Kathleen Lang

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Kathleen Lang

Kathleen studied classical piano from the age of 6 through high school. She also loved singing and ballet. In college, she changed her focus from piano to musical theater. Right after college, she enjoyed many years of singing and dancing professionally in musical theater productions, in theme parks and on cruise ships. She's been very fortunate because music has always been a major part of her life. She's been teaching with Eclectic Music since 2009 and has built many long-standing relationships with students and their families.

The best way to describe Kathleen's teaching style is a combination of thoroughness and patience. Since more advanced skills are built on the building blocks of basic skills, she makes absolutely sure the basics are understood and mastered before moving on. Everyone learns differently, and she loves to figure out the best way to approach concepts for each individual student.

INSTRUMENTS.

Piano, Voice, & Audition/Performance Preparation.

STYLES.

Classical, Pop, Musical Theatre, & Rock.

REQUIREMENTS.

Kathleen loves beginners aged 6 and above. She also has a lot of experience with more experienced students, perfecting music-reading and dynamic skills.

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TESTIMONIALS.

“Three years ago we were introduced to Kathleen Lang. What a blessing she has become. I’m not sure what I would have done without her during the middle school years. She is not only an amazing piano teacher she is also a true friend to my daughter. An adult she can confide in, one who listens and cares about her wellbeing. Over the years, my daughter has had a typical love hate relationship with learning to play the piano. All of that stopped when she began to play with Kathleen. Now that she’s in high school and her schedule has become pretty hectic, she has dropped several activities but, the one thing that she is still personally committed to are her lessons with Kathleen. It’s SOOO much more than just playing the piano.

Holly, Parent of Gigi, 15, student for three years.

“When I was first interested in learning to play the piano I decided I wanted to take lessons. I had a very close friend who was just learning as well, and she recommended me to Kathleen. I am so infinitely grateful I decided to take lessons from her because not only did she prove to be an exceptional teacher, but also an exceptional friend for me and my family. That was almost 9 years ago. Today, because of Kathleen, music is a very big part of my life. She taught me musicianship, and the joy of being able to play an instrument and participate in the art of creating music. I would recommend her as a teacher to absolutely anyone of any age wanting to learn to play the piano. She is patient, kind, and incredibly sweet. Kathleen is one of those teachers you will never forget, because she is truly one of a kind. “

- Owen (student for 7 years), age 17

“Kathleen has been teaching my son for six years, from the time he was seven years old. Her intuitive style and also her structure enabled him to grow into the musician he is today. Kathleen is patient, knows what he can do and holds him accountable. Over the years they have developed a true rapport that is exactly what you want with a music teacher who is one of the only teachers who can have a long term teaching relationship with your child. He has continued beyond the five year promise we originally set thanks to Kathleen's influence and ability to help him discover his own love for the piano. "

- Krista Forsgren, Parent of Ari Ahdieh

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Jeofry Wages

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Jeofry Wages

is an Atlanta-based actor and musician who has been playing guitar for the last eleven years! He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor at Georgia State University College of Las. He plays guitar (acoustic and electric), bass guitar, banjo, ukulele, piano, and mandolin.

He has been in a handful of bands throughout the years, most notably he is the frontman for a local indie folk band known as ozello that has played all over Atlanta and Athens, including such venues as the 40 Watt, the Masquerade, Smith's Olde Bar, the Georgia Theater, and a multitude of the greasiest venues that north Georgia has to offer. His band released their debut ep called "Pronouns" in May of 2019 and are looking to release their debut full-length album in January of 2020.

In addition to writing the music of ozello, Jeofry has also contributed to various original musicals, most notably "Sundays at Four" by Brittani Minniweather, presented at the 2018 Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival.

Jeofry believes wholeheartedly in student-driven lessons and tailoring the teaching experience so that the student has the freedom to have fun while learning. He likes to laugh and wants to foster a learning environment in which the student feels like they can have a good time learning. Students retain so much more information when they are given the space to make mistakes and learn in a positive environment. He believes that students are much more likely to practice if they are working on material that they want and choose to practice.

INSTRUMENTS.

Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Playground, Songwriting, Ukulele.

STYLES.

