Matthew Trujillo - Guitar -Bass
California native, Matt has grown up performing and teaching electric bass and acoustic guitar. Beginning in middle school, he has spent over 12 years playing music. Eventually he would go in to get a Bachelor of Arts degree from the SMC music program. While he was in school he played in multiple ensembles including Jazz band, Sports Band, Worship Teams, and Choir. Now, Matt works with students to help them make music a fun and fulfilling part of their lives to. His goal is to be attentive to the student and to pass on the lessons he learned may years ago..
Nick Bang - Voice & Piano
Nick Bang began teaching and developing his own private voice and piano studio in his early twenties, and he’s reminded on a daily basis how important music is in peoples’ lives. For Nick, music is a key element to feeling happy and fulfilled. He can't imagine life without music, like imagining life without air or water. Through teaching, he's discovered this is the case for many people, and nothing brings him more joy than helping people nurture and hone their skills in such a vital aspect of the human experience.
Nick specializes in working with young and developing musicians. His extensive knowledge of technique and sensitivity to the adolescent mind make him the perfect candidate to work with young people. Nick received his bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on Vocal Performance from CSU East Bay in Hayward. While pursuing his degree, he performed in numerous musicals and operas and put on multiple solo recitals. Upon graduating, he focused mainly on developing his private voice and piano studio. However, as a popular and respected teacher in the Lamorinda area, Nick also works as vocal coach for both Campolindo and Miramonte High School.
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.
Tim DeCillis - Drums
Tim first began playing the drums at age 10, in garage bands with his friends growing up in Rochester NY, and after playing both drums and guitar in several bands and receiving private lessons throughout high school, his love of music led him to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in percussion from the State University of New York at Fredonia. While studying classical percussion, Tim also cultivated a love for jazz and contemporary music, eventually going on to receive a Master's Degree in jazz studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he maintained a strong concentration in vibraphone and drum set, and was the recipient of the Stiver's Award for Outstanding Performance in a Graduate Recital. Since earning his Master's Degree, Tim has maintained a busy schedule of performing, teaching, and recording, with groups of a wide variety of styles, from rock bands and jazz combos to chamber groups and new music ensembles. He is passionate about sharing the joy and inspiration he finds in music with others as they pursue their own unique and personal journeys as musicians.
Judy Lee - Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano
Beethoven said that “ To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” Music is not just notes and rhythm it touches our hearts and soul with beauty. This inspires me of how to teach music to my students. As a music and violin teacher, I have been teaching music and violin for over 15 years of all ages. I began playing the violin at age 8 and studied violin performance in Korea. After graduating, I have been performing and teaching in Korea and the U.S in a variety of settings including orchestra, trio, and quartet. Also, I have conducted children and youth orchestras in public schools. I enjoy working with children and love to see them grow their musical skills as well as the love of music. My philosophy of teaching is influenced by Suzuki and believe that every child has the talent to learn music just as they learn to speak their first language. I am trained for Suzuki methods and have the certificate of MTAC.
Isabella Goze - Voice
Isabella Göze is a classically trained singer and excited to work with your kids to help improve your singing skills. She started singing as a young girl and began her professional career in 1994. Isabella holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance with an emphasis on Opera from San Francisco State University. Further strengthening vocal education, she completed a pedagogy workshop at the prestigious Boston Conservatory- in 2011. With 20 years of professional singing and teaching experience, Isabella is well prepared to give you the tools you need to become a successful singer in a fun and inspiring environment.
Over the years, Isabella has worked with numbers of children and students at various summer music camps. In addition to opera, she is very comfortable singing and teaching other popular genres such as Western Classical, Choral, Jazz, World Music, Ethnic Folk, and Devotional to name a few. She is a very versatile singer, and can sing in thirty-five different languages and continues to add to her repertoire. While working overseas, she performed with the prestigious TRT Polyphonic Youth Choir for three and a half years. She has taught performed for twenty years in various styles and venues around the Bay Area including The Young Museum, Palace of Fine Arts and Le Petit Trianon. In addition, she’s appeared on various TV and radios locally and around the world.
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 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 environment where your children can express themselves through all genres of music.
