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Giant Steps has a dedicated lesson studio area with 5 rooms and its own entrance on the back of the building.

All the private instructors at Giant Steps set their own schedules and rates. Contact them today!

Meet the Instructors

Guitar / Drums / Piano / Bass Guitar / Ukulele / Banjo / Mandolin

Jerry Haynes, B.A.

Jerry Haynes started playing guitar at the age of 8, after receiving an acoustic guitar as a present from his grandfather. He is an accomplished musician and teacher with a Professional Certification from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA and a BA degree in Music Composition & Theory from the Unversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has been teaching private lessons for 27 years. Jerry started out teaching guitar and bass, but now teaches many other instruments as well.

For Jerry Haynes' schedule and rates, please text him at (423) 421-6575. He can also be reached at

Flute / Piccolo

Amelia Dicks, M.M.

Amelia Dicks is Principal Piccolo of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and remains active as a freelance flutist, performing with orchestras all throughout the eastern United States. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM) and the University of Georgia (MM), where she studied with Michel Debost, Kathleen Chastain, Alexa Still, and Angela Jones-Reus. She began playing at the age of 12 and made her orchestral debut as a soloist with the Georgia Governor's Honors Program Orchestra at age 17. Ms. Dicks studied abroad in Italy with the University of Georgia in 2008, giving solo performances in Perugia, Alessandria, and Rome, while studying privately with Michael Hasel of the Berlin Philharmonic. She went on to win the Classic Center Cultural Foundation Scholarship and was a four-year recipient of the Conservatory Dean Scholarship at Oberlin. In 2012, she performed at the World Financial Center in New York City with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. In 2015, she performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the UGA Symphony Orchestra as winner of the concerto competition. Ms. Dicks has performed in master classes for Carol Wincenc, Marianne Gedigian, Sir James Galway, and Ransom Wilson, among many others. She currently lives in Chattanooga and spends most of her free time outdoors as an avid trail runner. 

For Amelia's schedule and rates, please contact her at

Clarinet / Saxophone

Gordon Inman

Gordon Inman is a Chattanooga-based clarinetist and saxophonist. He plays regularly with local symphony, opera, and theatre companies; serves as artistic director of the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir; and is a member of the Uptown Big Band, Figment Chamber Ensemble, and the Voci Virili men's choir. Gordon also loves to teach and spends much of his time tending to his private studio and at Southern Adventist University, where he serves as adjust professor of clarinet.

For Gordon Inman's schedule and rates, please text him at (423) 619-3572.

Trumpet / Cornet

Tommy Bulman

A native of Ringgold, GA, Tommy Bulman is a trumpet player and teacher in the Chattanooga area. Tommy has been working with private students and local high school brass sections for 16 years. He has studied music performance at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, studying with Chattanooga Symphony & Orchestra principal trumpeter David Hobbs, and Shane Porter, member of the Tuscaloosa Horns.

As a performer, Tommy has played with several local orchestras, brass quintets, and jazz ensembles in Chattanooga. He also serves as the current principal cornet with the Jericho Brass Band, a British-style brass band in Chattanooga, and has performed solo works with the ensemble for several seasons. As an educator, Tommy has a high performing studio with students reaching high chairs in district honor band, Jr./Sr. clinic, as well as the all-state levels in both Tennessee and Georgia. His students have received scholarships to universities such as the University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, Berry College, and Jacksonville State University. Tommy Bulman is a proud memeber of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the International Trumpet Guild.

For Tommy Bulman's schedule and rates, please contact him at

French Horn

Gordon James, M.M.

Gordon James, Principal Horn of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, has been playing and teaching Horn for over 30 years. Gordon is also the Principal Horn of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the CSO since 1987. Prior to that, Gordon played 4th Horn in the Fort Worth Symphony for 5 years.  He has also performed with the Alabama Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. Gordon is presently the Adjunct Horn Instructor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Lee University, Southern Adventist University, and Covenant College. He received Music Performance degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and the University of North Texas. Gordon has attended Roundtop (TX) Music Festival, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. In his spare time, Gordon enjoys driving and maintaining antique cars, and he’s an avid DiscGolfer.

For Gordon James' schedule and rates, please text or call him at (423) 827-6329, or email him at


Sebastian Lozano

Sebastian Lozano is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. He has been very active in the UTC ensembles, participating in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Brass Quintet, Pep Band, and Marching Band. In the Marching band, he held the leadership positions of Low Brass section leader and drum major. 

For Sebastian Lozano's schedule and rates, please text him at (423) 364-5571.