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2011 - 2013 Reviews


In home electric guitar lessons for 12 year old

Sept 2013

Our 12 year old daughter wants to learn to play eclectic guitar. We would love to find someone who would come to our home to give lessons. Thanks


Billy Ribak (Three O'Clock Rock) is a fantastic guitar teacher. He has a studio in downtown Oakland but will also come to your house. He taught my son guitar at our house in Oakland for several years. He is very patient and kind and he really empowers and inspires his students. I can't recommend him more highly. (510) 900-9490. Elizabeth
Rory Jelinski is a skilled musician & a great teacher! I know her through Holden High, where she taught guitar, ensemble & music theory for 3 years. The students loved her. She can work with a variety of styles, from death metal to classical. Her phone is 510-292-5619. Renee

Guitar teacher recommendations, for teenager?

Feb 2013

We're looking for a mellow but serious guitar teacher, preferably in the vicinity of North Berkeley/Albany/EC, for our daughter, who likes indie music but has pretty broad tastes. Thanks!


My no-longer teenaged kids took guitar lessons from Kerry Yates. He teaches in Berkeley 2 days/week in the building where Subway Guitar is located, on Cedar. Mellow guy, great guitar teacher, he also plays professionally. My kids really liked him and still play guitar today. He can be reached at 415 681 3649. If Kerry isn't available, call Subway Guitar for another recommendation. guitar mom
Luke Bace, http://www.lukebace.com My teenage son has been happily taking lessons from him for over a year, and we all think he's terrific. Karen
My son worked with Steve Gibson for years, even since before he was a teenager, all the way through high school. Steve is wonderful---very knowledgeable, relaxed, supportive. You can reach him through BandWorks in Oakland but he also teaches out of his home. Steve can also connect your teen to BandWorks which is a very cool place for teens to play music together. Steve is one of the co-organizers of Cazadero Family Music Camp which is another wonderful institution we're lucky to have in this area. Diane
I highly recommend Hale Fulton. He can be reached at halefulton@gmail.com. My son takes classes with him, and he's very engaging and great. He's started with the acoustic guitar, but is really engaging my son via his desire to play the electric guitar, so weaving that in a bit, too. And as a result, my son really wants to practice. felicia
Our boys (ages 12 and 9) have been taking guitar lessons with Hale Fulton for the past several months. We could not be happier with the instruction they have been receiving and would recommend Hale without reservation. Hale is highly skilled as both a player and a teacher. More importantly, he knows how to connect with children. He listens carefully to what they are interested in learning and tailors his approach to their interests and needs. He is patient and supportive. At the same time, he helps stretch students in new directions while keeping it fun (e.g., playing duets, improvising). He is familiar with and can teach a wide range of musical genres. In short, you can't go wrong if you choose Hale as your child's guitar teacher. You can reach him at: halefulton@gmail.com. Piedmont Family of Four
Hale Fulton is a great guitar teacher. He is super relaxed and supportive and he encourages his students to learn the music they like to listen to. Hale is conveniently located in North Berkeley. He can be reached at halefulton@gmail.com or 510-798-5662. suzi
Hale is one of those great teachers: patient, excited, honest, engaging, resourceful, expert at his field, a great communicator. I was so excited when we found him that we scheduled two lessons a week for a while. He is also flexible with his schedule and always tries to accommodate even the toughest agendas. I am certain you will like him and entrust him as much as we did. Email him at halefulton@gmail.com stathi
Rory Jelinski is a great guitar teacher! She taught Guitar, Music Theory, & Ensemble/Jam at Holden High for several years, & the students loved her. She's an amazing musician, has the ability to meet people where they are musically & help them learn easily, & loves all kinds of genres. Give her a call: 630-849-7695. Renee

Electric guitar lessons for beginner 13 year old

Jan 2012

Hi - I'm looking a for patient, cool guitar teacher for my 13 year old son. He's a beginner, and we're in the Richmond/El Sobrante area. Most of the recommendations on the website are for Berkeley / Oakland / Lamorinda and we'd like not to have to drive that far. Thanks! karen