Taylor Weber - Ukulele, Voice and Beginning Piano
Taylor has been doing music her whole life, and was actually very adamant at a young age about it being something she could do for a living, and not just as a hobby. She was part of the Youth Choir at St. Raymond's Church for six years, and was also a member of her High School Choir at Dublin High for all four years she attended there. She maintained these two choirs as well as her own band simultaneously throughout middle school and high school. After obtaining her Associate's Degree in Music from Las Positas for voice and piano, she knew her future involved music, but she didn't know in what way until recently. Teaching wasn't something she originally sought out, instead, it found her, and she could not be more blessed. She has stated numerous times that, "teaching is the best thing I have done with my life so far." Her lessons are filled with learning and laughter, making them a beautiful combination of fun and focus. She makes learning enjoyable, and due to this she has witnessed many of her students excited to practice and move forward. Taylor loves teaching as much as she loves music itself, and she is thrilled to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for it with others.
Bill Judd - Drums
Livermore native Bill has over 40 years experience performing and teaching drum. Bill began studying music with the Livermore schools program where he played in Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz band as well as the pit orchestra for Oklahoma and Peter Pan.While still in high school, Bill began playing with rock bands at parties, school dances and weddings. Nightclub gigs soon followed and performances had Bill traveling up and down the state of California for many years. Bill knows both the technical and the practical sides of music, having spent many years managing bands in which he performed. Bill teaches all drum set styles and reading including classical snare, marching snare, drum set tab and big band charts.Bill works with students of all ages and experience levels; instruction is individually designed to focus on whatever the student wants to learn!
Lisa Braz- Piano
Lisa Braz has taught piano privately, prior to joining New World Music Academy. She has studied music at Las Positas College, Berkeley Jazz School, Hayward State Jazz Program and San Francisco State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts from SFSU. Lisa studied classical piano with Richard Gough and while at SFSU studied with William Corbett-Jones. She studied Blues and Ragtime with Aaron Blumenfield, additionally studying Blues with Jennifer Jolly.
Marcy Klatt - Piano
Marcy Klatt is pianist, artist, educator, and has been teaching over 15 years. She has strong artistic influences from her parents and started to play the piano at four years old. She was classically trained and later she received a BA degree in Music and Education from Sungshin Women’s University, South Korea. After that, she pursued her passion for teaching. During many years as a music director and owner of music school, she received several awards including “Best Music Institute of the Year”, “Best Music Teacher in State”. She has been teaching all ages and levels both South Korea and the US.
She is not only a music teacher but also a counselor that loves to watch her students growth and smile. Her other degree of Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of New Mexico guides her students the artistic side of music. She paints in her spare time. Her art work is currently showing at the San Francisco Design Center.
Elizabeth Angell - Violin, Saxophone, Voice & Piano
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from California State University East Bay, where she studied clarinet, bass clarinet and contra-clarinet under Diane Maltester. In addition, she has completed instrumental and vocal methods courses for teaching music. Although primarily a clarinetist, Elizabeth is also trained and experienced on piano, voice, saxophone, and violin. She also specializes in teaching early childhood music as well as students with specials needs.
Elizabeth also volunteers as a church musician where she has the opportunity to perform monthly on vocals with a team of other skilled musicians. Through her years of performance and study, she has a comprehensive knowledge base of both traditional and contemporary church music.
Elizabeth’s exceptional interpersonal skills help build a great rapport with her students and their parents. She is both excited and prepared to teach music to children of all ages.
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.
He has been teaching Piano for last 30 years.
Patrick Bang - Piano, Guitar, Drums, Violin
Patrick grew up in a musical family and learned to play the guitar and bass at an early age. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 11 and he is grateful to have had that foundational instruction in music theory. Though his specialty is stringed instruments, Patrick composes songs on the piano and acknowledges it as a vital part of any musician’s development.
After playing the bass in numerous jazz bands, symphonies and rock bands in high school, Patrick went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance on the upright bass. He continues to play in bands and write songs when he is not teaching.
Patrick has not only taught music, but also English as a foreign language to Indonesians in Bali for three years. He sees a strong relationship between learning a language and learning to play music. Patrick is excited to continue passing on his extensive knowledge of music to enrich the lives of youngsters at Music & Beyond!