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 Director of Capitol City Opera Company
Summer Camp Director and Teacher
Children’s Chorus Director and Voice, piano, ukulele and acting teacher
Florida native Ms. 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. Ms. 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. Elexa studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in the studio of Phyllis Bryn-Julson for her masters of music in voice performance. Ms. Elexa portrayed Despina in the production of Cosi fan tutte in the Peabody Opera mainstage production.
Ms. 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. She also 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. Elexa founded Atlanta Music Education almost ten 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 the former 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.
Ms. 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, Dragoncon and Megacon Orlando. You can find her work on Etsy now.
Ms. Elexa is on a waitlist for in-person and online lessons.
Piano, Voice, Beginner Guitar, and Ukulele
Hila Brod-Isseks, originally from Maryland, moved to Atlanta to study her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Georgia State University. There, she studied with well-known Voice Professor, Rick Clement. With the GSU Opera, Ms. Hila performed challenging Mozart roles such as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She also participated in several partial roles such as Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro, Clorinda from La cenerentola, and Phyllis from Iolante.
Ms. Hila has traveled around the world performing opera in various summer festivals. She has sung the roles Monica from The Medium in Greece, Despina from Cosi fan tutte in Vermont, and Adina from The elixir of Lovein Austria. She continues to perform around Atlanta, and you can see her in Dinner and a Diva productions with Capitol City Opera, and has upcoming roles this summer with Atlanta Concert Opera.
Originally a rock musician, Ms. Hila discovered her passion for classical voice in undergrad but continued to study both jazz/pop. She also toured with a local band around the DC and Baltimore area. During her undergrad studies, Ms. Hila also taught as a music theory tutor at Towson University.
Ms. Hila grew up playing piano and has over a decade of formal classical piano training. She loves teaching beginner and intermediate piano students of all ages and incorporating her musical experience on and off stage to her unique lesson plans. In her years of being a music educator, Ms. Hila’s students have made great accomplishments in their school auditions, recitals and All State chorus.
Ms. Hila is well known to her student’s families for her individualized lesson plans over the last ten years. She believes in tailoring each lesson to a student’s strengths and improvising in a fun clever ways to help out with struggles students meet musically.
In her spare time, Ms. Hila enjoys spending time with her two dogs and going to see her saxophonist fiance perform at jazz concerts in the Atlanta area.
Ms. Hila is currently on a waitlist.
Gabriel Jose Caballero
Private and Group Lessons in Voice, Acting, Ukulele, Guitar, Piano, and Audition Coaching.
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 8 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. His students are popularly known for their ukulele and singing duets of popular hits like Sweet Caroline to fun classics like You are my Sunshine.
Mr. Gabriel is now available for in-person or online lessons.
Piano, Voice, and Ukulele
Bryn Holdsworth is an operatic soprano with a huge passion for all types of music! She grew up as a very serious dancer, which she continued to teach as well for 15 years. Her love of dance introduced her to musical theater and opera which gave her the gumption to pursue a life in the arts!
She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music in New York City and has performed all over the world since graduating. She has performed in operas with The Glimmerglass Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Royal Opera at the Château de Versailles, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall to name a few.
Her students enjoy working on all types of music, having dance parties, singing Disney tunes, composing songs about animals, and anything fun out in nature with piano and uke. Ms. Bryn’s students can be found in off-broadway performances today and even composing full studio albums.
Ms. Bryn fell in love with Atlanta while the resident soprano for the Atlanta Opera from 2016-2018 where she returned numerous times to perform. She is thrilled to be joining the Atlanta Music Education team and continuing her teaching studio in this city.
Ms. Bryn is currently on a waitlist.
Percussion, Drum Set and High School Master class leader
Brian Radock is a multifaceted percussionist/drummer with a Master’s Degree in percussion performance and over 20 years of experience in every music genre. Originally from Orlando, FL, Mr. Brian received his training from his mother and step-father Danny Gottlieb & Beth Gottlieb, who are both world famous drummers/percussionists.
Since moving to New York City in 2011, Mr. Brian has performed with 40+ musicals, 50+ bands of various genres, 3 record breaking tours of Italy (over 110 shows), several Symphony Orchestras (including the Manhattan Symphony in Lincoln Center), and in Carnegie Hall 9 different times.
In Summer 2019, Mr. Brian toured China as the drummer/percussionist/co-writer with the popular show Rhythm Boom Boom performing 32 shows in 24 cities for over 50,000 people
Mr. Brian has performed with world renown artists Kansas (Legendary Rock Band), Joe Hisaishi (Academy Award Winner for Spirited Away), Josh Young (Tony Award Nominee), Jenn Colella (Tony Award Nominee), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carol King Musical), Andrew WK, Chris McQueen (Snarky Puppy), Lucy Woodward, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Martin (Chicago Symphony), & Casting Crowns.