In respones to the inquiry a few weeks ago for recommendations for a guitar teacher, I recommend you contact Gabriel Olin. He provides individual lessons in the teaching rooms at The Starving Musician on Shattuck in Berkeley. My husband has been taking lessons from him for about four years. He's seen him teaching a wide age-range of teens. More recently our nine (9) daughter has also started taking lessons. Both of them are very pleased and both are progressing well. Gabriel seems to be flexible in approach and able to adapt music that is known and appeals to each of them (and they have slightly different taste in music). His contact information: Gabrielolin@yahoo.com 510-418-4415 Sara
Roger Reidlbauer is an excellent teacher as well as an experienced professional musician. He is very patient, creative, and thorough. He helps students develop a strong technique and understanding of music theory while catering to their musical interests. He has a lovely studio called Wood and Wires in Temescal. -music teacher and parent

Female guitar teacher for 14-year-old daughter

May 2011

My 14-year-old daughter would like to learn to play the guitar. I have checked the old BPN postings and most of the recommended instructors are male. She would really prefer to work with a female instructor. Does anyone have a recommendation for a female guitar teacher in the North Oakland/Berkeley area? Thank you.


Hands down, Caren Armstrong is the best thing that ever happened to my family. She not only teaches guitar, she becomes a life friend to the girls she instructs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic-20DX7y9c&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL You can thank me later, perhaps at the holiday pickin party that all of her students attend. Good things! Reen

Guitar lessons in Orinda for 13 year old

Jan 2011

I am looking for a guitar teacher in Orinda for my 13 year old son. He's been taking lessons in Berkeley for the last 18 months. Ideally, he'd like a male teacher who is pretty well versed in current rock and roll. Cathy


I can't say enough good things about my boys' guitar teacher. His name is Paul Schmidt. He's in Lafayette on Happy Valley Rd. He is kind, patient and phenomenal with kids. He knows everything about all types of music. His number is (925) 878-1343. linda
Roger Riedlbauer is a fantastic guitar teacher, residing in Oakland. I speak as a musician that works with him on a weekly basis and have known him for 10 years. He has built a great studio of kids over the years and has much experience with all styles, including the most current tunes that kids may want to learn. More importantly, he has a strong music theory and history foundation, so your child will get a wide range of knowledge from him. riedlbauer@gmail.com (510) 599-6788 Eric

2009 - 2010 Reviews


Guitar lessons for a 12 year old boy

Oct 2010

I'm looking for a guitar teacher for my twelve year old son (hopefully not too expensive). He is a beginner and very interested in getting better. Someone in North Oakland or environs would be great.


I highly recommend Robin Flower, in the Glenview neighborhood of Oakland. She teaches guitar, mandolin, and fiddle, to kids and adults. I found her to be fun, engaging, and patient. Mostly, she just seems to LOVE music. Check out her web site: http://robinflower.net , send her an email: flower2mcl@earthlink.net , or give her a call: 510.482.9479 Bill
I would like to recommend Eric Linchner for guitar lessons. My 9 year-old son has been taking lessons from him for about 6 months and has learned so much. We are thrilled that he has learned so quickly and enjoys it so much. Eric has been teaching for 12 years and lives in Oakland. He also goes by Professor Sludge eric@professorsludge.com Angela

Guitar teacher for 12 year old

Aug 2009

My son has been taking guitar lessons since he was 9, He plays acoustic and electric guitar now. His current guitar teacher lives too far away and so I'm looking to find a new teacher that will challenge him in fun ways and understand a 12 year old boys taste in music. It would be great to find someone to come to our house, but I'm willing to drive too. We live near Montclair in Oakland. Any suggestions? Karen


