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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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..
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.