Folk, Rock, Indie, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, R&B.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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Stevie Zapata

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Stevie Zapata

is an Atlanta-based music teacher and multi-instrumentalist originally from Miami, Florida. As the child of Colombian immigrants, Stevie’s musical journey began after being gifted a tiny replica guitar from their grandfather; a gift that has proven to be both a blessing and a curse. Having played hundreds of shows throughout the past decade with various bands based in both in Miami and Atlanta, as well as producing several rock and metal albums, Stevie has acquired an extensive amount of real world experience in songwriting, live performance, and instrument maintenance. They have also been a staple camp counselor at Eclectic Music's weekly themed camps for the past year.

Stevie's teaching style is dynamic: first focusing on finding out what a student enjoys most about music, and then creating short-term goals on the student's terms to make sure little victories happen every lesson. Lessons with Stevie provide students with analysis and discussions on music theory, technique, and contemporary application.

INSTRUMENTS.

Band Coaching, Electric Bass, Drums (Kit), Drums (hand-held, world-music, etc.), Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Melodic Percussion, Piano, Playground, Songwriting, Ukulele, Voice.

STYLES.

Latin, Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Folk, Classical & Musical Theater.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students ages 5 and up!

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TESTIMONIALS.

"Stevie is first and foremost an amazing musician, versatile both in the multitude of instruments he commands and in the genres he is fluent in. He is also a great teacher, willing to tailor lessons with the right balance of music theory and just dive in song playing. I'd highly recommend him for students at any skill level. “

- Phil , Adult guitar student

"Stevie and Amauri definitely click. Amauri practices about 5 to 6 days a week and he loves it! I don't ever have to remind him to practice."

- Eleanna, Parent of Amauri age 9

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Zac Evans

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Zac Evans

is a saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, and guitar teacher at Eclectic Music and an active instrumentalist, composer and educator in the Atlanta area. As an avid educator, he is teaching a variety of instruments, working with students from 4-60+ years old and also currently teaches saxophone and jazz appreciation at Georgia Perimeter College. Zac previously served as the Education and Community Outreach coordinator for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

As a local performer and composer, Zac has had the opportunity perform with a wide variety of music groups. He has played in the pit orchestra with local theater companies like the Atlanta Lyric Theater, City Springs Theater, and Actor's Express and has performed with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Macon Pops. Zac leads the hip-hop/jazz outfit “Monkier” which was named "Critic's Pick - Best Jazz Act 2016" in Creative Loafing Atlanta. He also co-leads the Rebel Big Band, a collective ensemble dedicated to original and progressive music for big band, which is slated to release their debut album in 2019.

Zac graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance, studying in the private studio of Sam Skelton. He is a 2014 recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts award and attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his Master’s degree in Jazz Composition in 2016 under the tutelage of Dr. John Mills. While studying at UT Austin, Zac received the 2015 award for Outstanding Graduate Student.

Zac's teaching philosophy is all about finding the joy in music and helping his students achieve their goals on their instrument. Students come to lessons with varying musical backgrounds and goals, so lessons are adapted to individually suit each student. Whether you want to finally learn that song, make a higher chair in band class, nail that audition, work on improvisation, or are just picking up the instrument for the first time- his goal is to help students achieve their musical goals and have fun along the way.

INSTRUMENTS.

Clarinet, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, and Saxophone.

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, and Classical.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

TESTIMONIALS.

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Lauren Seay

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Lauren Seay

is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist and an active performer and music educator formerly based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Science in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology from North Carolina State University.

During her time in graduate school, Lauren studied vocal jazz with Grammy-nominated vocalist Kate McGarry and double bass with Harvie S and Jay Anderson. In her home state of North Carolina, Lauren gained recognition for her eclectic musical style, her unique voice and her ability to play and sing simultaneously in the jazz idiom. She was lauded as a “revelation” in Triad City Beat for her vocal and bass performance in the 2015 Miles Davis Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Prior to her recent move to Atlanta, Lauren was an avid performer in the New York jazz scene and appeared at venues such as the legendary 55 Bar, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cosmopolitan Club, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Zinc Bar, Club Bonafide, Swing 46, Cornelia St. Café as well as other venues in the city. In addition to playing bass and singing, Lauren plays piano, clarinet, electric guitar, electric bass, acoustic guitar and ukulele.

Lauren believes strongly in tailoring her teaching to the unique needs of each individual. Her dynamic and creative teaching style allows her to nurture well-rounded growth in each of her students. Lauren enjoys sharing her love of music with her students, and her positive and uplifting teaching approach enables her students to take joy in all aspects of improvement on their instrument. Her goal is for all of her students to reach new heights and understanding in music while having fun!

