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Suzuki Workshop Day


Jessica Hoffman, violin, was a Faculty member of the Suzuki Academy at The Music School of Delaware for 10 years before moving to Atlanta, GA area in January 2018. Miss Hoffman received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University. A former member of Symphony in C, she’s been a freelancer in the Philadelphia/Delaware area before moving to Georgia. Miss Hoffman is a Registered Suzuki violin teacher having studied string pedagogy with Linda Fiore (Hartt Suzuki Institute), Ronda Cole (Greater Washington Suzuki Association), Michelle George (Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute), Ed Kreitman(Ithaca Suzuki Institute), Edmund Sprunger (GWSA/Ithaca Suzuki Institutes), Nancy Jackson (American Suzuki Institute), Alice Joy Lewis (ASI), Katherine Wood (ASI) and Mimi Zweig (Indiana University). Miss Hoffman has also studied Baroque Music under the incredible Elizabeth Field and Stephanie Vial at the Vivaldi Project’s Early Music on Modern Instruments (EMMI) workshops.


Anne Hobbs, cellist. A wonderful life of music began for Anne Hobbs at the age of 7 with the piano & cello. She received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Post Graduate Performer’s Diploma from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa under the guidance of cellist Marian Lewin. Her postgraduate studies include a Master of Arts in Cello Performance from the University of Western Illinois, USA. Here, she also received her certification in the Suzuki Method of Teaching with Dr. Tanya Carey.
As a professional orchestra and chamber musician, Anne has performed with The Pro Musica Orchestra, Transvaal Chamber Orchestra, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Springfield Symphony and played for 6 years with the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa where she had the honor of playing with renowned performers such as Luciano Pavarotti and Kiri Te Kanawa.
Having taught cello for 33 years, she love being a part of the opportunity that cello playing brings to her students.
She is married to Peter and has 3 sons, Daniel, Wesley and John.



Susan Hoffman, pianist, is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois as a Music Major with emphasis on piano.  She taught Traditional piano in her Home Studio for over 30 years.  Prior to relocating to the Atlanta area in January 2018, Mrs. Hoffman lived in the state of NJ where she was a Church Choir Director and Church Pianist. Her other accomplishments include teaching piano at a Private School, Accompanist for the Pennsville Public School Music Academy, as well as Organist at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Pennsville, NJ.  Susan Hoffman has been a Suzuki Piano Instructor at the Community Music School University of Delaware (CMSUD) for twelve years.  She is a Registered Suzuki Piano Teacher in books 1,2,3,4, having studied Suzuki Piano with Carolyn Frasier and Marilyn Anderson.  She also completed her Certificate for Unit 1 at a Music Mind Games workshop with Michiko Yurko at her studio in Washington D.C.



My name is Joana Pratt. My husband, Timothy and I opened Art for Life in Buford in late 2016, after I had taught art, theater, and Spanish to K-8 graders and adults for more than 20 years. My art career began in Colombia, my birthplace, where I ran my own company that made Mardi Gras-style floats and furniture with a technique I developed using recycled cardboard. In the US, since 2001,  I have taught in many Montessori schools, directed a nonprofit program for youth at risk, and worked with Lango, a program teaching foreign languages to children.

​Since moving to Georgia in 2014, I launched “Art & Spanish for Life,” a platform to help people of all ages expand their lives by creating art and learning a language! The adventure continues today at the Art for Life in Buford studio.

 We’re happy to have a place to help you bring art into your life, only a mile from the Mall of Georgia!

​The new Art for Life in Buford studio is a place where people of all ages can find a creative place to bring a little art into their lives. No previous experience is required! Our studio is designed to help teach those who have never made a painting, drawing, or sculpture, as well as budding artists.

Children love our afternoon classes, a chance to explore their artistic side or learn Spanish after school, and our Camps, which are a blast! On weekends, young and old discover that art can be a way of celebrating everything from a birthday to a new job at our private Artsy Parties, or "Paint n' Sip" events. Every weekend we also offer Public Artsy Parties, where everyone is welcome to come and make a painting chosen from our online gallery. We also offer a chance to “Paint your Pet,” and workshops in techniques such as watercolor painting and making furniture out of recycled cardboard.

We guarantee that if you walk through the doors of Art for Life, you will have fun while creating — and bring art into your life!

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