band coaching

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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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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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!

CONNECT.

LISTEN.

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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!

CONNECT.

LISTEN.

TIME TO LEARN MORE!