Music Resources

Resources for Learning, Giving and Making Macon Music.

The Macon music experience isn’t complete without access to resources that support a vibrant music scene and continuous cultural heritage. From the tourist to the touring musician, to the local resident who is curious about where their music comes from (or create their own), here is a growing source of local resources for music education, research, production and even unique retail and merchandise.

Higher Education

Music scholars can pursue a career path in higher education with impressive post-secondary music programs. With one of the most elite string programs in the world to the reclamation of a historic studio space that is leveraging music heritage to create Macon’s music future, to one of the oldest music conservancies in the State and one of the State’s newest and most progressive music studies program, Macon is a place where music education matters.


Wesleyan College

4760 Forsyth Rd.
(478) 477-1110

The first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women offers two paths for students looking for a music degree: a performance track for women with star power and a general music track, a flexible program for students with multiple music interests. Music majors experience elegant performance venues (Burden Parlor, Pierce Chapel, Porter Auditorium), a collection of beautifully restored Steinway and Boesendorfer pianos, one of the most well-known organs in the Southeastern United States (Goodwyn-Candler-Panoz Organ) and access to an extensive number of scores, books and electronic resources.Wesleyan also offers a multitude of scholarship opportunities, including the prestigious Lane Scholars Program, which provides three, full-tuition scholarships annually to those whose intended major is in the area of fine arts.


Robert McDuffie Center for Strings

315 College St.

Led by Grammy-nominated violinist and Macon native Robert McDuffie, the Center for Strings teaches classical string instrumentation to students from all over the world who are enrolled at Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music. These 26 extraordinary string students collaborate with the finest orchestras, ensembles and conductors from around the world. The Center doesn’t stop at teaching musical excellence; it also prepares students for entrepreneurial success in the real world.


Mercer University Townsend School of Music

1400 Coleman Ave., McCorkle Music Building

Nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities, the Mercer University Townsend School of Music continues to attract premier musicians from all over the world. Townsend presents an annual concert season that features more than 50 performances by professional guest artists, distinguished faculty, and students in both instrumental and vocal fields.


Mercer Music at Capricorn

536 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The former Capricorn Sound Studios has been fully restored as Mercer Music at Capricorn, offering two recording studios, a music incubator for aspiring young musicians and an interpretive area that tells the story of Capricorn and Macon’s music heritage through historic artifacts, static exhibits and interactive digital kiosks.


Middle Georgia State University: Music Studies Program

100 University Pkwy.

With one of the most progressive music degrees in the State of Georgia, the Music Studies program at Middle Georgia State University offers a prestigious Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Musicianship, as well as a variety of other degree programs, applied lessons and ensembles. Students can study everything from music technology and studio production to songwriting, scoring and arranging while also learning how to market their musicianship through courses in entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.

Music Lesson Providers

Music scholars can start young with music lessons and an acclaimed summer camp honoring Otis Redding. With Macon’s level of residential talent — from faculty, advanced students, today’s working artists and even those veteran players, often from Macon’s storied past, budding musicians can take lessons from some of the best in the business.


The Otis Redding Foundation Center for Creative Arts

339 Cotton Ave.

The Otis Redding Foundation Center for Creative Arts offers private music instruction from Macon’s finest musicians. Classes are offered in piano, percussion, audio engineering, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, performance and music theory. Students who receive music lessons from the Center can show off their skills during an end-of-semester recital.

The Otis Redding Foundation is also known for its intensive, but fun-filled, two-week summer camp that focuses on songwriting and experiencing a high level of music forums conducted by key leaders in the industry. Professional and collegiate musicians of all genres of music, come from across the country each summer to help develop campers’ voices and instrumental abilities. Throughout the week, a variety of music industry professionals ranging from touring musicians to music managers come to camp to coach and interact with campers. The campers work vigorously for two-weeks with professional guidance to write, record and perform their own songs at the camp’s grand finale.

