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Music Production Faculty
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Damon Fonooni is the Director of Music Production and Audio for Media for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for academically advising students in the Music Production Certificate and Music Production and Audio for Media Degree programs. In addition, Damon is an Instructor for various classes throughout these programs. He has been featured on BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Triple J Mixup Australia, DJ Mag, and URB. Damon has also received numerous awards including Creative Loafing's Best Electronic Musician in Atlanta. As a Musician, Damon has toured the globe and was featured in the Toronto Film Festival. Damon attended Georgia State University. He is an Electronic Musician and Sound Designer and has released over 100 songs, originals, remixes and collaborations, and continues to work on various projects including film and television.

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Beau Vaughn is a Technical Assistant for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He assists students with sessions, tutoring, technical troubleshooting, and facility operation and maintenance. He is also the manager and intern director for Icon Studios in Atlanta. In addition, Beau is an aspiring music producer with several releases on major streaming platforms. Beau holds a Masters Degree in Education from Florida State University, a Bachelor's Degree from Kennesaw State University, and a Certificate in Music Production from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He enjoys going to music festivals, cooking, producing music, working out, and artwork. Beau is also a big Florida State sports fan.

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Benjamin Greener is a Music Production Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching introduction to audio, audio recording history, and audio signal flow through practical application. He is a nationally touring musician, effect pedal engineer, and owner of GigRite LLC. Ben is a self-professed gear head and effect pedal nerd who enjoys small circuits and woodworking.

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James Singer is an Audio for Media Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching location sound for media, audio post-editing, sound design, surround sound mixing, and adr and foley engineering. He has worked on projects including the MPK for Robert Redford's ‘The Conspirator’, ‘Project Runway’, and Terri J Vaughn's ‘Digital Lives Matter’. He has worked on several corporate videos for companies such as Delta, SunTrust, Waffle House, and Evonic. He has also worked on several independent short films. James holds a Certificate from the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media in Guitar and Music Production. He is also an AVID certified operator for audio post-production. In his free time, James enjoys writing poetry, and designing new apps and inventions.

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Keith O’Neill is a Senior Instructional Designer and Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for developing online courses for the Music Production and Audio for Media courses, supervising audio and video production of course content, and supervising the creative content and marketing initiatives for AIMM Online. In addition, Keith also teaches several courses on campus including Pro Tools and Mastering classes. He is an Avid Certified Expert Instructor, an Avid Certified Expert in Music, an Avid Certified User in Game Audio, and an Apple Certified Mastered for iTunes Engineer. Keith has worked on countless productions in many genres and currently works primarily as a mastering engineer for clients all over the world. He holds a Certificate Degree in Music Production from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Web Design and Development and a Masters Degree in Instructional Design from Full Sail University. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing board games, and spending time with his family.

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Kenneth Johnathan is a Technical Assistant for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He assists students with sessions, tutoring, technical troubleshooting, and facility operation and maintenance. He is also co-owner of Vici LLC Productions. He holds a Certificate Degree in Music Production from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and videography. Outside of the creative and audio world, he is a big fan of Jeeps.

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Ryan Williams is the Director of Technical Services for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for overseeing all technical staff, maintaining the computer workstations and data infrastructure, and supervising all technical matters throughout the school. Ryan studied classical piano under composer Marvin Goldstein, studied Guitar and Bass under Jeff Sollohub, attended Berklee’s Summer Performance Bass Program, and was the recipient of the Stubbs Musical Foundation Jazz Bass scholarship. He is also an Avid Certified Expert Instructor, an Avid Certified Expert in Music, an Avid ICON Certified Expert, an Avid Venue Certified Operator, an Apple Certified Mac Technician, CompTIA A+ Certified, and the owner of Europa Studios. Ryan holds an Associates Degree in Record Arts and Sciences from Full Sail University.

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Matt Hayes is a Music Production and General Education Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for aiding students in their quest for knowledge through lectures, hands-on projects, assignments, and one-on-one feedback on their performance and grades. His courses include Pro Tools, midi sampling, and mathematical foundations of music. Matt is an RIAA certified gold engineer for Yelawolf’s ‘Love Story’, ‘Best Friend’, and ’Til It’s Gone’. Matt also received platinum certification for Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Rolling Papers’. He is also a Grammy Nominated Engineer for Jonathan McReynolds’ ‘Life Music: Stage Two’. He is an AVID certified operator for music production, an AVID Certified Instructor, Waves certified, and a Certified Higher Education Professional from NASASPS. Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree from Florida International University and a Diploma from SAE Institute of Technology.

