Don Johnson, Director of Landmark Academy of Arts and Media Production
Don Johnson has been the Fine Arts Director and Choral Director at Landmark Christian School for fourteen years. Don received his Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Don has performed both nationally and internationally on the operatic and musical theater stage. Additionally, Don worked as a professional drummer, actor, and model in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and Atlanta. Don is thrilled to be part of launching and guiding such a unique music opportunity to current and future Landmark students. Having worked in the entertainment industry at various levels, it is important to Don to have Landmark students develop their craft and who they are as an artist in an environment that will prepare them both artistically and spiritually for impacting the music industry in a powerful way.
Monica Lee, Landmark Music Academy Coordinator
Monica Lee is excited to come alongside students at the Landmark Christian School Music Academy who desire to be in the music industry. With a wealth of experience over many years, Monica understands the challenges of navigating today’s music industry, and how important it is to keep one’s faith at the forefront while facing this journey. As a music composition major from the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, Monica has written numerous songs that found their way onto television, record albums, and live performances. Monica was in a band for seven years and worked numerous jobs in the music industry, including Interscope Records working with artists like Gwen Stefani, and Linda Perry. She has performed over 400 live gigs, including touring with her band, radio interviews, and hearing her songs on the radio. After starting a family, she transitioned into session singing and has sung most recently on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2018) and on Paul McCartney’s newest release, “Egypt Station” (2018). Monica has a long list of credits from the past sixteen years of session singing, including singing on the soundtracks of “Star Wars: Rogue One”, “Jurassic World”, “Jungle Book”, and “Star Trek: Beyond”. She has sung on “The Voice” and on the Hollywood Bowl Stage, among others. Teaching has become a passion of Monica’s as she watches her own daughter pursue a recording career. Her wealth of knowledge translates into a solid sounding board for students and parents alike in the music industry, and she is humbled to find herself in this position at Landmark.
Aaron Harris, Faculty
Aaron Harris has more than ten years in the music industry as a recording engineer for studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta. In addition to his time in the music industry, Aaron has more than ten years working as an audio technician where he gained experience from working for CNN, Tyler Perry Studios, and Turner Studios. In 2000, Aaron received Christ as his Lord and Savior. Since then he has dedicated his life to instructing youth about how to use media responsibly and the impact that music has on their lives.
Mike Joiner, Faculty
Mike Joiner attended both Auburn University and Gordon College. When Mike was at Gordon College, he studied classical guitar. Mike has been playing guitar since 1975, both professionally and semi-professionally. Additionally, he has provided guitar instruction and music recording services since 2005. For the past ten years, Mike has been the Landmark Christian School Praise Band instructor with responsibilities for weekly chapel services and helping to equip students with the tools they need to lead meaningful worship gatherings. He has also provided assistance with audio technical needs at Landmark. Mike provides guitar lessons in the afterschool program as well as teaching guitar classes and individual instruction.
Every student prepared to impact the world for Jesus Christ