Jack Bell – Former Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Percussionist Teaches at Redclay Music Foundry
Update November 2015
Unfortunately Jack Bell is no longer teaching. Â We wish Jack all the best and send thanks for all the lives he has enrichened.
Gwinnett Music prides itself on hiring the best teachers to educate budding musicians of all ages in a variety of disciplines. After years of professional experience with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a long tenure of educating musicians at Georgia State University, Jack Bell is now sharing his expertise with the Gwinnett Music / Red Clay Music Foundry community.
Jack Bell is widely considered to be one of Americaâ€™s best snare drummers. Mr. Bell performed in over 7,000 concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. With over 200 concerts per year, all around the world, he knows and understands the pressure of performing, and the importance of a solid musical foundation. He is excited to share his knowledge with a new generation of musicians. Mr. Bell also has recording experience, having recorded over 65 albums, winning 18 Grammy awards.
Gwinnett Music is the latest school in Jack Bellâ€™s long-standing tenure in musical education. He served as an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Percussion Studies for 34 years at Georgia State University. Here, he instructed over 160 percussion students, most of who have gone on to enjoy professional success in the music industry. Having retired from Georgia State University, Mr. Bell took on a faculty position at Gainesville State College and University, as well as becoming the Executive Director for a non-profit organization, the Gainesville ProMusica Concert Series, Inc., bringing high-level musicians and concert into the community and to children.
As part of his teaching, Mr. Bell wrote the text Developing Rhythmic Sensitivity, the basis of a course that become required for all students with a concentration in the School of Music. His text and lesson recordings are widely used in the education of young percussionists. He also made another significant contribution to the School of Music at Georgia State University, introducing a seminar series to expose students to professionals in the music industry. This model has since been expanded throughout the School of Music.
Jack Bell is himself a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he studied under James Moore and Cloyd Duff. Through the course of his career, he has been given countless awards and recognition for his contribution to music and musical education.
Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Bell has been dedicated to teaching and improving musical education for budding musicians. At Gwinnett Music, he will continue his long tradition of sharing his knowledge and expertise, mentoring students as they develop a solid musical foundation as well as performing and recording skills. He is excited to join the Gwinnett Music community, a recognized leader in musical education.
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