Whether you are interested in learning how to play a new instrument or perfecting your skills on one that you currently play, we have the perfect instructor and curriculum for you!  Our talented instructors are dedicated to helping every music student meet their musical goals - whether it's learning to play simple melodies as a fun hobby, developing a high-level understanding of music theory, preparing for a college music department audition, or performing in a professional band.  We teach all styles and genres of music and help students to achieve that "lightbulb moment" that they all wish for!

Mikayla Marlow

Ballantyne Studio Manager

According to her mother, Mikayla could sing before she could talk. Native to Union County,

Mikayla pursued her musical interest by taking guitar and vocal lessons through a family

friend. At age fourteen, she decided to continue her studies more seriously and enrolled in

lessons with Madison Stegall and Danielle Smith Pollman. She participated in student bands

until she acquired the position of Administrative Assistant at Ballantyne School of Music in


In addition to fulfilling her responsibilities at the school, Mikayla is currently a guitarist and

lead vocalist for an event band, FM Encore, along with Charlotte musicians; Cole Millward,

James Nelson, and Garrick White. She is also  working to complete a bachelor’s degree in English/Literature at Queens University of Charlotte with hopes of establishing a career as an author and editor in the near future while continuing her passion for music.   

Here at Ballantyne School of Music, we are continuously looking for ways to keep your family members engaged in their music lessons.  Instruction should be not only educational... but FUN!  We offer skill-building camps and clinics to enhance your learning experience.  Ask about our special discounts for YMCA and Ballantyne Corporate Park members!

We offer private, one-on-one music lessons for students ages 6 and older.  

To reserve a time slot with one of our talented instructors, please complete the form on the Contact Us page of our website or call us at 980-819-6998 (Ballantyne location) or 803-396-3855 (Indian Land location)!  

We offer 30- and 60-minute lessons, although 30-minute lessons once a week are recommended for beginners.  Please review Ballantyne School of Music policies at the time of enrollment for monthly tuition calculation.  Automatic draft is made on the first day of the month - debit or credit card only.  (A 30-day written notice is required to discontinue lessons and monthly tuition draft.)

We offer a 10% discount on private lessons to siblings, YMCA members, Ballantyne Corporate Park cardholders, and military/former military families, as well as for multiple or extended sessions.  We also offer a 15% Senior discount for students 65 and older and for early lessons for homeschool families. (Discounts cannot be combined and are not offered on Jam Session or Camps.)

Connie Cooper
Owner/Director - Ballantyne & Indian Land Studios

Connie was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and earned her Bachelors degree in

Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She

spent most of her career working for a national bank in a variety of capacities such

as customer service, quality assurance, sales/marketing and relationship



Connie was enrolled in keyboard lessons at a very young age, played flute in her junior high school band, began playing the

guitar while in college, and has performed as a vocalist, keyboard, guitar and bass player in several bands throughout the years.  "I believe that learning how to rehearse and perform in front of a live audience is essential to every student's musical - and personal - development!"  Connie is also the director of Chick Singer Night Charlotte - an organization which was established to provide female singers with an opportunity to showcase their talent by fronting a professional​ house band and performing at popular local venues such as Amos' Southend and Visulite Theater.  

Connie's passion for providing quality, affordable, and, most important, FUN music instruction to the families of Charlotte and Indian Land, SC, is what lead her to a career at Ballantyne School of Music in early 2013.  She has three sons who have spent years in and out of music lessons and recognizes that it's important to every parent to keep their child interested and engaged in their music lessons.  Her focus is to always see things from the students' and parents' perspectives and continue to add value to all of their music programs.