The three resources for music teachers and lessons in Davis are Davis Music Teachers Association, the UC Davis Music Department, and Watermelon Music. The information on this page is partly derived from the DMTA Roster, and also lists non-DMTA teachers.



Name Openings? Email Phone Location DMTA? Notes


David Abramson Yes [email protected] (530)902-8223 Central Davis Studio or in-home Yes Beginner & Intermediate. Learn how to jam, play your favorite songs, write your own, and have fun playing music.
cello Julie Hochman none [email protected] (530)758-5577 North Davis yes  
cello Hiram Jackson   [email protected] (530)753-4814   no  
clarinet Mia Ibrahim openings [email protected] 574-1498 In home yes  
Double Bass/Electric Bass/Beginning Strings Greg Brucker Yes [email protected] (530)400 1142 West Davis no  
oboe Katie Gorden yes!

[email protected]

(432) 256-0010

in home no Texting is my preferred mode of communication.
 guitar David N. Sachs openings [email protected] (949)874-4073 Downtown/North Davis no All skill levels
double bass/electric bass/guitar Max Abrahams openings [email protected] (415)533-4622 Downtown/Central Davis yes All ages and levels, learn rock, jazz and more
drums Jim Frink openings [email protected] (530)750-9427 Central Davis yes all ages and levels
drums/tabla Alex Jenkins   [email protected] (916)799-8751 campus, Downtown, Sacramento yes  
electric bass Ray Yukich   [email protected] (562)431-9516   no  
flute Daphna Dror   [email protected] (530)756-5369   no Suzuki method
flute Susan Monticello   [email protected] 530-908-1762 Watermelon Music yes  
flute Sue Sheya openings [email protected] (530)-746-8783 South Davis yes all flutes: classical, folk, ethnic; free intro lessons
flute Virginia Thigpen none [email protected] (530)756-5986 West Davis yes Suzuki method
flute/piccolo Shannon Jimenez   [email protected] (530)848-5508   no bilingual in Spanish
flute/piccolo Maquette Kuper openings [email protected] (530)756-7380 North Davis yes flute, piccolo, alto & bass flutes; director of Davis Youth Flute Choir
flute/piccolo Alice Lenaghan Openings [email protected] (916)929-6775 Sacramento yes flute, piccolo, alto flute, recorder and baroque flute (traverso).
flute/piccolo [WWW]Rachel Taylor Geier openings [email protected] (530)400-5438 South Davis & Watermelon yes [WWW]website
french horn Pete Nowlen   [email protected] (916)806-2229   no intermediate and professional
french horn Scott Sablan   [email protected] (530)902-1692 Davis no

beginning students, all ages

guitar Sam Dickey openings [email protected] (530)848-3496 East Davis yes also n'goni; jazz, West African, rock, folk, blues
guitar Brian Hall   [email protected] (530)758-0389   no electric/acoustic
guitar Leon Hu   [email protected] (530)400-2672, (530)758-9381   no electric/acoustic
guitar Matthew Grasso   [email protected] (530)759-9071 East Davis yes classical guitar, theory, improvisation
guitar Cory Mann   [email protected] (530)753-6844 West Davis no bass guitar; beginners only


guitar Keith Richman   [email protected] (530)312-4114 Woodland no all styles, all ages, beginning to advanced
guitar Jeffery Schroeder     (925)330-9663 Central Davis, High School no Rock, Lead Guitar, Classical, Music Theory and Notation, Jazz, Folk, Pop, all types All Levels,
guitar Chris Wisnia openings [email protected] 400-1794 Downtown Davis yes  
Guitar Paul Malatesta   [email protected] (530) 761-1511 Davis no Metal, Rock, Electronic music, Theory
guitar John Wolfe openings [email protected] 400-1510, 758-6380 Downtown Davis yes also bass guitar, songwriting and theory
guitar/bass Mike Clements   [email protected] (530)908-6637 Downtown Davis, Watermelon Music no rock, lead guitar, metal, music theory; all Levels; owner of [WWW]RockBand University
guitar/drums Sean Winbourne openings [email protected] 978-502-5136 In home yes electric bass and guitar
guitar/flute Colin Joseph Borges openings [email protected] (530)219-9613 Central & Downtown Davis yes song-based learning; also ukelele and pennywhistle
multiple Carolinne Araneda   [email protected] (530)297-7354 East Davis yes piano, voice, recorder; bilingual in Spanish
Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Ukelele, Theory

