Patrick Bang - 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!
David Cann - Violin, Viola
David Cann studied violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and violin and viola at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakadamie, Detmold - Germany. His teachers include Tibor Varga on violin, and Rainer Moog (Berlin) and Bruno Giuranna on viola. He has played with many fine orchestras, including the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and was for many years Principal Violist of the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Cann now plays with many Orchestras and Ensembles throughout the wider Bay Area.
Judy Lee – 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 how I have been teaching music and violin to my students of all ages for over 15 years. I began playing the violin at age 8 and studied violin performance in Korea. After graduating, I have been performing, teaching in Korea and the U.S in variety of settings including orchestra, trio and quartet. Also, my experience includes conducting 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. My belief is that every child has talent to learn music, just as they learn to speak their first language. I am trained in the Suzuki methods and have certificate of MTAC.
Elizabeth Angell - Violin, Saxophone
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.
Taylor Weber - Ukulele
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.