My 11-year-old has been seeing Roger Reidlbauer in Temescal for almost a year. He's a nice, hip young man who seems to really love teaching kids. He's taught my son some stuff from Green Day, Linkin Park, the Gorillaz and Red Hot Chili Peppers (along with the requisite Beatles). He will teach acoustic as well as electric guitar. He teaches at Bandworks camps during the summer and winter as well. I highly recommend him! He lives near 45th/Telegraph. He's getting married in a few weeks so he may not get back to you right away, but you should give him a call! Roger Reidlbauer 510-599-6788
laurel c.
Jim Gleason is an exceptional guitar teacher. My son was fortunate enough to take electric guitar lessons from him for several years, and he loved every minute of it. Jim is great about tailoring the lessons to the interests and needs of the student. He's kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable. He has a great studio in his Piedmont home. (510) 923-9522. -KP
I've taken guitar lessons from Robin Flower and really enjoyed them. She teaches guitar, mandolin, and fiddle, for kids and adults. I found her to be fun, engaging, and patient. Mostly, she just seems to LOVE music. She's in the Glenview, just down the hill from you in Montclair. Check out her web site: http://robinflower.net , send her an email: flower2mcl@earthlink.net , or give her a call: 510.482.9479 Bill

Electric Guitar Teacher for 11-year-old

May 2009

I have an 11 year old boy who is studying electric guitar. We would like to find him a new teacher who is experienced and knows how to teach and direct kids. B.


Peter Morley is a great teacher in Albany. My daughter learned a lot with him, and always looked forward to lessons. Peter's a true shredder, and gets kids fired up about rock... while also passing along solid musical fundamentals, ear training, theory, etc. Two lighters, way, way up! Contact him at guitaralpha@yahoo.com, 847-3432 musical dad
I can recommend Peter Morley, who teaches guitar to my son (I also had lessons with him). Peter teaches in Kensington, near the Albany line, and he has lots of experience and patience. His number is 510-847-3432. Linda
I highly recommend Peter Morley for acoustic and electric guitar lessons. He has been teaching my 17 year old son for more than a year, and my son has made great progress, and has enjoyed working with Peter. Peter really inspires students, and is a great guy. Betsy

Acoustic/folk guitar for teen

May 2009

Looking for guitar teacher for 16 year old girl who loves to sing but has never played guitar. Would like to find someone ''through the Tunnel'' in either Walnut Creek, Lafayette, etc. alison


Try Paul Schmidt, The Art of Music. He works out of his studio on Moraga Blvd. in Lafayette. His phone number is 925-878-1343. My son has taken lessons from him for 4 years now, both acoustic and electric guitar. Paul teaches not only guitar but instills a love of music. He is comfortable teaching any style of guitar his student likes. He is a kind wonderful man. Linda
Robbie Dunbar is a great guitar teacher in Lafayette. He is a professional musician and teacher while also being fun for the kids. He does the music that the student wants to do. He can certainly teach acoustic and folk and also stays up on the latest music. A 15 year old girl that I know who raves about Robbie says that he moves at a student's pace, teaching the music the particular student is interested in. He can teach all music styles. She says that he is encouraging, but doesn't push a rigid agenda. You can go to his place in Lafayette or he'll travel to your house. Best way to reach him is by email: dunbars4@comcast.net. Debbie
Hi Alison, You could email Robbie Dunbar at dunbars4@comcast.net. He may have a waiting list, but if so he will surely know someone good that would like to work with your daughter! Robbie has been a teacher with Young Performers International (http://www.youngperformersintl.org) for 10 years and is a wonderful person and role model, and an inspired teacher. Any recommendation of his would be solid gold. Good luck! leela
The Red House in Walnut Creek is a wonderful music school/recording studio set up for kids/teens/adults. My daughter (15) did a one week 'camp' there and loved it. Private lessons are also available. Really nice set up. Pamela

Bass guitar teacher for 16-year-old

March 2009

I am looking for a bass guitar teacher for my 16 year old daughter who has played the cello for years and would like to switch to the bass. Recommendations most appreciated. Thanks. anon


