OLGA PIKUS, piano
Belorussian concert pianist, Olga Pikus, studied piano at the Belorussian Music Conservatory and the Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus. She worked as an accompanist at Augusta State University and taught piano to the ASU Conservatory Program students from 2002 to 2007. Since then, she has worked as an accompanist at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, in addition to working as a piano instructor in the metro Atlanta area. Olga has had numerous students placing in local and national competitions.
Olga is excited to join Melomania team as a piano instructor, specializing in preparation for auditions, competitions, and the ABRSM exam.
To book a trial lesson with Olga, please contact Melomania office Or click here to book online:
DAVID DUCHARME, guitar, ukulele, violin, piano
David Ducharme earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Recording Technology with a concentration in guitar as an instrument from Georgia State University. He also holds a guitar artist certificate from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. Guitar has always been David's passion, and he has perfected many techniques and styles, having worked with some of the most prominent artists in his instrument, like Pepe Romero. In the Atlanta area David has had a successful career as a music teacher having taught hundreds of students, some of which have been accepted into music colleges as well as advanced placement programs in public music school programs. He teaches guitar (all genres and styles), ukulele, and violin.
To book a trial lesson with David, please contact Melomania office Or click here to book online:
DANIEL AGUILERA, guitar, bass guitar, spanish guitar
Daniel's passion for the arts began early in his childhood, when he picked up various musical instruments in his native Mexico. Daniel later moved to the U.S. where he was introduced to Blues, Jazz, Classical, Flamenco and Latin music which have all become influential in Daniel's compositions and performances. He eventually settled in Atlanta Georgia where he studied at the Atlanta Institute of Music and attended the master classes of world renowned musicians. It was at about this time that he discovered a love for the "gypsy" sound characterized by complex finger style playing. He has taught in the metro Atlanta area and has had students since he first started performing.
Daniel often performs with groups and as a soloist. He has performed in a wide variety of events/venues such as 5 star hotels, museums, weddings, festivals, art galleries like Van Gogh to Mondrian (High Museum), corporate events, bars, clubs, churches, arenas, radio stations, and television. His style is gutsy, genre transcending, modern, classic, adequate for people of all ages and backgrounds.
TORY DANIEL, visual arts
Tory Daniel is a student at the University of North Georgia. She is working towards a bachelor’s degree in art education with a focus on Ceramics. She has worked at many of the local Forsyth county childcare facilities and interned at many local Forsyth County Schools. She has competed in art exhibitions and sells art work at local festivals. Since 2014, Tory has worked with students from infants to Middle school age and has had experience with special education students. She believes all students truly need are the right tools, encouragement, and space to succeed in anything they try. Art is not something you are born with, it is something that you can learn just like anything else. Tory works with Acrylic paint, Charcoal, Pastels, Graphite, Colored pencils, Water colors, Ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media. To book a private session with Tory or to enquire about our group art courses please call us at 6789822542 or email us at email@example.com.
TIMOTHY SCOTT, drums, woodwind and brass instruments
Timothy Scott is an accomplished musician who earned his Music Performance degree from Jackson University. While attending Jackson State, Timothy actively participated in various ensembles. These ensembles included The Jackson State "Sonic Boom" marching band, Percussion Ensemble, Concert and Symphonic Band, and the JSU Jazz Ensemble. After attending Jackson State, he continued his education at The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, where he completed the Institute’s intense drumming program, studying under Craig Harber and Tom Knight. Timothy is proficient in all percussion instruments and drum set styles. He also teaches woodwind and brass instruments. Many of his students have become 1st chair of their respective sections, and are currently professional working musicians.
LENA LENTZ, voice, piano, Russian school, acting for singers
My name is Lena Lentz and I am the owner of Melomania. My formal creative journey began at the age of 6. I was lucky to have been accepted to an unusual secondary school in Russia. Why was it unusual? Because arts were integrated into the school’s curriculum from grade 1 to grade 11. Along with the regular math, literature, language arts, etc. we had art, choreography, music, and theater as obligatory subjects, not just short-term electives, all through the 11 years of studies. Pretty unusual even nowadays, when arts are often neglected in school programs.
