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Recording Faculty
Atlanta, Ga Music Director of Recording Technology Damon Fonooni

Damon Fonooni's passion for production and engineering was piqued at the age of fifteen. Now nearly 30 years old his experience and reputation shows a polished technical evolution with an attention to detail. As a composer, producer and audio engineer, Damon Fonooni's extensive discography of more than 60 original releases and remixes continues to receive exciting reviews from music media heavyweights BPM, DJ Mag, IDJ, Mixmag, Remix, Urb, 365Mag, as well as being awarded the coveted Best Electronic Act from Atlanta's premier arts and entertainment periodical,The Creative Loafing.

His work is featured regularly on BBC Radio One, KissFM Worldwide, Australia's Triple J, etc. and licensed to over fifteen Electronic/EDM compilations including the Renaissance, Global Underground and Bedrock libraries, and the highly respected Balance series from EQ. He turned heads at the Toronto Film Festival with Motorola featuring his music in a short film. In his role as sound designer Fonooni creates sound logos and scores for film and television, and is the architect behind an innovative audio sample and loop series for Resonant Vibes, titled Re:Produce, which, under his direction, was quickly picked up and distributed by one of today's largest audio sample companies, Loopmasters.
For over a decade Damon Fonooni's tour schedule (under his artist guise, Habersham) has included performances in major clubs across North America with stops at renowned festivals such as San Francisco's Love Parade, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival [DEMF], Miami's Winter Music Conference, and South By South West [SXSW] in Austin, Texas. Globally, Damon performs at clubs and festivals in countries from Australia to Canada, Mexico to Central and South America, Holland to Hungary, Turkey to Romania, and more.

Atlanta, Ga Director of Technical Services, Recording Ryan Williams
  • Nine years classical piano study under instructor/composer Marvin Goldstein
  • Seven years guitar/bass study under Berklee alumni Jeff Sollohub
  • Berklee Summer Performance Program (Bass)
  • Stubbs Musical Foundation Jazz Bass Scholarship recipient
  • Graduated Full Sail University with AS in Recording Arts & Sciences (2001)
Avid/Digidesign Pro Tools Certified Instructor
Avid/Digidesign Pro Tools Expert Music Certified
Avid/Digidesign ICON Expert Certified
Avid/Digidesign Venue Operator Certified
Apple Certified Mac Technician
CompTIA A+ Certified
Owner of Europa Studios, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia Recording Faculty Jay Wynne

Jay Wynne holds two Bachelor degrees in Digital Media and Sound Design/Computer Arts with a minor in music, and he has worked on productions for Cartoon Network, Aflac, Comcast, and Nickelodeon, among others. Jay has also worked in high-end studios in the Atlanta area involving music recording, sound design, engineering, 3D graphics, and animation. Additionally, Jay is a drummer and has toured with professional bands since 1999.

Combining and having a understanding of both the visual and sonic spectrum allow him to have a better understanding of the work overall, and in doing so allows him to create a more integrated piece of work that has an awareness of both. The presentation and execution of the work is also more harmonious in most cases. Jay believes that it is very hard for a piece of work to truly reach its full potential without the careful application of both disciplines.

Atlanta, Georgia Recording Instructor Keith O'Neill

After graduating from the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media in 2009, Keith put his Pro Tools operator level certification obtained through the program to good use by working with local artists such as The Atomic Godhead and Spirits and the Melchizedek Children. While also finding time to work as a recording engineer and mix engineer for the feature length film Mumbhai Connection. While tutoring AIMM students part-time, Keith also found a love for teaching. He is now a faculty member as an AIMM Recording Program Instructor teaching Level 2 Studio Tech Workshop as well as directing tutoring programs for curriculum classes. Keith also assist in maintaining the day to day operation of the recording program as a technical liaison between the students, staff and instructors.

Atlanta, Ga Faculty and Alumnus Jason Brown

Growing up in the New York City Gospel music scene in the early 90's, and having played with numerous gospel acts in the city, has given him a wealth of knowledge and a unique view of music.

In 2008, Jason moved to Atlanta Ga, seeking a change of pace in life and also to keep music fresh in his mind and sprit. He continued playing in the Atlanta scene for about 2 years, Becoming the Musical director for a number of ministries in the Atlanta Metro area and lending his talents to the open mic scene in Atlanta. Wanting a challenge Jason Enrolled in the Modern recording, Engineering, and Production Program at the Atlanta Institute of Music, where he quickly recognized that he'd found what he was looking for.