There is also Camp Dream, a week-long fall arts camp offered to students 5-11 years old. Each day, students participate in classes such as songwriting, voice, piano, percussion, dance and many others to enhance their music education and literacy skills.


Little Carnegie Conservatory of Music

1962 Forsyth St.

This multi-purpose historic home hosts an art gallery, performance salon, outdoor amphitheatre and acclaimed music school, led by Juilliard graduate, Louise Barfield. Barfield is an acclaimed concert pianist, founder and director of the Little Carnegie of the South, where children, teens and adults are introduced to classical music emphasizing different periods and styles, including classical, romantic and impressionistic. Also included are Bambini dela Musica for children through four years old.


Shadow Sound Studio

473 Third St.

Private music lessons in music theory, sound engineering, guitar, bass and voice are available at this mainstay Downtown Macon recording studio, owned and operated by veteran blues musician and award-winning guitarist and producer Joey Stuckey.  As an infant, Stuckey lost his sight and sense of smell as the result of a brain tumor and was introduced to music from an early age. Today, he is an accomplished guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, educator, sound engineer and touring musician. Stuckey is currently involved with students, instructing them on guitar, voice, music theory and sound engineering. He is the professor of Music Technology at Mercer University and an official mentor for the Recording Connections School in Los Angeles.


The Halls of Music

From private lessons to an after-school rock band program, the Halls of Music offers it all to young musicians. Bobby Hall, a guitarist, and Emily Hall, a percussionist, are both active performing musicians and educators with music degrees from Mercer University. The Halls of Music’s Rock Band Program gives musicians the opportunity to play in a group setting. Each student group meets for an hour every week to rehearse and prepare songs with guidance and assistance. The Halls are also dedicated to providing as many opportunities for their students to perform as possible, including at local festivals, events and community concerts.


Young America Music Schools

6361 Zebulon Rd.

Founded in 1990, Young America Music Schools is a full-line music retail store with a special emphasis on music education. It offers lessons in a variety of instruments, including piano, percussion, electric bass, orchestral strings, band instruments and all types of guitar. YAMS even offers harmonica lessons.


Bill Hardin Music

4661 Chambers Rd.

Family owned and operated since 1962, Bill Hardin Music offers private lessons in guitar, banjo, bass, piano, violin and voice, as well as woodwinds and brass instruments. Their skilled instructors — including veterans of Macon’s music scene! — teach all ages. Bill Hardin Music also rents, repairs and sells instruments.


Music historians, writers, researchers and those looking to trace and uncover Macon’s music heritage have multiple resources to dive deep into research that connects the Macon music experiences, landmarks and living legends.


Washington Memorial Library

1180 Washington Ave.

Located in the heart of downtown Macon, this full-service public library includes a genealogical and historical room where researchers can find publications about musical landmarks, former residential and business directories, family histories and archived media.


Tarver Library at Mercer University

1300 Edgewood Ave.

Open to the public and supporting all levels of research, Mercer University’s Tarver Library is home to the Baptist Archives, where researchers can view several treasured and historic hymnals. The Library’s Special Collections is home to a biographical file of Phil Walden, a Mercer alumnus and co-founder of Macon-based Capricorn Records. Additionally, Tarver’s circulating collection includes standard music history books as well as publications about the Allman Brothers, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Bragg Jam (Macon’s ultimate summer music festival) and Capricorn Records.


Historic Macon

338 Poplar St.

Historic Macon is Macon’s progressive preservation agency charged with keeping the community story alive and vibrant. In addition to facilitating the Historic Macon Music Registry, the agency is a source of research information on Macon’s historic landmarks and has a wealth of resources available to learn more about living histories, African American history, the historic Cotton Avenue and historic city infrastructure, among others. Historic Macon also facilitates Rose Hill Cemetery research and education.

Equipment, Retail, and Repairs

Need new guitar strings while in town? Ready to start a band? Whether you’re ready to buy, sell, trade-in or repair an instrument, here are trusted local resources that have Macon musicians covered, in the spotlight or backstage, behind the music.


