NEW piano instructor added to the Oconee Music team!

A native Floridian, Emily Blandon Kovar has been playing the Piano since she was 13 years old and is now completing her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Georgia under the direction of Dr. Martha Thomas. Initially a Bassoonist studying under Fernando Traba of the Sarasota Orchestra, Emily decided to pursue her love of music further at Interlochen center for the arts in 2011 and quickly discovered her love of all Keyboard instruments, including the Piano and Pipe Organ.

Guitar and Ukulele article by instructor Kyle Dawkins

Thinking about learning to play Guitar or Ukulele?

There are many reasons to pick up an instrument. Of course, the most basic is just loving the sound of a particular instrument. Oconee Music instructor, Kyle Dawkins, talks more about his personal journey as a guitarist and shares some of the social and cognitive benefits.

Guitar instructor, Kyle Dawkins headshot
Guitar instructor, Kyle Dawkins

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100 Day Practice Challenge for Super Students

As we begin a new year, it’s time to shake it up and do something fun to motivate students to keep working hard, even through the winter doldrums!

Our challenge runs from January 5th-April 30. During that time students will try to log 100 days of practice in the student portal OR the printable paper logLearn more

Meet the teacher – Kyle Dawkins

Kyle Dawkins is a guitarist from Clarkesville, Georgia. He is a founding member of the acclaimed chamber ensembles Georgia Guitar Quartet and Revien, who have each been regularly featured artists on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and have played for audiences as large as 10,000. As a composer, his music has appeared in television, film, radio, modern dance and visual art collaborations. He holds a BMusic in Guitar Performance from the University of Georgia. Kyle has been an award winner in several music competitions presented by the Georgia Music Teacher’s Association, the MTNA National Concerto Competition and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He currently teaches guitar at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA.

Kyle Dawkins Guitar lessons
Kyle Dawkins

Meet the Teacher – Amanda Sacchitello

Amanda introduces herself in this quick video! 


Amanda Sacchitello received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Latin, and Classical Culture from the University of Georgia in 2009. In 2011, Amanda received a Masters of Music Performance degree with a focus on Piano Pedagogy from the University of Georgia. Amanda has been teaching independently since 2008. Amanda enjoys sharing her love of piano and music with all ages, a hobby Amanda has had since she was 5. In addition to teaching, Amanda has collaboratively performed and taught in Georgia, New York, and Missouri!

Amanda Piano Instructor
Amanda Sacchitello