Performing Arts Faculty and Staff

Fredrick Tarrant

Fredrick Tarrant

Dean, School of Performing Arts


Music History

B.M. Baylor University
M.M. Baylor University
Ph.D. Indiana University
Professor of Music


Kaylee Totten

Administrative Assistant to the Dean



B.S. Reinhardt Univeristy

Dr. Kerry Bryant, Director of Instrumental Activities

Kerry Bryant

Assistant Professor of Music


Director of Instrumental Activities

B.M.E. University of Kentucky
M.M.E. University of South Carolina
Ed.S. Lincoln Memorial University
Ed.D. Liberty University

Dr. Kerry Bryant is Director of Instrumental Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Reinhardt
University. Most recently he served as Director of Bands at Young Harris College, and as Adjunct Instructor of
Music Education at Reinhardt University. Prior to his collegiate career, over a period 32 years, Dr. Bryant
served primarily as Director of Bands for several prominent high school band programs in GA, as well as Fine
Arts Coordinator and elementary music teacher. Thus Dr. Bryant’s music education experience spans the
continuum of grade levels, from kindergarten through graduate-level music courses.

Concert ensembles under his direction have been invited to perform at many college and regional band clinics,
conventions and symposia. He has performed at the Mid-West International Band Clinic as a former member of
Tara Winds. He has numerous arrangements, transcriptions and editions of concert band works in various private
and school libraries and catalogs, including Schirmer Rental and Arrangers Publishing. Dr. Bryant maintains an
active travel schedule throughout the southeastern U.S. with guest conducting, evaluation, and clinician services for
many band programs and state music associations.

Dr. Bryant was awarded Music Educator of the Year in 2016 by the Georgia Music Educators Association. He
was also selected as a 2011 Honoree for the Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta, GA) Salutes Georgia Arts in
Education Leaders. He has been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence four times. He
is a member of Phi Beta Mu National Honorary Bandmasters, and has served on the editorial board for the
Music Educators Journal. He has served as an instrumental music education standards writer and reviewer for
the Georgia Department of Education.

Dr. Bryant has degrees from the University of Kentucky (BME, 1986), University of South Carolina (MME,
1993), Lincoln Memorial University (Ed.S, Administration and Supervision, 2005) and Liberty University
(Ed.D., Education Leadership, 2012). He lives in Waleska, GA, with his wife Kelly, a professional flutist in the
Atlanta Opera Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (on call), and adjunct Professor of Flute at Reinhardt
and Kennesaw State Universities. They have two children: Jack, age 22, a horn performance fellow at the Curtis
Institute of Music, and Helen, age 19, a piano performance major at the University of Michigan.

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Jason Jones

Assistant Professor of Music Education


Music Education Coordinator

B.B.A. Emory & Henry College
M.E. Emory & Henry College
M.M. University of Texas
PhD candidate Eastman School of Music

Jason D. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music Education Coordinator at Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA. He is also a PhD candidate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

From conducting the Eastman Women’s Chorus to singing shape note at a goth bar, Jones’ performance experience is as varied as his teaching and research interests. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and French, and a Master of Education from Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA. He, also, earned a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Texas San Antonio.

He has experience teaching elementary general music, choir, and strings to children in urban and suburban areas. He is a recipient of the SAISD Foundation Inspire award for his work with urban elementary school children, and he was recognized for his contributions to the SAISD elementary strings project. Jones is an OAKE-certified Kodàly teacher and has extensive
Dalcroze training from the American Eurhythmics Society. He has presented workshops, research, and clinics on several topics for school districts, state conferences, non-profits, and universities across the United States. His work has been published in General Music Today and the book Kaleidoscope: A Collection of Standards-Based Lessons for the K-7 General Music Classroom.


Martha Shaw

Professor of Music


Director of Choral Activities

B.M.E. Shorter College
M.S. University of Tennessee
D.M.A. University of South Carolina