Private Lessons

Our List of Incomparable Instructors

Accordion

Jimi Cabeza De Vaca
(310)972-9469
jimi@mccabes.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime or Zoom.  Also available to teach in-person lessons.

All levels, especially beginners

B.A. from UCLA in ethnomusicology

Also teaches guitar and piano

Autoharp

Kit Alderson
(310) 838-5636
jjalderson@live.com

Kit is currently available for lessons via email only

Teaches mainly traditional folk and country styles

Has taught autoharp at McCabe’s since 1970

Founding member of the Stone Poneys, Linda Ronstadt’s original band based in Santa Monica

Played autoharp and guitar in McCabe’s original house band, the Floating House Band

Banjo

John Rosen
(818)590-5691
banjo1228@hotmail.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime, Zoom, or WhatsApp

Specializing in bluegrass banjo, all levels and ages, beginner through advanced

38 years professional experience as a banjo teacher and performer

Teaches Scruggs style, melodic 3-finger style, clawhammer

Has played with the Dropkick Murphys, Ashley Campbell, Scarlet Rivera, Dan Bern, Old Man Markley, Ed Helms, the Get Down Boys, the Dust Bowl Cavaliers, and Burning Heart Bluegrass, among others.

Patient, dedicated, and FUN teacher

Bass

Denny Croy
(310)720-5326
sideman@sbcglobal.net

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype. Also available to teach in-person lessons.

Electric or upright, all styles

Teaching since the early ’80s

Has played with so many bands you’ve heard of, it would be tedious to list them all

Specializing in theory, technique, reading, or just plain fun

Cello

Chris Rorrer
(541)908-3544
chris.p.rorrer@gmail.com
www.chrisrorrermusic.com

Available to teach remotely via Zoom.  Also available to teach in-person lessons.

Chris Rorrer is a kind, creative, enthusiastic, and musically gifted teacher that evokes the same in his students. Chris holds a Master of Music from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. While his master’s studies centered around the cello, Chris has certainly not limited himself to one instrument!

Chris also composes, arranges, and performs in a variety of styles, ranging from classical to rock to experimental. He has released countless albums and his music has been featured on films across the globe. At the end of the day, music is all about relationships and making the world a better place. Chris loves teaching and it is clear to see that he fully engages with each program or student he is working with to provide a holistic music education experience.

Chris makes it his utmost priority to make lessons culturally responsive, fun, and engaging for students. In each lesson he facilitates students’ proper technique on their instrument, ensuring a lifetime of effortless and injury-free playing.

Charango

Monique Mizrahi
Tel/Whatsapp: +39 3884968228

Skype: moniquehoneybird
monique@honeybird.net

Available to teach remotely via Zoom or Skype

Monique encountered the charango in Bolivia in 2003 and has been playing it ever since, including numerous tours on acoustic and electric charango. Collaborator with the “Noche de Charanguistas”, a cultural network of charango players and teachers worldwide. This 10-string Andean instrument creates a sonic landscape unlike any other. Beginners and first-timers welcome too!
Dulcimer

Joellen Lapidus
(310)474-1123
lapidusmusic@aol.com
www.lapidusmusic.com

Available to teach remotely via Zoom

Traditional and contemporary styles of dulcimer

Absolute beginners to advanced players

Strumming styles and finger picking styles

We have a dulcimer club: we play all kinds of music, duets, quartets, etc.

Guitar

Kit Alderson
(310) 838-5636
jjalderson@live.com

Kit is available for lessons via email only

Teaches mostly folk and country-related styles, especially fingerstyle singer-songwriter music;

Beginners through intermediates; no electric guitar, and no one under 16

Can transcribe songs for fingerstyle; has a catalog of thousands of transcriptions

Jimi Cabeza De Vaca
(310)972-9469
jimi@mccabes.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime or Zoom. Also available to teach in-person lessons.

All levels, especially beginners

Classical, finger style, rock, fretboard theory, music theory

B.A. from UCLA in ethnomusicology

M.F.A. from CalArts in guitar

Also available to teach accordion and piano

David Ellis
(424)603-4042
dellisgtr@aol.com
www.davidellisguitar.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Duo. Also available to teach in-person lessons.

