Derick Jones

Derick J.

Lithonia, GA

Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
You can expect to learn different aspects of music that will help to give the best overall performance. Practice tips, how to learn to cover a song, how to freestyle over a song
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Derick teaches



Derick delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

My name is Derick . I go by the stage name BANKHEAD VIOLINIST. I am a violinist who loves to play all genres of music covers of R &B , Hip Hop, Gospel, JAZZ, as well as being classically trained and a part of many symphonies throughout Atlanta including being in the 1st violin sections of both the Atlanta Philharmonic and Georgia Philharmonics currently. I attended Georgia Tech for Electrical Engineering, but was also a part of their symphony and played as Solo Violinist to DramaTech Theatre as well as Act 3 Production in Roswell for musicals. I have taught programs at Bethune Cook Elementary through PremierGiftedStringsAcademy as well as at Marbut Theme School independently. I have had a host of students and I look forward to seeing the growth and potential in everyone. I hope to help many more students become more acquainted with their instruments!

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Violin Instructor
Oct 2017 - Present

Teach violin and music theory and sometimes work as Teaching assistant to Piano classes as well.

After-School Orchestra Director
Aug 2017 - Present

Teach orchestra after school Tuesdays and Thursdays to students after doing a school-wide performance to garner attention to the orchestra program.

Professional Violinist
Mar 2017 - Present
New Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra

Attend dress rehearsal and concert and play as principle 2nd Violin for a fee.

Professional Violinist Pit Orchestra Solo Violinist
Jun 2013 - Present
Act 3 Productions

Seasonally perform as the solo violinist for musicals that run for 5 - 7 weeks with 2 weeks prior rehearsals. Have done 3 musicals with them as of yet.


Electrical Engineering
Aug 2009 - May 2015
Georgia Institute of Technology
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Online Bartending College


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

BANKHEAD VIOLINIST performing with the Georgia Philharmonic at the 2017 Dragon Con at the Hyatt in Atlanta, GA

8 Days of Christmas Destiny's Child cover BANKHEAD VIOLINIST
One In A Million Neyo Cover by BANKHEAD VIOLINIST
Blessed and Highly Favored Clark Sisters cover by BANKHEAD VIOLINIST
Caught Up In The Rapture Anita Baker cover BANKHEAD VIOLINIST
Can We Talk Tevin Campbell cover BANKHEAD VIOLINIST
BANKHEAD VIOLINIST Performing and Teaching at Marbut Theme School

Bankhead Violinist Performing Live at the City Night Club for the album release party of BA the Great.

BANKHEAD VIOLINIST covers Can't Take My Eyes Off of You Lauryn Hill
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5 Reviews

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Corie Dec 26, 2017
Violin · In studio

Derick has worked with my students in the past and has done a great job. He has a passion for music and teaching.

Tierra Dec 24, 2017
Music Performance ·

Dj performed for my parents anniversary and it was mind blowing. It really set the mood and the music was awesome and he hit every key and not perfectly to the T. I will be using his services more..

Tawana Dec 24, 2017
Music Performance ·

I had the pleasure of watching Derick perform at Studio 630. The performance was amazing! He played a variety of songs, that I never knew could be so clearly recognized being played on the violin. He is such a poised young man!

Ms. Jackson Dec 22, 2017
Violin · In studio

Derick has an excellent rapport with children. His instructional approach is fun and interactive. Students receiving his violin instruction remain engaged and enthused from start to finish ! He makes learning to play the violin a truly enjoyable experience.

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Lolita Armstrong Dec 21, 2017
Violin · In home

DJ is an awesome and intentive instructor who is very passionate about teaching and helping children of all ages to reach their full musical potential.

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