Kyrstyn Pixton - Voice & Piano
Kyrstyn began teaching music to children at 14, and has been performing since before she can remember. She teaches Voice, Piano, Song-writing, and Music Production privately as well as in public schools to both children and adults. A multi-instrumentalist, she regularly performs as a solo song-writer and improvisational crowd-sourced music producer. She studied Classical Voice, and Music Technology at University of Michigan School of Music, and Portland State University. Later, she studied Classical Indian Voice and Tabla in Varanasi, and Dharmsala, India, after which she toured internationally with multiple bands, including a 40 piece traditional Balinese style Gamelan which played in Bali, Java, Japan, and the US. After she had her fill of big bands, she started her solo career and has been writing, producing, and performing her own music ever since. With a special passion for unlocking the innate creative drive in each student, she creates individual curriculums and assignments suited to each student’s needs, with a big dose of encouragement along the way.
Herman Ebertizsch - Piano
Herman has earned a reputation of one of the Bay Area's premiere keyboardist. He is a writer, performer, piano teacher and an entertainer. He has written many songs in an array of styles that were picked up by acclaimed artists, including Greg Errico of Sly and the Family Stone, Lee Osker from the group War, members of the band Malo, blues artist Little Milton, and the Sy Klopps band under manager Herbie Herbert. Herman began performing as a teenager in genres including classical, popular, standards, Rock, Blues, and R&B. He has taught music theory and performance at City College & State University of San Francisco and as well many private and group students.
Aziz Yehia - Drums, Guitar, & Piano
Aziz Yehia is first and foremost a drummer and percussionist, extending onto guitar, mandolin, bass and piano. His engaging pedagogical style was significantly shaped by his experience studying musical community building in Rio de Janeiro—with a focus on the Brazilian “choro" genre—while completing his BA in Anthropology and History at UC Berkeley. As a teacher, Aziz holds a balance between technique/reading/theory and other modes of learning that are more intuitive, social and experiential. Students of any instrument can expect their studies integrated with games and puzzles that involve body movement, imaginative "theater," and vocalization of both pitch and rhythm. Aziz has history working with children and teens as a music teacher, creative writing mentor and soccer coach (ages U8 through high school). Currently, Aziz plays drum set and percussion with a handful of projects in the East Bay—ranging across jazz, rock and world fusion genres.
Victoria Taylor - Voice, Piano, & Acting
Victoria loves to teach and enjoys helping young people explore their passion in Creative Arts. She began taking classical piano lessons at age 10 and also performed as a vocalist at her home church & school making her solo debut at age 8 on a local radio station. She has performed & taught a variety of workshops to youth for the last two decades.
Currently, Victoria has created & taught voice & studio ccting for youth through Community Arts (City of Walnut Creek). She simultaneously teaches private piano & voice lessons. Victoria's passion for singing has earned her ASCAP status, when her original song was broadcast on radio stations Worldwide (2005-2016). She has performed in varied Musical Theater productions all over the U.S., writing her own music which has been sung in churches and on radio stations. She has also appeared on numerous TV shows such as Greys Anatomy, House, ER & Ally McBeal and has been featured in a few local and Regional Commercials.
After earning a “Teacher of Excellence” Award from CMS in 2007, she continues to pursue her passion in the Arts and most recently relocated back to the Bay Area. Victoria is happy to be back and says it’s true, there is “no place like home”.
Tom Auerbach - Guitar & Piano
Tom Auerbach began studying music and piano at age 8, and quickly became fascinated with the emotional and intellectual aspects of the art form. After picking up the guitar at 11, he practiced consistently with many local instructors. After high school, he enrolled in the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, obtaining his degree in Guitar in 1996. After being featured in Guitar Player magazine in 2007 and completing an online lesson program for Hal Leonard’s website in 2008, he began passing on what he has learned to others. With an emphasis on the individual student, he is patient and strives to bring the true potential of their talent to fruition. Composing new works is also a passion. Styles taught range from Classical, Jazz, Rock and Blues!
Alisa Healy - Drums, Harp, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, & Piano
Alisa grew up in a very musical family; her childhood was defined by singing and performing in musical theater and choir. Years of vocal training gave Alisa a strong ear and understanding of rhythm and harmony. She started learning drum set in high school and played in a street percussion ensemble in college. After living in Hawaii for a year, she took up ukulele and harp. She now has a giant collection of instruments and plays them all in her music collaborative with Sarah Glass. Alisa is constantly composing new songs and adores the creative musical process. For the past 6 years, Alisa has worked with children as an environmental educator and garden teacher, and now manages a wilderness immersion program for young girls in addition to teaching music.
Harrison Murphy - Piano, Drums, Guitar, & Ukulele
Harrison "Harry" Murphy offers an engaging and well versed approach to his students. With both an associate degree and immense passion for music, Harrison curates a unique lesson plan for each student, designed specifically to accomplish that student's goals. An avid composer, improviser, performer & recording artist, Harry offers an in depth insight into the vast world of music. With specialized instruction in drums, percussion, piano, guitar, voice & theory, Harrison strives to instill a deep and profound connection with his students and their musical self.
Terrell Liedstrand - Guitar, Violin, Ukulele, & Piano
Terrell Liedstrand began playing music at an early age. His parents are professional musicians, and while growing up immersed in the fun of a musical household he learned several stringed instruments. During middle school and high school Terrell played violin in the orchestras, guitar in jazz bands and sang in choral ensembles. He then went on to study music at Diablo Valley College and in the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific where he began, but has yet to finished, a Master Degree in Music Therapy. Here he studied many aspects of music including theory, history, classical guitar, piano, singing, and the therapeutic use of music in educational, clinical and community settings. Terrell performs music regularly as a solo artist and in various music groups with friends and professionals. He currently teaches guitar, violin, piano, ukulele and mandolin lessons.
Kathryn Gärlick - Piano & Voice
Kathryn Gärlick is a classically trained pianist, from Oakland, who finds joy sharing her passion for music with others; but most especially kids. Kathryn started piano when she was seven and continued with private lessons through to college, where she graduated with a BA in Kinesiology and a minor in music. She has attended La Honda music camp, played cello for the Berkeley Youth Orchestra, has recently completed Music Together teacher certification, and continues to serve in her church community as a pianist/worship leader. For the past few years, Kathryn has been a nanny for many Bay Area families. She now hopes to combine her love for kids, healthy movement, and music while teaching at Music 'N Beyond. Kathryn wants nothing more than to create a fun, safe, and healthy exploitative environment where your children can express themselves through all genres of music.