Percussion / Drum Classes


This ensemble is vitally important to students interested in drumming. The group explores all types of percussion instruments from tyco to timpani and everything in between! 


Fun and engaging for all ages and levels!

Class information is coming soon!


Hachya Franklin

Percussion/Drums Instructor

Hachya is passionate about two things: people and percussion! She is the owner of Faithfully Fit, a.unique mobile fitness studio serving the Arkansas River Valley, and a percussion instructor for the Community School of the Arts in Fort Smith, AR. 

Hachya enjoys teaching private percussion lessons, creating Drums Alive programming, facilitating large drumming experiences, and certifying new Drums Alive instructors. Hachya travels as a Master Trainer and presenter for Drums Alive North America and Remo, Inc.

Coupled with her experience as a Music Therapist and Silversneakers FLEX Instructor, Hachya’s interactive teaching skills—which have been described as “contagiously enthusiastic”—are in demand especially among senior care facilities, elementary schools, and special needs programs. Hachya serves as a consultant and provides continuing education to music and PE educators as well as music and recreation therapists. Her partnership with Tivity, Inc. was instrumental in adding the Drums Alive Golden Beats format to the approved list of SilverSneakers FLEX classes. Hachya utilizes the healing properties of music, drumming, and active music-making to create group fitness experiences which are engaging, effective, & fun for all ages & abilities!

Melissa Ree

Handbell Instructor

Melissa Ree holds a Bachelor of Vocal Music Education degree from Arkansas Tech University, and an English as a Second Language license endorsement from Henderson State University. While at ATU, she was selected to perform as a member of the Southwest American Choral Directors Collegiate Honor Choir.

Ree has been a music educator in her home state of Arkansas for the past 10 years teaching elementary music, choir, and ukulele. Her choirs have consistently received Superior Division I ratings in Choral Performance and Sight Reading. During her time with the Greenwood School District, Melissa served as a committee member on the Fine Arts Council of Educators and started the class ukulele program. Ree strives to ignite the passion of music within all of her students.