You HAVE to talk with Jeremy Cohen (525-5232) in No. Berkeley, just off Gilman. My son (12) has been studying with him for a few months, and we know many other folks who have raved about him, including the bassists for the Albany High jazz and R&B band. Highly recommended. jeff
I can highly recommend Heather at Groovemasters. She taught my daughter the bass with ease, patience, and fun. She's located in a storefront on MLK in North Berkeley. Her number is (925) 768-1087. Nadja
We have been extremely satisfied with my 16 year old sons bass teacher Jeff Obee. Jeff has been coming to our home for lessons for well over a year now. He is very kind, dependable, and keeps the lessons interesting. He is a great teacher and a great bass player. He can be reached at 384-9049. onika

Guitar teacher for 13-year-old

Feb 2009

Hi; I am looking for a guitar teacher for my 13 year old son in the Oakland area. sabrina


I can't say enough great things about the guitar teacher who has given lessons to both my kids--fun, smart, PATIENT and creative. He has lessons in his Oakland home, but I know he does lessons at student's homes also. His name is Tom Carns and his phone is 336-3303. Joan

2007 - 2008 Reviews


Inexpensive guitar classes for teens

Feb 2008

Our nanny is looking for inexpensive guitar lessons/classes for her teenage sons. She spoke with one teacher, but $30/hour for a private lesson is a bit steep for her. I assume that classes may be cheaper. She lives in Richmond, but she would be OK with classes anywhere as far as Oakland.


I highly recommend my son's guitar teacher, Dan Lewis. He is a committed teacher who teaches in an informal style (has taught my son everything from rock to blues and country). Dan is great with beginners and teaches both accoustic and electric guitar. My son absolutely loves him. Dan's ph: 773 527-9685 lexine

Acoustic guitar for 12-year-old

Jan 2008

I am looking for a current recommendation for a guitar teacher for my two boys, ages 12 and 8. They both play other instruments and would like to learn to play an acoustic guitar. I would like to find someone who could either come to our home in El Cerrito or is located nearby. Thanks so much. Leslie


My daughter (now 13) has been studying with Peter Morley for a few years now, and really likes his style. Peter has a great mellow vibe, can really rock out, and encourages kids to play the songs they love (my daughter has done lots of Beatles). He also has nice annual recitals. He lives in Benicia, but teaches in Albany, right next to Colusa Circle in Kensington. Two thumbs way up! Peter can be reached at guitaralpha@yahoo.com or 847-3432. Jeff
I recommend Steve Gibson and his wife Andrea Hurley. They are both excellent teachers who really engage their students. My son started taking lessons from Steve when he was 8 years old and started playing in rock bands through BandWorks at 9. Steve has been a great music teacher and general positive influence in his life. My son is now 13 and still studies with Steve. Steve's positive approach made a all the difference. Alan
My 9 year old son is taking guitar lessons from a talented guitar/mandolin player named Dave Rosenfeld, and is really enjoying it. Dave is a patient and knowledgeable teacher, based in Berkeley. He can be reached on his mobile phone (415) 407-7162. Chantal

2005 - 2006 Reviews


Teen electric bass tutor wanted

Oct 2006

My 13 y/o boy is interested in playing the electric base. I have checked postings of professionals being recommended. Since I am not sure he will stick to this idea, I am reluctant to invest on a $60/hour instructor. Any young adult/teenager who is interested in tutoring this instrument in the Albany area ? Thanks for any recommendations. gladys


My daughter was going to Heather Kerrihard, who has a studio in Berkeley. It wasn't $60, more like $30 an hour. It was well worth it. She learned so much! Heather is a patient and learned teacher. And ''cool'' too. Her number is (925) 768-1087 nadja

Teacher for 15-year-old beginner

March 2006

I am looking for a guitar teacher for my 15 year old daughter. She is a beginner. We live in oakland so we don't want to go too far. South Berkeley is OK. She is looking for someone who can teach her in an informal way learning to play songs she is interested in (rock, folk, etc). We're not interested in a specific program or performing in recitals. Preferably someone on the younger side and easy going. It is not important if the teacher is male of female. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Darlene