At that time, I also attended music school 5 times a week, studying all aspects of music (literature, theory, chorus, solfege), as well as my primary instrument - piano. I still remember the incomparable feeling of elation when performing at school concerts or taking part in competitions. Music and art education gave all of us that sense of being special, a sense of belongingness to an elite club, and it made our lives so much fuller.
I am mentioning all this, because my ultimate dream is to open a school with a similar program here in the United States. It’s a pity that by cutting out art subjects, school officials often forget that arts develop creativity, critical thinking, social skills, teach discipline; and multiple studies have shown that learning an instrument develops parts of the brain that are normally not engaged in any other type of learning, hence performance in other subjects and areas of life improves. That’s why I started the journey towards my dream by forming Melomania, the safe and nurturing creativity zone for all ages.
Early music education gave me a solid background to continue my studies at institutions of higher education both in Russia and in the United States. In Russia I studied in the vocal studio of Raisa Yermolayeva and later in the studio of Valentina Anokhina at the Samara Academy of Arts and Culture. Family matters brought me to the United States, and to continue my studies I entered Georgia State University (the studio of fabulous Magdalena Moulson), which I graduated from with a degree in vocal performance Summa Cum Laude.
I have attended numerous professional development programs and master-classes in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain, having worked with some of the most prominent operatic figures in the world, such as Montserrat Caballé, Christa Ludwig, Olga Mykitenko, Janet Williams, Mary Mills, Graciela Araya, Thomas Moser, Karan Armstrong, Edda Moser, Nora Amsellem. I find it important to mention all my even short-term teachers even though for the majority those names don’t mean anything, because I took something that spoke true to me from each and every one of them. I possess an abundance of tools that define me as an artist and a teacher that I am today, and for that I feel grateful to all those teachers.
Throughout my musical education and career, I have been a member of numerous choruses, often performing as a soloist, and touring around Europe with the Russian choral ensemble Vivat. I have also performed different operatic roles in concert on several European stages, and I have been a winner at competitions.
For the past 5 years I have been actively teaching voice and piano in the Atlanta area, having achieved great results through careful selection of approaches in each individual case.
I also hold a degree in Linguistics and Pedagogy from Samara State University in Russia. Studying pedagogy at a professional level gave me a deeper insight into the pedagogy of teaching music and helped me develop my own methods of teaching. After completing my studies there, I worked as a professor of Linguistics at International Market Institute in Samara, at the same time studying classical singing for my second degree.
One of my interests has always been theater. During my first year at Samara State University I won a rigorous competition and got a scholarship to study at one of the best teacher’s colleges in the Midwest, University of Northern Iowa, where I studied Creative Drama. My inspiration was the work of the theater professor there Gretta Berghammer, who to date is one of the activists that brings theater education to children with autism. If you are interested in her work, you can further Google her 😊 I later wrote a thesis on Creative Drama and its implementation in the classroom for my pedagogy degree. Needless to say, I have successfully used elements of drama in my teaching career.
While studying at SSU, I was a member of a drama troupe (straight theater) led by a dramatic actor, and I performed in plays and sketches produced by the troupe. After moving to Atlanta, I’ve done a lot of work as an extra in movies and TV shows, I wanted to observe the process of movie production from the inside. I played a zombie on The Walking Dead, appeared in Disney movies, Tyler Perry shows, The Hunger Games with Jennifer Lawrence, Flight with Denzel Washington, The Watch with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn among numerous others, and I was even featured as a back vocalist in the Korean comedy drama called Papa.
I am excited to share all this experience with the Forsyth county community, and help our future generation develop their creativity skills, as well as maybe help some adults rediscover and reignite their love for music and arts. Remember, it’s never too early or too late to learn.
To book a trial voice or piano lesson with Lena or to inquire about our group class programs for acting or Russian school, please contact Melomania office. You can also click here to book a trial voice or piano lesson: