Private lessons are an important way to grow as a musician! At Peacock’s Performing Arts Center we offer music lessons for students age 6 and up. We encourage our students to explore the world of music and express themselves through music. Whether your goal is to go perform in front of a sell out crowd or just to sing for the joy of singing Peacock’s has a place for you.
- Voice Lessons
- Piano Lessons
- Guitar Lessons
- Violin Lessons
4 half hour sessions of private instruction: $85
One on one session with our trained instructor on a day and time that works best for you and your family. A onetime registration fee of $30 will be required at the time of enrollment. There is a $40 production fee if your student participates in one of our showcases (Winter and/or end of the year).
Meet Your Instructors:
Private Voice and Piano Instructor
Sara DeJournett found her love for music when she was in elementary school. At the age of 6 she began singing in school, churches and community functions. When she was 9 she began taking private lessons for piano and at the age of 11 she began voice lessons. Throughout her high school and college years she received many awards for her vocal ability, receiving one of the highest vocal honors the “National Vocal Award.” When she graduated high school she attended North Central University to pursue a degree in Music Worship. Her love for music led her to start giving both vocal and piano lessons privately. As she got married and her family grew she took a break from giving lessons to focus on raising her children. Even though she loved being with her family there was still a part of her that was missing. She was thrilled when the opportunity to teach again was presented to her through PPAC. She loves to engage with kids of all ages as well as adults who are wanting to pursue their love for music. She would love to work with you and help you develop your musical abilities. When Sara is not at PPAC working with her students she volunteers as the Choral Director at Feagin Mill Middle School and also sings with her church worship team. Sara is thankful her supportive husband, Charles, and five children, Tyler, Marian, Emma, Jacob and Lillian. She feels she would not be able to do what she does without their love and support.
My name is Grace Watson, and the arts have always been an influential part of my life. At the age of 3, I began dancing at Kids America in Perry, Georgia. Over the next 15 years, I was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. In high school, I began sharing my love of dance with others. I began teaching young students ballet, tap, and jazz. Also, I helped choreograph the spring musicals at Westfield School.
Music has also been an important part of my life. I developed a love of singing at a very young age. I sang in the Mercer University Children’s Choir and a variety of choirs at Trinity United Methodist Church and Andrew United Methodist Church. Through these experiences, I had the opportunity to attend choir tours and sing all over the country—from New York to Florida. In high school, I was an avid member of the Westfield Chorus. I competed in girl’s solo and trio at the literary competition. In 2010 and 2011, we won the state competition for girl’s trio. I was selected for All-State Chorus and Honor Choir where I was able to sing with a variety of students from all over the state.
Another outlet to share my love of music playing the piano. At the age of 6, I began taking piano lessons. I quickly began playing the piano in church and in praise band. In high school, I started my professional career by playing for church services and weddings. In 2012, I competed and won the regional literary competition for piano.
I graduated from Georgia College and State University with a bachelors and masters degree in Early Childhood Education. After the completion of these degrees, I began teaching dance again at Kids America in Perry, Georgia. As the primary ballet and pointe teacher, I taught students of all ages and choreographed appropriate dances for a variety of performances. Additionally, I have been able to share my love of dance with students in education as the Stunning Stallions dance coach at Langston Road Elementary School. In 2020, I began teaching piano lessons at Peacock’s Performing Arts Center. I have loved being able to share my love of the piano with students and watch them grow each week!
Parker Van Riper
Private Vocal and Piano Instructor
Parker Van Riper found her love of music and the stage at the early age of 4. Although she grew up in a musical family, she didn’t decide to pursue music professionally until her senior year of high school – after participating in Georgia All State Chorus and State Literary as a female soloist. She graduated from Mercer University with a BA in music, as well as minors in theater and journalism, in 2016. While attending she studied under Dr. Richard Kosowski and participated in both Mercer Opera productions and Mercer Singers.
When Parker is not teaching at PPAC, she can be found performing in different character entertainment companies around the US. She also likes to donate her time to different non-profit organizations and give back to the arts wherever and whenever possible.
Private Vocal and Piano Instructor
Sarah Boutwell grew up in Valdosta, Georgia. She began taking piano lessons in the third grade. When Sarah was in eighth grade, she started traveling around to different churches in the area that were without a pianist. In high school, she held positions in churches as the full-time pianist. She also was involved in her high school choir and high school theater program. In May 2019, Sarah graduated from Lowndes High School and completed an Associate of Arts degree from Georgia Military College. Currently, Sarah attends Wesleyan College and will graduate in Fall 2021 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Piano and Organ Performance.
Sarah has competed in the GMTA Collegiate Auditions and for the Floride Dean Award. She is active in the RUF Ministry on Wesleyan’s campus. In addition, she is actively involved in the Concert Choir and Wesleyannes vocal ensembles on campus.
Sarah is the current piano accompanist for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Macon, Georgia. In addition to that, Sarah loves sharing the joy that she has found in music through teaching piano and voice lessons at Peacock’s Performing Arts Center.
Music Therapist & Vocal/Piano Instructor
For Christy, singing and dancing came right along with walking and talking. Growing up, she was actively involved in choir, dance, and theater programs both in school and within the community. She continued to study music, dance, and theater as she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Valdosta State University. Music made such a profound difference in her life, she decided that she wanted to use music to help others as well. Christy earned a Master of Arts degree in music therapy from Texas Women’s University, and the credential MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist). She also holds a license to practice music therapy in the state of Georgia. In her professional career as a music therapist, Christy has worked with persons of all ages, ranging from newborns in the NICU to older adults in nursing homes and hospice. As a music therapist, she uses music to accomplish non musical goals, such as cognitive development, communication, emotional and self expression, social skills, pain management, relaxation, and motor skills. She also is thrilled to be a part of the PPAC team as a vocal coach. She is honored to help train and shape the students at PPAC as they cultivate their love for the arts. Christy is excited to share in this adventure with her husband, Chris Pinto. Christy enjoys chasing after their two little boys, walking their dog Zoe, and spending time with family and friends.