Mr. Brian has been a music teacher for almost 20 years. Not only have his students frequently made all-state and All-County, many have gone on to perform with popular rock bands, received scholarships to music colleges, write film scores, and have famous performing careers with bands and orchestras.
Mr. Brian’s students enjoy learning drum set, percussion, mallet percussion (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone), Latin percussion (congas, bongos, cajòn, timbales), and Drum Line instruments. Students can learn over 100 instruments from Mr. Brian from countries in almost every continent!
From 2009-2011, Mr. Brian taught the drum line and front ensemble for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band. He assisted in composing works they still perform today. Mr. Brian marched drum corps with Boston Crusaders and won DCI timpani individuals with a self composed solo.
When Mr. Brian moved to New York City 2011, he gained real world experience and Broadway experience to bring to his students. His students flourish while he continues to be a full time freelance musician in shows all over the world. Mr. Brian is currently a teacher for the Dunwoody High School band.
In his free time, Mr. Brian loves going to farmers markets, visiting art museums and watching Star Wars movies. He is living in Orlando, Florida through May to perform at the Universal Studios theme parks.
Mr. Brian is currently accepting online lessons on Tuesdays.
Clarinet, Euphonium, Baritone, Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Tuba, Piano, Voice and Composition
Atlanta-native Ben Dawson is a Trombone/Euphonium player with 14 years of both classical and jazz performance experience. From a young age Ben has been an avid gamer and lover of musicals and credits video game music as the driving force behind his love for music. After learning Euphonium and Trombone in middle school, Ben picked up the Tuba in high school where he served as a section leader and Dunwoody High’s Drum Major.
Mr. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he studied voice, composition, and Euphonium as well as played in many of the school’s different ensembles including choirs, jazz band, and Marching Mizzou, the university’s marching band. In 2019, he was commissioned to write The Hunter’s Dream for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. In 2020, he was commissioned by The Sheldon Concert Hall | Saint Louis to write a piece for French horn and piano, God of Doors. Ben loves musicals and before returning home to Georgia enjoyed playing in his community theatre’s productions. In the summer of 2019 he even conducted Columbia Entertainment Company’s run of Hairspray as Orchestra Director.
As an educator, Mr. Ben’s teaching is based around the intersectionality of music theory, performance technique, and auditory skills. Whether you’re learning how to read notes, how to identify a V chord, or taking composition lessons, we will touch on aspects of solfege, interval training, and keyboard competency. As a proponent of catered teaching, Mr. Ben devises custom lesson plans and teaching strategies based on what and how the student wishes to learn.
In his free time, Ben enjoys playing video games, watching audio production videos on YouTube, and studying Japanese.
Violin, Viola, and Piano
Victoria is currently studying at Emory University with a Double Major in Violin Performance and plans to major in Music Performance and Business. She has been teaching one-on-one lessons for four years, and has a passion for teaching other violin lovers!
Victoria was one of twelve individuals selected worldwide to attend BUTI’s Violin Workshop 2018, and was also selected for Curtis Institute’s Summerfest and Interlochen’s Summer Violin Institute. She has performed in master classes with many renowned musicians, such as Midori Goto, Robert McDuffie, Vienna Philharmonic members, and Chicago Symphony members.
Victoria is now a member of the Symphony Orchestra at Emory where she has been awarded Associate Concertmaster and Principal 2nd Violin for the Spring 2021 season, and has received 1st place in the Southwest Florida Symphony Society Scholarship Competition.
Voice, Piano, and Ukulele
Magda Roub is a recent graduate of Valdosta State University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, with a concentration in musical theatre. She has been singing, acting, and making music since before she could talk, and specializes in the musical theatre and pop styles of singing. Some of her favorite credits at Valdosta State include Agatha (Guys & Dolls), Beatrice and Ms. Violet Balfour (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), and Tantomile (Cats). She also served as the vocal captain for several musicals and cabarets during her time at VSU, assisting the music director.
Ms. Magda moved to the Atlanta area in May, and was working as a performer at the World of Coca-Cola for their 2021 summer, Fantastic Halloween, and Magical Holiday seasons! Other career highlights include her time working as a box office treasurer for Peach State Summer Theatre in Valdosta, Georgia, playing Little Miss Muffett at Stone Mountain Park’s PumpkinFest, and working as a performer at Wild Adventures Theme Park! At Wild Adventures, she performed in their children’s Halloween shows in 2018 and in their live nativity musical in 2020 as Mary.
Ms. Magda’s students always leave her lessons with a sense of confidence, knowing they are learning and growing their skills! Ms. Magda firmly believes that music lessons are for the student and teacher to work together to learn about the student’s abilities, and she is here to guide your student through learning their instrument with an individualized lesson plan that will help them learn best!
In her free time, Ms. Magda loves to spend time with her cat, named Freddie Mercury, or play Animal Crossing on her Nintendo Switch! She can also frequently be seen watching Disney movies like Frozen and Frozen 2, or exploring the Harry Potter universe through books, movies, or the Lego Harry Potter video games (she’s a Hufflepuff, btw).
