Zach began chasing his passion for music when he was seven years old. Picking out melodies of songs he would hear around the house, he was immediately transfixed and transported by the mysteries and power of music. From an early age, Zach brought jazz and classical pieces to his teachers, begging to learn more. He has always been fascinated by the versatility of sound.
At the age of 13 he met his musical mentor and most influential teacher, Misha Stefanuk. Stefanuk is a fantastic composer and performer, who further cultivated a knowledge and desire to learn the theory behind music, and how it could be written and used creatively. Misha remained Zach’s primary musical direction even through much of college.
Today, Zach works hands on with several artists in the Southeast as a writer, composer, and arranger. He is a multi instrumentalist, specializing in piano. Zach also writes and performs using voice, guitar, ukulele and percussion. He writes and plays often in local studios, working on all types of contemporary music, most notably rock, soul, r&b, pop and jazz. As a studio player he is featured and has written on over 100 records for various artists. He also writes and records his own music. Zach has written hundreds of songs for himself and others. He performs with a band or at jazz clubs weekly, and can be seen recently with touring acts Baby Rose, Sam Burchfield, Chelsea Shag, among others.
With a strong background in theory and performance, and a vigor to inject creativity and individuality in all aspects of music, Zach aims to teach and inspire people to think and play differently. He encourages learning ‘by the book’, as well as learning by ear training and other exercises. There are so many ways to interpret and understand the beautiful complexities of music. Everyone is unique, with different passions and ways or rates of learning. Zach believes that should be celebrated, tapped into, and cultivated. Zach loves the challenges and victories of getting students and musicians to truly understand music and play it creatively, for themselves and others. He looks forward to every individual who walks through the door looking to learn, regardless of level or age.
Doug is a graduate of the Atlanta institute of music and has been teaching, recording and performing in the Atlanta area for 15+ years. Shortly after graduating he was offered a teaching position at the Atlanta Institute of Music where he was an instructor for 10 years. Doug specializes in teaching theory, harmony, songwriting, and recording. He is well versed in rock, metal, jazz, blues and country. He is currently finishing a music and technology degree from the Atlanta Institute of Music, and is a certified pro tools operator. Doug has 2 cd’s on iTunes one of which had a write up in modern drummer magazine in 2009.
Jared Bryan has been playing and studying the guitar for over twenty years, and joined the SSM staff in the spring of 2005. Since earning his degree from AIM (Atlanta Institute of Music), Jared has dedicated himself to both his performing, and especially his teaching here at SSM. Jared’s specialty is rock, jazz, R&B, and he also has a deep-rooted love of funk. Jared teaches with the philosophy that the gift of music is in everyone and he strives to bring it out. Jared has toured across the south in numerous venues such as opening up for Cowboy Mouth and The North Mississippi All Stars.
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Jared Bryan plays Paul Gilbert Solo Exercise
Jared is also the Lead Guitar player in the SSM Staff Rock Band, “RADIO DAYS”. Check out a clip of Radio Days performing at the Sandy Springs Festival Sept. 23rd, 2017.
Radio Days Performing the Rush Classic “Spirit of Radio”.
Radio Days performing John Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses”