Morrison Brothers Music offers instrument lessons Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. We teach a variety of instruments and styles for all ages. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran musician looking to expand you're repertoire, give us a call -- we may just have the teacher for you!
Our teaching staff boasts decades of experience in performance and recording arts, and many have studied with the most prestigious instructors in the world. On this page, you'll find all you need to know regarding our lessons; also, check out our FAQ page for more information.
Our Lesson Philosophy
Many students of ours come to us from other instructors, having spent months or even years learning songs, but lacking the fundamental skills to play their instrument. Our instructors eschew the "song of the week" and "what style is popular today" approaches, and provide students with the essentials necessary to adopt any style or learn any song they like.
Lesson plans for beginners start with a focus on good fundamentals, such as hand positioning, scales, and some basic theory. Instrument care and practice techniques are also covered. As the student advances, instruction is tailored for individual students in a manner that allows them to overcome challenges particular to them, and teaching them good musicianship as well as just having fun.
What We Teach
Rates: Lessons are taught on a monthly basis, and cost $80 - $90 per month for four weekly 30-minute lessons (unless otherwise noted).
Lesson Times: Lessons are taught at Morrison Brothers Monday through Friday from 10am to 7pm, and Saturday 10am to 6pm. Please contact us for specific time slot availability.
How to Apply: If you're interested in lessons, please call us at (601) 956-0135 and leave a message for our lesson coordinator, Chris Derrick, and he'll return your call as soon as possible.
Chris Derrick - Guitar
Chris is Morrison Brothers Music's lesson coordinator, and a guitar instructor. A certified teacher, Chris created our curriculum: an approach to teaching music that integrates performance, reading music, ear training, and music theory. "Our job as teachers," Chris says, "is to get a student to the point where they don't need a teacher any more," a notion that guides all our instructors. Chris has performed professionally since the age of 16 on guitar, piano, and trumpet, with Three Days Gone, The Electric Company, and is currently with Blind Dog Otis.
Annette Joe - Piano
A practitioner of the Robert Pace piano method, Annette Joe is our most experienced instructor with decades of experience teaching piano. A graduate of Mississippi University for Women with a degree in piano performance, Miss Joe has served as President of the MS Music Teachers Association, as a Fellow of the National Music Teachers Association, and is a certified clinician with the International Piano Foundation. Miss Joe teaches people music "so they can have it in their lives forever". Her curriculum includes performance, music theory, improvisation, and transposing.
Barry Leach - Guitar, Jazz Technique
In high school Barry Leach had two passions, guitar and sports. After playing guitar in the Southern Jazz Band his future as one of the south's premier guitarists was clear. Leach became a mainstay in the Los Angeles music scene then returned to MS and formed the Big House Trio. After gigging with Raphael Semmes, Leach started the wildly successful soul group, The Vamps, who released two albums and have become a Jackson favorite. In 2004, Barry released a stunning solo guitar album, called Stepfingers. Barry has been a guitar instructor for 10 years.
Doug Thomas - Drums, Percussion
Doug began playing drums at the age of 6, and taught himself every style he could dream of before becoming a mainstay of Jackson's music scene. After studying under top instructors from around the country, including jazz legend Alvin Fielder, Thomas expanded his repertoire and performed with some of Jackson's greatest names, such as Jerry Puckett , Raphael Semmes, and legendary jazz guitarist Skeets McWilliams. Doug's lesson plan for beginners moves from learning the rudiments into a gradual mastery of the drumset.
Stephen Wells - Guitar, Bass, Dobro
Stephen is a veteran of the Natchez music scene including many years with Jim Easterling's popular dance band. Starting out self taught at age 14, Stephen played for many years before having the opportunity to study with a qualified teacher. The difference after lessons made him a believer in the value of the things he now teaches. A player for over 40 years, and an instructor for 10, Stephen's approach to teaching guitar focuses on strong fundamentals, reading, and some theory, providing students with the tools they need to learn and play any song or style they desire. A believer in continuing education Stephen has recently studied bass with the legendary Jerry Jemmott.
Nick Smith - Guitar
With more than 46 years of performing and recording experience, including a stint with renowned fiddler Kenny Baker, Nick Smith has been a Morrison Brothers instructor for 6 years, teaching guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle. His curriculum stresses strong performance fundamentals integrated with ear training and sight-reading. Nick teaches students of all ages and experience.
John Jackson - Guitar
John regularly teaches students of all ages and experience levels in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, and rock. John is a university-trained and award-winning musician who began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He has studied and performed on the guitar as his primary focus since he was accepted to the University of Georgia in 2006. At UGA, he graduated Magna Cum Laude earning both a Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in Guitar Performance as a student of renowned guitarist and educator John Sutherland. Furthermore, he studied jazz theory and improvisation with Steve Dancz, the Director of Jazz Studies at UGA.
Mr. Jackson's awards include winning first place, outstanding performer, and convention recitalist in the 2013 GMTA Competition, as well as first prize in the Ira E. Mashburn Competition for New and Electronic Music in 2006. He has participated in masterclasses with many famous musicians including Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Sharon Isbin, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Pintrup of The Lincoln Center Jazz band, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Mr. Jackson also gives solo and ensemble performances across the Southeast.
Please visit his website at jjacksonguitar.com for more information as well as audio and video samples.