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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 […]

Calhoun O’Loughlin

Piano, Drums, Flute & Clarinet

My name is Calhoun O’Loughlin and I am an elementary music teacher that teaches general music at Fairlands Elementary School and I also co-teach the 5th grade band to all nine of the elementary schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District. I have been playing instruments since I was 8 years old and my father, […]

Jeremiah Trujillo

Piano & Voice

Jeremiah Trujillo is an active collaborative pianist, vocal coach, piano teacher, soloist, and historical musicologist. He holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Davis. He is the staff collaborative pianist for the Music and Theater Arts departments at Las Positas College. Starting in Fall 2021, he’s been the accompanist for Pacific Edge […]

Heeyoung Choi is a doctoral candidate in music composition at UC Santa Cruz. She began her musical career as a violinist at the age of 6. She studied violin performance in arts school and performed in numerous repertoires. She has taught a wide range of students and seeks to help students foster musicality as well […]

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 […]

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 […]

Karen Stasko Veca was raised in Livermore and received her early musical training from the Livermore School District. She went on to San Jose State University, where she earned a B.A. in music, studying with Isabelle Chapuis Starr. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, winning many of their solo competitions. Karen is currently […]

Sadie Glass

French Horn

Hornist, Sadie Glass, leads a varied career as performer, teacher, and administrator. Recognized for her “polished tone,” Sadie has a passion for early music. Featured in Early Music America’s (EMAg) January 2017 Early to Rise Series, she is developing praise as an emerging baroque and natural horn specialist. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Sadie […]

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, […]

Antoine van Dongen, Dutch violinist, pianist and conductor, has been on the faculty of Wellesley College, New England Conservatory, MIT, and the Walnut Hill School of Arts between 2005-2011 Mr. van Dongen had a distinguished career serving as a first violinist with the world famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam from 1989 to 2004 and […]

Mike Ramos

Drums, Guitar & Bass

Michael Ramos has taught guitar since 2000. He attended Monte Vista High School in Danville and received a degree from Harvard College in 2005. He has toured Japan, played at the Monterey Jazz festival, and was twice a member of the Grammy High School Band. Michael studies, performs, and teaches many styles of guitar including […]

Anna Logiman

Piano & Keyboard Theory

Anna Logiman was first introduced to 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, Indonesia. […]

Lisa Braz

Piano & Keyboard Theory

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 […]

Chelsea Kim

Piano & Keyboard Theory

Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chelsea Kim is a trained classical pianist. A long-time student of virtuoso Eugene Masluk in Livermore, CA, Chelsea completed the Certificate of Merit Level 10 with honors. She then went on to the Panel Level, also placing as a NorCal Division Top Tier Nominee. After being admitted […]

Jacob Lane

Piano & Keyboard Theory

Jacob Lane is a composer, pianist, and teacher who lives in Oakland, California. He is the pianist for the chamber groups Sleight Ensemble and Portato Portato. A member of The Music Teachers’ Association of California, Jacob teaches piano performance and music theory at The Alameda School of Music and New World Music Academy. Jacob holds […]

Kiki Lieow

Piano & Keyboard Theory

Kiki Lieow, or Ms. Kiki as her students know her, has over 40 years of teaching experience and has participated in numerous piano teaching workshops and piano pedagogy symposiums. She supports the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), a UK-based program for music students that promotes high standards of excellence in music […]

John R Burr

Jazz Piano, Jazz Theory & Songwriting

John R Burr (jazz piano and songwriting) is a musician with uncommonly broad range of musical interests and experiences. He is equally at home with traditional jazz as well as pop, bluegrass, blues or rock and has been recently nominated for a Grammy Award. He has performed and recorded with such artists as Robben Ford, […]

Markus Pawlik

Piano & Chamber Music

Pianist and NWMA Artistic Director, MARKUS PAWLIK is best characterized as one of the rare pianists of today who manage to combine sensitivity and expressiveness together with a phenomenal virtuoso technique. Born in Bremen in 1966, his talent was recognized at an early age as he began performing publicly at 7 and was the three-time […]

Mark Anderson

Piano & Chamber Music

Having begun piano studies at the age of 5, pianist and Executive Director of New World Music Academy Mark Anderson is widely recognized as one of the world’s outstanding classical pianists. In the United States, his formative teachers were Trula Whelan and Aiko Onishi while in the UK they were Ryszard Bakst and Benjamin Kaplan. […]