INSTRUMENTS.

Band Coaching, Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Clarinet, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele, Voice

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Soul, Folk, Classical, Latin

REQUIREMENTS.

Ages 5 and Up: All abilities welcome!

TESTIMONIALS.

"We are very happy having Lauren as Max's music teacher. Max likes her and we appreciate her positive and cheerful style of teaching. Max always looks forward to going to his music class."

-Patricia and Deepak, Parents of voice and piano student Max, age 8

"Lauren is amazing and so patient. She is also awesome at making concepts real to an adult beginner like me. I am so happy to be working with her!"

-Sree, Adult bass student

"Lauren is a great teacher. Her lessons are comprehensive but easy to learn, if that makes sense. She is very patient and kind. I am glad she is my teacher. I really feel like I am learning and advancing."

-Annette, Adult guitar student

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Nick Elward

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Nick Elward

began his music journey playing guitar at age 13 and piano at age 16. He has a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University. As a freelance composer, he has made music for several video games and YouTube channels. Since 2012, Nick has been teaching guitar, piano, ukulele, drums, and composition, including a repertoire of students who seek him out through interest in his original music. Nick believes that its important above all else for musicians to have fun finding the joy in self expression. He likes to bring a sense of humor into his teaching style while emphasizing good technique and effective playing habits. He believes in catering his lessons to the needs and goals of each individual student rather than a "one size fits all" approach.

INSTRUMENTS.

Electric Bass, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele, Composition, Digital Composition (Ableton Live, Logic, FL studio, etc).

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students 5 and up, all abilities welcome!

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TESTIMONIALS.

“Nick was the perfect instructor for Kaleb. He was patient and was able to connect with him on a personal level that made the lessons fun.”

-Parents of Kaleb, Guitar student of 3 years, age 9

"Nick is really easy to work with and studying music with him is richly rewarding. I highly recommend it!"

- James, Digital Composition student of 3 years, age 32


“Nick is an awesome teacher!  He’s a lot of fun, flexible, and very patient.

- Henry, Percussion student of 2 years, age 11

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Eliot Bronson

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Eliot Bronson

is a special events, workshop and remote teacher with Eclectic Music! He has a slew of songwriting awards and accolades to hang his hat on; a nationally touring songwriter who's worked with some of the top names in the Americana music world. With over 20 years of performing and writing experience and more than 10 years as an instructor, Eliot brings the same thoughtful intention, curiosity, innovation and care to teaching that he brings to his own art. Eliot coaches aspiring and advanced songwriters, teaches guitar and ukulele, and leads creative workshops.

Eliot teaches from his direct experience and knowledge of music and art. His deeply intuitive and personal style draws his client's out and guides them on their own personalized path. With a wealth of real-world training, Eliot's instruction is fun, dynamic, and immensely practical.

INSTRUMENTS.

Guitar (electric & acoustic), Songwriting, Ukulele, Voice.

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Folk, Blues.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students ages 9 and up.

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Sarah Dempster

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Sarah Dempster

is a Playground teacher with Eclectic Music. She has been singing since she could talk and draws on her strong background in choral music, musical theatre, and piano when working with students. Along with working at Eclectic, Sarah also sings in the Chancel Choir and the Chamber Chorale at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, as well as mentors the youth choir and handbell groups. Additionally, she runs theatre summer camps with City of Sandy Springs, working with students ranging from preschool to high school. In her free time she is a hobby costumer and can frequently be found bent over her sewing machine, replicating costumes from her favorite movies and television shows.

Above all, Sarah believes in developing a lifelong love of making music, because everyone has the ability to be a musician. She prioritizes making lessons a fun and stress-free environment to allow her students to discover a passion for both understanding and making music. She also takes into account the unique strengths and learning styles of each student, as well as their goals for the program, to ensure they develop the foundational tools necessary to keep making music.

INSTRUMENTS.

Playground.

STYLES.

Playground, Pop, Classical, Musical Theatre

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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Brian Revels

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BRIAN REVELS

has been teaching a variety of instruments with Eclectic Music since 2012. He is a regular presence on the Atlanta singer-songwriter circuit, playing and booking shows all around the city. He is a graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music with a Certificate of Performance for Guitar, but is also a proficient banjo, ukulele, harmonica and piano player. Though he personally gravitates towards folk-music, he is also a proficient music reader and is comfortable teaching anything from Taylor Swift to classical guitar.

