Kyrstyn Pixton

Kyrstyn began teaching music to children at 14 and has been performing since before she can remember.  She teaches Voice, Piano, Songwriting, 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 the 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 with 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.  

Lisa Braz

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.

Elizabeth Angell

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 in 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.

In-person: Wednesdays



Patrick Bang

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! 

* Remote Lessons Only
* Only Teaches on Saturdays



Nick Bang

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 a vocal coach for both Campolindo and Miramonte High School.

In-person: Mondays & Thursdays

Taylor Weber

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. 

Piano Teachers

Quality Music Instruction for children & Adults


Michael Solomon

Michael Solomon is a Conservatory Music (RCM) certified piano instructor with over 15 years of experience teaching and working in the music industry. In addition to beginning, intermediate, and advanced piano students, Michael is a high-level classical guitar instructor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music at California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA and Royal Conservatory of Music Instructor Certification in Toronto, Canada in both piano and guitar.

Launching Nomolos Productions in 2016, Michael is the founder and president of Nomolos, producing Grammy winning artist Mario Silva’s debut recording of original compositions by Silva and Chuchito Valdez, Michael can be heard playing guitar on the album as well. In addition to collaborating with Silva and Valdez, Nomolos has recently taken on rock artist Jon Robin as well as working with reggae legend Earl Zero. 

He loves working with students of all ages and skill sets who are dedicated and motivated to improve their musicianship. You will get a well-rounded education including music theory, sight reading, technique, and improvising. Whether you’re looking for classical and Baroque styles, Jazz, Blues, Latin, or Contemporary Pop, Michael will keep you excited and engaged during the learning process

In-person: Tuesdays

Lesson Cost: $45 for 30 min 1:1

Leslie Zhou​

Leslie was born in Hunan province, China. She started learning piano at the age of 5. When She was 16, she went to Beijing to study with pianist Lu Lin. She got her bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Minzu University of China, Beijing. She won the first-class professional scholarship twice, and the first prize in national and international piano competitions several times. She has participated in concerts many times when she was in college, such as piano and string concert, chamber music concert, composition concert, etc. In 2019, she came to San Francisco to study with Professor Corey McVicar. She got her master's degree in piano from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Leslie started teaching piano when she was in freshman year. She has more than 6 years of teaching experience, including piano, music theory, music history, and musicianship. She has taught students from 3 years old to adults. She is very professional, patient and friendly, and very happy to share music and life with her students.

Doing In-person Lessons . 

Dr. Jessica Kwong

Dr. Jessica Kwong grew up in Hong Kong and has been taking piano lessons since the age of 5. At 17, she went to the Bay Area to study music with Dr. Betty Woo. Jessica received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Holy Names University, and she earned her Licentiate Diploma (LTCL) and performer’s certificate in piano from Trinity College London. Having received her doctorate degree in historical performance practices from Claremont Graduate University, where she studied fortepiano with Dr. Jenny Soonjin Kim and harpsichord with Dr. Robert Zappulla, she advocates authentic, faithful manners and styles of the musical era in teaching music. 

Jessica gave numerous performances and lecture-recitals in the United States, China, and Hong Kong. She was invited to perform on the reproduction of a Mozart-period piano at Walt Disney Concert Hall Founder’s Room, Los Angeles. 

She teaches piano and music theory in all levels. Her students passed the ABRSM / RCM piano exams with distinction and merit, and her experiences in stage performance also help her students in preparing for recitals. 

Research interests: piano performance practices in the 18th to 19th centuries, keyboard fingering in the 16th to 20th centuries, and Baroque French ornamentation

In-person: Wednesdays

Kathrine Waters 

Kathrine Waters is a performing vocal teacher with extensive experience in small and group instruction in voice and piano, as well as private lessons. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in music education from the Boston Conservatory. She has taught public school music at the elementary, middle school, high school and college levels. She has directed music and served as a vocal coach in musical theater productions for performers of all ages. Her performing experience is mostly in the area of musical theater, playing leads in such shows as Hello Dolly, A Little Night Music, Guys and Dolls, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She has also performed as a classical soloist in oratorios and operas, such as the Faure Requiem and Amahl and the Night Visitors. She has performed with theater companies, choruses and orchestras in Indiana, Massachusetts and Germany. She is also an experienced church musician. Kathrine is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.

Vocal students of Kathrine Waters have ranged in ages from elementary school through adult, learning healthful vocal technique and music literacy in various styles and languages. Her students have gone on to study music at Ithaca College, Berklee College of Music, University of Massachusetts, University of the Pacific, Belmont University, University of Miami, Yale University and Dartmouth College. They’ve participated and in some cases led such prestigious college a cappella groups as the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the Rochester Yellow Jackets, the Hexachords of UMass Amherst, the Clemson Tigeroar and the Dartmouth Aires.

The students have found strength and confidence in their vocal abilities and music literacy. This success as music scholars has often convinced them that they could be successful in other subjects and provided them with a happy habit. They’ve been leaders in their school music programs and musical theater groups, and almost all went on to sing in college, winning scholarships as vocal majors or choir singers. The adult students study voice to get better at singing in church, community chorus or community theater. Most take lessons because singing is challenging and fun.

Doing In-person Lessons .