Our Staff

Begin Your Journey as a Musician


Kathryn Trujillo, M.A., MT-BC

Music Therapy & Piano

Kathryn is a board-certified Music Therapist who received her Master’s in Music Therapy from University of the Pacific in 2022. She enjoys leading group music-based early childhood classes and provides 1:1 or group Music Therapy sessions at Music ‘N Beyond, Alamo. Kathryn personally studied classical piano for 15+ years, is Music Together certified, has experience […]

Fredric Zimmerman studied Piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Music Composition at UC Berkeley. Since graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition and American History from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Music Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Fredric has been working professionally throughout the Bay […]

Eric Dannewitz is a seasoned teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience of woodwind instruments. Performance credits in nearly 100 different theater productions for Bay Area companies such as Berkeley Play House, CCMT, DLOC, and 42nd Street Moon.

Benny has been playing guitar for over 20 years and taught most of that time. Benny has a love for music, especially the craft of guitar. He is passionate about being able to share his love of music. He has a certificate of performance from Musicians Institute and is currently studying for an AA in […]

Lok Man (Vincent) started playing piano at the age of 9 and started playing percussion at the age of 13. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific in Percussion Performance and Jazz Studies. He has played in the Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. During his time […]

Hi my name is Danielé Oriti. I have been drumming since the age of 7. My initial influences were classic rock like Zeppelin, but as I got into different aspects of drums and percussion, I started to develop my own voice on the instrument.  I did drumline in high school (played tenors), jazz big band […]

Ayla Wilson

Piano & Guitar

Ayla Wilson has played piano since childhood and guitar since 2019. She is currently pursuing a degree in Music Industry Studies. As a songwriter and former ESL teacher, Ayla encourages her students to explore their creativity and learn the way that suits them best. She can’t wait to meet you and get to know your […]

Soprano Emily Rae Fealy is a Bay Area local who has been singing since the age of 5. She has participated in youth choirs and semi-professional choirs, where she developed her background in choral and liturgical music. In 2012, while in high school, she attended Diablo Valley College and earned her associate’s degree in Music. […]

Varun Bathija has always been passionate about music and people. More importantly, how people connect to music and how it makes us feel. With a Degree in Music Production and an Emphasis in Piano, it gives Varun a different outlook and approach to teaching. Being able to take the theory and apply it to modern […]

Shannon Hoffman

Voice & Piano

Shannon loves to share her passion and skills in music with her students! She began piano lessons at age 8 and earned a B.A. and M.A. in Voice at Whitman College and Cal State East Bay. Shannon has had the opportunity to perform in musical theater, opera, and churches in the Bay Area and in […]

Gary Allen

Guitar & Ukulele

Gary Allen is an accomplished musician, and a teacher of the acoustic and electric guitar, as well as the ukulele. He is also a published songwriter, and a member of ASCAP, Inc. Gary comes from a very musical family. Both his father and mother played the guitar, and were songwriters. His paternal grandmother was a […]

Carl Rosenblum attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He has toured with Herb Reed and the Platters and has signed and recorded at CBS Records in NYC. He has also toured with Bobby Vincent, a Boston TV celebrity. He has played at the Boston Playboy clubs, and at the Fairmont, Mark Hopkins and […]

Taylor Weber

Piano, Voice, 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 […]

Kathrine Waters

Voice & Piano (Beginner / Intermediate)

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 […]

Livermore native Bill has over 40 years of experience performing and teaching drums. 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 […]

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, […]

Jeremy Greene

Piano, Guitar, Saxophone & Drums

Jeremy Greene is a multi-instrumentalist who has been studying and playing music for over 30 years and teaching for over 10. He started on piano in grade school, switched focus to saxophone in middle school, and picked up guitar while playing in bands throughout high school and college. Jeremy started teaching guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, […]

Jake Nunn

Guitar & Ukulele

Jake Nunn is a professional musician and is the founder/lead vocalist/guitarist of Hysteria, as well as the lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist of the Oakland-based heavy metal band Hell Fire. He has gigged and toured alongside some of the most notable names in the metal genre, such as Death Angel, Jason Newsted (Metallica), Saxon, Exodus, High On […]

Michael Solomon

Piano & Guitar

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

Anna Logiman was first introduced to the piano at age 5 by her mother, an avid pianist. She continued to learn piano under her mother until she was 10 in which she developed a lifelong passion of music. From age 10 till high school, Anna learned piano exclusively under a Japanese piano master in Jakarta, […]