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Kevin Rigney is a Music Production and Audio for Media Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching various Music Production courses including live sound techniques, DAW editing and processing, sound design for game audio, and advanced music production. Kevin is an Avid Certified Instructor, Avid Operator in Music, Post Production, and Sound Design for Game Audio. As a live sound engineer, he has years of experience mixing for various artists in many genres including Steve Vai, Dave Weckl, Simon Phillips, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey; Virgil Donati, Aristocrats, Paul Gilbert, Tosin Abasi and many others. He is also an accomplished composer and sound designer where he has worked with Adult Swim, CNN Sports, Verizon Wireless, Honeywell, Inc. and many others. Kevin is a husband and father of two, avid soccer player, motorcycle rider and sports car enthusiast. In his free time, he enjoys live music, brewing beer, and spending time with his family.

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Scott Kieklak is the Dean of Student Services for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for administering the student information system, academically advising the instrument certificate programs, and all student-related activities. Scott was formerly an Audio Engineer at the Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami Florida for over ten years. He is credited on many gold, platinum, and Grammy Award-winning projects. He was nominated for Technical Excellence and Creativity for Mixing ‘Beyonce’s Dangerously In Love’. He was named by Sound on Sound Magazine as the Next Generation of Mixing Engineers. Scott holds an Associates Degree in Music Video Business from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Walden University.

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Taylor Cinnamon is the Technical and Facility Supervisor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. His department facilitates recording sessions, studio maintenance, and student tutoring. He is responsible for overseeing any and all technical and facility problems on campus. In addition, Taylor also teaches Intro to Audio production labs. He has been the front of house audio engineer for the contemporary service at Mt. Bethel UMC in Roswell, Georgia for three years. Taylor has been working in the live sound arena around the Atlanta area for 8 years. Notably, he has worked at Phillips Arena, the Georgia Dome, Gwinnett Arena, Turner Field, Terminal West, and The Fox Theater. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan and a Certificate Degree in Music Production from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Taylor enjoys mixing for clients as well as helping design and build studio spaces. He also builds custom gaming computers in his spare time.

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Tyler Hepner is a Music Production Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching the Studio Interconnect Basics and Applied Computing Basics courses. He is an Apple Certified support professional. He is certified by Apple in Mac Integration and a Mac Technician. Tyler also works with Atlanta Pro Audio and MacroTek services supplying technical support, studio integration, and network designing. Tyler holds an Associates Degree from Full Sail University.

Guitar Faculty
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Nite Driscoll is the President of Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. In addition to his day-to-day duties as President, Nite assists with teaching Guitar and Music Theory Curriculum as well as acting in a key role in the incoming student enrollment process. Nite has been President of the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media since January 1997 and was Vice President from October 1992-1997. He is a musical talent consultant for Atlantic Records, Virgin/EMI Records, and Warner Music. Notable AIMM Graduates during Nite's tenure at AIMM, include Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20), Josh Baker (Mariah Carey), Terrell Sass (Nelly, T.I., Rick Ross) and Keisha Lee (Migos, Childish Gambino). Nite's instructional book and accompanying video ‘Foundations of Rock - Evolution of Rock Guitar’ was published by Mel Bay Publications and is available worldwide. As a performer with his band, Energy, Nite has shared the stage with legendary acts such as Little Anthony, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Dr.Hook, Tommy Rowe, The Platters, Percy Sledge, The Drifters, The Four Tops, Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits; VH1), and Mark Lindsey (Paul Revere & the Raiders). A native of Atlanta, Nite, and the Driscoll family reside in Gwinnett County. In his time away from campus, Nite is involved in the musical activities of his four children. Additionally, Nite is a Member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and is an avid supporter of the Atlanta Falcons, Braves and Gwinnett Stripers.

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Joshua Grau is the Vice President for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for overall campus management, administrative and regulatory oversight, program and curriculum development, and managing human resources. He also participates in guitar, keyboard, studio production and live performance instruction. Joshua is an accomplished professional performing musician, academic director, curriculum designer and learning management expert. He studied Jazz Guitar at the University of Miami and Eastman School of Music Summer Jazz Workshops. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Guitar Performance and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Florida Atlantic University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia.

