About Us

Mission Statement

Southern Art Music Initiative believes that music is integral to completing both education and personal development. Southern Art Music aims to educate through music and assist in the growth of interpersonal skills through preserving art and folk music traditions.

Online lessons

Our virtual private instrument lessons program offers a safe, customized, one-on-one teaching style beneficial to students of any age. Contact us to reserve a time-slot with one of our instructors!

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In-Home Lessons

For those who learn better in person, we are again offering in-home lessons in the Metro-Atlanta area!  Contact us to reserve a time-slot with one of our instructors!

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School Programs

In addition to private lessons on campus, we provide clubs and after-school activities in the Metro-Atlanta area! Contact us today for more information on how to bring these programs in your school!

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Meet Our directors

Joseph Kirkland

A life-long musician from Southeast Georgia, Mr. Kirkland is classically trained in the disciplines of Voice, Percussion, Classical Guitar, and Music Composition. He comes from a long tradition of family musicians and has experience performing most genres, both popular and academic. His broad teaching experience includes directing school programs in addition to youth music programs across many communities.

Chandler Greer

Chandler M. Greer is a musician and songwriter based in Atlanta, GA. Chandler has been trained extensively in classical and jazz saxophone, as well as clarinet and flute.  He is actively gigging in the Atlanta community and is a co-founder of and songwriter with the jazz fusion band Misnomer. The band won Flagpole Awards in 2017 for Artist and Album of the Year. Chandler has had the opportunity to perform and record with a variety of acts in Atlanta and beyond as part of Misnomer, his horn trio, and as a guest performer. His passion for music began in early, childhood as part of a musical family. He earnestly believes that music as a family activity helps build stronger relationships and promotes higher self-confidence among children. Chandler also believes in cultivating a love for music during lesson time and providing children with context for why practicing and discipline are crucial to success.

Our History

Southern Art Music Initiative was founded in 2015 with the goal of passing on the tradition of art music with an emphasis on family and service. We firmly believe in giving a little extra in our work and catering our classes and lessons to the students. Since our inception, we’ve developed an exceptional online program as well as partnerships with several metro Atlanta schools to provide private lessons services, clubs and other music-related programs and events.