While attending AIMM, Jason interned at 11th Street Studios in downtown Atlanta for 9 months and quickly adapted to the fast-paced, demanding style that today's music production and recording demands. Working with artists such as Future, Rocko, Kerri Hilson, Shannell, Lloyd, Drumma Boy and many others, Jason had the opportunity to learn from industry-leading engineers, talented artists, and world class producers. Soon after, Jason started his own company, Litehouse Muzik, which is dedicated to top notch Audio Recording and Mixing services.

Upon graduating with Honors from Atlanta Institute of Music, Jason was offered a position as an instructor, where he brings real world studio experience to the students who enter the doors at AIMM.

Jason continues to work in the industry - most notably with Super Producer Polow Da Don, and Chris Brown's "Fortune", which grabbed a Grammy Nomination.

Atlanta, Georgia Faculty Kevin Rigney

Engineered for Steve Vai, George Lynch, Paul Gilbert, The Dave Weckl Band, Tosin Abasi, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and many others. Composer/Sound Design/Engineer for Adult Swim, CNN Sports, Verizon Wireless, Honeywell, Inc. and many others.

Atlanta, Georgia Audio Instructor Scott Keiklak

Scott Kieklak is an audio engineer and educator originally from Pennsylvania. He holds an Associate of Science degree in Music Video Business from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Walden University.

Scott started his audio career at the prestigious Hit Factory/Criteria Recording studios in Miami as an intern and worked his way up to becoming a multi-platinum recording and mixing engineer over his ten years at the studio. He received a Technical Excellence and Creativity nomination for his work on Beyonce’s “Dangerously in Love” album and was featured in Sound on Sound magazine’s article “Mixing Engineers – The Next Generation”. He has worked on projects with many high profile artists such as Missy Elliott, Whitney Houston, Julio Iglesias, Shakira, P. Diddy, Dr. Dre, Collective Soul, Usher, Ludacris and Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.

Scott has been an educator for over 8 years and joined the AIMM family in early 2016.

Atlanta, Georgia Music College Instructor Leslie Brathwaite

Leslie is an Oscar-nominated, multiple Grammy-winning mix engineer for Pharell Williams ("Happy" among many others), Beyonce, Monica, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Ciara, Kandi, and literally hundreds more!

Guitar Faculty
Atlanta Music School Director Dr. David Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell is an accomplished music educator, thought leader, music composition blogger and public speaker in music education with conference presentations across the US. He is the Director of Education at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media and an instructor of music theory, acoustic guitar and general education courses. Dr. Mitchell holds a DMA in music composition and theory from the University of Georgia. He also holds a master's degree in composition and a bachelor's degree in guitar performance from UGA.

Dr. Mitchell is a published, award-winning composer with an eclectic catalogue of experimental and commercial works for electroacoustic music, chorus, string quartet, analog and digital synthesizers, brass quintet, wind symphony, classical guitar, solo piano and much more. His original compositions are performed in Europe and the US. He has scored films, video games and promotional videos. As a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia, Dr. Mitchell scored a number of video games for Cogent Education, an educational video company funded by the National Institutes of Health. He is also a composer for a major, global hotel chain.

Dr. Mitchell is an award-winning classical guitarist with eleven CDs in his catalogue including standard repertoire and original compositions for solo guitar, duet and mixed ensemble. He is a former student of Christopher Parkening and John Sutherland with performances throughout the US.

Guitar Instructor Steve Rieck Atlanta, Georgia

Guitarist Steve Rieck grew up in Connecticut where he developed a love of Jazz, Blues and Rock at an early age. After moving to Florida in his early teens, he honed his guitar skills playing professionally and studying with many of the areas finest jazz musicians. In 1989, he moved to Boston to study music at the Berklee College of Music where he attained his degree in Jazz Guitar and Professional Music.

While in Boston, Steve also composed and arranged music for his own original Jazz-Fusion group, which performed many times at the college as well as several prestigious events around Boston. After graduation, Steve moved to the Atlanta area where he has consistently worked as a professional musician playing on hundreds of recording sessions including projects ranging from full-length albums to music for theatre groups and corporate videos. His work as a producer and player is also featured on the iTunes Music Store.

His compositions have been featured on major Atlanta radio stations, received awards from Billboard Magazine and have been critically acclaimed in local newspapers such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Creative Loafing Magazine. He has authored a book on music theory and is currently working with his own group on a CD of his original Jazz-Rock compositions as well as performing with several other bands around Atlanta.

Guitar Faculty Vitali Tkachenka Atlanta, Georgia

A native of Belarus, Vitali began his formal music training under the guidance of widely respected Yuri Dzmitrieu of the Ethno-Trio Troitsa. In 2004 while working at the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, Vitali seized the opportunity to study with Vladimir Tkachenko, a widely admired Belarusian professional guitarist who is known particularly for his two-hand tapping technique. Due to his exposure to the unique two-hand tapping technique, Vitali began to incorporate it into his own style of playing. Following his experience in Vitebsk, Vitali went on to study guitar and music on a University level at the Institute of Modern Knowledge. During his time at the Institute of Modern Knowledge, Vitali was featured on a national radio broadcast of The Renaissance of Guitar in Belarus.

