Instructors

OUR TEACHERS ROCK!

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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.

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Elexa Bancroft

Founder, voice, piano, ukulele, children’s chorus director

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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 Markey, 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.

She is a mentor and speaker at the Dekalb School of the Arts, Mommy Moments teacher at Two Crafty Chicks in Decatur and host to the popular Kids Open Mic programs featured in the Tucker Times. Ms. Elexa also runs the music camp programs at both Garage Door Studio and Two Crafty Chicks with her co-teacher Mr. Pedro.

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 Avondale Estate’s Garage Door Studio. You can find her work on Etsy now.


Pedro Carreras

Ukulele, Voice, Summer Camp Teacher, Guitar and Piano

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Mr. Pedro is an active performing tenor with Capitol City Opera, Peach State Opera, Small Opera and Atlanta Opera. He will be starring in this summer’s On the Light Side with CCOC.
Our students nickname him Nemo for his smaller “fin” he was born with. As a child though, that never stopped him from picking up with guitar, ukulele, and piano as well as performing with friends in between football and baseball games.
He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Georgia Southern University and his Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. He has starred in various children’s operas bringing them to schools and community venues throughout Georgia.
Recent productions include, Pirates of Penzance, En mis Palabras, Billy Goats Gruff and
Knightly News, a play on fairy tale stories with song with the theme of a TV newscasting
program. He was Prince Charming of course!
Mr. Pedro is a lead teacher in our summer music and theatre camps. He enjoys helping students even as young as four learn how to act and perform on stage and sing his popular mashup compositions- taking two pop songs and mashing them together to make one song!
His private students have been featured in The Tucker Times at Open Mic Nights and Kennesaw State University stages. He is a staff singer and soloist at the Decatur Presbyterian Church.
In addition to various fundraisers and concerts, Mr. Pedro has recently performed as Mario Cavaradossi in Peachstate Opera’s Tosca and made his Atlanta Opera Debut as the French Sentry in Silent Night. Make sure to catch a show when it occurs in Atlanta!

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Laura McMahan

Piano, Voice, Mommy Moments Teacher, Camp teacher

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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.

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Allison Kent

Guitar, Piano and Ukulele Private and Group Lessons

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Allison is a Texas native, where her love of music began, in the Lufkin High School 5A Band as 1st chair clarinet player and section leader. On a bet, she also learned to play the tuba to play in the High School Jam Band.

She graduated with a Bachelor in the Arts from University of Texas and began to play guitar, ukulele and piano.

Ms. Allison was a professor in Barcelona Spain for 4 years with the Helen Doron English Academy and her own small business Talk it Out Language Academy. She taught English and music classes to local children and teenagers.  She especially enjoys working with these ages, and prides herself on giving engaging, dynamic classes in languages and music alike.

Allison teaches the ukulele, guitar, piano AND skateboarding in Atlanta.  Some of her favorite music teach is Disney songs, The Beatles, and current pop and rock songs.  She hopes to start a band one day, but for now her parents are treated to weekly concerts via Skype.

 

Georgie Harris

Piano, guitar, songwriting and voice

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“I’ve been an avid lover of music my whole life, from running through the house singing show tunes to last week’s gig on a local patio. I play both piano and violin, but have always devoted the most energy towards playing original and favorite tunes on the acoustic guitar. Some of my favorite artists include Hank Williams, The Rolling Stones, Gillian Welch, and She & Him.”
Georgie teaches beginner violin, guitar, vocals and elementary piano for in home lessons. She has performed at the Kavarna Coffeeshop event with Atlanta Music Education students and is an active lead singer and guitarist in the Atlanta rock scene wit her band Roadkill Debutante.

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Catherine Giel

Recital pianist and music director of Capitol City Opera

Catherine joined Capitol City Opera as its Music Director in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in piano performance and also completed a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the Florida State University College of Music. She studied piano with Leonidas Lipovetsky and Dr. James Nalley and served as accompanist and stage manager to the Florida State Opera in addition to recitaling with numerous vocalists, instrumentalists, and ensembles in the region. For five years, Catherine served as the accompanist in concert and on tour with the top undergraduate collegiate choral ensemble at Florida State, the University Singers, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Fenton. Previously, Catherine was the Education Manager for the internationally acclaimed Spivey Hall for over four years, where she facilitated extensive arts education programs for children and adults.

In 2008, Catherine founded, with Dr. Fenton as Artistic Director, the Orlando-based Festival Singers of Florida. Catherine maintains a dynamic performance schedule as a frequent pianist with The Atlanta Opera, has appeared as a Staff Accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, and served as a collaborative artist for numerous venues, competitions, and auditions throughout the country. She is married to violist and conductor Michael Giel, and together they enjoy an active musical life.
Catherine helps Atlanta Music Education with their vocal recitals and other events as an accompanist.
Read the article about Catherine and her musician husband featured in Simply Buckhead Magazine.

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