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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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