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Dr. David Mitchell is the Director of Education for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for overseeing the Certificate and Degree programs offered at the school. He is also the academic advisor for the Music and Technology Degree programs and is responsible for program design, student advising and registration, monitoring attendance, disciplinary procedures, student retention, SAP monitoring, accreditation and compliance, hiring and evaluating faculty, maintaining personnel files and policy implementation and design. In addition, he teaches acoustic guitar, music appreciation and music history. Dr. Mitchell is a published composer who writes for large and small ensembles, interactive electronic and electroacoustic music for performance as well as original scores for films, video games, promotional ads, and corporate videos. His commercial work includes music for Hilton Hotels and The Coca Cola Company. He has won numerous competitions, including the Olin Parker Composition Competition, Southeastern Composers League Phillip Slate Composition Competition and The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble Composition Competition. He also is an author of a music composition blog that was selected by Feedspot as one of the top fifteen music composition blogs online. Dr. Mitchell holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts Music Composition and Theory, Masters of Music Composition and a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance. In addition to his professional interests, Dr. Mitchell collects vinyl records and learning about astronomy and astrophysics.

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Steve Rieck is the Director of Instrument Performance Certification and an Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for overseeing the Instrument Performance Faculty as well as teaching guitar courses. 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 on a release of his original Jazz-Rock compositions as well as performing with several other bands around Atlanta. Steve holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music.

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Vitali Tkachenka is the Director of E-Learning and an Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching scales, reading, music theory, and creating online music courses. Vitali is the author of ‘Modern Scales Concepts’, ‘Diatonic Modes Concepts’, ‘Killer Technique: Guitar’, and ‘Technique Workout for the Modern Guitarist’. He has played guitar on releases from T.S. Band, Nota Bene, Da Cynosure, Marina Morozova, Snooze Band, Nancy Gerber, TY Steele Band, and Adam Nitti. He also has several solo releases including ‘Fly Away’, ‘Sides’, and ‘Sometime Tomorrow’. He is endorsed by One-Control, Atomic Amplifiers, Dean Markley, Carvin Audio, WGS Speakers, Godin Guitars, Radial Engineering, Kiesel Guitars, Eastman Guitars, and Diago Pedalboards. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from A.M.Shirokov Institute of Modern Knowledge and a Certificate from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media in Guitar. He is also an AVID certified operator in Pro Tools for music production. As a native of Belarus, Vitali was featured on a national radio broadcast of The Renaissance of Guitar. After moving to the United States to study guitar at AIMM, Vitali draws from inspiration 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.

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Cameron Allen is a Guitar Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching performance classes, counseling classes, and group lessons. Cameron was the winner of the Next BendNote Talent Competition, runner-up of Guitar Idol 4, toured internationally supporting The Winery Dogs (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen), Ministry, Spock's Beard, and others. He Has also worked as a columnist for Guitar Interactive Magazine. Cameron holds a Certificate Degree in Guitar from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media.

 

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Ben Weatherford is a Guitar Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching multiple guitar courses including sight reading, chords. and rhythm. Ben holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.

Drums Faculty
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Creig Harber is the Director of the Drum Department and a Drum Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Creig is responsible for teaching various drum courses as well as overseeing the Drum faculty. Creig is the author of ‘Drum Techniques’ and has a professional music background including working 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 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 drumlines and was a clinician at the 1992 DCI Summer Games. He has also served as a judge for the Southeastern National Teen Talent competition. 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.

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Eric Sanders is a Drum Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for creating drum curriculum content and counseling for performance classes. In addition, Eric teaches jazz, latin, funk, technique, reading, advanced soloing, and popular music history from the drummers’ perspective. Eric is the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, the Music Activities Scholarship, and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He has over 30 years of drum education experience and has toured and recorded with countless artists from many genres. He is authoring a snare drum book for college curriculum and composes complex music for drums, marimba, and percussion. He has released two solo albums and has been the drummer for The Yeti Trio for over 20 years. Eric holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from Penn State University and a Certificate in Classical Percussion from Penn State University. As a native New Yorker, Eric now resides in Atlanta with his wife, daughter, and beloved bunny; Butterscotch. He enjoys hiking with his family and is a baseball aficionado.

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Eric Dansie is a Drum Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching performance, double bass techniques, and rhythm dictation classes. Eric is an accomplished drummer and SJC Custom Endorsed Artist. He holds a Certificate Degree in Drums from Atlanta Institute of Music Media and is currently pursuing a Certificate Degree in Music Production.

