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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 is Adjunct Faculty of Audio Production Engineering at Pellissippi State Community College. He is a classically trained musician and audio engineer with a B.Mu. in Music Technology (Recording/Music Production) from Georgia State University School of Music and Certificate in Guitar from Berklee College of Music. His primary technologist teachers include Seva David-Louis Ball (Associate Founder of Waves) and Dr. Robert Scott Thompson (Professor of Composition and Music Technology).

Highlighted technician encounters include engagements with national artists such as Russ, members from the Atlanta Symphony/Chorus, Katie Noel, Carmen Bradford, T-Pain, Hawthorne Heights, and more. As a performing guitarist, he has toured the nation and was selected for the 2013 classical guitar master class with Maestro Pepe Romero from the Royal Guitar Family. He’s had former guitar students accepted into college music programs and currently maintains a full-time instrument teaching studio.

His current research interests include intersections between equal temperament music theory and analog/digital signal transducer technologies. Prior to his appointment at Pellissippi, David served as an audio software instructional staff in the Instructional Design department at Georgia State University and audio-visual technician in the School of Music. He’s taught applied music at private schools, various music academies, and is a recipient of the Bill Lowery Endowed Music Industry Scholarship.

DR. COREY FLOWERS

- Classical Guitar Ensemble Director

Corey Flowers is a classical guitarist currently based in Athens, Georgia where he completed a doctorate in Guitar Performance with a minor in music composition. Corey studied under John Sutherland and Phil Snyder while at UGA and maintains a particular interest in 20th century and contemporary repertoire. Current teaching positions include Agnes Scott College, Piedmont College, and the UGA Community Music School.


In addition to classical pursuits, Corey also writes and performs rock/metal music featuring a blending of styles, extended range instruments, mixed meters, virtuosic soloing, and intricate rhythms. Projects include Jet Engine Dragons, Beast Mode, and the studio group Anthemusa.

CHANDLER GREER

- Assistant Director

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

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