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Our Story

In 2008, Music Schools International, Peachtree City in Fayette County, opened its doors and became the first U.S.-based independent affiliate to join the ISM/MSI Network of over 30 schools. 

Brian and Nicole Simmons met businesswoman and music educator, Rosalind Thrift, based in Sydney, Australia, who introduced them to her curriculum and system of teaching. It was a perfect opportunity to bring music education to the area.


Music Schools International focuses on group music education courses that are proven to teach the entire music student starting at ages 2 to adult.

Meet The Team

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Brian Simmons
School Director & Lead Instructor

I love seeing students develop their skills and stay committed to the process while having fun. Life is to be enjoyed and music is a great way to do it.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music, 

Licensed in International School of Music System-Sydney, Australia:

Certified Maxwell Leadership Speaker, Trainer, and Coach.

I enjoy Marvel movies, reading and taking quiet walks.

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Nicole Simmons
Director of Communication & Marketing

I love seeing the smiles and joy from our MSI community. It's a delight to be apart of something larger than myself and share the amazing journey with others.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Gordon College, Certified Maxwell Leadership Trainer, Speaker, and Coach.

I enjoy DIY projects, fitness, and relaxing at the beach.

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Christine Daniels
Business Assistant

I love being a part of the MSI's friendly, supportive and encouraging community. It’s beautiful and motivates our whole family. 


Bachelor of Science in Education, minor in Sociology with a focus on children at Old Dominion University.  A former contractor with the United Nations working with women’s groups in Somalia, Council for Excellence in Government research and grants.  Pilates instructor and property management. 

I enjoy jewelry making, travel/camping, crochet, and reading.


Amanda Pieper 
School Administrator

I love helping families and seeing the students grow developmentally and musically through the program.


Master in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems at Penn State.  Former Consultant for IBM and Deloitte.  Certified Yoga Instructor. 


I enjoy cooking, hiking, and playing with my kids.  

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Levi Graves
Percussion Instructor

I love teaching the skills of music and enjoy helping youth and adults feel and perform music.


Boston Conservatory of Music Education, Jazz Studies at the University of the District of Columbia, and Member of the U.S. Army Band for over twenty years.

I enjoy walking my dog, running and relaxing.

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Terence Elam
Audio Engineer Instructor

I love the students at MSI because they all have raw talent and are eager to perfect their gifts. My job is to help develop and cultivate that talent to a professional level. 

Primarily focus is on working within Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Reason, Logic Pro X, and GarageBand with MSI students.

Graduate Berklee College of Music - Music Production and Engineering Degree, Associate degree in Applied Sciences from Cuyahoga Community College, and Sound Engineer Consultant.

I enjoy family time, traveling and biking.

Our Core Values


 We make learning fun and exciting, so students can see and feel how life-changing it can be.


We are dedicated to developing a strong knowledge base because it helps students excel.


We emphasize progression through consistency of practice, to help students stay motivated and excited about learning.


We help our students stay committed in their musical journey.


We focus on this intangible yet powerful quality with each student because it is the foundation to learning new things.

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