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


CJ Borges Openings, please text first (530)219-9613 Downtown Davis or in-home No

Music Studio available for recording. I offer hybrid music production and instrument learning lessons. Learn music theory while you also produce and improvise over your own tracks! Learn the fretboard on guitar, scales, chord-melody, read music, play by ear.

Banjo/Guitar/Uke/Keyboard David Abramson Yes (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 (530)758-5577 North Davis yes  
cello Hiram Jackson (530)753-4814   no  
clarinet Mia Ibrahim openings 574-1498 In home yes  
Double Bass/Electric Bass/Beginning Strings Greg Brucker Yes (530)400 1142 West Davis no  
oboe Katie Gorden yes!

(432) 256-0010

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

beginning students, all ages

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


guitar Keith Richman (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 400-1794 Downtown Davis yes  
Guitar Paul Malatesta (530) 761-1511 Davis no Metal, Rock, Electronic music, Theory
guitar John Wolfe openings 400-1510, 758-6380 Downtown Davis yes also bass guitar, songwriting and theory
guitar/bass Mike Clements (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 978-502-5136 In home yes electric bass and guitar
multiple Carolinne Araneda (530)297-7354 East Davis yes piano, voice, recorder; bilingual in Spanish
Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Ukelele, Theory

Mark Bjerke

Jen Bjerke


In home yes



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


Tekla Babyak



West Davis


also music theory, composition

piano Karolina Ruiz-Rogelj openings (530) 760-8853 Central Davis no

Over 10 years of experience

Beginner to Intermediate


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

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

(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


North Davis


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


Amy Sakabe (530)757-9228 At your home,  yes  
piano Olga Simons (530)753-9232 Central Davis yes MTAC member
piano Debbie Smith (530)753-7835 West Davis yes  
piano Larry Snyder (530)753-3591 North Davis yes  
piano Marilyn Swan none (530)757-2837 North Davis yes  
piano Helen Twiss none (530)756-3326 Central Davis yes  
piano Jamee Wall     (707)678-6515 Dixon yes  
piano Merry Welker-Tolla (530)406-8583 Woodland, in home yes beginning
piano Elizabeth Young (530)756-0834 North Davis yes Suzuki and traditional
piano/guitar Loshandra Ostrava (530)400-5860, (530)753-8356 East Davis yes  
piano/guitar Michael Walker openings 408-529-3319 In home yes beginning
piano/harp Karen Patterson Wecker (415)830-1770, (530)753-1741 North Davis yes  
piano/harpsichord Susan Erickson (530)758-4878 Central Davis yes  
piano/keyboard Frank Dupree (530)758-1362 West Davis yes  
piano/voice Barbara Matwiejczyk none (530)750-3480 Central Davis yes 3-120 years
piano/voice Naomi Berg (530)848-5797   no  
piano/voice Theresa Foster none (530)795-2956 Winters yes drama, pre-performance skills, on-stage skills
saxophone/clarinet Celia Cottle openings (530)756-4377 West Davis yes


tenor/bass trombone,

euphonium, tuba, beginning piano

Adam Korynta openings (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 916-320-8114 In home or Sacramento yes also euphonium




Chris Vincenti





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


West Davis




trombone, tuba, other low brass



Trumpet Rudy Cisneros Yes


(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 (530)661-8968 South Davis yes Suzuki and traditional
violin Irina Bakyt Bekdjanov openings (916)532-5389 Sacramento yes  
violin Florie Brown openings (530)219-2725 East Davis yes Suzuki, Celtic, and American fiddling
violin Catherine Heusner-Willefert none (530)753-3287 West Davis yes  
violin Heather Mori (415)823-4974 East Davis yes  

violin, viola

music theory

chamber music

Nicholas Weis OPENINGS (916) 833-3868 Sacramento, Davis yes

Beginner to Graduate Level

New England Conservatory

SF Conservatory

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


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

Central Davis 



Beginner to Advanced.

All genres, 5 years old +.

New Students : 3 lesson trial.

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


Whistle (Pennywhistle, tin whistle) Ryan Light openings 408-966-2896 (West) Davis, in-home lessons no

Irish music and ornamentation

piano/violin Nicole McClelland openings (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


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