Sharon Young has over 30 years of artistry experience and have a passion and gift, teaching children and adults the Arts and life lessons through the Arts. Before relocating to Atlanta she was an Instructor of Voice, Ensemble and Ear Training at the world renowned Berklee College of Music.
Musically, as either a featured vocalist or background vocalist, she worked with many Grammy Award, diverse, and famed artists like Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, K.D. Lang, Faith Hill, Gloria Estafan, Eric Benet, Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Chante’ Moore, and many more. I can be seen in music videos with artists Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway, and New Edition’s Candy Girl where she is also featured on the album cover. Sharon has performed live on The Jay Leno Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, Apollo, and Soul Train. My acting experience ranges from theatre to television, and commercials.
Theatrically, Sharon performed on Broadway in The Lion King in the lead role Nala. I have also performed in Ragtime in the United States and Canada. Sharon uses her experience, passion, and love of the arts to inspire and encourage children to improve academically, and grow socially and emotionally, while instilling a love and passion for the Arts.
Mr White is now in his 10th year as a music educator. As a trumpet player, he began performing with the Governor’s State University Jazz Ensemble at the age of 16. He has won several awards and has been both an attendee and solo performer at the Mid West Clinic.
As the high school band director and music teacher of Phoenix Academy in Chicago; Mr. White's bands have been the winners of several awards and competitions. His Chicago program has played for many notables including the US Navy, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Alma Powell (wife of General Colin Powell). The marching band was also one of the featured bands for a Northern Illinois University Huskies pregame and the Drum and Bugle program was 2007 city champions. Under his direction, the program which included Jazz, Marching, Drum and Bugle, and Concert bands was a finalist for a Grammy Enterprise Award for providing a high quality music education program.
Mr. White is currently the General Music Teacher and Band Director at Brighten Academy in Douglasville Georgia. He has initiated and developed Brighten’s first band program which is in it’s 6th year. Mr. White also have an extensive choral background, forming his first choir at age 16 and working with several well known artists in the Gospel Industry.
Mr. White received his Bachelor's in Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is currently the director of Musik Workx and oversees the music education programs of several schools throughout Atlanta. He is very active in the music community being apart of thousands of student’s education. He looks forward to continuing to support the development of children through music.
La Tashia Bridges
LaTashia S. Bridges received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Kennesaw State University and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Educational Leadership at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. For the past five years, she has been teaching middle school, and elementary orchestra in the Cobb, Gwinnett, and Fulton County Area Schools.
An accomplished violinist, Ms. Bridges has studied with Nina Lutz and Dr. Edward Eanes. In addition, she has performed with the Valdosta Symphony and the Cobb Symphony Orchestra‘s.
Ms. Bridges is also actively involved in music education organizations such as The National Association of Music Education (MENC) and American String Teachers Association (ASTA) .
Dedicated to teaching all ages, she has taught for over 5 years privately as well as in public school and group settings in Atlanta, GA. She began studying violin at the age of nine. She especially enjoys helping students develop their love of strings and their instrumental skills over time and seeing them reap the benefits of their hard work.
After making the 1995 GA All-State Band on trumpet, he secured a scholarship to attend FAMU. While earning his degree, Cory became a DJ at many local area radio stations. His compositional skills were recognized by the Dreamworks Foundation, who awarded him an additional scholarship and a six week internship at MCA Records. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music from Florida A & M University.
An active educator, Cory currently teaches at Cedar Grove High School in Dekalb County. He is also active in producing and recording local artists.
He is a member Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Georgia Music Educators Conference (GMEA), National Band Association (NBA) and International Trumpet Guild (ITG).
Originally from Spartanburg, SC, Will attended Dorman High School in Roebuck, SC
graduating in 2004. Immeadeatly Will headed off to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA
to study music production and performance.
He studied extensively with some of the greatest instructors and recording artists in the world
including Walter Beasley (best selling professor/recording artist in history), Clifford Leaman
(Professor of Saxophone, USC), Dino Govoni (Professor of Saxophone, Berklee College of
Music), and Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat, and Tears) among others.
Will started playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine and in just a few years was first chair
in the South Carolina All-State Concert and Jazz Bands three years in a row and remained in
the top three chairs through out his high-school career. He was awarded a full scholarship to
Berklee College of Music, the top rated contemporary music school in the world, after an
audition in Nashville, TN as a part of Berklee's World Scholarship Tour. During this time, he
also began doing recording sessions with local groups and helping to produce and engineer
recording projects, namely the Upward Basketball League's annual recording project which
was distributed to over one million families through out the southeast.
In 2008, Will moved to Atlanta, GA and immediately began performing locally. During his
time in Atlanta he has performed with various local and national artists including, The Tony
Rich Project, Jazze Pha, Lonnie Liston Smith, and others. Currently, Will is preparing for the
release of his debut album produced by The Tony Rich Project.
Lamar Khalid Ramaad
Band and Percussion Instructor
LaMar Khalid Rahmaad is a Professional musician/producer. Born and raised in Flint, MI Khalid is no stranger to the music industry being only a few miles from Detroit, MI home of MoTown. Since the age of 2 Khalid has been nurtured by his parents to play drums. He developed a love for music of all genres jazz, classical, R&B, Rock, Gospel, Latin and Hip Hop. Khalid quickly became an expert drummer being trained at the Flint Institute of Arts. At the age of 12 Khalid began touring across the world with a jazz band (MoJazz). For 19 more years Khalid continued to travel and pursue his love for music. He has had the opportunity to play drums for such artists as Angie Stone, N'dambi, Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, Ready for the World, Rizen, John P. Kee; Jazz saxophonist, Joshua Redmond; R&B artists Jagged Edge, Algebra Blessett, Daley, Charlie Wilson, Dwele, Scar, Keke Wyatt, Raheem Davaughn, Anthony David, Yazarah, Tribe called Quest, Tony Terry, Raphael saadiq, Carl Thomas; Rapper Rico Love (songwriter/producer) Actor Chris Tucker and Terri Vaughn. He has also conducted studio work with Cee-lo, Boyz II Men and Woo Child. Khalid has also played drums in the orchestra in Broadway plays such as “Dreamgirls” and “A Day in the Life. Khalid recently performed on the Arsenio Hall Show with Rico Love and continues to tour world wide. Striving on being a positive energy for all he encounters Khalid prides himself on giving back to the community. He does this by being an active member in his church playing drums and participating in church plays as well as playing drums for local school programs. In addition, he has been a guest speaker on multiple occasions for Morehouse College musical department sharing his passion and experience as a professional musician and giving insight and direction to young inspiring music students. Music has always been in the front of Khalid’s passion. Music is not only Khalid’s passion, but a God-Given talent. In pursuing this goal Khalid leans on his father’s words “Be the best you can by staying in your own lane.” As well as hearing Angie Stone’s voice “You don’t have to be the best musician it’s all about your feel.” He interprets these words as focus on yourself and you will be the best you can be not by your talent, but by the way you make people feel when they are around you.