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Dr. Christian Kim

Christian Kim

Assistant Professor
Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts

Phone: 478-471-2737

  • MACON - SOAL - 250
Office Hours: FALL 2021
M/W 3 pm - 4 pm
T/R 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Please make appointments if you wish to have online meetings.
Biography: Christian Kim, pianist and composer, has joined MGA as Assistant Professor of Music beginning in Fall 2018. He is a versatile pianist who performs and composes works in various musical genres such as jazz, Latin, classical, pop, gospel, and more. Since completing an intense study of traditional folk music where he traveled to more than sixty countries over the course of three years, Dr. Kim now utilizes folk musical elements as the basic premise of many of his musical compositions.

Dr. Kim studied under the world renowned jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, Jr., and has performed with Charlie Haden, Frank Morgan, Darek Oleszkiewicz, Joe LaBarbera, and Larry Ridley to name a few. He released an album at Universal Music in 2008 and worked as a producer in numerous recording albums. Prior to his appointment at MGA, Dr. Kim served as the Program Coordinator of Music and Assistant Professor of Music at Atlanta Metropolitan State College from 2014 to 2018.

Dr. Kim's areas of research include "20th century classical music (Schoenberg and Viennese circle, 12-tone serialism, and others)," "German ultra-chromaticism in the late romantic era," "Jazz orchestration techniques," and "Analyzing classical music with jazz languages." Besides music, his research interests are various topics in theology: covenantal theology, reformed systematic theology, and eschatology. He is currently serving as a pastor (Young adult and mission ministry) at Cornerstone Church. He enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures.
Courses: FALL 2021
Applied Piano (MUSA 1111, 4111)
Class Piano Lab I (MUSC 1112)
Commercial Music Lab (MUSC 2500)
Songwriting (MUSC 3800)
Commercial Combos (MUSC 3070)
ONLINE Perspective on Music (MUSC 1006)
Education: Doctorate
University of Texas at Austin (Music Composition), D.M.A.
University of Southern California (Jazz Studies), ABD.

California Institute of the Arts (Jazz Studies), M.F.A.
Liberty University (Biblical Studies), M.Div.
Liberty University (Biblical Studies), M.A.

Howard University (Jazz Studies), B.M.

Awards and Honors: All-American Composition Award in 1996
Publications: Discography
"Hyssop" Universal Music, 2008

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