Trowbridge Music

Trowbridge Music

5.0 (1)
1 employee
26 years in business

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At Trowbridge Music you will receive the highest level of teaching in a cozy neighborhood music studio near Lake Merritt, with free parking. 

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Classical, jazz, flamenco, bluegrass, reggae, gypsy jazz, folk, rock, punk, blues, Brazilian, and more! 

I weave ear training and music theory with guitar technique and performance skills into finely crafted lessons to inspire your love of playing guitar and motivate you to acheive your goals.

My former students have been awarded scholarships at many of the top music schools in the country, including San Francisco Conservatory of Music and USC.

I love to teach students of every age, from young children ages 4 and above through adults of any age. 

Whether you're a complete beginner or preparing for a career in music, I will support you every step of the way.

Learning to play a musical instrument in not only fun, it is also a vital part of being human, expressing ourselves, and connecting to history and culture. The daily practice of music is a component of our health and adds to every aspect of our lives. For young students, music study can direct the entire learning trajectory, inspring intellectual curiosity and fostering confidence in mastering new skills. For any age, music study sparks joy. During times of transition, loss, or trauma, music study helps us grow and heal. Music is part of our health and well being. Learning to play a music instrument is part of our strength, resilience, and connection to one's self and others.


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Oakland, CA 94606
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  • Claire Eustace

    We have been thrilled with Dr. Trowbridge! Our seven year-old child has been taking piano lessons from Dr. Trowbridge for the last year and we feel extremely grateful that our child has had such an excellent teacher. Dr. Trowbridge’s love for her students radiates out in her joyful exuberance. She teaches with incredible attentiveness and celebrates each new incremental skill and understanding. One thing that was unique in our experience of music teachers was how she helped our family integrate music into our lives. She lent us her book of Jewish music so that we could find songs to play at holidays and she taught me the percussion part of “Imagine” so that I could drum along while our child played it on the piano. We look forward to more music with Dr. Trowbridge!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I ask my students about the music they want to play and what inspires them. I help my new students establish a daily practice routine so that they can develop technique and musicianship skills. Step-by-step, I work with my students and guide them toward achieving their goals and finding deep satisfaction as confident, expressive musicians.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Doctor of Music, guitar performance, Northwestern University

Bachelor of Arts, music, University of Chicago

I have studied guitar with Emily Remler, Anne Waller, Sergio Assad, Denis Azabagic, Oscar Ghiglia, Sharon Isbin, David Russell, and many others.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I offer a yearlong training program called THE STUDIO, which includes weekly private lessons from August 29 to June 6th (with holiday breaks), monthly performance opportunities, and seminars on special topics. Call for tuition details.

I also offer group classes (2-4 students) and private lessons scheduled at your convenience, and weekend workshops. Please contact me for a full description of these offerings.

How did you get started teaching?

I have been sharing what I love since I was ten years old, leading my own bands. Professionally, I opened my first guitar school when I was 29, just after earning my master's degree in guitar performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University. Since then, I have also learned to teach drums, bass, piano, ukulele and banjo. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have had the privilege to teach a wide variety of students, from age 4 and above, including a number of retired professionals who decided to study music for their own enjoyments. Some of my students were professional musicians who wanted to learn a new skill while others were complete beginners. A number of my former students have won competitions and earned scholarships to study at the finest music conservatories in the country.

I have also successfully worked with students who have had significant learning challenges in other areas of their life, including dyslexia, autism, ADHD, 2e, and others. Several of my students learned to read music before they could read.

Many of my students report that they do better at school after studying guitar, drums, or piano with me.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently, I performed in my 12-member jazz ensemble Mary Lou's Apartment. Several people jumped into the aisles to dance. Playing music for dancers is an incredible musical experience!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask the teacher about how she or he prepares students to perform and what performance opportunities are available at the school or music studio.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Ask yourself if you are willing to carve out 30 minutes a day to spend with music. If the answer is yes, give me a call!  :)