Aria J. Taboada began her journey with violin at the age of 9. Through many experiences, she cultivated her love for performing and teaching music. She thrived studying violin under Angele Lawless. She began with small groups, then began performing with some prestigious orchestras. She spent a year with the Atlanta Youth Symphony, where she gained extensive knowledge on performing and music theory. She went on the play for the Cobb Symphony for a short time, then did various free-lance work. She studied violin performance at Georgia State University under Dr. Christos Galileas, and sat principle second violin in the Georgia State University Orchestra. Her violin music has been featured on various albums, including Latin artists Seich Musica, and Country artist Alison Nichols. Though she enjoys performing, her real passion lies in teaching. She has over fifteen years of teaching violin and piano, and enjoys watching other musicians meet their goals of performing. She enjoys teaching violin, as well as running the studio.
Born and raised in South Florida, Brandon's musical adventure started back when he was 12 years old. Watching live performances from his favorite bands inspired him to pick up an electric guitar and thus began his burning passion, to become a guitar player and teacher. Although a metal lover at heart, he has been playing for 15+ years in other genres such as Rock, indie, progressive, R&B, and of course metal. When not instructing at local studios, he would be performing in front of crowds at local venues, and on numerous stages with improvised instrumentals. His ability to learn music by ear and able to put music theory knowledge to practical use gives him the edge to invoke emotion in music. When teaching his students, he does well to ensure they consume the most out of each session, while making it engaging and rewarding to improve their musical talents. Although music is his passion, the students are his legacy!
Eric Ramos is a composer, arranger, educator and musician who performs around the Atlanta area for musical theater productions. In 2018 he received his Bachelors in Music and a certificate in Music and Entertainment Business from Kennesaw State University where he studied music composition, percussion and jazz piano. While at KSU, Eric collaborated with the dance department, wrote music for a commercial and won the 2017 Composition Contest. Outside of KSU he has arranged music for high school marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles. Eric believes that music is a language and is excited to share this passion with his students.
Karina Koleva is a piano and vocal educator. She began her musical journey with piano lessons at the age of 7 under Valerievna Dolinskaya. Karina studied under Alisa Alekseevna Lokhnovskaya in at Mykolaiv Professional College of Musical Art in Ukraine, and received her degree in 2021. She headed the girl's ensemble at Church of God's Grace in Ukraine. She also worked as the associate conductor in the Kiev-Svyatoshinska Church, where she conducted and organized singing in the services. She is currently working on an additional music diploma in the U.S. She is experienced in piano, vocal, choral conducting, and working with ensembles. Karina has a passion for teaching her students, and her main goal is to teach students to love music. She believes that the flame of love for music cannot be extinguished.
Storm Steinke is a musician/songwriter/actor working in the Atlanta/Nashville area. She is currently a junior majoring in Musical Theatre and Music & Entertainment Business at Kennesaw State University. She has been singing, acting, and playing instruments for 10+ years. She began her songwriting journey 2016 and has had the incredible honor of writing and recording with critically acclaimed producers and artists such as Timo Somers (former Delain guitarist), James Lugo (former American Idol Coach), Mark Dreyer (Kid Rock), and Mick Rojas (Stevie Nicks, Kesha, Kenny
Loggins). She also has an extensive background in children’s theatre & film working on numerous junior and kids stage productions and films as a director, stage manager, casting, acting coach, assistant director, assistant costumer and props master, assistant stage manager, light designer, screenwriter, and backstage crew.
Vanessa McGlothen is recent transplant to Atlanta, GA. Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, she has played the piano since she was
8 years old. Her studies began with both public and private lessons gaining her foundation in classical, gospel and jazz music.
While attending college at Langston University she was able to gain experience as a student conductor for the university’s choir
and chorale ensembles and for accompanying and playing across multiple religious denominations. Vanessa is experienced in
multiple genres of music and has experienced the concert and festival stage, opening for national recording artists across the
country. Currently, she is composing music for up and coming artists and groups in the Atlanta area.
She also holds membership in the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women. Her hobbies include sports watching, travel,
being a foodie, fitness, and hiking with her beloved dog Duke.
J.P. started playing the piano at 10 years old. After arranging two songs for performance in his senior year of high school, he resigned himself to a music life and started picking up new skills in college, including the pipe organ, jazz piano, live sound, composition, theory, music recording and production, and more.
As a teacher, J.P. believes that playing music should stay fun, even when it’s difficult, so he challenges students to learn the theory as well as the technique; after all, writing is just as important as reading in any other language, so why not music?
Most of the time, he can be found in front of a keyboard or a computer, hammering out his next piece of music.