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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Herman has earned a reputation as one of the Bay Area's premier 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 the last 30 years.
Marcy Klatt is a 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 on the artistic side of music. She paints in her spare time. Her artwork is currently showing at the San Francisco Design Center.
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.
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 (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) 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