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Jason Kenney

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JASON KENNEY

is a teacher of guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, piano, bass, and songwriting with Eclectic Music and has an accomplished 15 year career as a successful musician. Born and raised in Dahlonega, GA, Jason cut his teeth with some of the best bluegrass and folk musicians in the country. In 2017, Jason made the leap, moved to the ‘big city’ and now offers weekly lessons in Decatur and Atlanta.

Performing and teaching is Jason Kenney’s  full time occupation. Through years of dedicated playing, writing and teaching, Jason has developed a unique method of combining technique, theory and joyful playing that has helped hundreds of people of all ages find a voice on their instrument. As a professional musician, he has produced and recorded 4 full length albums. Jason’s last album, “Turn This Sorrow Into Joy” was recorded with grammy nominee John Keane (Widespread Panic) and featured Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) along with many other renowned  musicians.

In his lessons, Jason incorporates music theory into the student’s favorite songs in multiple genres including rock, pop, bluegrass, folk, and jazz. In short, Jason customizes his lessons to help students not only learn their instrument, but also understand it and truly enjoy playing.

INSTRUMENTS.

Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Piano, Bass, and Songwriting.

STYLES.

Rock, Pop, Bluegrass, Folk, and Jazz.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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TESTIMONIALS.

"Jason brings extraordinary energy, musicianship, and technical skills into the classroom. He teaches students to love music and to enjoy the process for learning it."

- Dr. Alice Sampson, GA Pick & Bow Traditional Music School


“An after school program such as ours brings in children ages 9 through 17, and some of the younger ones are there because of their parents wishes more so than their own. Jason is able to bring even the most reluctant student into the world of playing with his good humor, excellent instruction, and encouragement. I can't say enough good things about this inspiring individual.”

- Ann Whitley, Director of Georgia Pick and Bow Traditional Music School


“We first met Jason when our kids were in 5th grade. Jason immediately got “inside their heads” and figured out the absolute best teaching methods for each. All I can say is that seven years later our son is playing guitar in the school jazz band and our daughter is writing her own music and lyrics. Jason is one of the kindest souls on this earth and brings an amazing wealth of musical prowess with him. We are blessed proud to call him teacher and friend.”

- Mike, parent of former students


“Jason is a very talented and dedicated person. His passion for music makes his classes very enthusiastic for the kids. He has been teaching my kids for over 4 years. I do not come from a musicians family, but I believe my kids will carry Jason's lessons forever in their lives. Thank you Jason for your patience and love at each class. We love you.”

- Marisol, parent of students

 

"Skilled and passionate, Jason Kenney offers the gift of music to all who are interested. If you are ready to study music, the teacher has come."

- Tina, student of Jason Kenney

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Alonso Padron

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Alonso Padron

is a guitar, electric bass, and ukulele teacher at Eclectic Music. He became engrossed with music at the early age of 5, first with the sounds of a record from Venezuela, then from the sounds of both his parents on the piano around the house, his father playing jazz and his mother playing classical, and then finally through his own early piano studies. But it was only when, a few years later, that a friend showed Alonso how to strum a few chords of a song that he became captivated by the guitar, and has been so ever since. He attended college at the University of Georgia, and took courses in music history, theory, and applied studies and has been teaching music professionally since 1999.

Alonso actively performs regionally with bands and duos, ranging in styles from rock, folk, blues, soul, funk, popular, classical, jazz and flamenco. He has also played in several rock outfits such as Street Poets, Los Sonidos, and LB Collective, performing at various venues in Georgia such as The Boar’s Head, The Brandyhouse, Somber Reptile, C.J.’s Landing, The Mansion, Smith’s Olde Bar, and The Strand, and most notably, at the prestigious club Vinyl in midtown, Atlanta. In addition to his active performance career, he has also recorded two original albums and has written and recorded original scoring for Georgia Public Television.

Teaching music combines all of Alonso’s prime interests and passions, which are music, psychology, and interpersonal one-on-one interaction. With an uncanny ability to adapt to different personalities and ages, thereby making it a comfortable learning environment for each student, Alonso also prides himself on a careful balance between being systematic, organized, and detailed in his lessons, while remaining flexible enough to tailor his teaching to every student's goals. Above all, Alonso seeks to inspire his students to inspire themselves.

INSTRUMENTS.

Guitar (electric & acoustic), Bass, Ukulele.

STYLES.

Rock, Folk, Blues, Soul, Funk, Popular, Classical, Jazz and Flamenco.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students ages 7 and up.

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TESTIMONIALS.

"I've taken guitar lessons with Alonso for over five years, and it has been a great experience. He impressed me with his own extensive skill and followed through by passing on his knowledge to me as I grew as a guitar player. He makes everything from music theory to jazz scales interesting by tying it to familiar songs and riffs that I recognize. Because of Alonso, playing guitar has become my favorite hobby and an integral part of my life." 

- Michael, student, age 17

"Alonso was my guitar teacher for a total of 6 years. In that time he has inspired me to do what I truly want to do. I've never had someone so patient, and excited to teach me everything he could. Although he wasn't just a teacher, he was my friend, and we didn't always talk about music, we talked about life. We shared our experiences, our troubles, our triumphs whether it was musical or something else. He treated me as an equal which is something you find not often enough in not just a teacher, but for anyone. He is such a compassionate guy, and we made an immediate connection. When it came to music/guitar, he really helped me realize my passion, and not only that but he helped me pursue it as a real career. I'm about to enter Clayton State University's music program and it is all because of Alonso Padron. He is the most inspirational role model I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I'm proud to call him not just my mentor, but my friend. He will always be close to me, and I know that he treats all of his students with respect, patience, and compassion. I believe with all that I am that he is the best guitar teacher for any student. "

 - Cameron, Eclectic Music student of 6 years

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Michael Lamond

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MICHAEL LAMOND

teaches a bounty of musical instruments and styles for Eclectic Music, including bass, drums, piano, guitar, ukulele, songwriting and band coaching. Michael began his journey to becoming a professional musician when he bought his first bass guitar at the age of 12 after he saved enough money by washing buckets at his grandfather's flower shop. Michael studied at both Augusta State University, with emphasis on both electric and upright bass, and the Atlanta Institute of Music, where he graduated with honors at the top of his class from the Bass Musicianship Program. 

Michael has recorded and toured - nationally and abroad - with Athens, GA based singer-songwriter Bain Mattox and the critically acclaimed funk/rock group the Riff Raff Kings. He had the invaluable opportunity to share the stage with R.E.M., The Violent Femmes, 3 Doors Down, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, O.A.R., Marc Broussard, Cowboy Mouth, Parliament Funkadelic, British mega-group Bush and many, many more. In addition to teaching, Michael is also constantly - and joyfully - writing, recording, and performing with many varied local artists and groups in styles ranging from jazz and soul to rock and country.

As a teacher, Michael works passionately to teach his students the “language of music.” This language covers all the basics of technique, theory, scales, and rhythm. Once learned however, this can be applied not only to the student’s primary instrument but also to any instrument! Michael is always striving to pass along his deep love and enthusiasm for music.

INSTRUMENTS.

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

STYLES.

Rock, Pop, Jazz, Soul, Country, Latin, Folk.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students 8 years and older.

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TESTIMONIALS.

Michael is a very accomplished musician who has taught our son piano for the last several years, and we think the world of him.  He has a lovely style - he teaches all the basics and classics but will tailor the learning for your child’s interests. My son has made steady improvement each week, adores Michael, and genuinely enjoys practicing now. We give Michael our highest recommendation!

- Shannon, Eclectic Music Parent

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