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This page contains links to Music Teachers that Teach at Stanroy Music Center in Santa Rosa, CA.


Electric and Acoustic Guitar

Beginning to Advanced

I have been teaching professionally since 1984 and have taught  90 to 100 students per week at Stanroy Music Center since 1988. I have given well over 90,000 individual guitar lessons and am one of the most experienced teachers in northern California.

I have been playing guitar since 1968, started performing in 1972, and have opened for national acts such as Metallica, performing with Stone Crow, to Johnny Otis performing with the Decker Brother Blues Band. Also performed live for Al and Jamie Hendrix (Jimi Hendrixs father and sister) in the Hendrix Fender Guitar Competition, and have recorded numerous jingles for Vinson Advertising . I have recorded sound files and videos for EMG Guitar Pickups, ToneCandy Effects Pedals, V-Picks Guitar Picks, WattGrinder ToneGrinder Tubes and WattGrinder Speaker Cabinets.

My influences include Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Al Dimeola, Allen Holdsworth and everything I hear.

I am  the author of the guitar book Scales & Modes For Guitar published in 1999. I currently performs in the band “Monsters of Rock” playing Classic Rock Songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

  All lessons are given privately, one on one at Stanroy’s Music Center,  850 4th street, Santa Rosa, California, 95404. I teach 6 days a week, Monday through Friday, 12 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students usually take one 30-minute lesson per week. Rates are $35.00 per half-hour lesson.

To Schedule Guitar Lessons, Contact Bill Decker at 707-239-1315

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Steve Hoffman

Electric Bass and Classical Contrabass


Steve Hoffman has been teaching for fifteen years in Santa Rosa California. He specializes in groove, advanced techniques, music reading, charts, soloing and song study. Steve has been playing the bass for twenty five years and has received a BA in Music Composition from UC Berkeley. He has also attended Berklee College of Music. He currently performs with numerous Symphonies and Opera Companies throughout the Bay Area, as well as various rock bands such as Sweetleaf (Black Sabbath/ Ozzy tribute band) and The Esseness Project (electric instrumental rock). His influences are widely varied.

Steve started music when he was five years old with piano and singing. He started the electric bass when he was twelve and the contra bass at twenty-five. He is still active with all instruments.

When asked what makes him different from the other teachers he stated, I have loads of patience, I try to give the student ample chances to play in the lesson and Im sensitive to the students needs.

To Schedule Bass Lessons, Contact Steve Hoffman at 707-479-0508

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Alastair Ingram

Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute


Alastair has lived in the Russian River area of Northern California for over 25 years. Born in Dundee, Scotland, he came to this country in 1955 at the age of six.

It was after serving, from 1967 to 1971, in the United States Air Force that he decided to learn to play the Saxophone. Starting at Solano Junior College in Fairfield, Ca., Alastair studied with two professors who he still considers his mentors, John Kolarik and David Froehlich. David Froehlich is a pianist extraordinaire. John Kolarik was a low brass man, but is now playing stand up bass. After two years under their tutelage, he received his Associate in Arts degree there in 1973. After a year at San Francisco State University, studying privately with Danny Patiris, Alastair transferred to Cal State Hayward. At CSUH Alastair spent two years studying with classical Saxophone player William Trimble. After an additional year studying jazz with Jeff Neighbors and Marv Nelson, a series of master classes with William Trimble, and numerous recitals, he received his BA in Music with a concentration in Saxophone Performance.

In Sonoma County, some of the bands Alastair has played with include The Russian River All Stars, Bob Simmons New Exchange, The Dave Brady Octet, The Gray Cats, True Slack, Grand Slam and The Sonoma Swamp Dogs. He has played hundreds of casual gigs with various local musicians. Among Sonoma County’s vast variety of bands, Alastair has filled in many times for Gator Beat, Blue Moon, two well known local groups. Alastair’s main group, Metro, is a six piece band that plays many styles, including swing, jazz standards, R & B, and top forty.

Alastair currently maintains a schedule of 30 students in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.


Pete Estabrook



Pete has been playing the trumpet for thirty-three years. He has been teaching for twenty-five years and has been here at Stanroy Music Center since 1996.  His teaching expertise lies in working on the “process” of playing with intermediate and advanced high-school, college, and adult students. However, all ages and levels are welcome in his studio. Pete has a Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music  (Boston, MA) and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Studies from California Institute for the Arts (Valencia, CA). He has been an Adjunct Jazz Instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University for over 11 years where he has taught Improvisation, Jazz History and Appreciation, Ensembles, and Studio Trumpet.