Beginning (all ages — absolute beginners should have a nylon-string guitar)
Folk, blues, flamenco and rock (beginning to intermediate)
Classical (all levels)

David has been a guitar instructor at McCabe’s Guitar Shop® in Santa Monica for the past thirty-something years. His students have been accepted into music programs at USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach and the Berklee College of Music.

Performance highlights include playing several concerts with the Broadway singer Kristin Chenoweth, playing on the red carpet for the 71st- 74th Academy Awards, performing with the Los Robles Master Chorale, and performing in the garden of Disney Concert Hall.

Vicki Hill
(323)286-8163
vickihill@sbcglobal.net

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime or Zoom.  Also available to teach in-person lessons.

Beginning guitar for Kids and Adults
Music theory, note reading, and singing also offered
20+ years teaching at McCabe’s
Singer/Songwriter with performance and recording experience both solo and with bands
Also plays banjo

Paula McMath
(310)394-4640
(310)625-8586
paula@paulamcmath.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype

Specializes in teaching guitar to children
Believes in allowing interest to drive material selection, and strives to have kids “feel” music as well as hear and see it
Emphasizes: fingerboard knowledge, use of music notation, chord vocabulary, fingerpicking, right-hand rhythm techniques, scales, scale tone chords, and songwriting
Extensive training and experience in ORFF Schulwerk — a system of teaching music that utilizes singing, speech, movement, body percussion, and small pitched and unpitched percussion instruments
Works professionally as a singer/guitarist/songwriter in the Los Angeles area — and in her native Canada

Joel Morrison
(310)483-3235
blindrevmorrison@gmail.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime or Zoom.   Also available to teach in-person lessons.

All levels, especially beginners
Rock, Blues, Folk, including Finger Picking and Slide
Specializing in Electric, Acoustic, and Resonator guitar, Theory, and Advanced Technique
BFA in performance from CalArts
Theory for the Working or aspiring Working musician: Everything you need to know presented in a simple straightforward manner with an emphasis on the most important and usable things first.
All classes would include a section on guitar gear and set-up.

Steve Rose
(310)890-4017
ukerocker@gmail.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime

Pop, jazz, rock, folk

Guitar arranging for singers and songwriters

Theory and improvisation

Also teaches ukulele

Cheryl Saunders
(310)721-2357
canalligator@gmail.com

Available to teach remotely via Zoom

Cheryl teaches blues, jazz, pop, and rock, and the only bossa nova class at McCabes. She has opened for Johnny Cash and June Carter, played in the Andy Bey Jazz Quartet, and in the orchestra of the late composer Elmer Bernstein. In addition to music degrees from California State University Northridge and the Musicians Institute of Los Angeles, she finely honed her skills during 15 years of private study with renowned guitar-legend Ted Greene. She has been a highly respected, recognized, and valued member of the LA music scene for many years.

She’s an excellent teacher because she’s empathetic, and can quickly see how to improve your guitar skills. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player, Cheryl will help you evolve your playing, technique, and musicianship before you know it. She excels at arranging and teaching chord melodies and improvisation.

Pete Snell
(310)387-0930
petesnell@verizon.net

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype

Specializing in theory and improvisation for blues, jazz, pop and rock

Played jazz guitar in New York in early ’80s while studying composition at Manhattan School of Music

Landed recording deal with Capitol Records in L.A., writing and producing two albums for the band In Vitro

Joined Lyle Lovett in 1990, and toured with Bonnie Raitt, Sam Phillips, Rickie Lee Jones, Lou Reed, John Denver and many others while playing sessions for TV and films

Fred Sokolow
(310)838-4215
sokolowmusic@gmail.com
www.sokolowmusic.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype

Private lessons in:
Blues (electric and acoustic), Jazz, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Bottleneck, Fingerpicking, Flatpicking

Lots of theory and improv skills taught, as well as songs

Harmonica

Dave Gage
http://harmonicalessons.com/contact.html

All levels and styles, including standard 10-hole diatonic and chromatic

Available Tuesdays 4-10pm

Contact Dave for current rates

Mimi Mayer
(310)309-2197
angelcitytalent@gmail.com

Available to teach remotely via Zoom

Professional Musician and Beginning harmonica teacher

Mimi has been playing various musical instruments since the age of two, starting with piano. After years
of wanting to play blues harmonica but not actually TRYING to do it, she finally took the plunge 8 years
ago and dove deep into it. She now plays a variety of styles – blues, pop, rock, classical, holiday, zydeco,
swamp pop, country, etc.