In 2006, Vitali transitioned out of Belarus and into the United States in order to study guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media (AIMM). At AIMM, Vitali's focus and diligent study ethics led to his graduation as an honor student. His inspiration at this time was drawn from musicians such as Nite Driscoll, Randy Hoexter, Steve Rieck, Bill Hart, Rob Schumann, Trey Wright, Carl Culpepper, David Poole, Corey Christiansen and Jimmy Herring. Each of the aforementioned artists has had a significant impact on Vitali's expanding musical vision.

In 2009, Vitali released single "Fly Away", and in July 2011 Vitali released his debut solo record "Sides" as Vitali T Project. In 2011 as author Vitali released book "Modern Scales Concepts" (Atlanta Institute of Music & VTP Publishing), in 2013 Vitali released three books: "Diatonic Modes Concepts" (Atlanta Institute of Music & VTP Publishing), "Killer Technique: Electric Guitar" (as co-writer with jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen - Mel Bay Publications) and "Modern Scales Concepts - Extended Edition" (Atlanta Institute of Music & VTP Publishing). Vitali is endorsed by Carvin (guitars & amps), Eastman (guitars), Godin (guitars), WGS (speakers) and Dean Markley (strings). Vitali continues as a guitar program faculty member at Atlanta Institute of Music and Media.

Atlanta, Georgia Guitar Staff Corey Christiansen

Widely heralded as a gifted young player with a passionate sound, jazz-guitarist Corey Christiansen took up the instrument at the age of five under the direction of his father, Mike Christiansen, Chairman of Guitar Studies at Utah State University. Corey earned a bachelor's degree in music from Utah State and a master's degree in jazz performance from the University of South Florida.

Awakening, Corey's first CD as a leader, was the initial release on Mel Bay Records, the entertainment-recording division of Mel Bay Publications.Awakening spent twelve weeks on the JazzWeek chart, reaching number sixteen in March 2005. The title track, an original composition, consistently receives the most airplay from the recording.

His first DVD – Vic Juris & Corey Christiansen: Live at the Smithsonian Jazz Café – was released in July 2006. Jazzwise-reviewer Mike Flynn gave the recording four stars, noting that "...Christiansen is well versed in the guitar's sonic heritage and his judicious sense of phrasing finds him light-fingered even on the densest of changes and positively euphoric on his ballad work."

In November 2006 Mel Bay Records released MB3 / Jazz Hits / Volume One, a guitar-trio CD featuring Corey, Vic, and fellow Mel Bay guitarist Jimmy Bruno, with Danny Gottlieb on drums and Jay Anderson on bass.

Corey has played the Syracuse Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Festival of the Midnight Sun (Helsinki), the Umbria Jazz Festival, Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base (Reading, PA), Jazz in June (Lincoln, NE), The Northwest Arkansas Summer Jazz Series, the Clearwater Jazz Festival, the St. Louis Jazz Festival, the Daytona Beach Jazz Festival, the Whitaker Music Festival (St. Louis), the Classic American Guitar Show (Long Island, NY), John Pisano's Guitar Night (Los Angeles), Chris' Jazz Café (Philadelphia), the Blue Wisp (Cincinnati), Dazzle (Denver), and the Bistro at Grand Center (St. Louis). He has played or recorded with an impressive roster of artists, including John Pisano, Andy Summers, Willie Akins, Chuck Red, Rob McConnel, Sid Jacobs, Jack Wilkins, Bruce Saunders, Randy Johnston, Phil DeGreg, Steve Davis, Shelly Berg, Terreon Gully, Chuck Owen, Frank Vignola, Tom Kennedy, and Anthony Wilson.

Atlanta, Georgia Guitar Staff Tosin Abasi

Tosin Abasi is a 2006 Atlanta Institute of Music and Media Graduate who has since achieved world-class fame. He is an Ibanez endorsed artist with three remarkable extended-range signature model guitars. When Tosin released his debut Animals as Leaders album in 2009, few would have predicted the band's meteoric rise over the next two years. The group's genre-defying compositions have earned extensive praise - Steve Vai called the band "the future of creative, heavy virtuoso guitar playing." Tosin quickly became ranked as one of the world’s top guitarists. In 2011, he put together material for the band, T.R.A.M., consisting of his Animals as Leaders band mate Javier Reyes, Suicidal Tendencies drummer Eric Moore, and former Mars Volta wind instrumentalist Adrian Terrazas. In mid-March 2011, T.R.A.M. played their first show at South by Southwest, a multi-day music festival in Austin, Texas. On November 8, 2011, Animals as Leaders released their second album entitled “Weightless” followed by a tour featuring TAMA endorsed drummer, Matt Garstka.

