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.
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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.