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We have high standards for quality education. All Southern Art Music Instructors are classically-trained in jazz, art music, or music education. Contact us today to schedule lessons with one of our wonderful Instructors! 

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JOSEPH KIRKLAND, Founder, Director

- Head of Guitar and Strings Education

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.

 

DAVID DUCHARME

 - Head of Audio Services, Lessons Instructor

David Ducharme earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Recording Technology from Georgia State University. In addition, he holds a guitar certificate from Berklee College of Music. David has taught hundreds of students throughout his years of professional music instruction, many of whom have been accepted into music colleges and advanced placement programs.

  

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JOSEPH SATRALKAR

- Head of Piano Education

With over 8 years of experience as a private and classroom music teacher, Joseph is skilled at teaching students with various learning styles and abilities. He trained as a classical pianist and earned a Bachelors degree (ATCL) in music performance from Trinity College, London. He is also an accredited teacher for IGCSE (University of Cambridge). Joseph has taught in two International Baccalaureate (IB)  schools as a ‘Music Teacher’ and 'Director of Music'. He has 9 years of performing experience as a concert pianist and accompanist, working with various artists in the Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, EDM, and Pop genres as both a music producer and live performer.   

Chandler Greer

- Head of Woodwind Education

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.

Hannah Smith

- Head of Early Music Education

Hannah Smith graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2018 with a Bachelor in Arts: Voice Concentration. While in college, she auditioned and was accepted for the Opera Viva program which took place in Verona, Italy in July 2016 and July 2018. During her stay, she studied under renowned performance instructors and performed in several concerts. Throughout the years, Hannah has learned clarinet, percussion, piano, and classical voice. She also has worked with children’s choirs and church music camps. While a senior in high school, she was selected to be part of the Georgia Ambassadors of Music and traveled throughout Europe for two weeks performing concerts in 7 countries