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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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Bennett Walton

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BENNETT WALTON

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

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

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

INSTRUMENTS.

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

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Musical Theatre.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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LISTEN.

TIME TO LEARN MORE!

Glenn Anthony

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GLENN ANTHONY

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

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

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

INSTRUMENTS.

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

STYLES.

Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz, International.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students of all abilities, ages 6 and up!

CONNECT.

TESTIMONIALS.

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

-Taryn, Eclectic Music parent

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Annamaria Dvorak

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ANNAMARIA DVORAK

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

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

INSTRUMENTS.

Voice, Playground, Piano, Ukulele.

STYLES.

Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Country.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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TIME TO LEARN MORE!

LaTonya Peoples

LATONYA PEOPLES

teaches violin for Eclectic Music. She was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas and began taking violin lessons at the age of five. At the age of sixteen she became a certified Suzuki Violin Instructor giving private lessons, and later graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy from Howard University. LaTonya is a violinist, vocalist, DJ, songwriter, and the owner and operator of the Lpeop Recording Studio, LLC. where she writes, produces, and records music to be licensed for Film, TV, and video/gaming projects.

LaTonya has recorded and produced four original albums displaying a wide range in styles of music, including original songs, Jazz, Rock, Spirituals, Pop, Country, EDM, Dubstep, Singer/Songwriter, and Folk. She can be heard as a Violinist/Vocalist on recordings by India Arie, Co-Resonance (a pop/classical fusion string quartet), Ken Ford, Doria Roberts, JJ’s Swimming, and Left Eye Productions/TLC. And her music has been licensed by Love and Hip Hop, 'How Black Mothers Say I Love You', by acclaimed Playwright Trey Anthony, and most recently, my vocal rendition of Wade In The Water was featured on ABC's hit Television Series 'Scandal' - Season 6 / Episode 3. 

In addition to her recording career, she has perfomred in ensembles opening for Gladys Knight, Michelle NDegeocello, Angelique Kidjo, and Alice Walker; and has performed with such organizations as Sister Harriet, Sistagraphy, KMC, ZAMI, Charis Books, ALCI, and The Feminist Women’s Health Center. She has toured with UniverSoul Circus, visiting 26 major cities as a featured Violinist and Vocalist, was a featured performer with the LA Women's Fest, and traveled to Osaka, Japan to perform for the Kansai Music Conference. LaTonya has been featured on BET’s Jazz Central program with Hue, a Jazz Trio and has been heard on National Public Radio's Wade in The Water Series featuring Sweet Honey In The Rock, produced by Author Sonja Williams.

LaTonya has given workshops and in-services on Songwriting, Jazz Improvisation, and Music Therapy, as well as classroom teaching experience as an Orchestra Director. She has also worked with several populations including Special Education, AIDS, and Psychiatric Patients as a Music Therapist. She is just the type of Eclectic musician who fits the Eclectic Music teacher bill and in addition to her eclectic musical styles, she keeps the mantra "Search for acceptance within yourself." close to her educational philosophy.

INSTRUMENTS.

Violin.

STYLES.

Classical, Jazz, Songwriting, Spirituals, Pop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, and Folk.

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

CONNECT.

TIME TO LEARN MORE!