Elona began taking piano lessons at age 7 and has spent many years performing, teaching and enjoying music. When she graduated from high school at age 17, she received the distinguished High School Diploma from the National Guild of Piano Teachers. To receive that diploma, Elona performed a ten piece memorized program each school year from age 7 to age 17 and was graded on her performance by a jury of piano teachers from the Guild.
At the college level, Elona studied music at Wheaton Conservatory in Wheaton, Illinois and also at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. Elona has been accompanying church services and other groups since she was 15 and has performed in many different venues. She loves teaching all ages, beginners through advanced. She teaches a variety of music from classical to popular and includes music theory as part of her curriculum.
Joel “Christian” Hernandez is a multi-instrumentalist and a former student of Patrick’s Music. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in Music Education. Christian studied under Dr. Rosalind Wong and Dr. Inna Faliks Piano Performance and Education program at UCLA. He learned string instruments from high school music instructor Pamela Galicia and further studied mariachi violin from Jesus “Chuy” Guzman. While a piano specialist, Christian is able to teach violin, viola, cello, guitar, and ukulele. Currently, he works as the music instructor for Carter G. Woodson Charter School in Fresno.
Esther has been playing violin and piano for over 13 years. Her primary instrument is violin and she has studied under Limor Toren-Immerman, Shoanie Young, and Tim Johnson. Esther holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Performance from Fresno State with an emphasis in violin. She also studied piano in the Bachelor’s program at Fresno State and has over 7 years of experience teaching both piano and violin to children and adults. Esther teaches primarily from a classical perspective but also makes adjustments to curriculum based on each student’s individual needs.
Geovonna is a classically trained pianist and vocalist. She has been in elite choirs/voice classes, (Chamber Singers under Alisa Allen and Thou Yang, City Singers under Julie Dana, and Advanced Voice under Rebecca Sarkisian) majored in vocal music at Fresno City college, and has traveled the country to sing. She grew up taking piano lessons and studied music theory in college. She can teach any style or genre with either instrument- and make it easy and fun!
Hannah Anderson has been playing piano for over 15 years. She began teaching piano at Patrick’s Music in July of 2018. Hannah loves teaching beginners of all ages and helping them develop their own musical tastes and styles while learning theory and technique. Her favorite forms of piano music to teach are beginning to early intermediate classical, improvisational pop, and basics of jazz and ragtime. Hannah is trained in Celtic folk music, which makes extensive use of ear training and unusual rhythms and time signatures. She is the director of the Celtic Motion Ceili Band.
Multi-instrumentalist, Joel Mariano, has been playing and performing for most of his life. He received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Music at Fresno State in 2015. He has worked under the direction of Dr. Anna Hamre and Dr. Tony Mowrer. In addition, he has studied under Dr. Anthony Radford and Brigid De Jong. Aside from teaching piano, guitar, voice and ukulele lessons, Joel also is a musician and worship leader at Via Church. He currently teaches students of all ages and experience levels. He strives to empower his students to have a life-long passion for music.
Danny has been playing guitar and piano for more than 30 years. He has been teaching piano and guitar in our studio for 12 years. Danny studied music and music theory at Fresno State University. He performs locally with several groups and is an accomplished studio musician and arranger.