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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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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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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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Michael McGill

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MICHAEL MCGILL

teaches guitar, bass, rock singing, band coaching, songwriting and music theory with Eclectic Music. When you cross a huge repertoire with impeccable musical taste and an infectious spirit of fun, what do you get? You get Michael McGill, a singer-guitarist who has played for most of his life. Based in Atlanta but performing and recording across the South, his background and approach range from classic to alternative, alt-country, soul and pop. Michael has played and toured with original bands such as Catatonic Kids, the Viceroys and Garlic, cover projects like the glam-tribute High Heels, and hybrid groups like the Omnivores and the current Sweet Maries, playing a mix of originals and covers. Michael also plays solo, with a repertoire that has caused more than one listener to refer to him as the “human jukebox” or “human iPod.”

He has been teaching professionally in the Atlanta area since 2006 and his students currently range from ages 10 to 64; their level of expertise from beginner to advanced, and their musical taste from classic rock to the newest of the new. Michael offers lessons that center around learning whole songs, thus providing quick musical gratification, while delving into scales, theory and specific techniques as appropriate, so students can go as far as as they see fit. Integrating music the student is eager to learn with his own suggestions, Michael's approach is to individualize the experience for each student, tempered by just the right amount of that infectious spirit of fun!

INSTRUMENTS.

Electric Bass, Guitar (electric & acoustic), Rock Singing, Songwriting, Band Coaching.

STYLES.

Rock, Pop, Contemporary Styles.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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TESTIMONIALS.

“Michael inspired our daughter to return to the guitar.  He encourages her by having her play the music she likes and then he incorporates the music theory around it. This unique approach keeps her engaged and wanting to learn more!

- Lee, parent

"Michael probably had every song ever written between 1960 and 2000 memorized and could teach so well that he could make you feel like anyone from Richards to Clapton." 

- Reid, student

“I have been a student of Michael's for 3 1/2 years. With his help, my guitar playing ability has risen to an entirely new level! He is by far the best teacher I have had in my almost 20 years of playing the instrument. His knowledge of theory combined with his uncanny ability to decipher songs by ear and his genuine love of music make him uniquely qualified as an instructor. I highly recommend him to beginning, intermediate and advanced students of all ages!”

- Dina, student

“I have been taking guitar lessons from Michael for almost two years now. We work on some theory, but many times work on songs that I want to learn. I have enjoyed my lessons and highly recommend Michael's teaching style. He is talented, prepared, and really knows what he is doing. I have improved so much thanks to Michael.”

- Julie, student

"As one of Michael’s adult students, I appreciate his patience, encouragement and encyclopedic knowledge. His fluency in rock guitar is amazing. His passion for music, knowledge of theory and mastery of the guitar all make his lessons fun and rich in content.

- Johanna, student

"My 17 year old son has been taking music lessons for over 8 years, since he was in 4th grade. Michael's encouragement helped push him outside his comfort zone to achieve new depths in playing guitar. Lessons with Michael were always the highlight of his week. We believed Michael’s encouragement and exposure to performing on stage helped Reid to create his own garage band where they perform at venues such as Masquerade, Smith's Old Bar, Center Stage and local ATL festivals. We highly recommend Michael and his many talents as a guitar teacher, especially to kids who want to have fun while playing!" 

- Reagan, parent

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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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