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Instructors

The following instructors have volunteered at Rock Camp within the past two years, and are offering lessons outside of camp. Private lessons are not affiliated with BAGRC--this is simply a referral list for interested students. 

(Alphabetical by First Name)

Catherine Mehta
Lessons: Vocals, Keyboard
Locations: Student's homes in Oakland & Berkeley
Rate: $70/hr, $40/half-hour, trades & discounts available
Bio: I have been teaching private lessons for 4 years and taught in public schools and centers before that. I have a Music Performance Certificate from Denison University. I've been teaching vocals for BAGRC for the past 3 years and it's the best experience! https://catherinemehtalessons.wordpress.com/
Contact: 3172941876 / ckl.mehta@gmail.com

Emily Vanderlyn

Lessons: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Keyboard, Accordion
Locations: Will travel
Rate: Sliding scale $5-10 for 30 minute lessons.
Bio: I am self taught, multi-instrument musician of 10 years. I have given music lessons to people ages 3 to 70 years old for piano, guitar, voice, accordion, bass (in girls rock camp), and drums. I prefer to teach beginners with a focus on creative process.
Contact: 510-593-6698 / Evanderlyn@gmail.com

Gesine Lohr
Lessons: Keyboard
Locations: I travel to student's home, in Oakland, Alameda, nearby.
Rate: Serious sliding scale, negotiable (I am happy to give a first lesson free, and want girls to have access to lessons)
Bio: I love keyboards! I've played rock keyboard since 1981, played & taught piano, rock keyboard, harpsichord, & drums. I've been in a number of rock and blues bands (several all female). Since 2011 I've taught rock keyboard at BAGRC and do keyboard support at BAGRC. You can make powerful keyboard lines and parts, from very simple bits!
Contact: (510) 205-9895 / gesine.lohr@gmail.com

Jean Richter
Lessons: Guitar, Keyboard
Location: No place to hold lessons - willing to travel to east bay cities
Rate: Negotiable
Bio: I have been playing guitar since age 12, and have several years of formal keyboard training. I have played in a number of bands over the years. I play mostly rock, but have also played other styles such as folk and classical. I have taught at BAGRC since 2012 (mostly guitar, some keyboard).
Contact: 510-205-4033 / jeanrichter@berkeley.edu

Jennifer Pei Huang (Princess Pei Pei)
Lessons: Piano
Location: Students' homes
Rate:  $70-$100 sliding scale; First lesson free
Bio:  I have played piano for 20+ years, worked with youth and young adults for 10+ years, volunteered at rock camp for 6 summers. Bilingual (mandarin) artist and youth advocate from Orange County, now based in Emeryville. I look forward to hearing from you!
Contact: 949-241-4839 / jenniferpeihuang@gmail.com
Kali Boyce
Lessons: Bass, Guitar - (advanced techniques: slide & open tuning)
Location: Emeryville/Oakland Lessons - can travel short distances.
Rate: $40 per lesson (cost/length negotiable)
Bio: I've been a bass instructor and gear manager with BAGRC for 3 years. I have been a working musician since the late 1970's! I play bass as well as guitar & percussion in many genres. I am a singer/songwriter and an audio engineer. Students of all ages welcome! Thank you!
Contact: Kali.Boyce@gmail.com

Katie Schwarz
Lessons: Guitar
Location: Home lessons in Oakland, willing to travel to student's homes in East Bay
Rate: $25/30mins
Bio: I’ve played acoustic and electric guitar for 20 years, as well as playing in a dreampop/punk band and a bluegrass guitar duo. I’ve taught guitar to youths from ages 8 to 18, beginner to intermediate, at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and Girls Rock After School Program in Oakland.
Contact: 510-437-0366 / k.lilyrose@gmail.com

Kira Gelbaugh
Lessons: Guitar, Bass
Location: Teach from my home studio in Montclair, Oakland
Rate: Past students have paid $40 per hour, negotiable
Bio: I've played bass for 5 years, and am taking adv. Jazz and AP Music Theory this year. 4 years of jazz / 3 years rock band experience. I've taught and mentored at BAGRC twice and it's been a wonderful experience!
Contact: 510-610-8075 / kgelbaugh@headroyce.org

Liz DeRoche
Lessons: Drums, Vocals, Keyboard, Audio Engineer
Locations: Home studio in Alameda - willing to travel within 20 miles of home
Rate: $30 for 30 minutes - travel costs negotiable
Bio: I've been working with Girls Rock for the last 8 years and excited to support youth empowerment through music! My goal is to make music education exhilarating for kids while still providing a structured learning approach that's necessary to achieve the skills needed to enjoy music for a lifetime.
Contact: 202-445-8474 / lizincognito@gmail.com

Mya Byrne
Lessons: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, songwriting, mandolin, steel guitar
Locations: I'm in Lake Merritt at the moment, with a car, so can go anywhere or a student could come to my studio space.
Rate: negotiable
Bio: I'm a career musician, touring and opening for heroes like Levon Helm and Steve Forbert. I love teaching performing/songwriting skills and technique in many styles, and work to the specific wants of the student. I'm also a trans activist, actor, and published poet. myabyrne.com
Contact: 917-365-7650 / info@myabyrne.com