Mark Bjerke

Jen Bjerke


[email protected]


[email protected]

In home yes



multiple Stephen Brown   [email protected] (530)757-2955 North Davis no Alexander Technique: Lessons are appropriate for all instruments
multiple Bob Comarow openings [email protected] (530) 746-2030 Northwest Davis, in home yes guitar, piano, double bass, electric bass
multiple Matt Dudman   [email protected] (530)400-3872   no guitar, bass, voice, mandolin; bluegrass, folk, rock, etc.; all ages and levels
multiple Joseph Evans   [email protected] (530)757-2366   no guitar, piano, voice
multiple Melissa Rae Frago   [email protected] (530)759-7881   no clarinet, saxophone, voice; beginning trumpet, trombone, flute
multiple Robert Alfred Smith   [email protected] (530)750-2272 West Davis yes band, strings, piano, keyboard, voice, theory
multiple Music Stream Center   [email protected] (530)220-2857 Central Davis yes group and private pre-school lessons: Suzuki, violin, viola, zither, piano, guitar
multiple Music Together of Davis   [email protected] (530)759-9624 multiple no pre-K: singing, percussion instruments
multiple RockBand University   [email protected] (408)505-7609 Olive Dr. no rock band rehearsals, group lessons, recording, guitar, bass, drums, etc... [WWW]RockBand University
oboe Jennifer Arnoth   [email protected] (530)754-0389   no  


Tekla Babyak


[email protected]


West Davis


also music theory, composition

piano Karolina Ruiz-Rogelj openings [email protected] (530) 760-8853 Central Davis no

Over 10 years of experience

Beginner to Intermediate


Joan Ball none [email protected] (530)753-3066 South Davis yes  
piano Louise Bettner openings [email protected] (530)902-1510 Northeast Davis yes  
piano Vanlapa Boon-Long     (530)756-6070 North Davis yes  
piano Sandra Brown none [email protected] (530)756-1889 East Davis yes  
piano Paul Brunelle     (530)756-3159   no  
piano Hana Butterfield openings [email protected] (530)867-4575 In home yes  
piano Lori Carter openings   (530)219-3395 West Davis yes  
piano Huei-Ping Chen Lin none [email protected] (530)757-2579 South Davis yes theory, pedagogy, combination group and individual classes; Suzuki and traditional
piano I-Hui Chen openings megumi.clavier (530)863-9587 Central Davis yes  
piano Ning Chen   [email protected] (530)297-7953 North Davis yes bilingual in Mandarin Chinese
piano Yvonne Clinton   [email protected] (530)753-1711 Central Davis yes Suzuki method
piano Lara Downes   [email protected] (530)902-4554 West Davis yes advanced
piano Rick Drager openings [email protected] (530)756-6783 East Davis  yes classical, all improvised styles (jazz, pop, blues, rock), theory -  all ages and levels
piano Sandy Granett   [email protected] (530)756-1362 Central Davis yes  
piano Naomi Halverson   [email protected] (707)678-0481 Dixon yes music theory
piano Melissa Hasson-Snell openings [email protected] 753-6135 South Davis yes beginning to intermediate
piano Agnes Hendrie openings

[email protected]

(541)408-2948 Central Davis yes Simply Music: playful piano lessons for all ages & all abilities
piano Susan Hills openings

[email protected]

(530)758-1519 Central Davis yes Associate of the London College of Music: Twenty-five years of experience teaching students from kindergarten to adult, beginning to advanced levels; Experienced church pianist, choral accompanist and Royal Academy of Dance pianist; Certified substitute teacher


Geraldine Jansen


[email protected]