Bass Faculty
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Gary Wilkins is the Director of the Bass Program and a Bass Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for creating and maintaining the Bass curriculum as well as teaching various courses. Gary has performed with Cissy and Whitney Houston, The New Jersey Mass Choir,  Multicultural Ensemble (at the Newport Jazz Festival), and ‘Fender Bash’ at NAMM with Johnny Hiland. He has also been part of a private performance with jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader Lionel Hampton. Gary also played on many recordings including releases by Triple Platinum Recording Artist ‘Naughty By Nature’. He completed three years as a Jazz Performance Major at William Paterson University.

Anthony East

Anthony East is a Bass Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for counseling bass students on performance songs and running rehearsals in performance classes. Anthony has performed with iLLA: A Hip Hop Musical which won best in show at the New York Musical Festival and currently leads a highly successful corporate party band Big Bling and The Funk Machine. He holds a Certificate Degree in Bass from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Anthony is an avid star wars fan and enjoys playing video games. He also enjoys many styles of music including progressive, jazz, metal, rock, r&b, and hip-hop.

Keyboard Faculty
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Steven Yelich is a General Education and Keyboard Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Steven teaches advanced music theory, improvisation, notation, and the physics of sound and music courses. 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 also played in Yacht Rock Schooner and in receptions for Kate’s Club, No Kid Hungry, McKesson, Davis Academy, the Gainesville Arts Council, National Charity League, USC President Harris Pastides, GSU President Mark Becker, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the Atlanta Theatrical Company, as well as dozens of wedding ceremonies and receptions. 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.

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Michael Milsap is a Music Theory and Keyboard Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for teaching Music Theory and Keyboarding skills to students in the Music Production programs. Michael also teaches various courses throughout the Music and Technology Keyboard Degree program. Having started keyboard instruction at age 5, Michael was signed to Capitol Records by the age of 19. He has lived, performed & recorded in 3 countries (US, England & Canada), Michael has been a working musician all of his life. He attended Georgia State University and SAE Institute of Technology. Michael has been married for 28 years and has two adult daughters.

Voice Faculty
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A. Monique Osorio is a Vocal Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for working with vocal students and helping them gain a full understanding of healthy and effective voice techniques. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Psychology from the University of Georgia.

 

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Dre Johnson is a Vocal Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. While teaching Vocal Performance, she is responsible for molding the student’s voices and working with them on various aspects of performing on stage. Dre is a current working entertainer in Atlanta. She has performed all over the United States and Europe. As a recording artist, she has opened for major artists in Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Albany State University and a Masters Degree in Music Business from Full Sail University.

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Susan Shewbridge is a Vocal Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for teaching various vocal courses and assisting students to perfect their voice talents. Susan 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.

 

Applied General Education Faculty
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Dr. Wanda Yang Temko is a General Education Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for teaching survey of world music and the sociology of popular music courses. Dr. Wanda has sung as a soloist, recitalist, and professional chorister across the United States and Europe. She holds a Doctorate in Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a Masters Degree in Voice Performance from Georgia State University, and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Liberal Studies from Emory University.

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Lauren Highsmith is a General Education Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She is responsible for teaching the writing and reading focused general education courses. She also teaches English and African American Studies-focused courses at Emory University. Her latest article will be published in the book ‘The Lemonade Reader: Beyoncé, Black Feminism and Spirituality’. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Hampton University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in English at Emory University. Lauren also works as a songwriter and vocalist for recordings and live performances.

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Matt Hayes is a Music Production and General Education Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. He is responsible for aiding students in their quest for knowledge through lectures, hands-on projects, assignments, and one-on-one feedback on their performance and grades. His courses include Pro Tools, midi sampling, and mathematical foundations of music. Matt is an RIAA certified gold engineer for Yelawolf’s ‘Love Story’, ‘Best Friend’, and ’Til It’s Gone’. Matt also received platinum certification for Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Rolling Papers’. He is also a Grammy Nominated Engineer for Jonathan McReynolds’ ‘Life Music: Stage Two’. He is an AVID certified operator for music production, an AVID Certified Instructor, Waves certified, and a Certified Higher Education Professional from NASASPS. Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree from Florida International University and a Diploma from SAE Institute of Technology.

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Steven Yelich is a General Education and Keyboard Instructor for Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Steven teaches advanced music theory, improvisation, notation, and the physics of sound and music courses. 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 also played in Yacht Rock Schooner and in receptions for Kate’s Club, No Kid Hungry, McKesson, Davis Academy, the Gainesville Arts Council, National Charity League, USC President Harris Pastides, GSU President Mark Becker, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the Atlanta Theatrical Company, as well as dozens of wedding ceremonies and receptions. 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.

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