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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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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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Alli Lingenfelter

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ALLI LINGENFELTER

is a Piano, Voice, Acoustic Guitar and Ukulele instructor and the Assistant Director of Eclectic Music. Alli is an accomplished Atlanta-based educator, music director, professional musician, and accompanist with over 15 years' teaching experience. Alli is also a vocal coach and audition-prep expert, and she provides audition coaching to professional actors in the Atlanta area. Since moving to Atlanta in 2014, Alli has served as music director and pit conductor/performer for theaters such as Actor’s Express, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Theatre, Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory, Stone Mountain Park Entertainment Department, and Drama Tech, Georgia Tech’s theatre organization.

In 2015 and 2017, Alli was nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for Best Music Director for her work on Rent at Actor’s Express, and Nobody Loves You at Horizon Theatre. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Alli owned and operated a private piano studio, teaching between 25-40 students each week. Alli also worked in the North Georgia area, serving as staff accompanist for both The University of North Georgia and Brenau University. She was also an adjunct professor of music at Shorter University, and served for eleven seasons as rehearsal accompanist for Peach State Summer Theatre, The Official Musical Theatre of the State of Georgia. Alli holds a Masters of Music History and Literature Degree from The University of Georgia, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance with a minor in English and French Horn from Valdosta State University.

Music is such an integral part of Alli's everyday life, so she tries every day, with every lesson, to foster within her students a love of learning, as well as a deep understanding, of the music being taught. Above all else, Alli strives to teach her students how to be amazing musicians, not just technical players. Alli believes that any student, regardless of age or skill level, has the ability to be really successful (especially if it's a lot of fun!) As a teacher, Alli aims to perpetuate knowledge and inspire learning through many different techniques. She likes to keep each lesson really individualized, and it's really important to her that she meets every single student exactly where they are.

INSTRUMENTS.

Piano, Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory, Songwriting, Vocal Coaching.

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Opera, Musical Theatre, Musical Improvisation.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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Shonda Hoffmeyer

SHONDA HOFFMEYER

is a piano and playground teacher and an early music specialist with Eclectic Music. She is originally from California but has lived in Georgia since 2003. She enjoys reading, studying foreign languages, and traveling with her son, Oliver, and husband.

Shonda has been playing piano since she was seven years old, and music has been a major part of her life ever since. She sang in school choirs, church choirs, and small musical ensembles, and she played the flute and clarinet in school musical groups. Although piano is her primary focus, Shonda continues to learn and to explore other musical instruments, such as ukulele, guitar, and mandolin.

Prior to joining Eclectic Music, Shonda attained a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and taught elementary school for eight years. Shonda continues to explore new ways to teach music, such as becoming a certified teacher with Musikgarten and attending numerous workshops and supplemental training. Shonda incorporates her education background in teaching children music, utilizing her understanding of differentiated learning styles, along with pedagogic strategies and learning games!

INSTRUMENTS.

Piano, Playground.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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Jennifer Hanna

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Jennifer Hanna

Jennifer Hanna has been teaching voice and piano lessons for over 15 years.  She is an early childhood music specialist and has been a teacher at Eclectic Music since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Millikin University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University. She continues to be an avid student and takes continued training in guitar, voice and advanced music education. Jennifer teaches music at St. James Preschool in Buckhead.  She also directs the Cherub Choir at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead, where she is also currently a staff singer.

Jennifer began studying piano at the age of 9, flute at age 11 and voice at the age of 13. As a child and teenager she enjoyed performing in recitals, musicals and choirs.  She sang in the Ohio All State Choir and played flute in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. While an undergraduate at Millikin University, Jennifer performed in operas, including Pirates of Penzance, Down in the Valley, Die Fledermaus, and The Marriage of Figaro. In 2005, she moved to Atlanta to complete her Master of Music Degree at Georgia State University.  She played the roles of Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’ Hoffmann and Harry in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring at GSU.  She later professionally played the role of Mozart in the opera Wolfy at Theatre Decatur. Jennifer participated in the Harrower Opera Workshop at GSU and La Musica Lirica Opera Festival in Urbania, Italy, performing roles in opera scenes including Hansel and Gretel, Cosi fan Tutti, Louise, Alcina, Fastaff and The Mikado to name a few.  

Jennifer takes a holistic approach to teaching music. She believes the process of learning to sing or play an instrument helps students to develop important life skills such as improved work ethic, self-confidence, optimism, faith, interpersonal and communication skills, and leadership potential.  She keeps this in mind when working with each student.  Jennifer teaches piano and voice to both children and adults.   She teaches a variety of musical styles, including classical, pop, musical theater, rock, ragtime and jazz. 

