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.
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.
Sarah Glass - Piano, Guitar, & Drums
Sarah began playing piano when she was only three years old. She started training with the Suzuki method, and developed a strong ear and passion for music. She was then classically trained in piano, and she minored in music at Tufts University. Other than teaching at Music n Beyond, Sarah is a folk music teacher for young babies and their parents in a group called Little Folkies.
Sarah is also very interested in international music- she studied and participated in a Ghanaian drumming and singing group, an Indonesian Gamelan group, and she is now learning how to play the sitar. Sarah plays other instruments including the guitar, drums, harp, and she sings. She also records and produces her own music.
Sarah loves piano improvisation and the creative aspects of playing and teaching music. She is energetic and happy, and her lessons are fun and very enjoyable for children.
Hilary Hecht - Voice & Piano
Hilary is an accomplished singer. She graduated from UC Davis in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music with an emphasis in voice. She has sung professionally with a multitude of different choral groups around the Bay Area. Hilary grew up singing and playing the piano and is passionate about her art. She practices diligently every day in order to achieve her goals of becoming a great Mezzo-Soprano opera singer, and she encourages her students to practice daily as well, whatever their goals may be. Hilary also enjoys exploring her jazz-singing/entertaining side; she has quite a versatile voice and sense of humor! Hilary believes strongly in the power of music to transform individuals, young or old, into stronger, more capable human-beings and has a knack for guiding her students along this path with her fun-loving, dedicated approach to teaching music. Hilary teaches voice and musical theory to all ages and piano to mostly beginner students, as well as some intermediate-level students.
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 Acting 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”.
Christian Litscher - Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, & Drums
Christian comes from a musical family of vocalists, pianists, guitarists, and dancers. Though his musical education began at age 5, his passion for music grew exponentially after discovering the saxophone and guitar three years later. While playing saxophone in school jazz and concert bands, he was trained in guitar at the Community Music School of Springfield in Western Massachusetts and began playing and gigging with his own bands, composing and recording original music.
While studying philosophy and Japanese language at Tufts University, Christian belonged to a Ghanaian music group, continued composing, recording, and producing as a solo artist, and collaborated with various musicians.
Christian continues to explore various string instruments including bass guitar, lap steel, and sitar, heavily influenced by the blues, jazz, rock, and world folk traditions. He has taught guitar in Japan and Berkeley, and is now proudly teaching at Music N Beyond.
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.