Lessons

WE OFFER MUSIC LESSONS
FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES!

Teaching music has been our primary focus at Main Street Music for many years. We are very proud of our fine music teachers and the thousands of students who have studied here. All of our teachers are full-time musicians and educators who perform regularly. Most have college degrees in music and many have California teaching credentials. We strive to create a friendly, safe and fun experience for the student while at the same time teaching and encouraging them to excel. At Main Street Music, our teachers are professional and try to mentor young students to be the best they can be in all things

TUITION BASED LESSON PROGRAM

In order to help teachers be more effective and students to be more successful, we have created a system that allows the teachers to teach without any concerns about billing or scheduling. They only focus on teaching your child.

The rate for lessons is $124.00 per month. A discounted rate applies to families with multiple students. This is for one private lesson per week regardless of the instrument. There are 46 lessons per year (please see the lesson calendar). We strongly believe that all students can succeed given the chance, so we have a three-month minimum sign-up period. We encourage students to perform and have two recitals per year along with many other performance opportunities.

Please see store personnel for available lesson times and any other details including rates for no tuition based lessons.

Teachers

Most of our teachers hold college degrees in music. They all have extensive experience in the field of music and are full-time educators and musicians. We strive to create a friendly, safe, and fun experience for the student while at the same time teaching and encouraging students to excel. At Main Street Music, our teachers are professional and try to mentor young students to be the best they can be.

Our Teachers Include

Bass Teachers

Brian Clark playing bass.

Brian Clark

Bass
Larry Stewart playing guitar.

Larry Stewart

Bass

Brass Teachers

Tom Renner playing saxophone.

Tom Renner

Brass
Having played and taught for many years, Tom Renner has found much success both teaching and performing in the central valley and bay areas. With 30 years of experience, he specializes in saxophone and clarinet as well as flute. He also teaches violin, trombone, trumpet, piano as well as some double reed. Tom received a B.A. in music education from Gustavus Adolphus college in Minnesota and has taught in the Tracy Unified School District for many years at several levels. Tom currently serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the school district and is heavily involved with the Performing Arts Magnet at Tracy High School. Inspired most by Chris Potter, his dream is to perform jazz until his last living day.
Dave Villa playing saxophone.

David Villa

Brass
Dave Villa is one of our great jack of all trades teachers. A saxophone player first and foremost, heís been playing since 1982. As a public school teacher for the last 21 years, he has experience on nearly all wind and orchestral string instruments. He offers lessons on flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, violin and viola in addition to his primary, alto sax. Dave received his Bachelorís in Music Education from CSU Stanislaus. His biggest inspirations are Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Paul Desmond and Charlie Parker. Some of Daveís favorite accomplishments include his first jazz solo performance in 1983 and his senior recital in college. In addition, he has travelled to Europe on two different occasions to perform with different groups. Daveís biggest musical goal is to be a better player than he was yesterday.

Drum & Percussion Teachers

Marc Guite

Drums & Percussion
Marc began playing drums and guitar in elementary school. In 1990, he earned his Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis in jazz and commercial drumset from the acclaimed Cal State L.A. jazz program led by Bob Curnow (Freddy Herman). Marc and the Cal State L.A. Jazz Sextet won first place at the Cal Berkeley Western National Jazz Competition in 1990. He studied drums and percussion with Steve Houghton (see www.houghtonmusic.com) and Raynor Carroll (L.A. Philharmonic) and has performed in a wide variety of pro gigs and venues. Most recently, he has been playing locally with Orchestra Red. In addition to playing drums, Marc has been a worship pastor for 14 years and leads the music on Sundays at Grace Church in Tracy, CA. Marc enjoys working with volunteer musicians in the church and enjoys inspiring each one to raise their skill level and use their musical talents for the betterment of others. At Main Street Music, Marc emphasizes music reading and listening. His students learn how to discover their passion for specific musical styles by focusing on their strengths. Lesson plans are customized around each studentís abilities, interests and pace of learning. Marc also enjoys swimming, cycling, backpacking, international cuisine, going to the beach, spending time with his wife and 3 kids, and anything related to the Dallas Cowboys!

