• Shawn Perkinson
    Guitar Instructor

    B.M. University of Tennessee of Knoxville
    Email: sperkinson@leeuniversity.edu

    Shawn Perkinson is the Commercial/Jazz Guitar instructor at Lee University. Shawn received his bachelor degree in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1994. There he studied with the legendary Jerry Coker, Donald Brown and Mark Boling. He has been teaching at Lee University since fall of 1999 and has been co-leader of the jazz music camp held there during the summers. Shawn also offers private lessons and has anywhere from 70 to 80 lessons a week.  He has performed and recorded with many different groups and artists over the years ranging stylistically from rock, country, bluegrass, gospel to blues and jazz. He recorded and performed with a progressive/alternative rock group from 1993-2000, traveled with a country group 2003-2008, still records and performs regularly and has performed alongside such groups as the Charlie Daniel’s Band, Jerry Garcia Band, Widespread Panic, Confederate Railroad, Montgomery Gentry, Tito Puente, Sidewalk Prophets, and The Singing Echoes to name a few. He performed for the MTV spring break in 1997 and 1998 and was part of the Warped Tour during the 1998 event. Most recently Shawn was invited to perform for the TMEA event held in Nashville, TN. Although Mr. Perkinson has become well versed in most popular styles, his love for jazz is what motivates him. You can hear some of Shawn’s jazz compositions with the “E.M.P Project” that is available on many of the online music sites.

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