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

Upright & Electric Bass
As the son of two musical parents, Brian Clark was exposed at an early age to a wide range of sounds. His first professional gigs came very early on, performing with the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Opera Co. Brian picked up the bass in Junior High school and has never looked back. He studied Classical String Bass Performance at both Delta College and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Ca, where in 2016, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in music. He has been a member of several bands including, New Clear Days, The Valley Concert Band, the Delta College Monday Night Big Jazz Band, the international touring company, Up with People, as well as many other theatre productions. Brian continues to be a top call bassist in the Central Valley, and beyond. Brian’s major influences include: Edgar Meyer, Ray Brown, Scott LaFaro, Thelonious Monk, and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Larry Stewart playing guitar.

Larry Stewart

Electric Bass
Larry Stewart started playing the guitar at age 13, first teaching himself tunes off the radio- he grew up with names like Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis. At 15, he played his first gigs and was most interested in players such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and the Paul Butterfield blues band. After falling in love with the tunes like Take 5 and Girl from Ipanema, he went straight to LA after high school to perform and had the privilege of jamming with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Herb Alpert, David Crosby, Steven Stills, Arlo Guthrie and Delaney and Bonnie. Now an accomplished jazz guitar player, Larry spent time studying at both Ohlone and Las Positas Colleges. Besides guitar, Larry is also proficient at both electric bass and ukulele. He regularly performs solo and with various jazz bands anywhere from Stockton to Livermore and beyond in addition to teaching at Main Street Music.

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.

Drums & Percussion Teachers

Robert Brown

Drums & Percussion
Picture and bio coming soon!

Aaron Martin

Drums & Percussion
Bio coming soon!

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.

Guitar & Ukulele Teachers

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.
Larry Stewart playing guitar.

Larry Stewart

Guitar, Ukulele
Larry Stewart started playing the guitar at age 13, first teaching himself tunes off the radio- he grew up with names like Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis. At 15, he played his first gigs and was most interested in players such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and the Paul Butterfield blues band. After falling in love with the tunes like Take 5 and Girl from Ipanema, he went straight to LA after high school to perform and had the privilege of jamming with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Herb Alpert, David Crosby, Steven Stills, Arlo Guthrie and Delaney and Bonnie. Now an accomplished jazz guitar player, Larry spent time studying at both Ohlone and Las Positas Colleges. Besides guitar, Larry is also proficient at both electric bass and ukulele. He regularly performs solo and with various jazz bands anywhere from Stockton to Livermore and beyond in addition to teaching at Main Street Music.

Andrew Verdoes

Guitar
Andrew Verdoes has been playing guitar for over 40 years, performing for over 35 years and teaching for over 25 years. He received a BA in music from Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) in 2000. He began teaching at Main Street Music in 2001. A couple of Andrew’s former students are now teachers at Main Street Music. Andrew has studied and performed many types of music including: Classical, Jazz, Country, Rock, and Blues. He has a Classic Rock band, Blue-a-Fuse, that he performs with around the area regularly.
Evan Warwick playing guitar.

Evan Warwick

Classical Guitar
Evan Warwick is a specialized guitar teacher at Main Street Music, offering lessons specifically on classical guitar. 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 helps run a music program at the Tracy location of the Boys and Girls Club.

Piano Teachers

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.

Mike Hall

Piano
With an impressive 63 years on piano, Mike loves his Hammond B3 organ and also plays flute and piccolo as primary instruments. In addition, he is proficient on guitar, electric bass, ukulele, banjo and alto sax. Mike's first performances date to 1968 and he began teaching in 1972 after spending time at both DeAnze Junior College and San Jose State. His favorite artists span many styles and include JS Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, The Beatles, No Doubt, Frank Zappa and Charlie Parker. Mike is most proud of opening for Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship, performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival and playing for a huge crowd at Golden Gate Park on the famous 'trailer stage'. His daughter Adrianne sings, plays piano and ukulele while his son Phoenix also teaches here at Main Street. Mike's goals are to continue composing, teaching, playing and sharing his music.

Phoenix Hall

Piano
Phoenix is one of our phenomenal multi-instrumentalist teachers. His primary instruments are the flute and piccolo, as well as voice. In addition, much of his teaching workload involves the piano. Phoenix has been teaching for the last 5 years, with a total of 14 years playing the flute including a performance degree from California State University- East Bay under the direction of Michelle Caimotto. His favorite musicians are a collection that includes Elliot Smith, Coheed and Cambria, Maximum the Hormone, Thelonius Monk, Kendrick Lamar and Yoko Kanno. Among the biggest musical accomplishments, in 2015 Phoenix had the opportunity to perform in an Amy Porter master class and also sang in the Legend of Zelda symphony chorus in 2016. Going forward, his biggest goals include learning to play the contrabass flute as well as to master and perform the Nielsen flute concerto.
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.