At NAMM 2013, Tosin Abasi's first signature guitar, the Ibanez TAM 100, was revealed. This guitar was based on the Ibanez RG2228 model, which he had been using for some years, and contains his signature DiMarzio Ionizer pickups. On March 19, 2014, the Animals as Leaders album “The Joy of Motion” was made available for streaming via YouTube and was met with widely positive reviews. In July 2014, Tosin appeared in the first episode of Guitar Power, a web-series sponsored by D'Addario String and Rolling Stone Magazine. On October 2014, it was revealed that Abasi would join Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, and Mike Keneally on the G4 tour in 2015. In April and May, 2016, he joins Nuno Bettencourt, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and Zakk Wylde, on tour as the guitar supergroup Generation Axe.


Atlanta, Georgia Guitar Staff Josh Martin

Josh Martin is an Atlanta Institute of Music and Media Graduate and an Ibanez endorsed artist with his own custom-shop model 8-string guitar. His extraordinary playing combines various forms of tapping, flamenco, and thumping techniques, which has carved a niche in the extended range community and made a lasting impression on the face of modern guitar.

After touring extensively in various bands and graduating from The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media in 2008, he along with AIMM grad Ryan Donald, and long time singer-songwriter friend Brock Scott began writing music and working with local musicians and visual artists alike. The sparks began to fly, and this collaborative art-prog-folk, mini-orchestra came to be known as Little Tybee. Fully formed in 2009, the group has continually made strides to bridge existing genres into their own brand of calculated, technical music that refuses to sacrifice the accessibility of a singer-songwriter.

Through the support of AIMM giants such as Tosin Abasi, along with the rest of the vast AIMM alumni network, the band has accrued a diverse international fan base of metal-heads and hipsters alike, one atypical of a folk outfit adorned with delicate violin and falsetto vocals. As a complement to their technical precision of their live performances, Little Tybee maintains an active online presence with a reputation for self-producing high-quality video content. This has lead to a whole host of endorsements, including Ibanez, Dunlop, Focusrite and others. Josh has made a name for himself with several high quality instructional videos that break the mold of traditional guitar videos and provide unique look into his inventive process. Josh faces 2016 as a proud AIMM instructor, with various clinics and touring, and Little Tybee's 4th full-length album available at littletybee.com  

Atlanta, Georgia Guitar Staff Cameron Allen

Cameron Allen is an Atlanta-based guitarist/composer. He began his musical journey early in life. After receiving his first electric guitar for his sixth birthday, he spent his formative years composing, playing, and recording instrumental music.

After years of performing and recording with various projects, he attended the Atlanta Institute of Music, where he received the Merit Scholarship and graduated with honors in 2010. In 2012, he garnered attention in the guitar community with the release of his album, Between The Lines.

He made even more waves when he won first place in the international Next BendNote Talent Competition for guitarists, held before a live panel of judges in Paris, France in December 2012! And in 2014 he placed runner up in the Guitar Idol 4 competition in London, England!

Cameron has toured numerous times in Europe, Canada, and the United States, with the Sixxis, supporting such bands as the Winery Dogs (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen), Spock's Beard, Ministry, and Riverside. 

Cameron is currently an instructor at the Atlanta Institute of Music, and remains in high demand as a performer, composer, session musician, and educator. He is a columnist for Guitar Interactive Magazine, and has a new instructional DVD soon to be released by guitar megasite LickLibrary!

Atlanta Guitar Faculty Ben Weatherford

Ben Weatherford started playing guitar at age fourteen and was admitted to Berklee College of Music straight out of high school where he graduated suma cum laude. At Berklee he studied with legendary professors Jon Damian, Brett Willmott, and Bruce Saunders before moving to Atlanta, Georgia.

He is a sought after educator that teaches at multiple institutions in the region. Ben has been a featured guest artist and clinician at Jacksonville State University as well as Columbus State University and has performed with John Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Anat Cohen, Nnenna Freelon, and John Mayer.  

In addition to Jazz Education, Ben Weatherford is a working musician that performs in multiple genres and ensembles throughout the southeast. This professional experience informs his teaching and provides students important insight into the skills necessary to flourish as a professional musician. Ben holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University and Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Berklee College of Music.

