CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS

The Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts is a multipurpose space open to students of ages 5-18 who have a desire to explore their interest in all elements of music. The Center is staffed with Macon’s finest musicians offering private music lessons in areas such as piano, audio engineering, strings, and more. Students are encouraged to go beyond and tap into their best effort. The Center believes in the vitality of music and the arts and continues to develop those avenues for youth. Partnerships with the Mercer University, Middle Georgia State, Macon Pops, and more, help make these efforts possible for our students.

Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts provides a safe environment for instruction. There is videotape surveillance throughout the Center; parents and guardians have the opportunity to view the lessons.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Students taking private lessons will gain knowledge in music theory and develop a repertoire to study for the semester in preparation to perform at a recital at the end of every semester. Private lessons are one on one sessions for students ages five and up. Lesson durations are offered for 30-minute and 60-minute sessions every week. Parents and students have the opportunity to communicate with instructors to create a schedule that works best for them.

PIANO  |  PERCUSSION  |  AUDIO ENGINEERING  |  VOICE  |  VIOLIN  | VIOLA | CELLO  |  GUITAR  |  PERFORMANCE  |  MUSIC THEORY

CALL (478) 742-5737 or email joiterius@otisreddingfoundation.org  for more info.

WORKSHOPS 

We Write the Songs is a workshop designed for students ages 12-18 in effort to equip them with the tools necessary to strengthen their songwriting skills. This workshop explores songwriting techniques, basic music theory, and encourages students to express themselves through music. We Write the Songs intends to enlarge the student’s creative writing journey, opening their minds to go beyond the surface of songwriting, and having the ability to dissect and interpret lyrics and melodies.

 

This year’s We Write the Songs workshop has been postponed to abide by CDC’s guidelines concerning COVID-19. Updates will be released soon! 

 

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THE DREAM TEAM 

The DREAM Team is composed of performers ages 12-18, performing a mixture of classics, soul, and pop. They have performed across the country from the White House to Nashville’s Ryman Theatre and Princess Cruises, and are available for special events. For more information, email joiterius@otisreddingfoundation.org

 

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

CHELSEA CLINE

CHELSEA CLINE

VIOLIN

Chelsea Cline is studying at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. Chelsea has served as Concertmaster of the Hawaii Youth Symphony and has been featured on NPR’s From The Top with both the National Youth Orchestra and the Hawaii Youth Symphony ensembles. Chelsea is very passionate about teaching violin because she believes that music serves as a universal language that can break boundaries, change hearts, and bring people together.

KIMBERLY EPPS

KIMBERLY EPPS

VOCAL PERFORMANCE

Kimberly Epps began singing at the age of 3 with her mother. She has starred in Annie, The Wiz, Fences, and was in Freedom Theatre’s production of Sparkle. Epps has also written and recorded with Randy Jackson, Tim and Bob, Daryll Simmons, High Rock Entertainment group and Danish producer, Troels Neilson. 

JARIS TOBLER

JARIS TOBLER

VIOLIN, VIOLA & CELLO

Jaris Tobler is the current orchestral director at Central High School. He recently graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Music Education with a concentration in String Instruments. He has been playing violin since the age 10 and has added in studies with viola, cello, contrabass, piano, and voice.

VINSON MUHAMMAD

VINSON MUHAMMAD

ENGINEERING & PRODUCTION

Vinson Muhammad is a graduate of Morehouse College and an award-winning artist, composer, and host. He has been featured by All Def Music, Sofar Sounds, the Grammy Museum, and the Final Call. He has opened up for and worked with Erykah Badu, Bootsy Collins, and Snoop Dogg. He is executive director of The Collab Project in Santa Ana, Ca. and the Real Talk Hip Hop Summit in Macon.

TYLER K. ROGERS

TYLER K. ROGERS

PIANO

Tyler K. Rogers started playing drums at 3 and piano at 7 years old. He is currently a junior at Middle Georgia State University with a degree concentration in Contemporary Musicianship. He is an active Baritone in the Middle Georgia State University’s Chambers  Singers. For over 11 years, Tyler has served as a church organist for Harper Chapel United Methodist Church, and Saint Matthew Baptist Church, both of Baxley, Ga. Currently, he is the Worship & Arts Director of The Healing Experience Ministries of Macon, GA. 

ISHMAEL MUHAMMAD

ISHMAEL MUHAMMAD

PIANO

Ishmael Muhammad has been studying piano since he was four years old. Amongst his many accolades and awards, Ishmael has been a Six-Year National Winner of the Piano Guild. He has received excellent reviews from top teachers and judges and has performed on many occasions and at many special events in the community. He is currently a Pre-law Junior at Mercer University and is also a lead musician at the church, “Temple New Life Worship Center. 

JACKSON GRIFFITH

JACKSON GRIFFITH

GUITAR/SONGWRITING

Jackson Griffith is self-taught in guitar, ukulele, and songwriting. At 16, he began writing songs and performing locally at open mic nights. Jackson has a great passion for helping others to express themselves through music. He is on the music team at his church and has been part of the music team at the RUF campus ministry at Mercer University. Jackson has recorded several of his original songs, and his music is available through various platforms. 

NIC PRESSLEY

NIC PRESSLEY

BRASS, PIANO & THEORY

Nic Pressley studied Music Education at Appalachian State University and Music Performance on Trumpet at Austin Peay State University just outside of Nashville, TN. He has a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Education, a Master’s in Music Performance, and teaching certificates in North Carolina and Georgia. Nic has performed alongside many great artists such as Jeff Coffin, Phil Woods, Dianne Schuur, and Moon Taxi. His distinctive trumpet sound can be found on Unaka Prong’s freshman and sophomore albums Margot & Adult Contemporary.