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.


Elexa Bancroft

Founder and Director of Atlanta Music Education

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 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


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!


Laura McMahan

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.


Aaron Shuman

Guitar, Piano, Camps, Composition, Ukulele and Voice


Aaron Shuman is a Los Angeles-born composer, performer, and teacher. Aaron’s credits include Hallmark television movies’ One Christmas Eve and Away and Back, Joe Iconis’s Black Suits at the historic Kirk Douglas Theatre (guitar and keyboards), Ghostlight the Web Series, and guitarist for New England Music Awards winner 95 Hyde (formerly known as the Jessica Prouty Band).

Aaron received an A.A. in Music from Santa Barbara City College and a B.M. in Contemporary Writing and Production from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he earned a spot on the Dean’s list each year of his attendance. During his schooling, Aaron carved out time to work with kids ages 9 to 13 at the Sierra Canyon Day Camp. He has also taught private lessons both at home and on campus.

He has spent the years since graduating working as an assistant to accomplished composer/arranger/orchestrator William Ross at Momentum WRP.

One of his student favorites projects of his is time he worked on both Star Wars and Harry Potter movie musics.

Some of Mr. Aaron’s students favorites to learn with him are The Beatles, Bruno Mars and songs from The Lion King and Kung Fu Panda. Aaron enjoys inspiring students through promoting collaboration and exposure to rock and pop standards.



Gabriel Caballero
Voice, Acting, Audition Coaching, Guitar, Piano and Private and Group Lessons
Music has always been part of Mr. Gabriel’s life. From a very young age he remembers singing with his aunts and uncles in the car when taking long road trips. He grew up learning the songs that his grandmother use to teach her own children. At age 7 he started learning guitar and started playing in church groups and for his friends and family. As a child Gabriel took part of many different acting and vocal programs that helped shape his passion in music.

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.

Mr. Gabe has taught private and group lesson for over 5 years and enjoys watching his students grow as musicians and turn into full blow performers. He has taught Voice, Piano and Guitar at Musicology Newnan and performed and taught for 4 years as a staff singer at Atlanta First United Methodist Church.
On his free time he enjoys taking road trips with his family, learning to cook new recipes, drawing and spending time with his little chihuahua Penny.




Latricia Robinson

Voice, Piano and Administrative Studio Assistant


LaTricia Robinson is a Houston born singer/performer/worship leader currently living in Atlanta. She first started singing, playing piano and gaining a love for music at the age of 5 years old when she joined her church choir. Growing up with musically-inclined parents who owned and operated a music lesson program, LaTricia’s passion for singing and performing only grew.

After moving to Atlanta in 2007, LaTricia quickly got involved with her high school’s musical theater program. Some of her most favorite performances include School House Rock!, Annie, and High School Musical.

Latricia graduated with her Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and became a worship leader with North Point Ministries. NPM has multiple campuses in and around Atlanta, and one of the campuses she most frequently leads at is right here in Decatur, Decatur City Church! Latricia leads thousands of attendees weekly in song and connects with her audience in both her solos and as a group leading sing alongs.

Latricia is known warmly by the teaching team for her love of Disney songs- especially The Lion King and Hercules. She loves to teach and sing along with her students and help build vocal strength, stamina and performance capabilities for each lesson. You’ll also catch her humming Beyonce and Whitney Houston often too!

LaTricia is moderately fluent in American Sign Language. She absolutely loves music and ALL it entails, and is excited that this is only the beginning of her journey!


Jeanna Carie

Voice, piano and music studio event coordinator


Born and raised in Chesapeake, Virgina, Jeanna served in ministry for her entire life and began her fine arts career as a dancer and singer at a young age. She moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue her career as an entertainer and agent.

She landed an internship at one of the top talent agencies in the country for professional dancers/choreographers, moving on to be an employed traveling talent agent. Jeanna landed a role as creative director for BET Centric’s Bronner Brothers hair battle television show.

Jeanna was a professional certified nanny for 6 + years and also was the Site Director to 85 elementary school children in Sandy Springs, GA. “One of my favorite nanny  outings was going to theme parks with the kids, teaching them new dance moves, and cool songs.” Jeanna is a lover of Disney movies and Disney songs. Some of her favorite Disney movies are Marry Poppins, Mulan, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and more.


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, who is also the orchestra teacher at Lakeside High School where Atlanta Music Education students participate in the annual Performing Arts Conservatory of Atlanta voice competitions.
Catherine helps Atlanta Music Education with their vocal recitals and other events as an accompanist. As the music director of Capitol City Opera, she helped Atlanta Music Education students along with Children’s Chorus master, Ms. Elexa, prepare a full length Italian opera, La Boheme that many students performed in.
Read the article about Catherine and her musician husband featured in Simply Buckhead Magazine.

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