Lapsteel

Fred Sokolow
(310)838-4215
sokolowmusic@gmail.com
www.sokolowmusic.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype

Private lessons in
Blues (electric and acoustic), Jazz, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Bottleneck, Fingerpicking, Flatpicking

Lots of theory and improv skills taught, as well as songs

Mandolin

Fred Sokolow
(310)838-4215
sokolowmusic@gmail.com
www.sokolowmusic.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype

Private lessons in
Blues (electric and acoustic), Jazz, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Bottleneck, Fingerpicking, Flatpicking

Lots of theory and improv skills taught, as well as songs

Piano

Rose Brant
(310)922-8572
rose90230@gmail.com

Available to teach remotely via Skype and Zoom

My piano teaching method is client-centered. I enthusiastically coach my students with the aim of developing each one’s unique needs and personal goals. I respect and encourage each student’s individual style and pace.

I have many years of experience teaching successful practice and performance techniques. I can help you learn or improve playing, reading, theory, performance, and musical communication skills.

Please inquire about rates as they differ from those of other teachers.

Jimi Cabeza De Vaca
(310)972-9469
jimi@mccabes.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime or Zoom. Also available to teach in-person lessons.

All levels, especially beginners

All music types of modern music, music theory

B.A. from UCLA in ethnomusicology

Also available to teach accordion and guitar

Jessica Sandidge
(917)488-8374
jessandidge@gmail.com
www.jessicasandidge.com

Available to teach remotely via Skype or Zoom.  Also available to teach in-person lessons.

Jessica has taught at such schools as Avenues World School in New York City, Wellesley Hugh school in Massachusetts, and is currently teaching piano and voice at the Irvine School of Music and Glendora Music and Arts School. She works with kids of any age teaching piano and early music education. She is also an accomplished opera singer, having sung at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, and at the legendary McCabe’s Guitar Shop.

Saw

Danny Moynahan
http://dannymoynahan.com

Available to teach remotely

Is that a real saw? Are those teeth sharp? Is it easy to play? The answer is yes, yes, and yes, if you learn from a pro like Danny Moynahan. Originally a saxophonist in ska, reggae, afrofunk, soul and jazz settings, Danny fell in love with the musical saw upon hearing the legendary sawyer Charlie Blacklock perform in Santa Monica, CA in the late 1990s. He began playing the very next day, and has since become a highly sought-after recording artist, performer, and teacher of the musical saw. All levels welcome.

Ukulele

Steve Rose
(310)890-4017
ukerocker@gmail.com

Available to teach remotely via FaceTime

All levels
Vintage jazz and Hawaiian
Chord and solo playing

Major fun!

Also teaches guitar

Heidi Swedberg
heidiswedberg@gmail.com

Available to teach remotely via Zoom

Heidi Swedberg is passionate about people, which is why she loves the ukulele- the people’s instrument. Encouraging all ages to engage and connect through music, she teaches, writes, lectures, and performs for the youngest children to older adults.

She is a contributing editor at Ukulele Magazine, where she writes about community and connectedness, and has published recordings and instructional books, including “Color-Along Ukulele: a Method Book for those Drawn to Play” and “Tis the Season for ‘Ukulele.”

Born in Hawaii, her first ukulele came from the Easter Bunny when she was 5 years old. Her family relocated to New Mexico, the place she considers home. Currently based in Los Angeles, Heidi has helped start uke programs internationally: in schools, hospitals, orphanages, churches, and libraries. She loves making new friends while performing and teaching at music festivals around the globe.

Violin / Viola

Tom McEvilley
(310)968-5647

Available to teach remotely

Earned a BM in Violin and Viola Performance from the University of Houston School of Music on a full scholarship and also studied at Rice University.
Guitar and composition studies with Ralph Towner at Naropa Institute led to playing at master classes for Joe Pass.
Credits include Houston Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Hollywood Film Orchestra, Los Angeles Baroque, Warner Bros. Orchestra, Disney, ABC, NBC, NHK, CCTV, Good Morning America, and many others.

