Our Instructors


Pedal Point Music offers instruction in a number of instruments.  Our instructors are ready to accommodate you either in person or vitually, through our online classes.

As the pandemic began to encompass the lives of our client in the Spring of 2020, our instructors jumped ahead of the curve and set up an online environment to continue lessons. 

You can be assured we will do our best to keep you on track toward your musical goals!

Our Team


Will Suit

Piano/Voice

Will Suit is a native of North Georgia. His involvement in music is a lifelong love. He holds a performance degree from Tennessee Temple University and certifications as an Elementary Education Specialist in piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and serves as area chair for Pedal Point Music.   

Will’s studio is geared toward engaging students, young and mature, to find the fun and sheer joy of experiencing music.

While the business keeps him busy, Will continues to maintain a full studio of students, a regular podcast and a myriad of other activities, including composing children’s music and curriculum. You can find his writings and recordings by visiting www.willsuitmusic.com.

 

Sharon Camper

Piano

Sharon Camper graduated from St. Bernard College with a degree in Elementary Education with minors in Art and Music. Her early experience included serving as a church organist, teaching preschool and elementary school music classes, directing children’s choirs, and founding an elementary school band. She has taught Kindermusik and Music for Kids, as well as private piano and voice lessons. Sharon loves working with students of all ages. She currently has students ranging in age from 8 to 80+! Using a variety of musical styles and methods, she creates a unique approach for each student to unlock their musical ability and creativity. Sharon is dedicated to helping the students develop the skills required to work independently so they can reach their highest potential and develop artistry in their playing.

Jackson Hodges

Piano/Voice/Guitar

Jackson Hodges is a classically trained music educator currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. He spent his entire childhood surrounded by music – his mother earned a degree in classical organ/music education, and his father played music in bands on and off throughout the 1990’s. He began to explore music and the possibility of pursuing a career in music at the age of 13 when he received a guitar for his birthday. This led to 4 years of marching band, 2 years of choir, 2 years of musical theater, and lots of extra-curricular music throughout high school, as well as the study of music education, in which he holds a degree, during his years at the University of Georgia. He currently plays in multiple groups, including Y2K and ZALE.

Eriko Ishikawa

Piano

Earned her Bachelor of Piano Performance from Tokyo College of Music and the Master of Piano Performance from Arizona State University.  She has performed at the International Summer Course at Prague Conservatory and Mozarteum Salzburg.
While in Japan Ms. Ishikawa concertized with members of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Seiji Ozawa. Ms  Ishikawa performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan with vocalists, instrumentalists, and orchestras alike.
Ms. Ishikawa’s compositions have been published and premiered in Europe to great acclaim.  She is a Certified Yamaha Instructor.   She is a member of MTNA, GMTA, GFMC and NDMTA. Steinway & Sons, NY awarded her TOP  MUSIC TEACHER in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

 

Troy Redd

Guitar/Bass Guitar

 

Troy earned his Bachelor’s in Music Business from Berklee College of Music. He is in demand as a bassist in the Atlanta area.

His experience includes being a bassist at ONE MusicFest, Atlanta, GA.; bassist at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, MA; BNDWTH session man, Atlanta, GA.; bassist at Elizabeth Baptist church Atlanta, GA.; Record Company session man, Boston, MA; bassist at Miracle Temple, Baltimore, MD; MWAM tour (90 shows).

 

In addition he has experience in TV and film that includes: Charming the Hearts of Men (IMBD) (2020, GA) Aretha Franklin: Genius (2020, GA) LoveCraft Country (HBO) (2020, GA) Kobra Kai (Sony) (2020)

 

Melissa Loga

Violin/Viola/Ukulele

Melissa Loga is a certified Suzuki Strings Instructor and holds membership in SAGA. She is also an accomplished vocalist, and has participated in numerous recording projects instrumentally and vocally.  She actively participates in the band, ZALE as a vocalist, keyboardist and violist.  Additionally, she plays and teaches ukulele!

Melissa grew up in a musical environment which nurtured her love for performing and teachings.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Georgia as well as  Master of Music in MM, Viola Performance.

Joel Perkins

Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Fiddle

 

Joel Perkins is an accomplished fiddler and an outstanding instructor of music. He follows a long line of fiddlers in his family with his enthusiasm and accomplishments.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY. He currently serves as the Director of Orchestras for the M. E. Stilwell School of the Arts. He also is the owner of The Virtual String Studio. He’s a member of NafME and ASTA.

Some of Joel’s accomplishments include  Carnegie Hall Performance (2020), Professional Orchestra Collaboration with Orchestra Noir (2018/19) and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2018); All National Honor Orchestra (2019); Shuler Award Nomination for Best High School Pit Orchestra (2019) as well as many others.

 

 

 

Drew Simpson

 

Percussion

 

 

Drew Simpson grew up in Snellville, GA. The son of a drummer and band director, he has been making music his whole life. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he began touring all over North America and Asia as a musician and performer with several Broadway shows.

He then moved to New York with his soon-to-be wife and began working as a drummer and percussionist for many Broadway shows. Among them are Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Annie, RENT, and Avenue Q.

While in New York, he also worked as a drummer and performer for an interactive music program for babies and toddlers called Little Maestros.

Mr. Simpson and his wife moved back to Georgia in 2014. He taught in the Norcross cluster for three years and currently teaches in Lawrenceville. He now lives in Dunwoody with his wife, Kelly. They have a daughter named Rhea and a French Bulldog named Remy.