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Luanne Harms

Certified Let's Play Music
Instructor Years 1, 2 and 3, Presto, Bridge

Luanne Harms has had a life full of music within her family, church, and school, Luanne majored in voice and piano and received her Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University in 1987. She has been a music teacher in both public and private schools ranging in ages from preschool to high school, and has served as high school choir director. She has taught piano and voice lessons both in the private and group format for over 30 years.
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Stephanie Lockridge


Stephanie Lockridge began playing piano when she was 10 years old and studied with Dr. Rima Anatolievna at the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia and Dr. Robert Henry and Professor David Watkins at Kennesaw State University. She made her first orchestral appearance when she was 13, playing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra. In December 2008, she performed Dvorak’s Second Piano Quintet with the Halcyon Quartet in the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2009, she performed Chopin’s First Piano Concerto with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the 35th Annual ACSO Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition.

She was selected as the recipient of the Emanuel Ax Piano Scholarship in honor of Dean Joseph Meeks in 2010. Most recently, Stephanie won The American Prize in Piano Concerto Performance. She has performed in many master classes with internationally acclaimed artists including Grammy Award-winning contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird, Alessio Bax, Ian Hobson, Marianne Jacobs, Roberto Plano, Yevgeny Sudbin, and Orion Weiss. In addition to playing classical music, she plays piano for several local theatre production companies. Some musicals she has played in include Fame, Little Shop of Horrors, and Once Upon a Mattress. Outside of teaching piano, Stephanie is a laser artist at The Peachtree Blossom with a booth in Heirloom Market Co. in addition to being a full-time mother and wife.

Sarah Buttram

Let's Play Music Year 2, 3, Piano, Voice

Sarah Buttram has been involved in music her entire life and truly loves it. Sarah attended Georgia State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Choral and General Music Education with piano as her main instrument. Piano has been a part of her life since a very young age and she enjoys teaching piano lessons to all ages. She has been singing since she was four and has participated in numerous choral events and has traveled to different states in a church singing group. Through the years, Sarah has been a piano accompanist and vocalist for many churches and choirs. Sarah believes that music is a beautiful gift and is very passionate about teaching music and sharing it with others!

Zhishan Zhang


Zhishan Zhang has been playing piano since the age of 4. She has a Bachelor’s degree of Music in piano performance and received her Masters in Piano Pedagogy in early 2023 from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Zhishan Zhang was a teacher of piano for three years during her undergraduate studies at the University of West Georgia and has been teaching at The Music Garden for several years. Zhishan is passionate about music and teaching music. Her goal is not only to teach students how to play but also help students establish a routine, harvest the ability to challenge themselves, and help them reach their full potential.

Terah Tucker

Let's Play Music Year 3, Bridge, Voice, Piano

Terah Tucker's musical journey as a pianist and singer/songwriter began at a very young age. Long before she was old enough to understand the intricacies of how music worked, she was mesmerized by its power. It was when she was 5 years old and had begun taking piano lessons that she discovered the art of writing songs, little knowing it would eventually be one of her greatest passions. Terah has spent many years playing piano and flute for church services and other events, and singing in various college ensembles, including operas, the Clayton State Chorale, and Chamber Choir. Since completing her bachelor’s degree in music composition in 2002, Terah has taught both piano and voice lessons, and has led worship in several churches. She has also released three albums and hosted a podcast showcasing independent Christian music artists that was featured on a local south Atlanta radio station. Terah loves inspiring others to begin their own musical journey and is excited to be a part of The Music Garden family!

Erin Niconovich

Presto, Piano

Erin Niconovich comes from a very musical family and has been a musician all her life. She grew up singing and playing guitar and piano in her church’s band, and played keyboard in two other bands through high school and college. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from University of North Georgia in 2018, where she also discovered her love for percussion and playing in ensembles. After graduating, she taught piano and voice at a private studio and went on to create her own piano studio in Newnan, until deciding to pursue a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from Florida State University. She now lives in Newnan with her husband, Danny, and their dog, Oliver. Erin is incredibly excited to be a part of The Music Garden community, and is looking forward to making music with students in Presto and private piano lessons!

Samantha de Zayas Munoz


Samantha de Zayas Muñoz relocated from her home in Cuba to Georgia in 2023. She has earned Undergraduate degrees in Piano Instrumentalist, Piano Education, and Ensemble Practitioner. Samantha has also completed a Bachelor of Music-Profile Musicology and a Master’s degree in Sociocultural Studies-Profile Music. The teaching of music occupies a fundamental place in her life because she has studied extensively for more than 22 years. She started working as a music teacher 14 years ago, which has allowed her to gain experience teaching music education to both children and adults. In Cuba, in addition to being a professional musician directing her own musical group and playing with various classical and popular music groups, she worked as a music teacher at “The Benny Moré Music and Arts Conservatory” She had the opportunity there beginning in 2009 until her move to the U.S. to work with children between the ages of 4 and 15. Samantha is qualified in the creation of study programs in the fields of Piano, Musical Initiation, Solfeggio, Music History and Music Theory. “It is a personal satisfaction to see how my students learn a new instrument and make it part of them and their own future.” Teaching music, especially to children, is her passion – seeing it broaden their cultural horizon and initiate them into a new world with a new language, that is music. Samantha is looking forward to sharing that passion at The Music Garden.