Brian brings a songwriter’s mentality to the teaching studio. There is nothing more motivating, he believes, than a student’s desire to learn a piece that resonates with them and he strives to match the lessons with their stylistic preferences, even if they can't articulate them yet.

INSTRUMENTS.

Guitar (acoustic & electric), Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo, Songwriting, Band Coaching.

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Country, Folk, Classical.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students ages 5 and up!

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Brandon Partrick

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BRANDON PARTRICK

is a Playground teacher with Eclectic Music! Brandon has been playing music for fun since he was 7 years old, but has never learned more than while teaching with Eclectic Music! He is a guitarist, and hobby vocalist, who also enjoys playing on any instrument he can get his hands on, from piano to violin, ukulele to cajon! In addition to music, Brandon is a professional stage and screen actor, as well as a museum educator and historical interpreter at the Atlanta History Center. He enjoys the outdoors, ATL's great restaurant scene, and spending time with his fab fiancee!

INSTRUMENTS.

Playground.

STYLES.

Playground, Bluegrass, Jazz, Pop, Rock

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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Hila Brod

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Hila Brod

is a voice and piano teacher at Eclectic Music. She received her Master’s of Music in Opera Performance from Georgia State University. When she is not performing locally as a Chorus Member with the Atlanta Opera, in local recitals, or as a staff singer in Peachtree Road Lutheran Church, she auditions and performs with many opera companies nationally. Although having an extensive classical background and opera performance resume, Hila initially started singing Rock/Pop music and performed with a local band around the Washington DC, where she is originally from. She also has sung in many wedding bands and feels comfortable teaching all genres of singing, having thoroughly studied vocal pedagogy in her college career.

Hila also has over 10 years of classical piano training. She has played classical repertoire spanning from Bach to Debussy and enjoys teaching students about music theory. She teaches piano to students of all ages, and recently completed Eclectic Music's Playground training, joining the ranks of Playground instructors teaching this creative and playful approach to general music and musicianship to younger students.

INSTRUMENTS.

Voice, Piano, Playground.

STYLES.

Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Styles.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities!

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Libby Nation

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LIBBY NATION

is a versatile music educator, teaching a multitude of instruments and skills with Eclectic Music and an internationally touring multi-instrumentalist and singer. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Ryman Auditorium, Wembley Stadium, The Hollywood Palladium, The Ellen Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jay Leno Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and concerts throughout Europe, Japan, and China. She currently performs as guitarist, mandolinist, pianist/keyboardist, and vocalist with the Chuck Nation Band.

Libby is passionate about helping students discover the joy of learning music through lessons that benefit for a lifetime. Her creative teaching methods, success rate with so many students and their families, and her ability to impart joy in learning have made her a favorite, in-demand teacher at Eclectic Music since 2011.

Libby believes that regardless of age, experience, or aptitude, all students can enjoy learning and gain a level of satisfaction on a musical instrument. The learning plan is tailored for each student’s individual interests and needs. The learning environment is comfortable enough for students to ask questions, take on new challenges, build confidence, and learn at an enjoyable pace.

INSTRUMENTS.

Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Voice, Electric Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, Songwriting, Band Coaching.

STYLES.

Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana, Pop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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TESTIMONIALS.

"Libby has been incredibly inspirational for our daughter. The level of confidence, passion, and drive that our daughter portrays is tremendous. Libby has an amazing way of connecting with children to pull out the best of them as individuals. Libby is truly a part of our daughter's love of music and she holds a dear place in not only our daughter's heart but our hearts as well.”

- Jenna and Ryan, parents of ukulele & voice student, age 8

"Libby has a unique talent for teaching teenagers and knows how to challenge her students. She's really helped my daughter discover the joy of playing piano without the pressure of being perfect. As a result, my daughter's mastery of piano has improved dramatically—she is confident and really enjoys playing, which is a priceless gift.”

- Elizabeth, parent of piano student, age 16

"Ms. Libby has unique teaching methods as well as tailored techniques for the young mind. As a result, my 6 year old, has a pure joy for piano and doesn't see lessons nor practice as a chore or bore but enjoys her daily practice (without reminders, I must say) and weekly lessons with Ms. Libby.  Not only is it Ms. Libby's integration of games, technology balanced with some traditional teaching, it's her sweet, humble, patient and fun spirit that makes her an amazing instructor for kids of all ages!

