessons & my younger son piano lessons. He is very talented and a wonderful instructor. I can’t say enough good things about him. I highly, highly recommend him!

  • Billy Hegeman

    Simon is an incredible teacher and an even more amazing human. Great instruction for our entire family (ages 6 to old), amazing 'bedside manner' mixed with the right amount of accountability. Simon has become a weekly staple in our home and we couldn't be happier.

  • Juli Hegeman

    My 6 year old daughter, husband and I all take guitar and piano lessons from Simon in the comfort of our own home. Simon focuses on our own interests in music. My daughter learned more on the piano from Simon in a month than she did in seven months with another music company. She learned her favorite song by the end of the month, "The Ewok Celebration Song". She always gets very excited to hear it is family music lesson day! Simon Needle is an extremely talented musician and excellent at adjusting his teaching style to our individual needs. It is a gift to get to spend time with family doing something we all love. Thank you Simon!

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

First lesson is a consultation. It is $60 for an hourlong lesson where we will talk about goals and trajectory with lessons. I will take this time to see if we will be a good fit. Lessons with me are a long-term journey and we simply may not have the chemistry needed to achieve that goal- that is okay! Every lesson is tailor-made to the student's individual needs. There is no other way to cultivate an enjoyment of music. Importantly, I am not looking for students of any certain ability. Just respectful students who want to excel in- and speak through- music.

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 and Dr.Jeffery Yunek. I have several published works in the field of musicology with a focus on contemporary popular music. I hold a second BM degree in Jazz Studies with a concentration in Jazz Guitar. At KSU 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. I was enrolled in the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business program and 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.

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! Following the consultation lesson, lessons are paid, monthly tuition style, through the month at a rate of $60 for each hourlong lesson. At the end of each month, you will pay for next month's lessons. Lessons are held at my home studio in Ansley Park or vitually over Skype, Zoom or Google Meet. Infrequently, I give lessons to students in their home. This is at a $70/lesson rate, adjusted for travel expenses. Life is not a fixed entity and I have high flexibility for makeup lessons, as long as they are set before the next scheduled lesson. I accept cash, check, Zelle, Venmo and PayPal.

How did you get started teaching?

I have been performing and writing music since my teens and had no other profession in mind by the time I enrolled in music school. Thanks to my own great mentors and colleagues I have the privilege to work as a professional musician and recording artist.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students from ages 5 to 63, but their common denominator is their desire for a lifelong relationship with music. There is no skill level that cannot be cultivated and I myself am constantly working to better my craft and my relationship with music.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I currently write and perform with two local bands. With my band City Playgrounds (indie rock, funk) we performed to full house at Smith's Olde Bar. Another band I write and produce for, Wisteria (blues, acoustic rock), will be releasing a self-produced EP this Summer.

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 guitar journey, but you must have the desire to cultivate this craft. Learning guitar is the process of training your nervous system and your body and using those new neural pathways to create from your crative brain, so find a good trainer.

Find a teacher that you click with and will feel comfortable with (sometimes this takes time)- and it may not be me!

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

I only accept students who have a strong desire to build their relationship with music. We are not guitarists, bassists, or pianists; first and foremost, my students are musicians. You will need to be willing to commit regular, reasonable amounts of time to practice and allow your lessons to permeate your day to day life. Practice can be meditative and great for cultivating discipline, which carries over into other avenues of our lives.