Christopher Massie is a current Master of Music candidate with a concentration in Music Education at Georgia State University School of Music. Through a partnership with Georgia State Library and The Johnny Mercer Foundation, Massie is a graduate assistant for the foundation’s “Accentuate the Positive” professional development program. Hear from Massie about his background, career goals and the rewards from the assistantship.
Massie is a Orff certified educator at the Esther Jackson Elementary School in Fulton County, and the director of music at the Church at Ponce & Highland. He also received his B. MU from Georgia State University. Among his accomplishments include being a clinician for the Fulton County Choral Clinic and fulfilling training in both Feierabend programs “First Steps in Music” and “Conversational Solfege.”
The Johnny Mercer Foundation partnership is a fellowship program that facilitates music education through the development of elementary, middle, and high school curricula that focus on, but are not limited to, early American popular music.
Accentuate the Positive, a student activity guide that explains how a song is born, how music and lyrics are conceived and written and how these songs reflect the foundation’s passions and ideals. Accentuate the Positive is currently being used in Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta schools.