- Melissa, parent of piano & voice student, age 6

"I have had several music teachers over the years, but Libby Nation is the best. By far.

Dennis, adult mandolin & bass student

"Libby is the best voice teacher I've ever worked with! There is so very much to singing, and I never feel judged or afraid to sing anything. Singing is such a fun thing to do. Libby is so super talented, patient, and kind. It's a pleasure to study under her!”

Beth, adult voice & guitar student

"Having been impressed with the progress my son was making in his training with Libby, I saw the opportunity to pick up the guitar and begin playing again.”

Pete, adult guitar student

"Without Libby our children would have lost interest in lessons years ago.”

- Meg, parent of piano students, ages 8 and 9

"We consider Libby to be a part of our family. She has worked with our three kids (ages 8, 10, 12) since the oldest was 6. Libby is an amazing musician who can play anything! She helps your child find the instrument that best suits him or her and in the process challenges them and builds their self confidence. You will not find a finer teacher anywhere!!

- Jane, parent of piano, guitar, drums, & bass students, ages 8, 10, 12

 

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Laura Benjamin

LAURA BENJAMIN

is a teacher of piano, voice, and guitar with Eclectic Music and has been involved in music education in various capacities for the past 15 years. She holds her undergraduate degree from Yale University with a major in history, but music has always been her passion; her most formative involvement in college was with her pop a cappella group Out of the Blue. Laura has taught piano, voice, and guitar lessons for many years, specializing in the intersection of singing and playing; many of her students are aspiring performers who learn to sing and accompany themselves. When not teaching young musicians, Laura spends her time raising her 4- and 6-year-old boys and playing music with her husband in their duo “LB Collective” or with their full band; she also enjoys running, biking and playing volleyball.

Laura tries to meet her students where they are at, so they can work together to figure out goals and strategies for attaining those goals. She really enjoys working with students who enjoy playing and singing, either piano or guitar. She is also willing to teach a chordal approach to instruments, especially for singers who really want to learn to accompany themselves effectively, although she will also try to throw in some solid music-reading and theory as well.

INSTRUMENTS.

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Band Coaching.

STYLES.

Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Country, Beginner Classical.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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Julia Metry

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JULIA METRY

is a Voice, Piano and Playground teacher with Eclectic Music, as well as an opera singer based in Atlanta that performs locally and globally. She was most recently seen in Atlanta as Violetta Valery in Verdi’s La traviata with Capitol City Opera. Ms. Metry made her debut in Italy aslo as Violetta Valery (La Traviata) with the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival in Caltagirone, Sicily. While in Sicily, she also performed the role of Suor Genoveffa (Suor Angelica) and in concert. Ms. Metry made her NYC debut as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and had the privilege to sing in concert at Carnegie Hall.

She has performed other various roles including: Leïla (Les pêcheurs de perles) and Musetta (La bohème) with Capitol City Opera; Estelle (The Stronger) and Lucy (The Telephone) with Marble City Opera of Knoxville, TN; Julie Jordan (Carousel) with Opera Breve Vocal Institute; Clorinda (La Cenerentola) with Festival of International Opera of the Americas; and Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music) with Harrower Opera.

Julia received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University in 2014 where she performed the roles of Mary Warren (The Crucible), the Governess (The Turn of the Screw), and Amy March (Little Women). Ms Metry received her Bachelor of Arts in Music, Vocal Performance degree from Auburn University in 2012. While at Auburn, she was seen as Fanchette (Marriage by Lantern Light) and in scenes including the title role in Armide, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Cunegonde (Candide), Frasquita (Carmen), and Carroll (Very Warm For May).

A highly versatile performer, Ms. Metry was a cast member with the Walt Disney World Company for just under 7 years as a parade and character performer. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Ms. Metry currently resides in Atlanta where she teaches with Eclectic Music, sings in the chorus with the Atlanta Opera, sings in the choir with Passion City Church, and helps out with Grady High School Theatre.

Julia teaches mainly voice and piano and has also been trained in Playground style teaching with Eclectic Music. She loves to watch students discover the joys of playing and understanding music! Because Julia has had the opportunity to sing all over the USA and internationally, she is able to pass along the training, guidance and wisdom she has received to her students. She teaches all styles of singing from a classical approach. When a student has a healthy foundation, it increases the longevity of the voice and allows students to do things with the voice they didn't even know could be done! She also believes singing is so much more than good technique and having a pretty voice, but also understanding the character and truly performing the pieces.

