Our Story



The Georgia Academy of Music is a non profit community music school offering premiere musical instruction to metropolitan Atlanta. Founded in 1973 by Peggy Neuen and Martha Gershefski, The Georgia Academy of Music began as the Atlanta String Academy. It quickly expanded one year later to include all orchestral instruments and thus became The Georgia Academy of Music. From the outset the founders had a vision of a grass roots movement for music education that would leave a profound impact on Greater Atlanta. The Academy is committed to having the finest mentors available to nurture musicians of all levels and ages. Today the legacy and the traditions laid down by the founders are being realized all over the world. From performing artists to music educators to enthusiastic patrons, the Academy has and continues to celebrate its vision. Numerous Academy alumni now occupy major orchestras, universities, and public schools throughout the United States.

The Academy currently offers private music lesson instruction by our 34 member international faculty. Included in this offering are lessons on cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, horn, trombone, tuba, piano, saxophone, trumpet, viola, violin, and voice. We also offer Suzuki Method instruction on violin and cello including a Suzuki group experience on violin.

Our Musical Beginnings program for ages 6 months to 5 years has for over thirty years given children an introduction to music and has been a benchmark for all other early music programs in the region. It is a unique and dynamic program that offers children the opportunity to experience a range of musical activities. This content rich curriculum includes presenting classics to contemporary genre, musical notation, song and movement, and orchestral instrument introduction.