Ernie Mansfield (Mansfield Music - 510-524-0906) is a great guitar teacher. He is very patient and has a down to earth approach in his teaching style. He also has a great sense of humor and relates well with teens. Brian

Bass guitar teacher for 11-year-old

Oct 2005

My son the trumpet player wants to play bass (ala greenday, yellowcard, the matches and led zeppelin). He's eleven. We seek a bass teacher who reads music. We live in Montclair. Karen


Try Alameda School of Music on High St. 769-0195 wanna be strummer

Electric guitar lessons for two 12 year olds

June 2005

My son and a friend(12 year olds) would like to take electric guitar lessons togther. They are both musically educated through the basics of being in the BUSD(flute and clarinet) system and new to guitar. This is a new idea to both families and we are not sure how it would work best - 1 hour for both, or 15 minutes each and then 30 mins. together or other ideas? Ideally north Berkeley, at either families home or at teachers site. How much and who is good? susan


Hi, I would highly recommend Ernie Mansfield as a guitar instructor. Please contact him at 510.524.2055 ernie AT mansfieldmusic.com
Tom

Dynamite bass guitar teacher

May 2005

I'd like to recommend Clark Suprynowicz, my daughter's bass guitar teacher, a composer and musician and all-around great guy. He's fluent in dozens of musical styles, from jazz through through rock classical and contemporary, he also teaches composition, and he's and a most inspiring musical influence for any teenager. My 15-year-old daughter, not too easy to impress, thinks the world of him: he's easy to get along with, patient and just all-around cool. Clark has worked as a bassist with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Art Lande, Max Roach, and Tom Waits, and his operas are brilliant. You can reach him in Berkeley at clark AT famousbrandmusic.com, 1723 Stuart St., Berkeley Ca. 94703 tel: 510 649 9119. His Web site is www.famousbrandmusic.com
Vicky


2004 & Earlier


Electric guitar tutor for 11-year-old girl

Oct 2004

11 yr old girl wants to learn to play electric guitar. Looking for a patient person to teach very basic guitar. Not interested in a class (too shy) Thanks!


In response to the request for a guitar teacher for individual lessons (not a class), I can highly recommend Peter Morley. My son has gone to him now for 3 years, and started from ground zero--never having even touched a guitar before his first lesson. Peter, as a father of 4 children, is extremely patient, kind, supportive, and successful with his students. And, besides, he's very ''cool,'' having performed in his own band. Our son (now 18) continued his lessons even during a very bad bout of senioritis, when everything else went by the wayside. Peter is located in Albany and can be reached at 847-3432. Norma
My daughter (and lots of her friends) learned to play guitar from Lisa Zeiler, the lead guitar for the band ''Rebecca Riots''. Lisa is fantastic with teens, a really accomplished guitar player, and a wonderful person. Kids and teens idolize her, for good reason. Her phone number is 845-5432. Christine

Private electric guitar lessons for 14-year-old

Sept 2004

Our 14 year old has become interested in playing the electric guitar. He is taking beginning band in high school. We are seeking a patient and fun person to give him private lessons. We'd prefer someone in north berkeley or who would be willing to come to our house, but we are willing to go farther for the right person.


My 15 year old son has been very happy with his electric guitar teacher Kerry Yates. He teaches in North Berkeley and charges a reasonable 24$ a half hour. His phone number is (415)681-3649. A couple of my son's friends also take lessons from him and are also pleased with him. millie

Woman teaching acoustic guitar

Jan 2004

I have seen the listings for acoustic guitar teachers, but wonder if there are any other recommendations for women who will work with a fourteen year old girl who likes hard rock, punk music etc. Oakland would be best, but Berkeley or Albany is fine.


