Email for instructor contact information.

These individuals provide private lessons and, while they have all volunteered with Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, they do not represent the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp organization.

Young Musicians Collective offers free music lessons and mentorship from youth to their peers. It was created by Camille Collins, a long-time BAGRC community member (camper & Peer Mentor).

Beatrice Haro

Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Computer Music and Chiptune (using old games/tech stuff to make music)

rate: Sliding scale with discount for queer/gender diverse and PoC folks

location: Can host at home in West Oakland and can also drive to clients

bio: I'm Beatrice. I also go by Triss, and I use she/her pronouns. I'm a trans Xicana musician living in Oakland.  I've been playing guitar for 15+ years. I studied Music at Cal, and I've been working with youth since 2016, including as a volunteer w/BAGRC. My favorite genres are punk, metal, and pop!

Chanelle Ignant


rate: negotiable

location: I live in West Oakland, and can host lessons at my house or travel to the student's home.

bio: With over 10 years of playing experience, I'm comfortable teaching various styles on both acoustic and electric guitar for all experience levels. My current band blends jazz and R&B styles. I've been teaching music informally for two years, and I first volunteered with BAGRC in the summer of 2017.

Colleen Johnson

Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting

rate: Inquire for rates. Sliding scale available.

location: I offer lesson in your own home or at my house near downtown Oakland.

bio: I have taught private lessons for 8 yrs in the greater Bay Area. I have toured all over the US, Europe, and New Zealand with different bands. My teaching approach is about affirmation, positivity, personal growth and creativity. I have volunteered with BAGRC for 10 years, and love it!

Katie Schwarz


rate: $25/half hour, $40/hour

location: East Bay, in home of student or teacher

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 youth from ages 8 to 18, beginner to intermediate, at Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and Girls Rock After School Program in Oakland.

Gesine Lohr


rate: Serious sliding scale, negotiable (I am happy to give a first lesson free)

location: student homes in Oakland, Alameda and nearby

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 bands (several all female). Since 2011 I've taught rock keyboard at BAGRC. You can make powerful keyboard lines and parts, from very simple bits!

Jesseka Barbosa

Keyboard, beginner violin & ukulele

rate: @ Mountain Music (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat), monthly rate = $170 (cash/venmo/non-fee-based payment) ; west oakland rates vary and scheduling is limited. Will consider sliding-scale options for lower income folks with proof, basic at-home rate in west oakland is $35 per 30 minute lesson, $30 each if you pay in advance. Trial lessons available, as well. 1-hour lessons are $60.

location: Mountain Music (4444 Piedmont Ave) and/or @ home in west oakland.

bio: I started teaching music in high school in 1998 and have been doing it ever since! Despite achieving an art degree, my passion lies in sharing my greatest love & passion - MUSIC. I moved to Oakland in 2014 and started working for Acme Music in 2016 & volunteering for my first BAGRC program in 2017.

Alena Coons


rate: Negotiable, please email to set up a brief phone consultation

location: Lessons at the student's home in Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, or El Cerrito

bio: As a bass instructor and bass support person with BAGRC, I have focused on ways to keep beginning students engaged in learning music. I adjust bass lessons to fit a student's learning style. My goal is to help learners build strong foundational skills while staying enthusiastic and motivated.

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