OUR TEACHERS ROCK!
This page and all of our pages are dedicated to our co-founder and teacher Mr. Matt, (1983-2016). He left a legacy of love and a passion for music education that we will carry on forever.
Founder and Director of Atlanta Music Education
Education Coordinator of Capitol City Opera Company
Voice, piano, acting and ukulele teacher
Children’s chorus director and Summer camp director and teacher
Florida native Elexa holds a bachelors of music in voice performance from Florida State University. There, she studied in Marcia Porter’s studio for four years and before that, she studied four years in the studio of Carla Connors in Tallahassee. Elexa performed in FSU Opera productions of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Peaseblosson. At the Quincy Music Theatre she portrayed Belle in Disney’s The Beauty and the Beast and at the Tallahassee Little Theatre she performed Shelley in Bay Boy: The Musical and Wendy in Peter Pan.
Ms. Bancroft studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in the studio of Phyllis Bryn-Julson for her masters of music in voice performance. Elexa portrayed Despina in the production of Cosi fan tutte in the Peabody Opera mainstage production.
Elexa made her debut with Capitol City Opera in 2012 as Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Ogelthorpe University. She performed Despina, in English this time, in Cosi fan Tutte at the Conant Center for performing arts with CCOC in the fall of 2012 and in the spring of 2013 Ms. Bancroft was choir master for the children of Puccini’s La Boheme. Recently she sang one of her favorite musicals, Sweeney Todd, on the stage with Capitol City Opera.
She was honored to be a part of The Atlanta Opera’s children show and first commissioned opera, Rabbit Tales as the main character- Teenchy Duck. She and the cast traveled an entire school year to performance halls around Georgia bringing light opera to the ears of many young students.
Ms. Bancroft founded Atlanta Music Education seven years ago with her partner Matt Johnson. Their studio of students has performed at events all over the Atlanta area including the Tucker Farmers Market, King’s Bridge Retirement home, the ARTLOT, San Francisco Coffee Shop, the Conant Performing Arts Center and The Corner Cup Coffee shop to name a few. Recently, her student booked the national Broadway tour of the King and I.
She is Education Director at Capitol City Opera and a mentor and speaker at the Dekalb School of the Arts. She hosts the popular Kids Open Mic programs featured in the Decatur Focus, Decatur Dispatch and Tucker Times magazines.
Elexa also has a love for painting and re-uses old sheet music for her own popular art pieces. She is an active mixed media artist in Georgia art festivals and most recently, Broadwaycon in New York City. You can find her work on Etsy now.
Ukulele, Voice, Summer Camp Teacher, Guitar and Piano
Mr. Gabriel completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Clayton State University. He is an active performer with Capitol City Opera, Atlanta Opera Fabrefaction Theater, Newnan Theather Company, Town and Country Theather, The Henry Players among others. . Mr. Gabriel has a deep passion for acting and musical theater, some of his favorite roles are, Jack (Into the Woods), Anthony (Sweeney Tood), Enjolras (Les Miserables) and Bernardo (West side story). He enjoys learning and teaching eclectic theatre roles and finding ways to relate to the characters and bring them to life on stage.
Voice, Acting, Studio Photographer, Audition masterclass leader and Headshot Photographer
North Carolina native André Peele is an alumnus of the UNC-School of the Art’s high school and undergraduate programs. While at UNCSA he performed the roles of Dr. Cajus in the Merry Wives of Windsor and the role of Tom Collins in Theatre Alliance’s production of RENT. He then received his masters in voice performance from Florida State University.
André has since graced the stages such as Virginia Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Piedmont Opera, and The Princeton Festival. He has performed as a concert soloist with the Jackson Symphony, the Tallahassee Community Chorus, the Tallahassee Civic Chorale, and Mitchell Community College. Most notably that his students love was his starring role as the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and then Theatre Tallahassee’s Juan Peron in the musical Evita.