INSTRUMENTS.

Voice, Piano, Playground.

STYLES.

Musical Theatre, Classical, Pop, Country, Contemporary Styles.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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TESTIMONIALS.

"I love working with Julia Metry because not only is her own voice impressive and inspiring enough to motivate me to work as hard she does, but she knows my voice so well and in such detail. She can hear the tiniest differences that I myself even have difficulty identifying, and immediately knows what to say to help me fix any tension or problems I may be having. Not only is she a wonderful teacher, but she’s immensely fun to be around! Despite the fact that I’m learning more about my voice every minute in her lessons, they feel less like work and more like chatting with a knowledgeable and talented friend about singing."

-Alice, Eclectic Music student

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Bennett Walton

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BENNETT WALTON

is a guitar, bass, mandolin, songwriting, ukulele and band coaching instructor with Eclectic Music! Bennett's passion for music began in his family's living room, listening to his mother's record collection that included a wide range of classics such as Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, and the Beatles. When he would sing along, dance to the beat, or bang on their old piano unceremoniously, he felt a connection with those old songs that he had found in few other places. One of his favorite things of all was the rare occasion when his grandfather would strum his dusty guitar and sing lovely folk melodies and silly songs; at these times Bennett knew that this, more than anything, was what he wanted to do. Later, he joined the church choir and played handbells to develop his understanding of music. In 2001, Bennett received his first electric guitar; it was then that he felt that he finally had an instrument that was truly his.

From 2005 to 2009 Bennett attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he focused on theatre and earned a BA in Film and Television. At SCAD, he fostered his interest in the narratives we use to spark empathy and explore new perspectives through various mediums. Upon returning to Atlanta, he found a way to bring his passion for narrative and his love of music together by playing guitar for professional musicals in town; he's performed in the band for musicals such as Spring Awakening, Rent, Freaky Friday, A Light in the Piazza, and many others. In 2014, Bennett took the next step in his music career by attending the Atlanta Institute of Music, where he developed his musical talent, dove deeper into music theory, and learned to tell his stories through his six string while capturing a solid understanding of the recording process. He left AIMM in 2016 with an Associates Degree in Music & Technology and a renewed fire to give music his all and spread the love and joy of music through teaching and live performance. When he's not teaching, you can find him in his studio rocking out, with his band or on his own.

Bennett’s teaching style can best be described as adaptable, low key, and centered on engendering a passion for music as a whole. With much of his early instruction being of a self-taught or informal nature, he prefers to listen to the needs of the individual student as opposed to following a strict lesson plan. Learning to play an instrument requires a certain level of dedication, patience, and practice, but first and foremost it should be enjoyable! Bennett works with each student to zero in on the aspect of music that excites them to pick up their instruments, fitting their lessons to their musical taste. Whether they are interested in becoming a six-string shredder, a strumming singer-songwriter, or simply looking for a hobby to further enrich their lives, Bennett is ready to help them along.

INSTRUMENTS.

Guitar, Electric Bass, Band Coaching, Songwriting, Mandolin, Ukulele.

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Musical Theatre.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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Jenna Livsey

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JENNA LIVSEY

is voice, guitar and piano teacher here with Eclectic Music as well as a full-time music therapist at Emory's skilled nursing facility, Budd Terrace. She is also a staff singer at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. Jenna completed her undergraduate degree in music therapy, her primary instrument being voice, at the University of Georgia, and completed her Master's in Music Therapy at Colorado State University.

Jenna has been singing for her entire life, and has been playing piano since she was eight years old. In college, she learned to play guitar and ukulele as part of her music therapy curriculum. Her college courses incorporated learning many other instruments, including percussion, autoharp, handbells, and more. Jenna has worked with people of all ages, ranging from infants to the elderly. Because of this, she has incorporated all types of music and musical interaction into her practice. Her favorite part of her job is using music to help people become stronger and happier.

Jenna's first priority as a teacher is to understand her students' strengths and learning styles. She takes into account what her students want to get out of music lessons and what they want to play. To ensure that her students fall in love with music, she provides a stress-free, fun learning environment that makes practicing appealing and less like a chore. Most lessons will include warming up, answering questions students have, and playing through pieces to address any issues or alter technique to ensure growth as a musician. But the largest part of lessons with Jenna feature her love of making people laugh while helping students discover strengths and abilities they never knew they had!

INSTRUMENTS.

Voice, Guitar, Piano, Ukuelele.