Randy McMillan

Drums & Percussion
Randy Mcmillan has been playing drum set and mallet percussion for the past 25 years. Primarily a jazz vibraphone player, Randy is also a public school teacher at Monte Vista Middle School in addition to teaching at Main Street Music. He received a Bachelorís of Music Education from the University of South Dakota with an emphasis in percussion, in addition to studying with Vibraphonist Stefon Harris during 2014-2015. You can hear Randy performing on The Barcode Jazz Trioís 2015 recording. His favorite styles are jazz, funk and Latin in addition to classic rock.

Aaron Martin

Drum & Percussion

Guitar & Ukulele Teachers

Brian Hunt in a bow tie.

Brian Hunt

Guitar & Ukulele
Brian Hunt has been playing his primary instrument, the guitar, for over 15 years. He's been a part of the Main Street Music family for 13 of those years and has been a teacher for eight. In addition to guitar, he also offers lessons on ukulele and bass guitar. Brian has certification from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in music theory, harmony and ear training. His favorite artist is John Mayer and he excels in blues, pop and acoustic fingerstyle. In addition, he enjoys country and rock music. Other than one day making it on the big stage, seeing his students succeed in music is Brian's most important goal.
Evan Warwick playing guitar.

Evan Warwick

Guitar
Evan Warwick is a specialized guitar teacher at Main Street Music. He offers lessons specifically on multi-voice classical guitar as well as highly technical sweeping-style metal. He graduated from Fresno State University, Class of 2014, with a B.A. in Music Composition. He studied under the direction of Kenneth Froelich for 2 years, and Benjamin Boone for 1 year. While attending Fresno State, Evan was an active guitarist, performing with the Fresno State Guitar Studio both in their Guitar Ensemble and as a soloist. In addition, he has performed many times with the Fresno State Concert Choir, and the Fresno State Chamber Singers, and has years of experience in recording technology. Outside of Main Street Music, Evan runs a music program at the Tracy location of the Boys and Girls Club.
Larry Stewart playing guitar.

Larry Stewart

Guitar & Ukulele

Andrew Verdoes

Guitar

Piano Teachers

Jessica Igarashi with a piano.

Jessica Igarashi

Piano
Jessica is one of our great piano teachers who has been studying the instrument for 17 years. She's been on our staff for the last few years after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in music from Walla Walla University in Washington state. Jessica is very proficient in both classical music and musical theater tunes, which often cover many genres of modern art and pop music. Outside of teaching at Main Street, Jessica has done many orchestra pit performances with both the Woodminster Summer Musicals company as well as the Pacific Coast Repertory Theater. In addition, Jessica is a staff accompanist at Las Positas College where she plays for an assortment of music classes as well as theater productions at the college.
Lynn Juarez

Lynn Juarez

Piano
Lynn Juarez has been playing piano for more than 35 years and teaching for the last 20. She minored in music in college, but soon after came to treat music as her true love and has been teaching and playing ever since. She loves classical music; Beethoven is her favorite composer due to the diversity of his written forms. Lynn also enjoys modern Christian rock and alternative. Her biggest milestone was an opportunity to perform with a well known bay area group that she grew up listening to. Mrs. Juarez greatly looks forward to being able to play piano for leisure for hours on end when life slows down. She spends much of her time outside of the studio spending time with and caring for members of her wonderful family. For the time being, she feels she has done about everything life has to offer and is content right where she's at: teaching piano.

Mike Hall

Piano

Milt Bowerman

Piano
Milt Bowerman has been part of the Main Street family since before the store has been under current ownership. For the last 51 years, he has been teaching both in public schools and privately. Milt has played his primary instrument, the piano, for years even before that. Mr. Bowerman is an accomplished professional jazz pianist and is the founder and an associate camp director of the Hayward La Honda Music Camp. In addition, he is the director and band leader of the "In Full Swing" big band in the bay area and his own jazz trio. Milt teaches all genres of music but excels especially at jazz piano and comping.