André is heavily involved in bringing music education to the community. In 2016 he premiered the role of Thomas in Glen Winter’s Deep River: The Marian Anderson Journey that toured Virginia as a part of Virginia Opera’s outreach program. He performed with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute’s educational outreach production of the Three Little Pigs as well as Florida State University’s outreach production of Cosi fan tutte. As a teacher his students have been accepted into many of the countries best programs in both classical music, musical theatre, and have won highly competitive awards. When he is not on the stage or teaching, André is an active headshot and stage photographer.
The fall of 2018 Andre was the lead role in La Boheme with the Peach State Opera on tour and was co-teacher at our fall break camp with a Disney’s Coco theme.
Voice, Acting, Musical Theatre and Piano teacher
Jarius Cliett, baritone, is a native of Atlanta. Jarius started his musical journey at the age of fourteen playing the harp with the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble under Elizabeth Remy Johnson and director Roselyn Lewis.
He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Alabama, where he studied with Dr. Susan Fleming and Dr.James Seay. During his time in UA’s opera program, Jarius was featured in productions of Menotti’s The Consul, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, and his final performance with UAOT, as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Jarius recently finished his graduate studies at Georgia State University under the vocal instruction of Richard Clement. He was also a part of the Georgia State’s Opera Theater program where he was featured with Atlanta Chamber Winds for their “Mozart in the Garden” concert as Bartolo in Jonathan Dove’s Figures in the Garden with excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro. Jarius was also feature in roles such as Papageno, The Mikado, where he performed the title role of The Mikado. His final performance was as Leporello in GSUOT’s production of Don Giovanni.
Jarius spent some time in Waimea, HI, as part of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. During the program, Jarius participated in The Mikado once again performing as the nobleman Pish-Tush.
Since returning to Atlanta, Jarius has been a part of the ensemble in My Fair Lady with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre in Marietta,GA. Jarius has even worked with Capitol City Opera for their Rising Star Concert and their production La Traviata as Dottore Grenvil. Mostly recently Jarius was seen as Ton Ton Julian in Theatre Covington’s production of Once on This Island.
Jarius is a brother of the Omicron Phi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He currently serves as bass section leader at Eastminster Presbyterian Church of Stone Mountain. His students and him love to geek out over Marvel comic books and movies. His favorite musical is In the Heights by Lin Manuel Miranda- composer of Hamilton too! He’s so excited to be joining the AME team and continuing to help student’s grow their talents.
Piano, Voice, Mommy Moments Teacher, Camp teacher
Ms. Laura received her bachelors in Voice performance at Georgia Southern University. She is an active teacher and event planning partner with Atlanta Music Education’s programs including the popular Kids Open Mic nights.
Ms. Laura also is lead teacher at the Holy Trinity pre-k music program and assistant teacher at the Mommy Music moments at Two Crafty Chicks.
She is an active singer in the Decatur Community Chorus and debuted at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2017.
Ms. Laura and Ms. Elexa love to organize the studio’s musical outings each school year including the one pictured below where they took students to see the new live action movie, Beauty and the Beast.
The summer of 2018 they also took students to see Mamma Mia and are excited to plan their 2019 summer outing to see the new Aladdin!
Voice and Piano Teacher
Melissa Godbee, mezzo-soprano, is a Chicago native and married mother of three. Melissa has been singing in church and on stage since she was a child. However, these days she finds herself, performing in mock ballet recitals, pretending to be a very disobedient patient in Doc McStuffins clinic and playing on her “spook-a-lele” with the Ghoul Girls!
Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. After moving to Atlanta, Mrs. Melissa received a graduate assistantship at Georgia State University where she completed her Masters in Voice Performance. During the course of her Grad degree. Melissa performed in several operas, including being featured as “Suzuki” in Madame Butterfly, and “Miss Todd” in the Old Maid and The Thief.
Since moving to Atlanta in 2008, Melissa has performed with regional companies in the Southeast, as well as the world-renowned Atlanta Opera. She can be seen in the Atlanta Opera Company’s upcoming production of Madame Butterfly in 2020! You can also catch her occasionally with Capital City Opera’s Dinner and a diva evenings.
With a passion for music and performance, she cherishes opportunities to help cultivate that same love of the arts in others. She is very excited to be a part of the AME team this Fall!