21 years of international touring with Mantovani including extensive tours throughout Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, and the US.
Toured Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi with the Mesto Orchestra of Los Angeles.
Has taught throughout his performing career, and believes in the positive reinforcement method.
A step-by-step technique builds a solid foundation; keeping learning fun is also important.
Students are encouraged to look behind the notes on the page, to find deeper more personal meanings in musical expression.

Jessica Sandidge
(917)488-8374
jessandidge@gmail.com
www.jessicasandidge.com/

Available to teach remotely via Skype or Zoom.  Also available to teach in-person lessons.

Jessica Sandidge is originally from Santa Monica, CA, and got her music degrees at UC Santa Cruz and New England Conservatory. She then lived in New York City where she performed as an opera singer and taught voice and piano lessons for 15 years. She has taught at such schools as Avenues World School in New York City, Wellesley High school in Massachusetts, and is currently teaching piano, violin, and voice in the Los Angeles area. She began her musical journey playing the violin from 4-10th grade, then moved onto the harp, ultimately finding her voice in college on the stage as an opera singer. She works with kids and adults of any age teaching piano, voice, and beginning violin. She is also an accomplished opera singer, having sung at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, among others.

Voice

Lawrence Lebo
(818)606-5326
http://lawrencelebo.com

Professional musician/performer and private vocal coach for over 25 years, with a BA from UCLA

Critically acclaimed indie recording artist whose CDs have appeared on the Blues, Folk, and Jazz charts

Currently listed as a Blues educator with The Blues Foundation

Specializes in Pop, Rock, Roots, Blues, Folk, and Jazz

Developing a strong support foundation

Building performance skills

All ages, all levels

1 hour minimum at $65.00 per hour

Jessica Sandidge
(917)488-8374
jessandidge@gmail.com
www.jessicasandidge.com

Available to teach remotely via Skype or Zoom.

Jessica has taught at such schools as Avenues World School in New York City, Wellesley Hugh school in Massachusetts, and is currently teaching piano and voice at the Irvine School of Music and Glendora Music and Arts School. She works with kids of any age teaching piano and early music education. She is also an accomplished opera singer, having sung at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, and at the legendary McCabe’s Guitar Shop.

Tom Zehnder
(310)415-0902
tom@vaportrailpro.com
http://vaportrailpro.com/

Available to teach remotely via Zoom

Tom enjoys engaging students at all levels and is thrilled to recently join the accomplished team of music teachers at McCabe’s Guitar Shop. Drawing from decades of experience composing, songwriting, producing original scores and songs for video games, TV and Film, as well as performing in several bands regularly, Tom teaches songwriting, voice and guitar, sometimes all three in one lesson. Tom holds a bachelor of arts degree in music composition from UCLA, graduating summa cum laude and grew up in the living room of his dad, the late John Zehnder, who encouraged the whole family to sing and play “by ear” together – and it was fun!

Private Lessons
McCabe's® private lessons are sold in 1/2-hour increments. The cost is $40* for each 1/2-hour ticket or $140 for four 1/2-hour tickets. Tickets should be purchased ahead of time, and then handed to your teacher at the beginning of each lesson. McCabe's lesson tickets are valid for six months.
All scheduling is done directly with each teacher. Contact info can be found on this page, or by calling the shop. There is a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. If you cancel a lesson less than 24 hours in advance (or don't show up at all), your teacher is entitled to the ticket(s) required to cover the lesson time.
* Please note that this rate does not apply to all instructors. Double check individual instructor rates below.



Rental Policy **Currently Unavailable
1. We only rent to students currently taking lessons at McCabe's.
2. We rent for a minimum of three months.
3. We rent anything that retails for $500.00 or less (with some occasional exceptions).
4. The rate is 30% of the cost of instrument and case. (We will not rent without a case unless the customer already has a suitable case.)
5. The first three months' payment can apply toward purchase on that instrument or one of higher value.
6. One may continue renting at the rate of 10% per month after the initial three-month period. However, these payments do not apply toward purchase.
7. One must have a credit card valid for at least 12 months.