Elena Paradies: Piano

​A native of Lithuania, Elena received her Master’s Degree in Piano from the Lithuanian Music Academy, Vilnius, where she studied under Muza Rubackyte and Eduard Oganesian. She obtained her second Master’s degree in Organ at the Michael Glinka State Conservatory in Nyzniy Novgorod, Russia, under Professor Galina Kozlova. Later, she taught piano and organ as an Associate Professor at Klaipeda University, Lithuania as well as at the Klaipeda Art Gymnasium. Her students became winners of Children International Competitions: Berlingske Tidende (Denmark) and Rudolf Lyman Organ Competition (Lithuania). During that time, she combined pedagogical work with intensive concert performances as a soloist and choir accompanist in different venues in Lithuania, Denmark, Italy, Russia, Germany, and the U. S..

She emigrated to the U. S. in 2007 and two years later, she was accepted into the Doctoral Program in Organ Performance at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she studied with Dr. Janette Fishell. At present, she is working on her final doctoral paper, “Teaching Pre-College Organ Students: A Method for the 21st Century Teacher.”

In addition to pedagogical and performing activities, Elena published several methodological works and arrangements for organ, gave presentations at various conferences including the Pedagogical Conference 2006 at Eastman School of Music and the Boston 2014 National Conference of The American Guild of Organists. She taught master classes in Lithuania, for the Lithuanian Evangelic Church Music Society and in Germany, for the Summer Organ Academy at Greifswald University Church Music Institute.

Elena with her husband relocated to California in 2013. She is very excited to be a part of Music As Language. Along with her current job, she serves as a substitute organist in the Bay Area. Elena's Curriculum Vitae can be found here.

Dan Semon: Beginning to Intermediate Piano, Music Theory, Introduction to Digital Audio, Basic Recording Techniques

Music and audio production has always been a passion of Dan’s but he couldn’t choose one strict field to pursue. After starting piano lessons at age 6, Dan’s passion for music grew into something more. At age 9, he gained an interest for electronic music. Dan was consumed in the art of recording, synthesis, and production at an early age. He learned the basics of production while still taking piano lessons in tandem. During high school, Dan gave piano lessons around his hometown to children eager to learn. This was able to solidify his understanding of piano, music theory, and teaching. After graduation, he went to Colorado State University – Pueblo to pursue a Bachelor’s of Mechatronics Engineering. After a few years of attending he decided it wasn’t for him anymore. He realized that professional music and audio production were more for him. During his second college career at Cogswell College located in San Jose, he pursued a Bachelors in Digital Audio Technology. This degree focuses on the digital side of studio recording, composition, and sound design. During his college years, he tutored music theory, piano, sound design, and studio recording. With his degree and firm knowledge of audio, he is eager to teach students of all ages piano, music theory, production techniques, and recording arts.

Stephanie Patereau: Guitar, Violin, Keyboard, and Voice 

Stephanie Patereau is a voice, guitar, and violin teacher at Music As Language and an audio engineer for Skyline Entertainment & Publishing, LLC, a Silicon Valley company. She is also an on-call live sound engineer for The Saddle Rack and DPH Sound and Lighting, and assists as part of the sound crew each year for the Petaluma Music Festival. When not teaching or running sound, Stephanie is the lead singer/guitarist and co-songwriter of Seek The Fire, a Bay Area rock band founded in 2016  by Stephanie Patereau and Dylan Kral. 

After studying at New College Lanarkshire in Cumbernauld, Scotland, Patereau has continued in her professional life to the arts, education, music, and music creation for the enjoyment of sound recording quality.


Heather Faulhaber: Voice and Beginning Piano

Heather Faulhaber, soprano, is a native of the Bay Area. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. Heather's past voice teachers include Sheri Greenawald, Sylvia Anderson and Jane Eaglen.

Heather performed as the Diva in San Francisco's  and Seattle's  Teatro Zinzanni from 2003-2006, and since has been seen with Opera San Jose as the First Lady in the  Magic Flute, Madame Larina  in Eugene Onegin,  Martha in Faust, Sister Dolcina in Suor Angelica, and in the chorus. She also covered Leonora in La Forza del Destino for West Bay Opera in 2010. Comfortable in many styles, Heather has also performed one-woman shows in various venues including San Francisco's Plush Room, showcasing musical theatre, jazz and opera.

Heather has been teaching voice privately since 2000 and classroom music since 2006.

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Brian Gibbs: Guitar, Drums, Bass, Pop/Rock ​Piano, Recording Technologies 

Brian "Gibbs" is the CFO and Treasurer for Skyline Entertainment & Publishing, LLC, a Silicon Valley company. Gibbs is an instructor and in addition to his teaching at "Music as Language" (Morgan Hill, CA) Gibbs also regularly is called as the FOH Engineer for Regional, National and International touring acts performing in Northern California.

He also spends a significant amount of his time as a Producer working out of Tool Shed Studios (a Silicon Valley company) and as a Recording/Mixing Engineer for Polo Jones (Producer) in addition to multiple singer/songwriters and bands in the Western U.S.

Most recently, Gibbs received recognition as Assistant Engineer (pre-production) for the 2015 GRAMMY® WINNING ALBUM "Realidades" by Los Tigres del Norte. Gibbs is the Treasurer of the Audio Engineering Society (San Francisco Chapter.) He also serves the AES Conventions as a volunteer (most recently AES L.A. 2016.) He is also a six-year voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (San Francisco chapter.)

With his A.A. degree in Music (Hartnell College - Salinas, CA) and B.M. degree in Music (Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA) Gibbs has continued in his professional life to the arts, education, music and music creation for the enjoyment of sound recording and quality.

Majhon Phillips: Founder, Voice and Piano

The Story

Majhon Phillips was always torn by her passions for language and music. As a student, she double-majored in languages and music and traveled extensively studying both fields. After she earned her undergraduate degrees, she undertook a Masters program in International Education and Music, which allowed her to combine all of her interests. This work created the foundation for Music as Language.
Majhon began teaching music in 2003, and has continued to grow in students since that time. Upon moving to the Bay Area, Majhon also began working in communications and consulted major Silicon Valley technology organizations in public speaking, media briefings, social media best practices and general communications. During this time, she realized that many of the most well-educated people had limited knowledge in communication and listening.
It was with all of these experiences that Majhon started Music as Language. Music is a great tool for learning about listening, being able to communicate effectively, and have fun in the process - all while learning an invaluable skill set! 

The Logistics

Majhon Phillips earned a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Languages (both Summa Cum Laude) from Southeast Missouri State University. She also holds a Master of Education degree with honors from the University of Illinois. 

Majhon furthered her studies in music at the Liszt School of Music Weimar in Germany and at the University of Missouri. She studied languages at Portland State University and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. 

Majhon has performed recitals and concerts across America and Europe, in such locations as Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Notre Dame Cathedral, Frauenkirche, St. Mark’s Basilica, Westminster Abbey, New York University, St. James Cathedral - Louisville, and The River Campus Conservatory at Southeast Missouri State University. 

When not performing or teaching, Majhon has consulted tech organizations such as Cisco, the Open Networking Foundation, DigitalPersona, EFI, and IP Infusion in communications and social media best practices.
Majhon’s students have won state and national competitions in music and academics, have received scholarships on musical ability and communication skills, and have passed their Certificate of Merit evaluations with ease.

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