Teacher Profile: Chris Childs

Chris Childs

Chris Childs

Instrument(s): Drums, Percussion, Piano

City: Atlanta

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About Chris Childs

Chris has been an active performer and composer in Atlanta since 2010. His involvement in the Atlanta music scene led him to being a long time member of two dedicated Atlanta bands: Hello Ocho (a 5 piece group that pushed the boundries of art rock/pop sensibilities) & Faun and a Pan Flute (a 9 piece instrumental group playing impressionistic avant-jazz/rock). Both bands recorded multiple albums and toured internationally. Aside from being a member of bands and other various projects around Atlanta, Chris also likes to explore the more ephemeral experiences of musical improv settings, whether that's playing solo or in a group. One such example of this is an ongoing part-time project called the Atlanta Improv Orchestra led by Ofir Klemperer, another Lessons In Your Home Teacher.
Chris also enjoys composing and recording in his home, and he likes to stay active in various mediums ranging from experimental chamber music to film scoring.

In addition to his pursuits as an artist, Chris has been a dedicated educator in the world of marching arts. Chris's background in marching band and Drum & Bugle Corps gave him a good foundation to build upon when he re entered the marching arts as an educator in 2012. Since 2012 he has been the drumline instructor for the Austin Peay State University Governor's Own Marching Band (GOMB) in Clarksville, TN. What started out as an instructional position just for band camp has developed over the years into more of a directorial position of composing/arranging for both the drumline and the front ensemble at GOMB. Former students from GOMB have gone on to become band directors in the Clarksville/Nashville area and are now working with Chris on a professional level, hiring him to compose/arrange for their own marching band.

Chris's unique background and experiences have given him a unique and personal approach when it comes to teaching music. Although technique, method, and fundamentals are vital to his process of teaching an instrument, Chris also recognizes the importance of knowing how to have fun with music. The most sure-fire way to keep a person engaged with music is by making it fun, and sometimes that means getting creative with how one goes about teaching it.

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