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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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TESTIMONIALS.

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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

"Stevie and Amauri definitely click. Amauri practices about 5 to 6 days a week and he loves it! I don't ever have to remind him to practice."

- Eleanna, Parent of Amauri age 9

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Sarah Dempster

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Sarah Dempster

is a Playground teacher with Eclectic Music. She has been singing since she could talk and draws on her strong background in choral music, musical theatre, and piano when working with students. Along with working at Eclectic, Sarah also sings in the Chancel Choir and the Chamber Chorale at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, as well as mentors the youth choir and handbell groups. Additionally, she runs theatre summer camps with City of Sandy Springs, working with students ranging from preschool to high school. In her free time she is a hobby costumer and can frequently be found bent over her sewing machine, replicating costumes from her favorite movies and television shows.

Above all, Sarah believes in developing a lifelong love of making music, because everyone has the ability to be a musician. She prioritizes making lessons a fun and stress-free environment to allow her students to discover a passion for both understanding and making music. She also takes into account the unique strengths and learning styles of each student, as well as their goals for the program, to ensure they develop the foundational tools necessary to keep making music.

INSTRUMENTS.

Playground.

STYLES.

Playground, Pop, Classical, Musical Theatre

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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Brandon Partrick

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BRANDON PARTRICK

is a Playground teacher with Eclectic Music! Brandon has been playing music for fun since he was 7 years old, but has never learned more than while teaching with Eclectic Music! He is a guitarist, and hobby vocalist, who also enjoys playing on any instrument he can get his hands on, from piano to violin, ukulele to cajon! In addition to music, Brandon is a professional stage and screen actor, as well as a museum educator and historical interpreter at the Atlanta History Center. He enjoys the outdoors, ATL's great restaurant scene, and spending time with his fab fiancee!

INSTRUMENTS.

Playground.

STYLES.

Playground, Bluegrass, Jazz, Pop, Rock

REQUIREMENTS.

Students all ages & abilities welcome!

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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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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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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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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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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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