Drums Faculty
Atlanta, Georgia Drum Department Head Creig Harber

With some 40 years of professional experience, Creig serves as Director of the Drum Program at Atlanta Institute of Music and Media (AIMM). He is the author of the "Drum Techniques" curriculum taught in AIMM's classrooms. Creig has been with AIMM since 1991.

Creig's professional music background includes stints with such artists as The Drifters, The Platters, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, B.J. Thomas, Bo Diddley, The Brothers Brooks, and many others. While performing with The Brothers Brooks, Creig toured seven European countries and throughout the Southeastern United States

Creig began his music career in high school and majored in music at Alabama's Jacksonville State University where he played snare in the drum corps and was Percussion Section Leader in the symphony. He went on to teach several high school drum lines and was a clinician at the 1992 DCI Summer Games.

Currently a session drummer and Orchestra Director at Mt. Paran Church in Marietta, Creig recently traveled to Russia and the Pacific Northwest with Mt. Paran, and has recorded several CDs with the organization.


He has also served as a judge for the Southeastern National Teen Talent competition.

In addition to his work at AIMM and Mt.Paran, Creig frequently records at various studios in Atlanta and tours the Southeast with different musical groups.

Atlanta, Ga Drum Instructor Eric Sanders

Eric Sanders is a drummer and classical percussionist, originally from New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate in Classical Percussion Performance from Penn State and went for his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance on the drumset at NYU. He studied with John Riley and Dom Famularo, as well as taking some private lessons with Jojo Mayer and Mike Clark. One of the main drum instructors at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, Eric has been teaching, gigging and recording in Atlanta since 1996 and has toured throughout the U.S. and overseas, working with numerous groups and artists that run the gamut of musical styles. He has released 2 solo percussion CD's on his own label, Flam Five Records, and is currently working on a 3rd disc, as well as writing a snare drum book.

Drum Staff Atlanta, GA Eric Dansie

Eric Dansie has been playing drums for nearly 2 decades, and his passion for music kept him enrolled in the band program in middle-school where he remained actively involved all the way through high school performing in percussion ensembles, marching, symphonic, pep, and jazz bands.

In 2009, Eric was recruited by independent national touring act Evolucid and toured the U.S. playing in over 45 states performing in theaters and festivals with thousands of fans in attendance. After touring for two and a half years, Eric decided to take his education to the next level by enrolling in the drum program at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. While at AIMM, he was awarded an academic-based scholarship and graduated with honors in spring of 2013.

A year later, in the spring of 2014, Eric became a member of the faculty at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. And ever since, Eric has been playing in corporate, cover, and original bands in Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area. Eric is excited to continue his career as a musician/teacher/performer and is eager to pass along his love and knowledge of the drums to future students at AIMM.

Jack Jones Drum Instructor

Jack Jones has been performing and teaching music for more than 20 years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of LA at Monroe and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University. He also holds a performance certificate from the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media where he has been an instructor since his completion of the program. He considers his most valuable education, however, to be that which he received on stage. From sitting in with his father’s bands at the age of 9 to having to perform at a high level every night in his early 20s alongside Atlanta legends Tom Grose and Barry Thrasher as a member of The Mike Veal Band, Jack has packed a lot of experience into his years as a professional.

Jack has performed with and toured the U.S. and Japan extensively with national artists such as jamband luminary, Col. Bruce Hampton, Sonia Leigh, Texas blues legend Chris Duarte and fusion guitar great, Scott Henderson. In Atlanta, Jack has worked with many of the most respected artists in the Southeast and they are musically all over the map. These include artists such as The Mike Veal Band, The Breeze Kings, Joe Gransden and jazz pianist Kevin Bales. He has also performed extensively with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra as an orchestral percussionist.

Currently, Jack is residing in Atlanta and has a diverse array of playing and teaching projects. As a teacher at The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media for over 12 years, Jack has enjoyed giving back what has been such a blessing to him, the gift of music. He believes in guiding students to the greatness that is inside of them by encouraging them to expect a lot of themselves and trust their own instincts. He can be seen in Atlanta and around the country with upcoming projects with Tommy Talton and The Mike Veal Band. He also leads his own band the Jack Jones Quartet in which he plays his original jazz compositions. He plans to release a recording of his music in 2019.

Bass Faculty
Atlanta, Ga Bass Faculty Gary Wilkins

Gary Wilkins attended William Patterson College in Wayne N.J. as a Jazz Performance Major under the instruction of Rufus Reid, Barry Harris, Slide Hampton, Dave Samuels, Mel Lewis and more. Other private instructors include Lyle Atkinson, and Kenwood Dennard.

