The Georgia State University School of Music is pleased to welcome Dr. Charles R. Jackson to the faculty as a Lecturer in Music Education – Instrumental. After more than four decades as a music educator, including nine years as an assistant professor with Kennesaw State University, he joins the Georgia State faculty. Dr. Jackson is recognized from the state of Georgia with a congressional proclamation as a Georgia STAR Teacher and served as Georgia Music Educators Association chairman for District 12, overseeing all public schools and private schools in Cobb and Douglas counties and 24,000 music students.
At Kennesaw State, Dr. Jackson taught courses in woodwind and brass techniques, instrumental methods, curriculum, and supervised student teachers. For the past eight years, he also served as the faculty advisor for the Kennesaw State chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the world’s largest and oldest music fraternity. Dr. Jackson currently serves as conductor and musical director of the Cobb New Horizons Symphonic Band, a 98-member adult community band. The Cobb New Horizons Symphonic Band presents 10 to 20 concerts each year throughout the Atlanta area. Before his appointment at Kennesaw State, Dr. Jackson enjoyed 34 successful years as Director of Bands at the middle and high school levels in Cobb County.
A recognized guest speaker, Dr. Jackson is sought nationally as a band and trumpet clinician, guest conductor for honor bands, and adjudicator. He authored content in the publications of Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Band, The Band Directors’ Book of Secrets, and InTune Magazine.
Over the past 31 years, Dr. Jackson has received numerous honors, which include national teacher certification, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and Teacher of the Year at Garrett Middle School and Dodgen Middle School. In 2013, he was one of 217 music educators selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award conferred by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In 2019, he received the Olin G. Parker Leadership Award presented by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia International Musicians Fraternity.
Dr. Jackson holds a D.M.A from Shenandoah Conservatory, an Ed.S from Georgia State University, an M.M. from the University of Illinois, and a B.M.Ed. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has presented sessions for the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University; the Western Carolina University Summer Symposium; Spirit Camp at Jacksonville State University; the Summer Band Director Symposium at Kennesaw State University; the Art of Teaching Music Summit in Atlanta, GA; and the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference held annually in Chicago, IL.