GOLDRUSH SCHOOL OF MUSIC
MUSIC LESSONS FOR ALL AGES
“JUST IN TIME” SPECIAL!!
Interested in piano lessons? Can you meet for your lesson between the hours of 10am and 2pm? Get 30% OFF your first month of piano lessons when you sign up for a time spot between 10 and 2! Valid until New Year’s Day (1/1/18). Give us a call to find out more or to schedule your free consultation.
(706) 400 – 5661
GOLDRUSH SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Who We Are – MUSIC LESSONS FOR ALL AGES
Goldrush School of Music offers private music lessons and group classes in piano, guitar, voice, drums (and more!) in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Folks of all ages and all levels are welcome to come learn and enjoy the life-long benefits of making music.
Our instructors are trained and accomplished musicians who are also gifted teachers. Our teachers tailor their lesson plans to accommodate each student’s individual needs and goals.
Goldrush is the first music school of its kind to offer a variety of instruments for all ages and levels in Blairsville, Georgia.
We Are Hiring!
Are you a professional musician with teaching experience and a passion for music education? Contact us about teaching positions today. College degree in music preferred.
All ages are welcome!
All levels: Beginners to Advanced
Learn how to read music
Play your favorite songs
Explore pop, jazz, classical and more
Study with a qualified and experienced instructor
Start Making Music Now!
We offer Piano Lessons to all ages. We teach note reading, theory, and technique.
We offer Voice Lessons to all ages and all styles, from pop to classical. We teach vocal technique, reading and performance.
We offer individual and group Guitar Lessons. Students learn how to read notes, chords and proper playing technique, as well as a variety of styles from folk to pop, rock and country, among others.
We offer Drum Lessons to children and adults. Students will learn how to read music, proper stick control and drum rudiments as well as full drum set techniques and will explore a variety of styles including rock, jazz, classical, country, and more
Owner / Instructor
Eric has been teaching music privately for over 14 years, including 10 years at the Starland School of Music in Northern California. He is also a professional pianist and composer and is managing director for Melody of China, a San Francisco-based Chinese chamber ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in Music Composition.
In addition, Eric believes that everyone is different and has different needs when it comes to learning a musical instrument. With that in mind, he tailors the lesson plan to fit each individual based on their needs and goals. Eric started Goldrush School of Music with the idea that anyone can learn. Eric teaches piano, drums, guitar, music theory and composition.
Originally from Cartersville, GA, Emily is a senior Music Education major at Young Harris College. She has an extensive choir background that goes as far back as elementary school, and has been a GMEA All-State Choir member six years in a row. She is an alumni of the Cartersville Artistic Talent Showcase (C.A.T.S.), in which she got to perform several musical theatre roles including Olive Ostrovsky in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and Lorraine in “All-Shook Up.” She currently takes voice lessons herself under the direction of Jeff Bauman at Young Harris College. Since beginning her lessons she has competed and placed in the National Association for Teachers of Singing (N.A.T.S.) performance competition. She has participated in several masterclasses and has performed in Georgia State’s Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. She also is a member of several choirs in the community and the state. Though performing is a passion of hers, so is teaching and sharing music with others. She is so excited to be working with the Gold Rush School of Music and cannot wait to not only teach the art of music to these students, but to grow alongside them as musicians.
“If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they’d be.” -Lauren Myracle
Kathryn Nelson grew up in Talladega, Alabama and began piano lessons at the age of eight; throughout high school and college, Kathryn enjoyed performing with piano as well as vocally. After graduating from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, Kathryn married Will Nelson from Blairsville and taught piano lessons for five years. During those years of teaching piano, Kathryn was honored to be taught and mentored by a former concert pianist. After becoming a mother, Kathryn transferred her piano students to her trusted teacher. As a way to musically encourage her own three children, Kathryn became certified in Kindermusik and taught classes in her home, at school for special needs children, and at Kindermusik summer camps. Most recently, Kathryn has loved learning to play the guitar as well as occasionally substituting for the high school chorus director. Ms. Nelson teaches piano.
Saxophone and Bass Guitar
Nathaniel Jay Payne always found an instrument in his hands. At an early age he particularly favored the alto saxophone and excelled throughout grade-school in his musical performance. Although he was raised in a small town he held leadership positions in multiple large group ensembles.
In his youth, Nathaniel aspired to take on new instruments and ventured to explore the many vast outlets of music theory. After pushing his abilities to the next level achieving an Associate of Performing Arts at the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Nathaniel graduated at the top of his class and received the Most Outstanding Student Award in 2014, as well as obtaining certification to substitute in public schools from the Union County Board of Education.
In addition, Nathaniel has been instructed by some of the top music performers and clinicians of today including; Putter Smith, Maurice Verloop, Stanley Clarke, David Keif, and Stu Hamm, Nathan has experienced environments both urban and rural only assisting to expanding his concept of the musical worldly psychology. Now holding the ability to not only wield his instruments with confidence, but also enjoy the communion of many personalities and cultures, he strives only for the continuing growth and spread of the amazing power within music. Nathaniel teaches saxophone and bass guitar at Goldrush.
Celestial "Joy" Glass
Piano, Group Classes
Joy has been involved in music her whole life. Starting off in the church, her passion for music has taken her to many different places at a young age and currently lands in Blairsville where she’s a recording artist and serves her local church as an ordained Worship Pastor. She has been on stage working with different teams and venues since she was 14. With almost a decade of vocal experience and 5 years of being a pianist on a professional level, her desire is to use music theory and the basics piano brings to any early and aspiring musician. Using the Nashville Number System, her piano curriculum is custom designed to every student to train agility in writing, and fluency of communication in a band setting no matter what instrument it’s applied to.