Meet our growing staff!

We’ve been slowly growing over the past almost three years, and thought it’s time to introduce you to the talented musician educators working with our students. We couldn’t be more grateful for such passionate and talented teaching staff!

You already know all about Jen, the owner (if not, find out more here!), but here’s a bit more about our newest member, Cecilia!


Cecilia Trode is a freelance educator and performer in the Atlanta area. She started the viola in public school in sixth grade and was teaching and working professionally by high school. She’s an Atlanta native, and attended Georgia State University where she studied Viola Performance with Tania Maxwell Clements. Shortly after that, she moved to Chicago and attended Northwestern where she received a Masters of Music in Music Theory. She has been freelancing and teaching full time in the Chicago area for the last few years, and is absolutely thrilled to have recently returned to the Atlanta area. She loves introducing children to the wonderful world of music, and celebrates the musical potential in every child. In her spare time, you can find her on a bicycle, dreaming up next week’s lesson plans. This is her first year with Buckhead Strings, and she is thrilled to be working with students at Morris Brandon Elementary.

New Year, New Faces!

Although I and my fellow parents are still enjoying those precious last weeks of summer, I’m reminded that there are only THREE WEEKS until school starts for my kids, and for all the schools where we teach afterschool classes.

Now in our third year, I’m happy to say that I have added two new teachers to our roster, for a total of four of us. If you will have students at Morris Brandon, Sarah Smith, WT Jackson, E Rivers, and Atlanta Classical, AND you are planning on attending Celebration of Learning on Monday, July 30, I can guarantee you will meet at least one of us!

Summer lessons

School’s out and I’m sure your kids are enjoying their summer…hiking, biking, swimming, and most importantly NO homework!

But instead, you may be equally worried about your childrens’ “summer slide,” the term parents and teachers give to the loss of valuable momentum of learning they created during the school year.
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Check out our new logo

BSlogo So proud to introduce you to our new logo! I’m ever grateful to a dear friend and colleague, Blake Stewart, for his clean and fun design. Having been lucky to have had a career in both music and marketing, I have worked with some amazing designers and knew years ago Blake would be the perfect person for the task. To see it all come full circle is an amazing feeling!  Drop a line and let us know where you see it turn up!

To be or not to be…Yo-Yo Ma

It was so exciting to welcome our first KidStrings students this week at Jackson and Sarah Smith Elementary!

On Monday, I got started with some great kids at Jackson. On a hunch that the students didn’t yet have their instruments (due to Atlanta’s crazy winter weather last weekend it was hard to do much of anything), I made sure to bring my viola. I was glad I did, because it gave me the chance to talk about all sorts of interesting stuff up close and personal. (Did you know that the strings used on string instruments many years ago were called “gut” strings, short for “catgut”? And did you know that “catgut” strings were actually made from…sheep guts?) Read more…