LPIE Music Instructors
Meet the LPIE Music Community
LPIE is proud to provide funding that augments Lafayette School District funds for the following K-8 music teachers
Instrumental Music Teachers:
Bob Athayde has been the Director of Music Education at Stanley since 1986. He directs 5 bands, 1 chorus, and 2 jazz ensembles, serving over 300 students in his program. Bob is an award-winning music educator, in frequent demand as a guest clinician, adjudicator, and conductor. His classroom motto reflects his outlook toward life, as well as making music. It is simple: “We all play together.”
Liz Brummel has been an elementary music teacher in the Lafayette School District since 1998. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin-Wallace College conservatory and her Master of Arts in Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. From 1993-1997, Mrs. Brummel was on active duty with the Air Force as a member of the AMC Band of the Golden West, US Air Force, Travis AFB, CA. She has continued her military service (1999-present) as a memeber of the Det 1, 40th ID Band (formerly the 59th Army Band), US Army N.G.
Loretta McNulty has taught Orchestra and Strings Intermezzo! at Stanley for sixteen years. With funding by LPIE, she teaches an annual Chamber Music unit which offers Orchestra students the opportunity to play in chamber groups with coaching from many of our local professional musicians. This year she was honored as CMEA Bay Section's Outstanding Orchestra Educator.
General Music Teachers:
K-5 Music teachers teach general music and the district’s Music Core program, offering 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to choose band, strings, or chorus for 2 half hour sessions each week.
Olga Corcoran: New part time General Music Teacher 2019-20, Bio to follow.
Angela Schmidt Angela has a degree in music education with choral concentration from University of the Pacific and a Masters of Music Education with a Kodaly Emphasis Orff Certificate Level I from Holy Names University. In addition to currently working for the Lafayette School District, Borba served as Director of Danville Girls Chorus Prep Choir, Director of Danville Congregational Church Children's Music Program and as a private voice teacher.
John Speers John graduated from University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in oboe performance. He attended both Stanley Middle School and Miramonte High School. Currently, he is teaching private lessons and playing with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. He will be starting his master’s degree in oboe performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the fall.
LPIE’S K-12 Music Aides and Mentors
Music Aides and Mentors offer students more individualized attention to help them develop their music skills. They provide small group instruction, giving students the opportunity to focus on specific techniques, increase their music reading skills, and further develop correct tone production.
Victoria Ghulam grew up in Portland Oregon. She received a BA in music from Mills College and her California teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She was the general music teacher at Springhill before joining Mrs. Brummel in the string classes at three schools. Mrs. Ghulum teaches voice privately and conducts congregational singing at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pleasant Hill.
Sarah Lombardo: New 2018-19, bio to follow
Julia McLeod is an early childhood music educator, known in Lafayette through her work as a Music Together teacher. a violinist since the age of eight, she enjoys helping our 4th and 5th graders as they start out in the elementary strings program.
Andy Strain: Andy received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance at the University of Nebraska, then studied and performed in orchestras and chamber ensembles across Germany and Mexico for five years. He came to Oakland in 2006 to earn a Master of Arts in free improvisation at Mills College, where he now teaches as a member of the performance faculty. He plays with the East Bay Brass Band, the Tamalpais Brass Quintet, and performs trombone tales in libraries, parks, and schools. He has recorded and performed with Roscoe Mitchell and toured with harpist Joanna Newsom.
Julie Wollan began playing the piano at age 9. Her love for playing grew with opportunities to accompany at school, church, and with performing groups. She continued her piano studies at Seattle Pacific University. Julie has been teaching out of her home studio for 30 years. She accompanies for choral performances in two East Bay school districts as well as private studio recitals. She has been the Danville Girls Chorus Preparatory Choir accompanist since 2006.
Laura Zucker grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey, attended Rutgers University and graduated with a JD from Rutgers Law School. She has been an LPIE Band instructor since 2013, working with all of the 4th and 5th graders in the district. Laura is a traveling performing songwriter with 5 CDs of original music. She also teaches guitar, songwriting and performance, is an author and creativity coach, and founder of Milestone Music — a producer of personal, custom-created songs for special events.
LPIE’S Stanley Music Aides
Xiomara DiMaio: earned her degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Indiana. She began to help out in the music department in the early 2000's and has become a valued choral mentor and piano accompanist.
Laurel Hall: Teaching music is Laurel's passion. She has taught in the Stanley Middle School LPIE Program since 2010. Additionally she maintains a private studio consisting of students of all ages and ability levels. To share her love of music with students, Laurel draws on 38 years of experience as a professional clarintist/teacher. Laurel received her education at Michigan State University, California Institute of The Arts and Yale Graduate School of Music. She has performed with the San Francisco Opera, SF Ballet, SF Symphony, and many other ensembles throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She has also taught music at many Middle Schools, High Schools and Colleges throughout the Bay Area. To hear Laurel play and find out more, please visit her website at ClarinetExperience.com
Zac Johnson: New woodwind intructor 2019-20, bio to follow
Eric Price: A double bass player and teacher living in Martinez. Eric attended Burton Valley, Stanley and Acalanes and was a proud beneficiary of many LASF/LPIE programs. His early teachers include Arlene Fox, Bob Athayde, Loretta McNulty, Rick Meyer, and Barry Green. Price then attended UC Davis for his undergraduate studies in music, followed by graduate studies at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia where he earned a master's degree in bass performance. In addition to his work at Acalanes, he coaches at Stanley, and other schools as well as teaching in San Francisco through the SF Symphony education department. Price is also the founder and director of the East Bay Bass Ensemble which is an all-bass chamber music group for high school students.
Ginni Reynolds: Assists students with instrument rentals, repairs and other musical needs. She is and does many of the "behind the scenes things" so that Bob Athayde can be where he needs to be - in front of the kids.
Pat Scheidler: A clarinetist. She has been through the Stanley program with her two children and stayed long after they graduated Acalanes and UC Berkeley. She has helped develop the music testing program at Stanley. Ms. Schiedler began playing the clarinet in the 5th grade and currently performs with the Contra Costa Wind Symphony. Since 2002, she has enjoyed working as an LPIE music mentor with Mr. Athayde and the Stanley Middle School bands. As a certified substitute teacher, Ms. Schiedler handles a variety of subjects, including music, for grades 6-8 at Stanley.
Allan K. Smith: Jazz Band music mentor.
John Trombetta: Jazz Band music mentor
Martha Uhey: Band, New in 2018-19, bio to follow
LPIE’S Acalanes Choral Music Instructors
Theresa Srch-Nelson MT-BC is a Music Therapist working with the Special Needs class at Acalanes High School
Nick Perez: New Acalanes Accompanist in 2018-19.
Jessica Winn-Hollis: Acalanes Master Voice Instructor, new to Acalanes in 2018-19
LPIE’S Acalanes Instrumental Music Instructors
Eric Price is a double bass player and teacher living in Martinez. Eric attended Burton Valley, Stanley and Acalanes and was a proud beneficiary of many LASF/LPIE programs. His early teachers include Arlene Fox, Bob Athayde, Loretta McNulty, Rick Meyer, and Barry Green. Price then attended UC Davis for his undergraduate studies in music, followed by graduate studies at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia where he earned a master's degree in bass performance. In addition to his work at Acalanes, he coaches at Stanley, and other schools as well as teaching in San Francisco through the SF Symphony education department. Price is also the founder and director of the East Bay Bass Ensemble which is an all-bass chamber music group for high school students.