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Who We Are

Hillcrest School of Music is a premier music school that offers private and group lessons from beginners to adults, and carry a full line of band and orchestra instruments, guitars, amps, drums and accessories. 


Private lessons:

help students achieve the greatest amount of success in the least amount of time. Private lessons also give children a sense of identity. It is a special time just for them where they can meet with their teacher and work together to improve their own skills and build confidence as they grow. Parents can see this development when the student perform the music learned at seasonal recitals hosted by the teacher. Recitals are fun for students as they get the opportunity to display what they rehearsed and prepared to parents, family and friends. Lessons are usually once a week and are a half hour in length. The cost per lesson is $35 dollars and is paid at the beginning of every month.

Before founding Hillcrest School of Music, the Director, Darnell Moore, M.Ed., shared his love for music as a band director and elementary music teacher for  20+ years with the Atlanta Public School System. Press play above to see one of Mr. Moore's teaching portfolios.



Whether you want to buy and instrument or rent, we offer a variety of

Band and Orchestra instrument for all your musical needs.

  • Rentals

  • Sales

  • Repair

  • Accessories

 Our rental programs are specifically designed for students who are new to band and/or orchestra. We provide top quality, teacher-approved instruments from Violins to Piccolos - and everything in between –  Come in and rent an instrument today. It's quick, easy, and very affordable.



Our after school program offer our working parents an alternative to the traditional childcare for school-aged kids from Kindergarten through the 5th grade, with our after school performing academy we specializes in music development and stage production performances. Putting on performances such as ‘The Wiz’, and ‘The Lion King’. In the winter of 2019 the academy will perform the original screen play “The African Nutcracker”.

The After School program runs from 2:30-6:00 PM, Monday-Friday for those students accepted, and is open to students in grades k-8 who attend schools within a 5-mile radius of Hillcrest at 4924 South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, GA. Students will be picked-up from their school and brought to Hillcrest each day, Monday-Friday.

The program includes a ready-to-eat-snack, participation in various musical groups, music centers, including, keyboard, drumline, computer center, listening center, and music and movement. Two times a year the academy performs a big production. The cost of the after-school music academy is $100 weekly or $20 a day. Let us help your children find their voices in a safe learning environment where students can thrive and reach their fullest potential.

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Music for Little Kids (2-4yrs/Preschool)

Sing, dance, play instruments, enjoy musical stories, and have fun learning with friends! This lively, age-appropriate class is the perfect start for young children. Visuals and adorable puppets help make the music come to life! Children develop memory skills and language, timing, rhythm, pitch matching, and other musical abilities and in a nurturing environment with other music friends. 

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Be in a Band! If you are looking to play with others, you’re in the right place! Join a small group, jam band, chamber music ensemble and make music with your friends! 

In this Performance based approach students start by playing and preparing songs that inspire them and through weekly lessons and group rehearsals they develop and master the songs they always wanted to learn then present them at their big end-of-season performance. This approach allows students the opportunity to develop authentic performance experiences at real performing arts facilities.  All ages, instruments, and levels are welcome to join if they have experience on their instrument, if not, the first step on the way to the stage would be private lessons on their instrument of choice. Usually

1-year of private lessons is required. Average ages 9-13. Contact us for more details.

"When words fail music speaks"

Let us help your children in finding their voices, in a safe learning environment where students can thrive and reach their fullest potential.

Hillcrest School of MUSIC

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