J. Snowden Sr.
CEO and Music Supervisor
Founder / Program Director / Art & Computer Instructor
With over twenty years dedicated to art but discovering it at 5 years old, Makeba has created a design company that satisfies the artistic pretention related to graphics, illustrations and everything the web needs. Owner and Operator of O.Makeba Designs, LLC, Makeba builds an educational perspective to technological art by providing tutorial sessions and classes for the Seven Arts Center. Makeba has also designed graphics, murals and painting for her small and large enterprises clients.
Certificates : American Intercontinental University BFA , University of Phoenix Atlanta MIS, Toon Boon Animation Certification, Shaw Academy Digital Marketing Diploma/
Awards: Woman of the Year from the GA Clergy 2010, St. Patrick Day Honoree in Illustration, SCAD Master Scholarship program in Illustration, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
Designed words: Painting for Singles & Couples, plus the Kids Club at Seven Arts Center Illustrated books: I am Princess, Zuri the Fairy, Jean Head Music Box, African American Crosswords, Sacred Symbols of Life Coloring book and more;
To view more work, go to omakeba.com. Join Me!
Market Director / SACR Manager
Art Yake came to SAC with a strong background in marketing, market research, and web development. He oversees production of SACR, all website content for SAC and SACR - site usability, search engine optimization, print collateral, online advertising, as well as all marketing campaigns.
Also, Art Yake is General Manager of SACR, America's healing voice internet radio company. He oversees all aspects of the company's operations and delivers minimum commercial free music to over 10,000 subscribers.
Violin / Viola/ Cello /Guitar/Music Comp
Nicholas started playing the viola at age 11 in his six grade year. Since then, he has received numerous awards for his dedication, performance and playing ability. As a student of Georgia State University Perimeter Campus, he was a double major in music education and performance. Nicholas is currently the associate principal violist of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra and has served this position for three consecutive seasons. He was accepted into the Atlanta Symphony Orchestras Talent Deployment program as a sophomore in high school. In addition, he was also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season. He has performed in many ensembles and chamber groups and is an exceptional musician. Wynn is currently the strings and music composition instructor at the Seven Arts Center.
Piano & Music Theory instructor with over 25 years experience in Classical, Jazz,
Pop, and composing. He received his BA Degree in Music Education from NY University
School of Music in 1970. He later received a Master Degree in Music Education from the
Manhattan School of Music in 1984. Certifications: New York State Teaching Certification,
Teacher Certification in Trenton State College, State of GA Teacher Certification
Professional Pianist/Vocal Instructor
Fred began his musical training at the young age of 7 taking piano lessons and joining the elementary school band on saxophone. Throughout high school he formed his own groups, performed in the Atlanta area, and was selected for The Governor's Honors Program as well as the Allstate Jazz Band.Fred received scholarships to attend the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he graduated with a BA in Music Education and Jazz Performance. In 1989 he began teaching Elementary General Music with Dekalb County Schools and later High School Choral Music in 2000. In addition to teaching high school, Fred has continued to serve as music director for churches, write and produce for local artists and provide private vocal and piano instruction.
Over 15 years of educational and professional experience.
Jordan has been playing for over 15 years and professional drums within rock, jazz, gospel as well as other genres.
Jordan's early years were spent playing in churches and traveling with his uncle's gospel group. In high school he played in the marching band and in the years after, he joined the Columbus-based rock-hip-hop band Stereomonster. The band has recorded three full length albums and has toured the southeast extensively including an appearance at SXSW. They've also preformed at several Atlanta venues including Smith's Olde Bar and the Masquerade.
Between stints on the road, Jordan taught drum lessons at the Columbus School of Music. He was a three-time senior project mentor and also helped instruct the School of Rock--a program that trained student bands in performance and self-promotion.
As a sideman, Jordan is a lighthearted guy who listens exceptionally well and blends with any genre of music. He's influenced by drummers like Dave Grohl and John Blackwell as well as musicians like Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and several hip hop producers.
As a teacher, he's a fun-loving music historian with a wealth of knowledge and on-the-gig experience to share. He specializes in teaching rudiments, reading and various styles of playing drum set including rock, hip hop, country, and gospel. Parents and students appreciate his patience and his ability to meet their personal goals.
Mickey has a multi-faceted career, performing as a classical and jazz musician, solo and is active in the freelance community. Mickey believes in a holistic approach to teaching, involving music appreciation, theory, improvisation and ear training. Mickey does not teach only flute, but teaches students to be artists and passionate in all that they do. Mickey studied at Florida University as well as principal flute in the Flute Choir.