Bill Hardin Music

4661 Chambers Rd.

A Central Georgia staple for more than 50 years, Bill Hardin music offers retail sales, trade-ins, consignments, layaways and rentals, plus they pay cash to those wishing to sell their used gear. The store’s expert technicians can also repair guitars, amps, keyboards, band instruments and most electronic devices.


Guitar Center

4551 Billy Williamson Dr.,  Suite 160

Ready to start a band? Guitar Center Macon has everything you need, including guitars, drum sets, DJ gear and lighting. The retail superstore also offers repair services via its skilled and experienced technicians. Additionally, the Center can assist in customizing an instrument maintenance plan that includes custom setups, restrings and more.

Studios and Spaces

Legendary studio engineer Tom Dowd said there were the “five M’s” where he produced his best work: Manhattan, Miami, Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Macon. With that kind of platinum record making history in mind, Macon is a hotbed of studios and seasoned studio engineers, many with impressive careers as session and touring musicians. There are also spaces that lend themselves to music production, whether recording, rehearsing or releasing your latest work.


Muscadine Recording Studios

3078 Vineville Ave.

Muscadine is a landmark studio in Macon owned and operated by veteran platinum-record producer and engineer Paul Hornsby. Hornsby, who was inducted in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, is a legend in southern music circles. He arrived in or to (not sure!)  in Macon via Capricorn Records, with his early connections as a member of the Allman Joys and the Hourglass Band. Hornsby is behind some of the biggest studio hits of Marshall Tucker and the Charlie Daniels Band.


Shadow Sound Studio

473 Third St.
478.742.7956 •

This mainstay Downtown Macon recording studio is owned and operated by veteran blues musician and award-winning guitarist and producer Joey Stuckey.  As an infant, Stuckey lost his sight and sense of smell as the result of a brain tumor and was introduced to music from an early age. Today, he is an accomplished guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, educator, sound engineer and touring musician, who remains a vital part of the Macon music scene.


Vineville Studio


You never know who will visit Macon and be inspired to set up shop or make a home. Such is the case for Vineville Studio owned by Rob Shirakbari, a sought-after touring musician. Shirakbari is currently the music director for Dionne Warwick and producer, arranger, songwriter and production partner for platinum-selling UK artist Rumer. For many years, he was the keyboardist, arranger and music director for Burt Bacharach. Both Rumer and Shirakbari now call Macon home, after taking a Rock Candy Tour, connecting with retired music industry executive Alan Walden and falling in love with the city’s history and resurging music scene. They’ve now made Macon their residence and offer a recording studio to the public based on availability.


Mercer Music at Capricorn

536 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

By the end of 2019, the former Capricorn Sound Studios will be fully restored as Mercer Music at Capricorn, offering two recording studios, a music incubator for aspiring young musicians and an interpretive area that tells the story of Capricorn and Macon’s music heritage through historic artifacts, static exhibits and interactive digital kiosks.


Star Motel Recording Studios

Georgia Avenue

Star Motel is a multitrack facility set up to record live bands with multiple isolation booths. Owned and operated by Rob Evans, a local musician, engineer, producer and co-owner of the Creek FM, Star Motel is behind some of the best albums of Macon’s music scene today.


5/4 Music Space

340 Walnut St.

This founding music incubator was designed to serve the interests of new artists. It’s a collaborative of experienced musicians, songwriters, producers and sound engineers are committed to maximizing the potential of musicians who occupy the available space. 5/4  equips artists with rehearsal space, a showcase venue, recording facilities, record and music distribution from conception to tour support, and provides a pathway for success in the music industry.


Ampersand Guild

382 Cherry Street, Lower Level

This creative art guild offers membership to creative space, artist community, retail opportunities and systems of support for a burgeoning career or engagement in the arts. The Guild hosts an intimate stage setting with opportunities to perform at open mic and special art events.


