Ariel Wang - Piano, Violin, & Guitar
Ariel has always felt most alive when playing and listening to music. At five she started taking piano lessons, and then moved on to the violin at age nine. By 14, she realized that her passion was not just for classical music, but also the wild and free spirit of bluegrass and rock & roll, so she picked up the guitar. With an understanding of the strict discipline of classical music but also the complete freedom of rock and folk, she tries to instill a passion and love for all aspects of music into her students. With years of experience coaching rock bands and teaching private lessons to both kids and adults, playing in a number of bands as well as composing her own music, she hopes to continue inspiring musicians of all ages.
Kate Lloyd - Voice & Piano
Kate began playing piano at age 7, and singing at 12, and began studying Theatre at 16. As an individual that needed to know "everything about everything" in the arts, She studied Vocal Performance and Theatre Performance at Saint Mary’s College of California. While there, she sang with the internationally known SMC Chamber Singers and Glee Club when they became a gold and silver medal recipients in the 2014 World Choir Games, performed as the jazz band's vocalist, performed as Anna in SMC's adaptation of Spring Awakening that toured to the Kennedy Center American Conservatory Theatre Festival. While in college, she also accompanied vocal students on the piano during rehearsal hours. Kate performed in musicals throughout the bay, as well as in musical cabarets. More recently, she has worked as a music director for Children's Theatre in and out of state. She also recently created the performing arts program for a school designed for students with Learning Differences.
Kate approaches music education with a mix of humor, excitement, and discipline. She strives to maintain a safe and comfortable space, where students are welcome to be themselves, be curious, build confidence, and grow.
Kate has been teaching children and teens beginning to intermediate piano for the last 6 years. She also has been teaching voice students of all ages and experience levels for 3 years, in the genres of musical theatre, classical, jazz, and contemporary.
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.
Nick Nirva - Guitar, Bass, Piano, Trumpet, & Drums
Nick is a fun and charismatic teacher who loves to spread the joy of music to his students. His teaching style, a mixture of discipline and humor, leaves students relaxed and smiling while they discover what is necessary to accomplish their goals. His first instrument was trumpet, which he began in 6th grade, and took up guitar quickly thereafter. Being an endlessly curious learner, Nick followed his musical path to Central Michigan University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. During his studies, he obtained, not only a degree in Trumpet, but studied on many other instruments as well: piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, violin, cello, double bass, electric bass, voice, djembe, percussion, and drum set. Following University, Nick was hired to teach Beginning Band and Orchestra in the Fresno, California area – a position he held for 8 years. While in Fresno, he studied extensively with Grammy-nominated Jazz guitarist Andre Bush and the duo performed together quite regularly. Other than Jazz, Nick has performed in many different bands and styles of music including Funk, Reggae, Blues, Rock, Folk, and Electronic.
Anne Daniel -Piano
Anne has been teaching piano and voice privately for over 20 years and delights in working with students of all ages. She began playing the piano and singing at age 5; in elementary school she played mandolin, violin, and guitarron in a Mariachi band, and in middle and high school she transitioned to choral singing. After completing a Bachelor’s in Music, Anne went on to earn a master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Anne believes that lessons infused with patience and humor will help nurture students in their passion for music.
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!
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.
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.
Abigail Tesfaye -Violin
Abi Tesfaye started playing the violin at 5 years old in Houston, TX, where she was born and raised. Her musical abilities led her to go to the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she graduated with a certificate in viola performance. Abi graduated from Concordia University Texas in 2016. Her time in Austin gave her the opportunity to play in an array of venues with many folk and contemporary Christian bands (as well as a degree in Religious Education). Abi is a product of the Suzuki method, teachers who made playing the violin an enriching and challenging experience, and parents who wouldn't relent in having kids who played string instruments. Today, she enjoys teaching the same method through careful instruction and encouragement, and by partnering with parents in the lifelong journey of playing the most rewarding instrument there is.
Alex Hand - Guitar
Alex Hand is a guitarist currently based in the San Francisco area. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno's jazz program in 2011.
Alex's musical journey has taken him from classic rock and punk to classical guitar, jazz and the Django Reinhardt tradition of gypsy swing. Recently back from studying in Eastern Europe, he's been focusing on European folk styles, including Bulgarian, Romanian and Irish.
Alex has been teaching for over five years and his students have ranged from age 6 to 60.