Lisa Zeiler has experience with teaching teenagers. She is a wonderful guitar player and is very present with her students as well as hip to the young culture. She has a studio in Oakland on College Ave. Not sure of the exact address but her phone number is 845-5432. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions martha
Lisa Zyler is an awesome guitar teacher and well-versed in punk and hard rock (as well as all other types of music). She teaches out of her studio on College Ave. Phone # is 510-845-5432 My son not only adores her, he's learned a lot and can really play his guitar now. Laurel

Teacher for 14-year-old beginner

November 2002

My 14 year old son wants to take up guitar. He has no expereince. I am looking for recommendations for teachers in the N Berkeley area if possible who are good with teens and beginners. He'd like electric guitar but is fine with acoustic as well. Alisa


My daughter, almost 16, has taken guitar from Brian Bertino for a year and a half or so. This is the first musical instruction she has taken and Brian has been really able to inspire her as well as teach her. He teaches at Cedar and Grant. 510-845-4704 Sandra
I recommend Brian Bertino as a guitar teacher, 845-4704.He taught my son last year, when my son was a HS freshman, and focused the lessons on the kind of music my son was interested in.--Joan S.
In response to the person recently seeking guitar lessons: I heartily recommend my teenage daughter's teacher, Caren Armstrong. She teaches in North Berkeley and in the Oakland Hills. She is a very patient, skillful, and upbeat teacher, with a sense of humor and a great ear. She teaches using songs of folk and older rock styles - both strumming and finger picking. She can be reached directly at carensing AT aol.com, or you can contact me -Zach
Reply for Guitar Teacher. I highly recommend Jim Gleason. He is able to teach teens at their own level - uses whatever music they like to get them excited about guitar. He teaches out of his home in Piedmont. His number is 923-9522. Kerry

Electric Guitar for Teen

My son, age 12, takes electric guitar lessons from Brooks Lundy, an exuberant and talented twenty-something year old man who has is also studying for his teaching credential. Brooks is very positive and very open to Jesse's musical interests (Hendrix and Santana) while teaching him lots of technique. He's near Lake Merritt in Oakland. His number is 465-3029.
Lili (2/00)
For about a year my son has been taking bass guitar lessons from Jack Gates at Blue Note Music on Telegraph 644-2583 learning rock n roll. He seems to like him a lot.
Ginger (2/00)
I highly recommend Chris Solberg as an electric bass guitar and guitar teacher for teens. My son, 13, takes weekly lessons for 1/2 hour for $25/lesson. Chris really pushes him, yet imbues a love of music at the same time. Plus, my son thinks he is cool because he was the guitar player with Santana in the early 1980s. Chris teaches at Tupper & Reed in downtown Berkeley and also gives lessons in other locations. He's very flexible, fun, and devoted. He even came to the King Jr. High band performance a few months ago! His phone # is 510-547-8719. Maureen
My son has been taking guitar lessons from a wonderful man in Berkeley. He is quite patient, and "hip". He likes the student to pick which tunes to learn and my son is playing alot of Rolling Stones and Beatles tunes. He is taking accoustic but it all translates to electric. He is on Cedar and Grant (maybe it's Mc Gee) behind Subway Guitars, the little white building with all the clouds on it. The teacher's name is Brian and his phone is 845-4704
Laurie (7/00)
My 15 year old son has been taking guitar lessons from Robbie Dunbar for the last 3 years or so. Robbie is an incredible musician, but beyond that he is full of life - unbelievably enthusiastic about teaching music. My son is always in a good mood after his lesson. Robbie comes to our home weekly and charges a reasonable rate. We tried two other teachers prior to him, both of whom were good musicians, but who really didn't seemed that enthused about teaching music. I wholeheartedly recommend him! If you want further info please e-mail me.
Joan (7/00)
Regarding the request for a hip but patient guitar teacher: Our 15-year old son has had a wonderful experience studying piano with Robbie Dunbar, who teaches electric and acoustic guitar as well as piano in Berkeley, Oakland, and the Walnut Creek area, and who is also an active performer, chiefly on electric guitar. He is extremely supportive to kids at all levels. We've probably heard over 100 of his guitar students at recitals over the years, and their enthusiasm has been impressive. He's at (925)962-2200.
Ron (7/00)
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