Diversity has been his strong suit for many years, from laying down tracks for Naughty by Nature, 'Hip Hop Hurray' to working with Don Harper and the New Jersey Mass Choir and performing at the Newport Jazz Festival with the Multicultural Ensemble. Other artist he has worked for includes: Cissy and Whitney Houston, Candi Staton, John Pizzarelli, Gary U.S. Bonds, Emil Richards & the Contra Band, Johnny Hiland and more. Gary is currently the Bass Director at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media where he has been a part of the faculty since 1996.

Atlanta, GA Bass Instructor Anthony East

Anthony East comes from a family of bass players. Music has always been a prominent focus in his life. East started his gigging career in high school playing original music and cover music alike and would continue down this road for the better part of a decade. All the while, focusing on honing his craft to the best of his ability. In 2008 Anthony decided that he was ready to take his bass playing to the next level and enrolled in the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Set to graduate in the summer of 2009 Anthony was offered his first teaching position at the school just weeks before the ceremony.

Anthony is now teaching Rock Performance, Live Sound Performance, Rock Performance Counseling and is the recruiting liaison for the bass department in charge of bass auditions and bass audition counseling.

Anthony shares credits or has performed with Ross Childress formerly of Collective Soul, Marco Minnemann, The Sixxis, Cameron Allen, Carl Verheyen, Randy Hoexter, Carl Culpepper, Creig Harber, Mad Margritt and variety of cover bands.


Atlanta, GA Bass Instructor Adam Nitti
Adam Nitti has been establishing his own voice as a bassist and
recording artist for over two decades. He has released five solo
albums to date on his own Renaissance Man label which have drawn
international acclaim. His experience as a session bassist and sideman has resulted in his working on hundreds of projects across different genres, including performances on several Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated albums. Adam has performed and recorded with a diverse collection of artists, including: Kenny Loggins, Michael
McDonald, Carrie Underwood, the Dave Weckl Band, Christopher Cross, Susan Tedeschi, Jeff Coffin Mu'tet, Brent Mason, T Lavitz, Jimmy Herring, Scott Henderson, Heather Headley, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Joe Beck, and many others.

Adam's passion for the bass guitar has been matched in recent years by his passion for sharing musical knowledge. In 2012, he launched
AdamNittiMusicEducation.com, a membership-based online academy for bass guitar. Using an extensive curriculum-based library of HD video lessons as its foundation, the site also offers interactive features and live masterclasses. Adam is also an adjunct faculty member of Belmont University's School of Music and the Atlanta Institute of Music. He is a bass clinician for Ibanez Basses, Aguilar Amplifiers, and D'Addario Strings, and is also a staff instructor for both Victor Wooten's "Wooten Woods" music camps and Gerald Veasley's "Bass Boot Camps." Adam is a former columnist for Bass Player magazine and Bass Musician Magazine, and has performed and taught internationally at various bass events and camps, including Bass Player Live, Euro Bass Day (Italy), Bass Day U.K., the Outreach Festival (Austria), Bassquake, and the European Bass Day (Germany). Learn more at AdamNitti.com and AdamNittiMusicEducation.com.
Keyboard Faculty
Atlanta Keyboard School Instructor Steven Yelich

Steven Yelich completed the Master of Music program at Georgia State University after having earned summa cum laude distinction from the Jazz Studies and Honors undergraduate program at the University of South Carolina.

As part of these programs he studied classical theory, classical performance, jazz theory, jazz improvisation, jazz combo arranging, big band arranging, advanced notation with Finale, composition, and recording technology.

He is currently the band leader, rehearsal director, keyboardist and vocalist for the band Atlanta Beat with Event Performance, which plays weddings, corporate parties, and special events. He has played in receptions for USC President Harris Pastides, GSU President Mark Becker, the Karen Alexander Foundation, the Skipp Pearson Foundation, the Atlanta Theatrical Company, and in local restaurants in Columbia, SC and Atlanta, GA. Before his college career, he earned a Black Belt in American Martial Arts and was also valedictorian of his graduating class. Steven’s ambitions include producing multiple original albums, expanding his live performances and working as a studio musician.

Voice Faculty

With over 27 years as a vocal techniques teacher, the singer-speaker, teacher-songwriter, mezzo-soprano Dawna Thomas has a wide range of performing experience spanning Opera to jazz to Christian Contemporary Music. As the Daughter of professional musicians and educators, (her father was the conductor of the Helena Symphony Orchestra), Dawna grew up surrounded by quality musical experiences and began performing at an early age. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in vocal/choral music from Kennesaw State University where she trained under Valerie Walters of the New York opera.

She has worked in the recording studio on solo projects or background vocals, been a worship leader/worship band director, choir director and choral group clinician. She was a frequent guest Lecturer in Vocal Pedagogy at Kennesaw State University. She has extensive experience in the area of stage production as coordinator, director, drama coach, as well as writing/arranging plays and music for both choral and instrumental scores. She has also produced, directed or edited professional videos.