North Davis


piano Joshua Jordan   [email protected] (530)759-9863 in home yes 15 years experience. Ages 8-18
piano Elena Karnaukh openings [email protected] 916-849-8842 Watermelon Music Store yes  
piano David Kyle   [email protected] (530)756-2116 West Davis, in home yes theory and improvisation
piano Velma Lagerstrom openings [email protected] 753-5800 North Davis yes  
piano Marceline Lee none [email protected] (530)753-0357 West Davis yes MTAC member
piano Leah Li openings [email protected] 510-282-1258 West Davis or in your home no beginning to intermediate levels, all ages; music performance, music theory
piano Angelina Lim openings [email protected] 297-7422 West Davis yes also music theory, composition
piano Nancy Lower none [email protected] (707)678-6567 Dixon yes  
piano Karla Mahoney   [email protected] (530)792-1871 Central Davis yes piano and piano accompaniment
piano MarLyn Mainard   [email protected] (530)792-1398 North Davis yes intermediate and advanced levels
piano Marjorie McBee none [email protected] (530)756-5100 North Davis yes  
piano Barbara Meixner none [email protected] (530)753-0193 North Davis yes Member, Suzuki Association of the Americas
piano Zipi Mor none   (530)792-8917 Central Davis yes  
piano Sayuri Mulase none [email protected] (530)756-4371 South Davis yes  
piano Kelly O'Bar   [email protected] (530)758-8689   no specializes in young beginner, but all ages accepted
piano Jana Olvera none [email protected] (530)661-1942   yes Intermediate and advanced only
piano Vanessa Perkins openings [email protected] 408-368-3105 In home yes  
piano Diana Privara none [email protected] (530)758-8351 North Davis yes MTAC and Guild member
piano Laura S Rosso     (530)753-5296 West Davis yes  
piano Balazs Rozsa openings [email protected] 916-878-7224 West Davis yes also music theory and accompaniment


Amy Sakabe   [email protected] (530)757-9228 At your home,  yes  
piano Olga Simons


[email protected] (530)753-9232 Central Davis yes MTAC member
piano Debbie Smith   [email protected] (530)753-7835 West Davis yes  
piano Larry Snyder   [email protected] (530)753-3591 North Davis yes  
piano Marilyn Swan none [email protected] (530)757-2837 North Davis yes  
piano Helen Twiss none [email protected] (530)756-3326 Central Davis yes  
piano Jamee Wall     (707)678-6515 Dixon yes  
piano Merry Welker-Tolla   [email protected] (530)406-8583 Woodland, in home yes beginning
piano Elizabeth Young   [email protected] (530)756-0834 North Davis yes Suzuki and traditional
piano/guitar Loshandra Ostrava   [email protected] (530)400-5860, (530)753-8356 East Davis yes  
piano/guitar Michael Walker openings [email protected] 408-529-3319 In home yes beginning
piano/harp Karen Patterson Wecker   [email protected] (415)830-1770, (530)753-1741 North Davis yes  
piano/harpsichord Susan Erickson   [email protected] (530)758-4878 Central Davis yes  
piano/keyboard Frank Dupree   [email protected] (530)758-1362 West Davis yes  
piano/voice Barbara Matwiejczyk none [email protected] (530)750-3480 Central Davis yes 3-120 years
piano/voice Naomi Berg   [email protected] (530)848-5797   no  
piano/voice Theresa Foster none [email protected] (530)795-2956 Winters yes drama, pre-performance skills, on-stage skills
saxophone/clarinet Celia Cottle openings [email protected] (530)756-4377 West Davis yes


tenor/bass trombone,

euphonium, tuba, beginning piano

Adam Korynta openings [email protected] (707) 365-2103 Davis no UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music graduate. Classical and Jazz all ages. Music theory and ensemble playing encouraged.
trombone/tuba Brian Schlegel openings [email protected] 916-320-8114 In home or Sacramento yes also euphonium




Chris Vincenti






[email protected]



(510)538-4505, (530)753-3930


West Davis




trombone, tuba, other low brass



Trumpet Rudy Cisneros Yes

[email protected]


(323)273-2050 Your Home no Music Performance Major @ UCD. Grades 4-9. Beginning/Intermediate
violin Bill Alexander   call 530-758-1998 in home yes Celtic Fiddle
violin Sarah Almétus some openings [email protected] (530)661-8968 South Davis yes Suzuki and traditional
violin Irina Bakyt Bekdjanov openings [email protected] (916)532-5389 Sacramento yes  
violin Florie Brown openings [email protected] (530)219-2725 East Davis yes Suzuki, Celtic, and American fiddling
violin Catherine Heusner-Willefert none [email protected] (530)753-3287 West Davis yes  
violin Heather Mori   [email protected] (415)823-4974 East Davis yes  

violin, viola

music theory

chamber music

Nicholas Weis OPENINGS      [email protected] (916) 833-3868 Sacramento, Davis yes