Pete teaches the Fundamentals of Trumpet, Jazz Improvisation, and Orchestral Literature.

“Together, student and teacher create a safe, friendly, and supportive environment where any student may advance to the next level in their musical development.”

“Success in any style is based on the fundamentals of good musicianship and brass playing.”


Carrie Crandall

Instrument: Saxophone, Flute & Recorder

  Carrie Crandall has been teaching at Stanroy Music Center for seventeen years and has a lot of patience with beginners. She has been playing the saxophone and the recorder for twenty years and the flute for thirty. She received a BA in Music with a jazz emphasis from Sonoma State University. She has been in many bands such as Moonlighters (jazz), Biocentries (reggae rock), and Peace Warrior (rock).

When asked about why she got into music her response was, When I was eight, I saw an older friend play with the school band. I knew then that I wanted to be a musician. Music has always been a big part of my life.

To Schedule Lessons with Carrie, Contact Stanroy Music Center at 707-545-4827


Gary Meierhenry

Instrument: Tuba

  Gary began playing tuba in high school and studied secondary music education for two years at Southern Oregon State University.

He has performed with various groups in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties including Symphony of the Redwoods, Ukiah Symphony, various church groups, wind ensembles and community bands. Gary is the founding member of the Fifth Ave Brass Quintet (1997) and has performed with two other quintets, Touch of Brass and Wine Country Brass. For the past several years he has been part of a large brass group performing for All Saints Day at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Gary studied Tuba privately with Jim Odell (Boston University), Stew Trunner (Southern Oregon State University), Peter Estrabrook (Sonoma State University), Craig Knox(Center City Brass, Hayward State University) and is a band instrument technician, repairing both brass and woodwinds at Stanroy Music Center for the past 19 years.

To Schedule Lessons with Gary, Contact Stanroy Music Center at 707-545-4827

Pat O’Connell

Instrument: Drums, Marching & Concert Percussion

Patrick OConnell has been teaching privately for ten years and joined our teaching staff at Stanroy Music in 2003. He started playing the drums as a freshman in high school, playing in garage rock bands and in the school marching and concert bands. After moving to the Bay Area, Pat started his professional career playing in Peninsula Steak House Rock restaurants and San Francisco night clubs that featured original material. While in San Francisco Pat started playing with Big Bands and Jazz Octets and developed the reading skills that allow him to sight read Big Band and Show charts. Years of playing casuals (Wedding Reception and Society gigs) followed but original rock and jazz combo gigs were never slighted during this period. Pat considers himself a student of the drums and still takes lessons from master drummers in the Bay Area because he believes there is always more to learn about music and drumming.  In Sonoma County Pat can be seen performing with: Tudo Bem, JH Big Band and the Dan Taft Trio.

Pats specialty is reading for Big Band and Polyrhythms. His influences include Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Harvey Mason, and Ansley Dunbar.

When asked what made him different from the other teachers he said, Real world experience, and 2,000 Gigs, Casuals, Shows, Dances, Concerts, Clubs, Recording, and Original Material.

To Schedule Drum Lessons, Contact Pat O’Connel at 707-795-3786

Melanie Webster

Instrument: Violin


Over the last twenty years, Melanie Webster has developed an extensive violin studio in the Santa Rosa/Sebastopol area. Her studio has long been recognized for its tradition of overall excellence.  Where is this more visible than at the three public recitals held each year.  All students prepare solo and ensemble works (large & small groups) for these major events attended by enthusiastic parents, friends and family.

Melanies studio program consists of weekly individual instruction (for all but the youngest beginners) in addition to various degrees of group participation, generally corresponding to Suzuki performance standards.

Melanies long-term Suzuki training is registered at the national headquarters of the Suzuki Association of America (SAA) in Boulder, Colorado. Founder and director for seven years of the Northern California Suzuki Institute, Melanie is also currently a member of the Music Teachers Association of California, the Suzuki Association of Northern California, the American String Teachers Association and the aforementioned SAA.

As well as teaching, Melanie is also active with the Chamber Musicians of Northern California. She is currently the concertmistress of the Baroque Sinfonia of Santa Rosa and a founding member of the Cantabile String Quartet.

