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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

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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!

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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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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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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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