 As a voice teacher, Jennifer focuses on building a strong technical foundation. Her goal is to help students to develop a strong, effortless, pleasing tone while communicating a meaningful thought, idea, or emotion. With her piano students, Jennifer strives to keep the learning process fun and rewarding. She continually uses new approaches depending on the unique interests and inherent gifts of the students. She often incorporates singing, rhythm sticks, bells, egg shakers, drums, ukulele and guitar in her lessons. Her goal is to help each student not only learn to read music, but also to play by ear and improvise. Jennifer encourages her piano students to sing, and her singers to play. Jennifer believes that just as playing an instrument makes us better singers, so does singing make us better instrumentalists!

INSTRUMENTS.

Piano, Voice, Flute, Playground.

STYLES.

Classical, Pop, Musical Theatre, Rock, Ragtime, Jazz.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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Janice Vernon

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JANICE VERNON

teaches Piano for Eclectic Music. The route to becoming a piano teacher for Ms. Vernon has been a rather circuitous one, but one she has embraced at every turn.  Ms. Vernon began her own piano lessons at age seven. She attended The University of Georgia, pursuing a degree in Piano Performance and then music therapy before she changed her major to social work her senior year. She received her Masters in Social Work and worked in the fields of oncology, gerontology, and later epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control. Along the way she had three children and took a break from her career to raise them. It was during that time she reconnected with her piano studies, went back to UGA and completed her bachelors and Masters in Music in Piano Pedagogy. Since that time she has enjoyed being an adjunct professor of piano at Georgia State University's Clarkston campus as well as playing keyboard with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, as well as percussion and piano with the Georgia Perimeter Wind Ensemble, where she has also sat on the board for the last seven years.  In addition, Ms. Vernon continues as an active participant performing chamber music and accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists in the Atlanta metro area, as well as North Georgia. She is an active volunteer with the Global Village Project, teaching piano to refugee middle school girls. She will also accompany their choir in the coming 2018 school year.

The most compelling reason Ms. Vernon returned to school and pursued her music degree was because she wanted to share with others the gift she felt she had been given early in her her life, the opportunity to learn piano and  have music at her fingertips throughout her life, through times of joy, as well as times of sadness. Playing piano for Ms. Vernon is like always having access to your best friend. It is something you can do alone and feel joy and satisfaction and it is also something you can share with others to give them joy as well. In addition, the discipline one learns through piano practice carries over into all walks of life, and the results of such disciplined practice provide a true sense of accomplishment and achievement.  Playing piano for others also provides an opportunity to experience sharing oneself with others and being willing to take risks.

As a piano teacher, Ms. Vernon is there to guide students on their individual musical journeys, respecting their goals as well as opening their eyes to music they may not yet even be aware they could enjoy. She is always mindful of individual learning styles, looking to engage students using different approaches, meeting the individual how they learn best. She enjoys teaching children who may have special needs, ones who learn outside the box, as she prefers to say. While Classically trained, Ms. Vernon teaches all genres and enjoys them all herself. She loves to teach music theory as she believes it holds the key to understanding music on a deeper level. Ms. Vernon teaches all ages, from five to 85.  She does desire that her students practice each week as that is the best way to move forward faster and develop that sense of discipline and accomplishment. Practice also ultimately helps keep the students engaged as they see their progress. She strives to provide music students will enjoy, while teaching good technique and practice skills, as well as teaching students how to compose music. And lastly, Ms. Vernon is a teacher who strives to be a positive mentor who always nurtures, respects, and looks to create an environment which will promote success for the student.

INSTRUMENTS.

Piano.

STYLES.

Classical, Pop/Rock.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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TESTIMONIALS.

"Janice is passionate about music, teaching, and her students. She goes above and beyond to prepare lessons for each student as well as make sure they are enjoying the process of learning. Janice's kind spirit and enthusiasm for teaching make her stand out as a teacher. My son says she's heartwarming, too!"

-Jennifer, Parent of Student

I have always wanted to play the piano. At 81 years of age, I started taking piano lessons from Janice Vernon. I was primarily interested in playing church hymns so, along with music theory and finger exercises, Janice immediately began to include easy hymns. She was not only patient with me (a senior citizen!), but she used a method of teaching which had me playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" within just a couple of weeks which was SO exciting. After 8 months, I was playing many hymns, as well as "Liebestraum" (the first 2 pages, that is!) Janice is delightful!  She made my lessons fun and made me feel good about my progress. I was conscientious about practicing because I wanted Janice to be proud of me. I look forward each week to my lessons and spending time with Janice.”

- Louise, Adult Student

"I like the way Ms. Janice always tries to make piano lessons fun. I also like that she gives me different pieces for me to choose and work on."

- Stevie, Child Student

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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.

CONNECT.

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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