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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 and Director of Atlanta Music Education

Voice, piano, acting and ukulele teacher

Children’s chorus director and Summer camp director and teacher

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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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Gabriel Jose Caballero
Voice, Acting, Audition Coaching, Guitar, Piano and Private and Group Lessons
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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.

 

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Amanda Caban
Voice, Acting, Audition Coaching, Piano
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Amanda Caban is an accomplished international performer with an array of experience in both opera and concert repertoire. Recently, Caban completed her artist in residence with Central Florida Lyric Opera performing the roles of Mercedes (Carmen), Carmen cover (Carmen), and Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro). In November, Caban was also featured in Capitol City Opera’s Rising Stars concert.

Last summer, Caban performed the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Connecticut Lyric Opera’s 2017 Greve Opera Festival in Tuscany. She was also selected to perform on New York Opera Workshop’s master class with Robert McFarland, Singing at the International Level. At Music Fest Perugia, she performed the arias of Mimi from La Bohème, and the roles of Papagena and the Second Spirit in The Magic Flute. Caban has appeared as the soloist for works such as: the Ellingboe Requiem, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.

Caban was awarded First Place at the Stephen Foster Vocal Competition, and has placed several times in NATS southeastern division. She earned her degree in vocal performance from Stetson University, where she studied voice under Professor Emeritis Mollie Rich, and vocal pedagogy under Dr. Craig Maddox.

Caban maintains a private studio out of Atlanta, Georgia, teaches voice at New Manchester High School, and has been a vocal adjudicator for Atlanta Music Project and Florida Federation of Music Clubs. She is currently preparing for the role of Dorabella with Capitol City Opera.

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Andre Peele

Voice, Acting, Studio Photographer, Audition masterclass leader and Headshot Photographer

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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.

He is excited to begin his lead role in La Boheme with the Peach State Opera this fall and lead monthly performance and audition preparation workshops with Atlanta Music Education at their new studio in downtown Decatur at Treehouse Kid and Craft.

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Abby Schomaker

Baby Music, Toddler Music, Glee Club and

Homeschool general music education class leader

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Ms. Abby is a local multi disciplinary artist. She has a passion for all things art, and was recently dubbed a “renaissance woman” by one of her very sweet students. She has a BFA from SCAD, and she loves to dance and sing. During her time at SCAD, she also helped run a SCAD based gallery called Desoto row gallery for a time with other students where she got to collaborate with other artists, volunteers, and helped curate and organize show. She pulls from music, visual art, and performance art for her own personal work and for her teaching philosophy.

She shows her work in galleries and markets around the local art scene. In 2017 ,she choreographed and danced a solo piece for CORE dance’s fieldwork program, and in 2018 she was a part of the first “women’s empowerment show” with HOBI gallery. Abby has worked with various art studios and schools teaching visual art and implementing voice and performance into her lessons as well for children of all ages for almost a decade. She also taught abroad with Disney English in Shanghai, China for a summer teaching ESL through dramatic arts, voice, visual art, and performance.

She has worked with the Color wheel studio in the past teaching in their after school program with visual art, and in the morning art  program. In the morning arts program with the color wheel, she used dramatic play, song, and story yoga  as well as visual arts as fun and energetic ways of working with youngsters 3-5.

She was a lead enrichment teacher for several years with arbor Montessori teaching arts based activities to children.She has most recently been working with Callanwolde this summer teaching ages 6-12 mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, and teaching wee arts to ages 5-6.

Her personality is like the clothes she wears, bright and colorful. Her favorite color is red, and she loves polka dots and mashed potatoes. She’s so excited to be joining the Atlanta Music Education team for all their fun new Treehouse Kid and Craft group classes both during the day and afterschool. Register now for a class session at:

https://treehousekidandcraft.com/collections/class-signup/Atlanta

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