Voice, Piano, and Ukulele Substitute Teacher
Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, recently moved to Atlanta with her roommate who works at The Atlanta Opera. She holds degrees from Mannes College the New School for Music and the University of Kentucky. Her upcoming engagements include a return to The Glimmerglass Festival this summer as a Guest Artist, where she will be singing Kayla in Kamala Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents as well as Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music. Previously at The Glimmerglass Festival during summer of 2021, Ms. Mary-Hollis participated in the Gods and Mortals Wagner concert as a Valkyrie as well as starred in the world-premiere film of The Knock as Joella “Jo” Jenner. Later that season, she joined the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
Her COVID-19 cancellations during the 2020-2021 included joining the roster at The Metropolitan Opera as a cover in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking as well as making her Glimmerglass Festival debut as Zemina in Wagner’s Die Feen and Fiordiligi in a reimagined production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (entitled Cosi?).
Ms. Mary-Hollis’s recent season highlights include Jenůfa (cover of the title role) at The Santa Fe Opera, Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel at the Michigan Opera Theater, Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul with Bronx Opera, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Virginia Opera, and as a cover for the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Kentucky Opera. Her other roles include Meg Page in Vaughan William’s Sir John in Love, Mother (Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors), Female Chorus (Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia), Governess (Britten’s The Turn of the Screw), and the title roles in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
She has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Brava! James M. Collier Vocal Competition, Wagner Society of New York, Santa Fe Opera, George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Young Artist Institute, the Richard Gadded Fund at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Sarasota Opera Guild. Ms. Hundley has been a member of many notable young artist programs, including The Glimmerglass Festival, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Teatro Nuovo, Virginia Opera, Opera on the James, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Sarasota Opera.
When Ms. Mary-Hollis isn’t performing, she uses her Arts Administration degree to work for the Mannes Opera. She is also actively involved with advocacy for young artists’ rights within the operatic community as an AGMA Board of Governors member and facilitator for the Soloists Coalition Young Artists. She loves cooking almost as much as singing and enjoys the travel that comes along with her jobs!
Piano, Voice, Prek Class Leader and Ukulele
Laura Posey McMahan, a converted Georgian originally from Southern Maryland, teaches Masterclasses, piano and voice through our sister studio in Oakhurst & loves collaborating to help with special Studio Events at AME. She is also the Music & Globetotting teacher at Holy Trinity Parish Preschool.
Ms. Laura graduated from Georgia Southern with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. She has sung with The Augusta Opera, the Michael O’Neal Singers, various choirs allowing her to tour Europe, debut at Carnegie Hall & is a founding member of the Oakhurst Community Choir. Ms. Laura continues her Music Education studies by taking Music Therapy courses and regularly attends Music Education Conferences to learn from others and share in her own classroom/lessons.
Ms. Laura has a deep love of music that she hopes is contagious to her students. Her laid back approach to teaching is to make lessons fun in order to excite the student about learning. She celebrates all genres of music and loves to encourage her students to request songs they enjoy to learn.
Ms. Laura and her husband live in Oakhurst with their two dogs. Together they enjoy traveling, especially to see live music. On their honeymoon to Switzerland they ended up at a music festival & have been to over twenty music festivals all over the US together. Last summer they enjoyed taking their nephew to a private concert in Vienna when cruising the Danube with their family. When home Laura enjoys gardening, entertaining and general merriment.
Ms. Laura exclusively teaches private lessons from her own private home and is currently on a waitlist.
There has been one constant in Courtney’s life, and that is music. Growing up in a house full of music lovers, she heard a wide variety of music that left Courtney wanting more. That want turned into a passion for creating sounds and feelings through performing and writing. Courtney took every chance she could get throughout grade school to be a part of the fine arts; whether it was playing clarinet in the band, singing in a chorus, taking voice lessons, working tech for shows, or playing a lead or ensemble role in musicals.
Courtney realized at a young age that she wanted to have a career in music and that is why she went on to major in Music Management at Georgia State University. During her time at GSU, Courtney wrote, recorded, and released original music for the first time. She was a member of the top choir at GSU, the University Singers, and worked as a Stage and House Manager at GSU’s Florence Kopleff Recital Hall. Courtney made it her goal to understand all sides of the performing arts from business, behind the scenes management, performance, and finally, she discovered another aspect that would lead to her future career path. Courtney interned at a music nonprofit called Georgia Music Partners, and that’s when she realized her love for nonprofits.
Once she graduated Summa Cum Laude from GSU in 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree, Courtney made it her goal to find a job at another music nonprofit. Her prayers were answered when Courtney was offered a job at the nonprofit professional opera company, Capitol City Opera Company. She then met Atlanta Music Education Director, Elexa Bancroft, who offered her the position of Administrative Assistant.