About the Founder

Atlanta Music Academy was founded by Mrs. Young Hae Kim, who has studied piano since she was five years old. She was accepted to Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1978 and was mentored by many wonderful professors: Mrs. Tinka Knoff, Mrs. Ellen Mack and Mrs. Dolores Bryan. After completing her study at Peabody Conservatory of Music, she returned to her hometown of Atlanta, where her family resides.

She began humbly teaching piano out of her home. Then, was selected to formally teach piano at Woodward Academy in College Park where several of her students were selected as Conference Recitalists. Conference Recitalists are the highest recognition given at Georgia Music Teachers Association Competition.

Mrs. Kim got the inspiration to open her own studio, Atlanta Music Academy (AMA) once she married and had children. Her empathy for parents who had to shuttle children to various places for outstanding music lessons gave her the idea to start a music academy of her own, a music academy with the finest teachers at competitive prices for a growing family. This is true today as many former AMA students are returning to the studio with their own children!

Our Locations

The first location of Atlanta Music Academy was in 1982, on the first floor of a commercial building in Doraville. Now AMA has grown to two locations in Suwanee and Sugar Hill.


The Suwanee location has 5100 square footage with a nice performing room accommodating around 75 people.
4164 Silver Pkwy, Suite A
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 614-8221

Sugar Hill

The Sugarhill location is unique. It includes a tennis facility of 6 tennis courts, so students can have music and tennis lessons should a student prefer.
1400 Buford Hwy, Building A-1
Sugar Hill, GA 30518
(770) 862-4223

Recognition and Awards

AMA offers top music education in all areas: strings, piano, woodwinds, brass, and we are proud of our achievements.


The Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) annually sponsors Allstate for Band and Orchestra from Middle to High School, where talented students in each district and in the state of Georgia are showcased in a full orchestra concert. Through a competitive audition process, students are selected and several students have the honor of being first chair. Congratulations to AMA’s 42 students that have made it into Allstate this year 2017, in which 10 special students have placed first chair.


Every year AMA encourages all students to participate in various competitions like the Bach Competition, Sonatina Competition, Romantistic Competition, Atlanta Flute Society, and all national orchestra competitions. Students will learn to prepare for various excerpts, experiencing and growing through these competitions.

career in music

Our proudest achievement is when many of AMA graduates select a career in music. AMA believes that music is a lifetime gift where emotions can be be freely expressed. Students are our first priority and it is important to provide an experience that help all musicians grow to their fullest potential.


Some of AMA’s high school graduates attend the finest music schools in the nation. One of our top students have even been accepted to The Julliard School of Music with a full four year scholarship.

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