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Bananas at Large has 2 Locations to serve your Music Education needs

SAN RAFAEL

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SANTA ROSA

*Currently our lesson rooms are under construction - please contact us to be placed on a waitlist to be contacted when rooms and teachers are ready to be scheduled.


Teachers

We have over 15 different teachers that offer various styles, genres, and experience levels for your musical education. From beginners to advanced players, we’ve got a teacher who can take you there! Click on any of the Instrument Menu options to find a teacher that fits your needs! You can schedule your first lesson right from our website!

Schedules

Most lessons are scheduled weekly for 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour length depending on the teacher and availability. You can check each teacher’s availability on their profile page & book your first lesson right now!


Guitar

Daryl Bond has been playing guitar since 1996 and teaching professionally since 2006. He has a degree in Jazz Performance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, and has studied with some of the finest guitarists on the West


Embodying that philosophy, Tim Cleary started playing guitar, saxophone, harmonica, and singing in his preteens and is still playing 45 years later. Tim’s extensive experience as a musician has encompassed a wide array of styles including


Rik Elswit's first gig was at Little Pietro's Pizza Parlor, just off the USC campus, in 1965. He got free beer, a pizza, $10, and his career was set.


Hello, I am Brett Fenex and I have been in love with the guitar for thirty years! In that time I have studied classical, jazz, rock, folk, pop, funk and blues (not necessarily in that order). I am Musical Director for Alchemia, a non-profit organization


Neal Harris is a jazz guitarist and composer who has been teaching improvisation and guitar for more than thirty-eight years. His studies with guitarists and composers (some of whom have worked with artists such as Miles Davis and Duke




Josh Needleman is the guitarist/vocalist for the popular local acoustic group
The Pine Needles. Josh is known for his patience and excellent playing abilities on acoustic guitar.


Erik Schramm has been a part of the Bay Area music scene for almost 30 years. He travels the U.S. regularly with the band Super Diamond and gigs and records with a myriad of Bay Area and national talent.


Josh Zee has been playing for over thirty years, is a major label recording artist, session player, touring musician and has been teaching for over 15 years. Josh has recorded 2 major label records on the SONY/Work label as the singer/guitarist


Bass

Bassist and author of the best selling bass tone production, bass theory, and playing from chord symbols instruction book "Getting Around The Bass" Josh Needleman, has been teaching electric and upright bass students of all ages and levels


Angeline has taught at the National Guitar Workshop, in the Marin County and LA Unified School District and privately, off and on, for over 6 years.


Clarence teaches electric, acoustic, and fretless bass, all styles of music. Graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


Piano/Keyboard

If you already read music, Scott can help you improve your reading and sight-reading skills. Or would you like to learn your favorite tunes off of records without learning how to read? Scott has very good ears and can transcribe tunes off recordings


Amy Nicole Levine was born in San Francisco. From the age of 3, she was picking out tunes on the piano by ear. At age 7, she began her classical training. In her teens, she branched into Jazz, R&B and funk and started playing in the school jazz


Voice

Susie's balanced approach to music education emphasizes practical skills for people interested in; accompanying themselves as they sing, writing and recording their own songs, reading chord charts, playing by ear, improvising, playing in


Drum

Vince Littleton

Vince Littleton has been teaching drum lessons in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly 15 years. Some of Vince's students now have active careers in music; others learned just for the fun of playing the drums.

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Dana has been teaching students of all ages and levels for over 10 years. He has been a working professional drummer for over 20 years and brings that experience to his students.

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Ukulele

A Music Educator in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years, Kathy Quain, MME, MT-BC, is now living and teaching in Marin County. Kathy began studying piano at the age of five in Seoul, Korea, trained at the Aspen Music Festival


Cole Tate is an inspiring and patient guitar / ukelele teacher as well as a band leader, singer/songwriter/guitarist with The Cole Tate Band. Cole has been a music instructor, professional touring musician and recording artist for over 25 years.


Banjo

Rik Elswit's first gig was at Little Pietro's Pizza Parlor, just off the USC campus, in 1965. He got free beer, a pizza, $10, and his career was set.