To Schedule Violin Lessons, Contact Melanie Webster at 707-823-3268

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Mike Emerson

Instrument: Piano, Keyboard, Improvisation


Mike Emerson has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Canada with a wide range of musicians—James Armstrong, Christine Lakeland, Zigaboo Modeliste , The Gluey Brothers, Johnny Dyer, Daniel Castro, Thad Beckman and Will Ray, to name but a few. His Hammond B3 and piano stylings can be heard on many independent recordings (Jessica Will, Brigitte Demeyer and on James Armstrong’s latest release on Hightone Records, “Got it Goin’ On”.

To Schedule Piano Lessons, Contact Mike Emerson at 707- 478-4368


Stephen Riedel

Instrument: Piano

Stephen Riedel teaches Classical and Popular piano styles. Lessons include a well-rounded education in piano basics: reading, theory, technique, performance and appreciation. He teaches all ages and all levels in these styles and focuses on developing the music fundamentals with his students.

Stephen’s music background began in elementary school with his studies in trumpet and continuing through junior high. He began piano study in high school and has been playing ever since, receiving a degree from Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University in music. He has studied with teachers Marilyn Thompson, Anna Harriette Foshee, Deanne Reeder, Casey Cameron and Jean Young. He occasionally performs with singer Annemarie Rosa, also from Sonoma State University.

Stephen believes in bringing out the inner musician in all his students and believes that piano study is important in developing that.

To Schedule Piano Lessons, Contact Stephen Riedel at 707-696-2267


Jean Young

Instrument: Piano and Music Theory

Jean Young is a seasoned piano instructor who has taught at Stanroy Music Center since 1986.  She welcomes students at all levels and ages and has current openings for children and adults.  Lessons focus mainly on music reading, ear training, and technique.  She believes this extends itself to other instruments and choral reading.  Each student is special and she teaches to the needs and learning level of the student.  She also welcomes choir or chorus members as students with a desire to improve interval sight-reading.  She uses the piano as a tool to hear and learn interval pitches.  Improvement is guaranteed.

As a full-time professional music teacher, Jean is patient and takes great pride in her teaching.  She is successful in teaching students with learning disabilities and works well with hectic student schedules.

As a former classroom (K-5) teacher for many years, Jean states that all 1st graders should have an experience with the piano – for coordination and focus.  She also believes that adults really enjoy learning piano too, once they convince themselves to sign up and get started.

Jean has her B.S. in Music Education and is a certified music instructor in California, Florida, New York and Georgia.  She majored in voice and piano, and minored in violin, clarinet and trumpet.

To Schedule Lessons with Jean, Contact Stanroy Music Center at 707-545-4827


Shawna Miller

Instrument: Voice


Shawna Miller is a singer and songwriter from Northern California. At age fourteen, Shawna began her first five years of private vocal coaching, followed by her enrollment in the Jazz department at Sonoma State University in 1998. As a jazz major, she studied Jazz theory and improvisation, and then went on to study with a professional opera singer and a Classical Indian singer. After earning her BA in Music with a concentration on voice, Shawna began teaching private vocal lessons at Stanroy Music Center in Santa Rosa, CA. From 1998 to 2004, Shawna invested her time and energy into singing backup for the local Roots Reggae band, Groundation. In those six years of singing with Groundation, Shawna had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Gregory Isaacs, Marcia Higgs, Pato Banton, Don Carlos of Black Uhuru, and Apple Gabriel of Israel Vibrations.

During her nine years of performing on stage professionally, Shawna has explored the genres of Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk, Motown, Reggae, Pop, Bluegrass, Classical, and Chamber music. Her outlook on singing involves the voice as an equal instrument for improvisation, which stems from her jazz background. She is currently involved in three projects, including a Motown/Funk cover band called Cloud Nine, a Jazz Big Band called the Moonlighters, and most importantly, her wild and improvisational original group, Plum Crazy. It is with Plum Crazy that Shawna has had the opportunity to open for the Mother Hips and sit in with the members of Garaj Mahal. Shawna’s passion for composing music takes her beyond just singing. Her love for R&B, Drum n’ Bass, Reggae, Hip-Hop, and Jazz inevitably finds its way into her writing style.

To Schedule Lessons with Shawna, Contact Stanroy Music Center at 707-545-4827

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