She has a unique and effective approach to vocal technique that focuses on freeing the natural voice and bringing efficiency and power to the artist's sound in a healthy way. Her stimulating techniques give students control of their artistry so they are prepared to join the professional community of music makers with confidence.


Atlanta, GA Voice Instructor Brittany Shewbridge

Brittany Shewbridge has never known life without music. Raised in a musical family, she grew up singing in church and on stages alongside her mother. She has 14 years of experience singing with corporate bands, including the Atlanta Showstoppers, Pure Party Band, and the A-Town A-List. She leads worship at Dunwoody United Methodist most Sundays, and has sung at many churches in town including Cross Pointe Church and Dunwoody Baptist. She frequents recording studios as both a lead and background vocalist. Brittany has performed in many theatrical productions including Grease, Godspell, My Fair Lady, and The Cotton Patch Gospel. She holds a Bachelors in Mass Communication and a minor in Biblical Studies from Toccoa Falls College. 

Georgia Music Degree Voice Instructor Susan Shewbridge

Susan Shewbridge has been a vocal soloist since the age of eleven. She performed with many auditioned groups throughout her teen years and achieved a degree in music with an emphasis on vocal performance from Agnes Scott College. Having learned the classical approach to vocal performance she went on to study modern techniques in order to safely sing and teach all genres. She has performed with several professional cover bands over the past eighteen years and is a seasoned Worship Leader as well. She began training vocalists in 1999 and has seen students go on to win pageant titles, and to appear on both American Idol and The Voice.

Atlanta GA, Voice Instructor Josh Bias

Some people learn to love music while others, like Josh Bias, have it running through their blood. His musical journey started with violin lessons at the age of three and eventually blossomed into a promising vocal career. Growing up as a young musician in Columbia, South Carolina he quickly understood that work ethic and persistence would be his ticket out of the small town that lacked the opportunities to help him flourish. He grew to find the beauty of music in a plethora of genres that heavily influence his sound with ranging melodies mirroring the likes of J.S. Bach, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Jay Z. In 2009 he solidified his commitment as a musician by founding 630 (formerly known as The 630 Band) where he remains the lead singer today. 630 has been featured internationally on billboard ads, nationally syndicated tv shows, & local radio stations.

After studying music management at Georgia State University, his perspective on music shifted toward a more panoramic and inclusive view of all parties and their contribution to a musician's success. Besides a stellar and strong vocal & stage presence his wide array of skillsets continuously evolves. His knowledge & experience live & recorded music, production, business, and performance makes him a viable resource for almost any musical pursuits.

Additionally, his vocals can be heard amplifying members of multiplatinum group Xscape, Keke Wyatt, and 2 Chainz. His vocals have graced numerous stages premiering as an opening act for Trey Songz, Jagged Edge, Ginuwine, Ken Ford and other prominent artists. He essentially has covered all bases within music proving to be quite the songwriter in collaborations with artists Lloyd, Alien Ant Farm, B5,& Jacquees as well as writing for major labels Def Jam, Capitol Records, and SONY. When not involved on a vocal level his talent can be seen as a musical and creative director for multiplatinum artists RL (NEXT) and LaTocha Scott (Xscape) as well as Dondria Nicole and Keke Wyatt. Having performed on both national and international stages he has a diverse following and loyal fan base.

Currently, his music chronicles his life experiences as well as those close to him narrating love, struggle, betrayal, success, failure, fear, and transcendence. Current projects include working with artists signed to Columbia and Atlantic Records and EDM projects for SONY UK. Along with this, a song collaboration has been released by 630 to bring awareness to social injustice produced by Grammy award winning producer Tha Bizness (Chris Brown, Brandy). Authentic real music with real impact remains his ultimate goal, a goal that continues to expand with the promise of new music & opportunities for 630.


Applied General Education Faculty
Atlanta, GA General Education Instructor Lizzie Fragale

Ms. Fragale’s post secondary career began at the University of Georgia where she earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in English with a focus in Multicultural Literature in 2005. She continued her education as a pioneer in Kennesaw State University’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program where technology was a crucial part of her post secondary schooling. Upon graduation in 2007, these skills only further progressed when she entered her first classroom in one of Cobb County’s only 21st Century Technology schools. With awards like “Technology Teacher of the Month” and “Gridiron Teacher of the Week,” she gained distinction from students, administrators, and her colleagues.

With the addition of two of her own little Shakespeares, Ms. Fragale has embraced new career opportunities in higher education at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media where she wrote and currently teaches Writing For Job Readiness and Finding Poetry in Songwriting courses, and instructional technology at River Eves Elementary School where she works as a Technology Teacher Coach.