Eddie Roberts

Piano
Teaching for the last few years, Eddie is an accomplished vocalist with a degree from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. In addition to his primary instrument of voice, he spends much time on the piano. He is proud to have performed in leading roles in all the productions he participated in during his time at school, as well as having the opportunity to perform solos with the school's orchestra. Eddie's most inspirational musicians include Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin, Snarky Puppy, Metallica, The Beatles and Brother Ali. He aspires to be an accomplished operatic singer and is currently fulfilling another dream of being a music teacher. Originally from Santa Cruz, he loves hiking and ocean swimming and is an avid traveler.

Takako Williams

Piano
Born in Osaka, Japan, Takako began piano lessons at the early age of four. She enthusiastically played throughout her childhood, traveling to Australia and later Russia where she performed "Chopin Piano Nocturne". After high school, she entered Osaka College of Music majoring in Piano studying with Yoshiko Baba. Tow years later she seized the opportunity to study piano in the United States first at Seattle University and later the University of Idaho and then Utah State University, advancing her piano skills under the supervision of Jay Macley and Ralph Van de Beek. Accepted into the coveted Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary, Takako instead elected to study with Thomas La Ratta at the University of Notre Dame de Namur where she completed her BA in music with an emphasis on piano performance. During her university years Takako performed many recitals and concerts throughout the entire Bay Area. Winning first prize in the Notre Dame Piano Concerto Competition she performed the "Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor" with Redwood Symphony Orchestra as a soloist. After receiving her BA, Takako attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to study piano with Paul Harsh. Takako has taught piano privately for 26 years taking many students from their first notes to an advanced level, while raising a growing family she continues to work on accompanist for schools, churches, and pianist for parties, weddings and theatre productions throughout the bay area.

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.

Adam Green

Strings
Bay Area native Adam Green, comes to us having just graduated from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton CA with dual degrees in Viola and Voice. Adam currently serves as the director of Orchestra and Guitar at Cesar Chavez High School of Stockton. In addition to a robust teaching schedule, Adam also maintains an active and eclectic performing schedule with groups such as the Folsom Lake Symphony, Current Personae, Steven Green and the Lifeline, and a host of other recording and musical projects throughout the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Central Valley Regions. Adam is very excited to be a part the Main Street Music Family.
Picture of Erik Urbina.

Erik Urbina

Strings
Bio coming soon!

Voice Teachers

Adam Green

Voice
Bay Area native Adam Green, comes to us having just graduated from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton CA with dual degrees in Viola and Voice. Adam currently serves as the director of Orchestra and Guitar at Cesar Chavez High School of Stockton. In addition to a robust teaching schedule, Adam also maintains an active and eclectic performing schedule with groups such as the Folsom Lake Symphony, Current Personae, Steven Green and the Lifeline, and a host of other recording and musical projects throughout the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Central Valley Regions. Adam is very excited to be a part the Main Street Music Family.
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.

Eddie Roberts

Voice
Teaching for the last few years, Eddie is an accomplished vocalist with a degree from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. In addition to his primary instrument of voice, he spends much time on the piano. He is proud to have performed in leading roles in all the productions he participated in during his time at school, as well as having the opportunity to perform solos with the school's orchestra. Eddie's most inspirational musicians include Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin, Snarky Puppy, Metallica, The Beatles and Brother Ali. He aspires to be an accomplished operatic singer and is currently fulfilling another dream of being a music teacher. Originally from Santa Cruz, he loves hiking and ocean swimming and is an avid traveler.

Woodwinds Teachers

Phoenix Hall

Woodwinds
Phoenix is one of our phenomenal multi-instrumentalist teachers. His primary instruments are the flute and piccolo, as well as voice. In addition, much of his teaching workload involves the piano. Phoenix has been teaching for the last 5 years, with a total of 14 years playing the flute including a performance degree from California State University- East Bay under the direction of Michelle Caimotto. His favorite musicians are a collection that includes Elliot Smith, Coheed and Cambria, Maximum the Hormone, Thelonius Monk, Kendrick Lamar and Yoko Kanno. Among the biggest musical accomplishments, in 2015 Phoenix had the opportunity to perform in an Amy Porter master class and also sang in the Legend of Zelda symphony chorus in 2016. Going forward, his biggest goals include learning to play the contrabass flute as well as to master and perform the Nielsen flute concerto.

Amanda Martin

Woodwinds
Picture and bio coming soon!
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.