Kristen Nunn

Piano

Strings Teachers

Picture of Elizabeth Dubie.

Elizabeth Dubie

Strings
Elizabeth Dubie has been a public school music teacher here in Tracy since 2008. She has also been giving private lessons on violin, viola and cello since 1996. Elizabeth received her Bachelorís of Music degree from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock. Her public teaching credential is from the San Joaquin County Office of Education. Elizabeth teaches many styles but her favorite styles to listen to are bluegrass and the symphony orchestra. She especially likes the San Francisco and New York philharmonic orchestras. Mrs. Dubie is happily married to Phillip Dubie of Dubie Racing who also does work for Main Street Music. Their four kids are a trumpet player, a flautist, and two violin players.
Margaret Gonzalez with a violin.

Margaret Gonzalez

Strings
Offering lessons in both violin and viola, Margaret earned a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance as well as a Minor in Violin and Piano from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. While in school, she was a student of violist Doris Lederer (Audubon Quartet). Margaret grew up in the capital city of Caracas in Venezuela, where she was involved in the music program El Sistema that teaches music as a larger and longer lasting part of childrenís lives and as a vessel for social change. Using her experiences, she has traveled internationally to share her passion and vision with other music programs. Margaret is the founder and artistic director of Music Mission San Francisco, an El Sistema inspired music program tailored towards under privileged children. Prior to her studies in the United States, she performed with the world-renowned Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. Additionally, she has worked with several professional chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestras in the United States.
Picture of Erik Urbina.

Erik Urbina

Strings

Voice Teachers

Picture of Bernardette Medeiros.

Bernardette Medeiros

Voice
Bernardette Medeiros, also known by many as Ms. Bernie, is our full time voice teacher. She has been singing since she was 13 years old and has been with us at Main Street for the last 14 years. Ms. Bernie received her Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance, cum laude from University of the Pacific in 2001. She attended the Conservatory of Music on a full ride scholarship by receiving the Excellence in Performance Award, given to one incoming freshman. Some of her musical milestones include performing at Disneyland and working with several Grammy, Academy and Tony award winning artists. She also had the pleasure of playing a leading role in a west coast premiere opera. Ms. Bernie's long term goals are to continue to change lives with music as well as see one of her students accept a Grammy, Academy or Tony award. She is proud to have past students try out for or appear on America's Got Talent, The Voice, X Factor, American Idol, Steve Harvey and Ellen. Bernardette is a third generation Tracyite, where her husband also grew up, and they have one son in the GATE program.
Picture of Kim Krenik.

Kim Krenik

Voice

Woodwinds Teachers

Tom Renner playing saxophone.

Tom Renner

Woodwinds
Having played and taught for many years, Tom Renner has found much success both teaching and performing in the central valley and bay areas. With 30 years of experience, he specializes in saxophone and clarinet as well as flute. He also teaches violin, trombone, trumpet, piano as well as some double reed. Tom received a B.A. in music education from Gustavus Adolphus college in Minnesota and has taught in the Tracy Unified School District for many years at several levels. Tom currently serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the school district and is heavily involved with the Performing Arts Magnet at Tracy High School. Inspired most by Chris Potter, his dream is to perform jazz until his last living day.
Dave Villa playing saxophone.

Dave Villa

Woodwinds
Dave Villa is one of our great jack of all trades teachers. A saxophone player first and foremost, he's been playing since 1982. As a public school teacher for the last 21 years, he has experience on nearly all wind and orchestral string instruments. He offers lessons on flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, violin and viola in addition to his primary, alto sax. Dave received his Bachelorís in Music Education from CSU Stanislaus. His biggest inspirations are Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Paul Desmond and Charlie Parker. Some of Dave's favorite accomplishments include his first jazz solo performance in 1983 and his senior recital in college. In addition, he has travelled to Europe on two different occasions to perform with different groups. Dave's biggest musical goal is to be a better player than he was yesterday.