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Classical, Singer/Songwriter, Folk.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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Glenn Anthony

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GLENN ANTHONY

is a master of many musical trades, and teaches an exciting variety of instruments and musical skills with Eclectic Music! Glenn began playing piano at the age of 8. Years of playing and home studio recording followed. Glenn got a Didjeridu from Australia for his 21st birthday, and he figured out how to play it (complete with circular breathing) in just 3 days. That was the beginning of decades of collecting, learning, teaching, performing, and recording. He plays over 100 instruments from all over the world like West African drums, Native American flute, Turkish Oud to name a few.

Since Glenn’s performance in the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Glenn has passionately presented unique and educational music Lessons, Classes, Workshops, Performances, and Assemblies at schools, camps, festivals, corporate events, museums, performance venues, mental health facilities, etc.

Glenn’s private music lessons are a fun way for students 6 – 106 to enjoy making musical connections while building dexterity and confidence. Glenn often brings unique “world” instruments from his extensive collection for his private students to experience up close. Glenn’s unique approach to private instruction helps students appreciate and relate their chosen instrument to the vast musical world.

INSTRUMENTS.

Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, World Music Instruments, Songwriting.

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz, International.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students of all abilities, ages 6 and up!

CONNECT.

TESTIMONIALS.

"I have always wanted my children to develop a love of music and to
learn to play an instrument of their choice.  Thank you for your
enthusiasm, your flexibility, and most of all your patience with my
children."

-Taryn, Eclectic Music parent

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Annamaria Dvorak

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ANNAMARIA DVORAK

or Anna, is a teacher of Voice, Piano, Ukulele and Playground with Eclectic Music. Anna is a classically trained stage and screen actress and professional singer. She is a graduate of the University of Florida where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Since graduating, Anna has performed in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Jacksonville and her hometown of Gainesville, Florida. Anna most recently appeared on stage in Atlanta as Lulu in "Between Riverside and Crazy" at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company. No matter where she was, Anna worked hard to cultivate her passion for performance as well as her passion for teaching and direction. In 2016, Anna opened her own vocal studio in Florida and became the Associate Music Director for Apex Theatre Studio. In 2018, she relocated to Atlanta and joined the Eclectic Music team!

Anna believes that healthy singing is beautiful singing. She works to cultivate an understanding of vocal anatomy and proper use. Anna also believes in the power of positivity and hard work. She encourages her students to be committed, engaged and informed musicians that lead with their passion for music. As a teacher, Anna pushes her students to always do their best. She loves to use teaching techniques that are silly. One of the best practices, she says, is to get the student out of their heads, to start having fun and learn to not take themselves too seriously.

INSTRUMENTS.

Voice, Playground, Piano, Ukulele.

STYLES.

Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Country.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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TIME TO LEARN MORE!

Suzanne Stroup

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Suzanne Stroup

is a voice, piano, guitar and playground teacher with Eclectic Music. She graduated with dual degrees in Journalism and Theatre from Mercer University in 2013, then completed a year long acting apprenticeship with the Aurora Theatre. She is professional actor in Atlanta and has performed with Aurora, Alliance Theatre, Gypsy Theatre Company, Theatrical Outfit, Out of Box Theatre, Stone Mountain Park, Deer Bear Wolf, OnStage Atlanta, The Strand Theatre and Sky Punch ATL. She's taught theatre and music classes from age 18 months to 18 years, with other such at the Aurora, Alliance, the Atlanta History Center, The Peach Pit and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

INSTRUMENTS.

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Playground.

STYLES.

Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Classical, Disney, Musical Theatre.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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TIME TO LEARN MORE!

Kami Mueller

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Kami Mueller

is a piano teacher at Eclectic Music. Originally from upstate NY, she brings 6 years of experience of piano teaching to Eclectic, and loves living in the Atlanta metro area. Kami started her teaching career in private piano, and holds a bachelor's degree in music education with a piano pedagogy concentration. She went to pursue a master's degree in speech language pathology and taught privately while pursuing her degree. Personally, Kami loves to be on the go - whether it's working with her students, teaching piano, or running with her dog.

In addition to teaching with Eclectic Music, she is a full time speech language pathologist with Atlanta Public Schools, and has a particular interest in how music influences language/cognitive development in children.  Her philosophy is that music should be taught and accessible to all.

INSTRUMENTS.

Piano.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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TIME TO LEARN MORE!