Atlanta GA, Music Business Instructor Beth Moore

Beth B. Moore, Esq. is a native of Atlanta, Georgia who grew up in Dunwoody and currently resides in Peachtree Corners with her husband Lorie and their dog Kaia. She graduated from Wesleyan high school in 2000, the University of Georgia in 2004, and Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta in 2011.

Beth first trained in entertainment law under veteran attorney Steve Sidman of The Sidman Law Firm in Atlanta from 2011 to 2012. She decided to start The Beth B. Moore Law Firm in August 2012.

In the summer of 2015, Beth was invited to teach the music business course at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, located in Duluth. She teaches two classes per week and enjoys preparing young, talented musicians for the road ahead.

Since 2010 Beth has been an active board member, as well as former executive director (2012-2013), of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP). She is also a member of the Atlanta chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy Foundation), Georgia Production Partners, Georgia Music Partners, and the Atlanta Film Society.

Beth is testing her music industry skills first-hand by managing Atlanta country/rock act The Law Band, an experience which has positively impacted her ability to counsel clients from a "boots on the ground" perspective.

Beth loves live music, stand-up comedy and reading non-fiction. She loves to travel and studied German in high school and college. She and her husband are SCUBA enthusiasts and go diving several times a year.

Atlanta, GA Voice Instructor Wanda Yang Temko

Soprano Wanda Yang Temko is a respected singer, voice teacher, and arts advocate in the Atlanta area. She holds a doctorate in performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. Other degrees include a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Liberal Studies from Emory University. She made her international operatic debut in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Rome. Other highlights include the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Morgana in Handel’s Alcina.

Acclaimed for performances on the operatic and concert stages, she has collaborated with some of the most renowned Early Music artists of our time, including Andrew Lawrence-King, Paul Hillier, Nigel North, Paul Elliot, and Stanley Ritchie. Wanda’s interest in contemporary music is equally keen, as evinced by her skilled and nuanced performances of the works of Olivier Messiaen. As a professional chorister, she has performed with conductors such as Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, William Fred Scott, and Alfred Calabrese. Dr. Yang Temko is a founding member of Skylark Ensemble. Sought after as a recitalist and soloist, she also maintains an active private voice studio and serves on the boards of Friends of Theater at Emory, ATL Symphony Musicians Foundation, Festival Singers of Atlanta, and Atlanta Early Music Alliance.

 A multi-faceted performer, she was the host of Afternoon Classics and Concert 90 on Atlanta's NPR affilliate, WABE, 90.1 FM, where for seven seasons she also wrote, produced, and hosted a weekly show highlighting singers and their connections to their art and the world, called "The Art of Song." Wanda can also be heard as Detective Phillips in Mind's Ear Audio Productions' "French Quarter," a radio drama series featured on National Public Radio's "NPR Playhouse." Equally at home as a stage director, she has received warm reviews for her direction of Britten's Noye's Fludde for the Cathedral of St. Philip.

Matt Hayes Applied General Education Instructor

Matt Hayes has been involved in the music industry for 17 years, and audio engineering (recording and mixing) has accounted for 12 of those years. Originally he started out as a musician before becoming involved behind the scenes in recording studios. Matt has worked in many different genres of music throughout the years. He has earned RIAA certification, as well as Grammy recognition for his work as an audio engineer. While constantly pursuing higher education, Matt has become an asset to the Atlanta music scene. He not only works as an audio engineer, but also helps design recording studios. Matt's designs can be found all over greater Atlanta. 

As a college instructor, He has been teaching in the classroom for over 10 years. During this process he has earned certifications as an Avid Certified Instructor, a certified higher educational professional from the National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS), and Waves Audio Certification. Matt is fluent in software platforms such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Melodyne, and Reason. Consoles include SSL 4000G+ and AWS 900, a Neve VR 60, Yamaha O2R, Digidesign D Control and Control 24, and various Mackie and Midas consoles. Matt has earned an AA from FSU, a BBA from FIU, a diploma in Audio Technology from SAE, and is currently earning a second Bachelors degree from GSU in computer science.
Dr. Hester L. Furey,  General Education Instructor

Dr. Hester L. (“Lee”) Furey is a literary historian and poet. The author of Little Fish: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and the editor of Dictionary of Literary Biography 345:  American Radical and Reform Writers, Second Series, Furey has taught college-level English and humanities for 28 years.

With Mike Rovinsky, in 2015 she self-published the first episode of Love & Revolution, a graphic novel about the artists and writers who worked for a magazine called The Masses (1911-1917).

She has completed several unpublished manuscripts including a book of essays entitled Laboratory.

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