Leslie Hart is director/co-founder of Noise Lab and is an active freelance horn player and professional music educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was recently the music specialist at the Bing Nursery School at Stanford University and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Leslie has several published works on learning music with creativity and improvisation and she performs regularly throughout the area in addition to serving on faculty at Santa Clara University and maintaining an active private Horn studio.
David Hart is co-founder of Noise Lab and leads an international music career focusing on both education and performance. Passionate about teaching and learning, he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. David focuses his education research on ways to improve creativity and improvisation in the music learning process. Currently, David is director of instrumental music at the Harker Upper School and directs the jazz band and orchestra. He helped create the Harker Concert Series and is currently artist director. He performs as a freelance jazz trumpet player throughout the Bay Area and is on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Mara Beckerman has had a very varied career. She received a Drama Desk Award Nomination as best actress in the Off-Broadway musical “Charlotte Sweet”, and can be heard on the Original Cast Album. She has performed nationally as a storyteller, has recorded 3 CDs of stories and songs, published two of her stories, and a variety of articles about doing music with children. Mara has taught music and creative movement in many pre-k and elementary schools throughout the California South Bay. Currently she is the Music & Movement Specialist at Bing Nursery School which is part of the Psychology Department at Stanford University..
Tracy Wu received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance with a minor in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Music in violin performance from the Shepherd School of Rice University. She served as concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra and Peabody Concert Orchestra, principal second violinist of the Shepherd Chamber Orchestra, and principal violist of the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra. Tracy has also had the opportunity to play in the San Antonio Symphony, New World Symphony, and Annapolis Symphony.