The Creek 100.9 FM

533 Cherry Street

One of the few independent radio stations left in radioland, the Creek FM was co-founded by local proprietor and community advocate Wes Griffith, president of the Moonhanger Group (the umbrella for the Rookery and H&H Soul Food, among others). The Creek broadcasts (often live) from its second floor studio space, above the Creek Stage at the Rookery (LINK TO LISTING), and remains dedicated to an Americana music format and aims to globally broadcast the best of the South’s roots music, thoughtful programming and city insight from Macon, Georgia as an independently-owned and operated radio station.

Music Merchandise Retail

Macon has merchandise you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll find an extensive — and sometimes exclusive — collection of Allman Brothers merch at the Big House and official Otis Redding items at the Otis Redding Foundation, where purchases give back to the non-profit organizations. Plus, there are opportunities to purchase fine art photography, unique Macon music souvenirs and shop at local record stores, the indie heartbeats of any true music town.


Fresh Produce Records

451 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Store owner Willie Dantzler serves up more than just new and used albums at Fresh Produce. Since 2013, this Downtown Macon storefront has served as a showroom for rotating music titles, music memorabilia, t-shirts, books, guitar strings and locally grown organic vegetables and fruits (Do they still offer fresh veggies & fruits?). To top it off, Fresh Produce hosts in-store live music by underground and indie artists at least once a month.


Gallery West

447 Third Street
478.972.1598 •

You’ll find black and white portraits of icons from Macon music history, Chicago blues and more at this Downtown gallery featuring the exclusive photography of Kirk West. Among the onstage and offstage shots are legends like Muddy Waters, Tom Waits, Tthe Allman Brothers Band and the Rolling Stones. West served as tour manager for the Allman Brothers for over 20 years. During his tenure, he shot 10 Allman Brothers LP, CD andor DVD covers, as well as numerous shots for pictures sleeves. A renowned archivist, West and his wife Kirsten lived in the Big House before it was converted to a public museum. While lovers of music photography may be familiar with  have seen other images of the artists West has captured over the years, Gallery West displays decades of West’s personal work never seen before — with back stories as rich as the imagery. He and Kirsten personally operate the Gallery, where prints and West’s photo books are for sale. They also host gallery talks, special events with live music and guest artists.


Habersham Records & Tapes

2661 Montpelier Ave

Habersham Records & Tapes is the oldest independent record store in Macon. This stallworth of the local music scene has remained in business for nearly 50 years. In addition to vintage vinyl and new music, Habersham sells music merchandise and tickets to local events. The Habersham family has been involved with music for decades, as well as serving as community leaders and promoters of African American owned businesses in Macon. In addition to music, they hold a wealth of knowledge on the local landscape.


Otis Redding Foundation

339 Cotton Avenue, Macon
(478) 742-5737

Consider the Otis Redding Foundation the official headquarters of Redding’s lasting legacy. This legacy is found in his music, his philanthropy and his family, all of which can be found at the Foundation and adjacent Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts. The Foundation also serves as a mini-museum, holding many Otis Redding treasures that can only be seen here. Official Otis Redding merchandise and albums are available for purchase, carefully curated by the Redding family and exclusive to the King of Soul. A portion of the purchases are returned to the Otis Redding Foundation, whose mission is to empower, enrich and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing and instrumentation.


The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House

2321 Vineville Ave.

In addition to displays, archives and exhibits of historic materials, instruments and music memorabilia related to The Allman Brothers Band, there is an onsite gift shop with exclusive and unique band merchandise, mushroom gifts and items related to their southern music movement. A portion of the proceeds support the Big House Foundation and the continued operation of this unique and acclaimed museum and band legacy. The Big House is open from Thursday through Sunday.


Visit Macon Downtown Welcome Center

450 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Visit Macon’s Downtown Welcome Center includes an array of Macon-centric gift merchandise, including music items and special edition t-shirts, like the such as Rock Candy Tours’ “Music from Macon” t-shirt featuring a growing list of documented musicians and music industry executives who lived in Macon.