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Your friendly music store supporting local musicians since 2003

Expert musical instruction

Help your musical talents grow with lessons from our skillful professional musicians. Each of our gifted tutors has decades of performance and teaching experience. So, rest assured that you'll get fantastic instruction for your favorite instrument.

Private One-On-One Lessons Available For:
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Clarinet, Saxophone, Drums, Flute, Ukulele, Music Theory and more.

COVID-19 Lesson Status:
Teachers are continuing to teach a mix of lessons online and in-person. 
Please reach out to teachers directly for available appointments.

To purchase gift certificates for lessons, please reach out to teachers directly.

Master your instrument or learn a new one with our experts.

With lessons at El Dorado Hills Music, you can develop your skills with an instrument you already know, or you can add something new to your repertoire.  Please contact our expert instructors directly for rates and to schedule your lessons. Teachers keep and manage their own schedules.

Cameron Carbrey

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Theory Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching, composing, and world touring experience in many types of music, including marching bands, classical, jazz, blues, rock, hip-hop, metal genres, country, and orchestral scoring, Cameron can teach you a variety of musical skills both in the studio and on the stage.

He started playing music in 1982 and would later begin teaching at this location in 1997.  Students have gone on to obtain music degrees and establish careers in the music field as composers, performers, A&R, and technical engineering.

Cameron has played with and/or opened for a large variety of musical acts and/or members of Blue Oyster Cult, Buckcherry, War, Queensryche, Doobie Brothers, Charlie Musselwhite, Moonshine Bandits, Texas Hippie Coalition, Jefferson Starship, Warrant, Pat Travers, Dio, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Tesla, Guitar Shorty, Guitar Mac, Deacon Jones, Black Sabbath, The Doors, and many more, as well as having composed and placed music in several independent films, plays and professional web projects.

He strives to expand your musical education and innovation to inspire you intellectually and creatively.  Cameron's focus is on composition and becoming fluent in the language of music on any instrument.

In 2018, Cameron and his wife became the new owners of El Dorado Hills Music. Lesson times are very limited. Please check back periodically if there is not a lesson time available when you initially reach out, as available times can come and go quickly.

Lessons: Monday - Friday

Wendy Payton

Piano Instruction
(Currently Online)

Wendy can help you with her over 25 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and levels.
She's learned from the best, including John Trenalone (Placerville), Dilworth Simmons (Sacramento), and Frank Wiens (U of the Pacific).
She's also studied music at the graduate level in Illinois and Iowa, and she's taught at the college level in the Southeast.
With Wendy as your piano teacher, you can focus narrowly or pursue musical independence across a variety of styles, approaches, and skills.

Lessons: Wednesday and Thursday
Phone:  530-672-9244

Rikki Pratt

Voice Instruction

Rikki attended Concordia University in Irvine, California for a Bachelor of Arts in music, with an emphasis in vocal performance. She has directed several choirs, vocal ensembles, and musical theatre scenes. Rikki has sung with several local vocal ensembles and theater companies, including the Sacramento Master Singers, the award-winning Sweet Adeline’s barbershop quartet Heavenly, El Dorado Musical Theatre, and Light Opera Theatre Sacramento. Not only has Rikki performed across the US, but also in Australia and Europe, specifically in such places as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Berliner Dom, and the Salzburg Residenz Palace.
Rikki is eager to share her love of singing with her students. Rikki’s primary goal with her students is building healthy technique that can be applied to all styles of singing. Along with healthy technique, she teaches sight-singing, harmony singing, and performance presence. She teaches all levels of singers.

Lessons: Monday
Phone: (530) 306-7940

Dawn Walker

Flute & Piccolo Instruction
(Currently not taking students)

Celebrated flutist Dawn Walker is principal flute of the Monterey Symphony and a member of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. She has performed with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras for more than 20 years. Ms. Walker toured the United States for two years as principal flute with the SF Opera’s touring group, the Western Opera Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. She was on the flute faculty of the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View and has taught classes at San Jose State University. Ms. Walker has been an adjudicator for the California Music Teachers Association and University of the Pacific.
Ms. Walker received her Master of Music degree with distinction in performance and academic honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She has studied with Julius Baker, Frances Blaisdell, Keith Underwood and Claude Monteux.

Bailey PierceGuitar, Ukulele and Piano/Keyboard Instruction

Bailey has taught small classes and private lessons for five years.  He is bringing his talents to El Dorado Hills Music, where he began as a student.  Currently pursuing a degree in music education, he brings 10 years of experience in many types of music ranging from folk to classical, jazz and reggae. Having taught early childhood classes and adult students, Bailey is ready to reach all ages with determination and patience.
Lessons:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Jerry Jennings

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Theory Instruction

Jerry comes to El Dorado Hills Music with experience from traveling throughout the US and abroad, experimenting with all types of music. In 1988, he built a recording studio and started private teaching. He was a part of the GAC (Guitar Activity Center) with Michigan's Vic Trigger, where he taught for 4 years. He also wrote and recorded the entire curriculum.  Jerry runs a private recording studio and continues to professionally compose music.
Lessons: Tuesday, Friday
Phone: 916-549-0387

Erik Rose                                       

Brass Instruments, Piano, and Flute Instruction

Erik brings over 30 years of experience in marching bands and other styles to our store, including jazz, symphonic, chamber, and stage music.
He's an original member of Hip Service, an R&B funk band from Sacramento, and you may have heard him play locally with the Ron Cunha All-Star Big Band or the Placer Brass Quintet.
When you work with Eric, he'll share what he's learned with you and help you apply those skills in music, academics, sports, and more.

Lessons: Monday, Tuesday
Phone: 916-768-1597

Justin Murry

Guitar/Bass Instruction

Justin has been playing guitar and bass for 13 years and has three years of teaching under his belt.
He is the vocalist and bassist for his band "The Seafloor Cinema" and specializes in writing and producing.
Justin is currently pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance at ARC, as well as composition. As a full-time performing musician, Justin hopes to spread his knowledge of music and help inspire students to love music the same way he does.

Lessons: By appointment
Text: (916) 850-5676

916-939-0440      873 Embarcadero Drive, Suites 1 & 2, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762