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
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.
Ukulele, Voice, Summer Camp Teacher, Guitar and Piano
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.
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.
Guitar, Piano and Ukulele Private and Group Lessons
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.
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.
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.