Beginner to Graduate Level

New England Conservatory

SF Conservatory

violin/piano Marie Park openings [email protected]   Davis no beginners to intermediates; bilingual in Korean; all ages welcome
violin/piano Irina Samarina openings [email protected] 916-532-2663 Sacramento yes


violin/viola Robert S. Bloch openings [email protected] (530)756-6020 South Davis yes  
violin/viola Kirill Kouznetsov openings [email protected] 415-310-9399 In home yes also music theory
violin/viola Kay Lee openings [email protected] 607-227-5142 West Davis yes  
violin/viola/ear training Amy McFarland openings [email protected] (530)574-5629 South Davis yes Students of all levels welcome. Ages 8 and up.
  Agnès Perroud openings [email protected] (530)758-2998 Central Davis yes  
violin/viola/cello Tanya Acojedo   [email protected] (408)431-7607 Downtown yes all ages
voice/drama Eve West Bessier None [email protected]   Re-located to Santa Fe, NM yes [WWW]Eve's Website
voice Vera Fontaine none [email protected] (530)758-4449 North Davis yes  
voice Daniel Jackson openings [email protected] (916)847-5556 Central Davis yes Certified Speech Level Singing Instructor
voice Tania Mannion openings [email protected] 632-9882 North Davis, Downtown yes classical
voice Elodie Perroud openings [email protected] (530) 304-9561

Central Davis 



Beginner to Advanced.

All genres, 5 years old +.

New Students : 3 lesson trial.

voice Alison Skinner openings [email protected] 574-8419 Central Davis yes  
  voice Robin Treseder   [email protected] (530)756-1129   no  
wind Linda Deering   [email protected] (530)796-4210 Esparto, Capay Valley yes flute, sax, beg. clarinet, recorder, pennywhistle
wind Adam Jenkins   [email protected] (530)792-7497 West Davis no saxophone, flute, clarinet - jazz specialty
wind/guitar Stan Johnson openings [email protected] 756-4736 East Davis yes


piano/violin Nicole McClelland openings [email protected] (530)902-0110 In-home lessons yes

piano children ages 2 and up, violin children ages 10 and up, classical

Viola/Violin Sogol Aliabadi openings [email protected]


North Davis no All ages and levels welcome!



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Can anyone recommend a classical or ragtime piano teacher?

2009-03-06 19:02:55   As a rule, you're lucky to find a teacher with openings, never mind "recommendations". In any case a recommendation would depend on your age, commitment, and skill level. You should contact one of the piano teachers listed here to get a good recommendation.


2010-01-09 10:01:41   Could someone please tell me how to add myself to this list? I am not DMTA but I have already set up a Davis Wiki page. Kindermusik I teach Kindermusik children's music classes rather than private lessons. So the instrument listed could be Kindermusik. Thanks, Amy —musicamyl

  • Edit this page. Find the appropriate place in the order to add your information. Insert a new line. Begin with || as that is a table separator and you'll be adding a new table row. In the first cell type the name of the instrument followed by ||, then your name followed by ||, your openings followed by ||, your e-mail which you might want to display using the mailto macro [[MailTo(amy AT provider DOT com)]] followed by ||, and your phone followed by ||, then the section of Davis, membership in DMTA, and any notes all separated by and ending with ||. If there is a page for Kindermusik you will want the link to it to be in the form of ["Kindermusik"]. Preview your changes, and adjust any typos you've made and then click "Save Changes". If that doesn't work out, then leave another note here at the bottom with your information so someone else can add it and then remove your comment.—JasonAller
  • But you shouldn't add yourself many times. —GregKuperberg

2011-08-11 19:15:51   Watermelon instructors are scammers! I have gone to 3 different instructors, and they really want to teach you at a snail's pace so they can collect their $20-25/lesson (or $100 monthly fee for some) with minimum effort. "practice picking up the violin. next week I'll show you how to hold the bow... " AVOID!! —GeorgeG

2012-01-23 09:48:47   Note that Larry also tunes/fixes piaons —WesHardaker

2012-07-10 23:08:50   Hey GeorgeG, which instructors have you gone to? Where are you studying now? The ones at Watermelon are supposed to be really good, whereas some on this list are actually jokes. —BuyLocal

2014-01-02 17:56:12   Is there someone who can teach piano accordion? I am beginner.


2014-05-02 13:42:14   I'm looking for an easy-going instructor to teach a 30-ish male beginner piano. Any ideas? —ChrisN