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Clock Tower Music

Online Guitar Lessons Available  

If you are new to guitar or have been playing for years we have the right instructor for you. Playing guitar is fun and rewarding. We offer guitar lessons at our two locations. Guitar lessons are available for students 8 and older. Most lessons are taught for 30 minutes, one day a week. We teach a many styles and levels. Adult group guitar lesson are also offered. Please contact the instructors directly using the form information provided. We look forward to seeing you...

Our Teachers

Brandon Robinson  |  Mike Ehlers  |  Todd Kimball  |  Brian Kimmel  |  Jenny Ball

Brandon Robinson          online lessons available 
Guitar + Adult Group Guitar
Brandon's Website

Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday

I've been playing the guitar for 30 years and teaching full time for 15 years. While in my early teens I studied with George Hanepen, a local guitar player whose teaching emphasized reading, theory, and improvisation. After high school I attended the College of San Mateo where I studied music with "Gus" Gustavson and Fred Berry. In 1988 I began working for From The Heart Music, an after school music program based in San Mateo, California. During this time I was working with as many as 60 students a week, often in group settings with students of varying levels of musical experience. Since 2001 I've been teaching privately out of Clocktower Music in San Carlos. The types of music I love the most are American roots music, jazz, blues, folk, rock, and country.

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Mike Ehlers                            online lessons available 
Mike's Website

Sunday, Monday and Thursday

About Mike:
I have been playing guitar for nearly 30 years, and performing for the past two decades. I've been exposed to many styles of music over the years. I'm an experienced rhythm and lead guitar player who has backed up many other musicians over the years in addition to fronting my own bands. I have played on various recordings for other artists and did all the guitar work on my own albums. I started playing guitar at 12 and my young adult life was filled with music and countless jam sessions with players at every level. I have given guitar lessons for many years as a private teacher and in school environments. In addition to private students, I currently teach for the StrikeAChord program at East Bay schools.

I have been told that I have a special ability to create successful experiences for students. I have a great deal of experience breaking complex chords, advanced strumming patterns and lead playing into easily digestible pieces. My goal is to teach you as much as you want to learn, in the shortest amount of time.

In addition to music, I spent several years with young people as a youth worker. I am also a yoga instructor, have a degree in Computer Network Engineering, and spent several years in the corporate world before moving into music as a full-time occupation. Along the way I've picked up some songwriting awards, and continue to perform regularly in the Bay Area and beyond as a folk/acoustic artist

Acoustic music that covers alot of territory, Mike Ehlers moves from eco-folk-rap to pop, from alt-country to mellow grooves, from story-folk-with-a-punch to ballads born in the depths of a quieted gratitude. A multiple first-round winner of WCS (West Coast Songwriters) competitions in Northern California, he won "Song of the Year" in the Sebastopol division for 2010. Originally hailing from Northern California, Mike returned in 2009 after spending the five years in Canada, where he gained a faithful local following.

Recent performances in Northern California include The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, The Hopmonk in Sebastopol, The Union Room in San Francisco, Napa City Nights, Casparfest, and several appearances in the Mendocino Stories concert series.

Past shows in Edmonton include City TV, several appearances on Radio CBC's Center Stage, the Jubilee Auditorium, 'Night of Artists', the 'Heart of the City Festival', 'Winterfest', the Arden Theatre, the Northern Lights Folk Club and a variety of other venues throughout Edmonton.

Glad to be back in his native land, Mike continues to write, record and perform, touring Northern California and beyond.

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Todd Kimball                   online lessons available 
Guitar, Mandolin and Ukulele

Thursday, Saturday and Sundays
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Todd Kimball has been playing guitar and mandolin for 31 years and is quite proficient in a variety of syles. He's played in theater groups, jazzquintets as well as big bands, blues bands, rock bands, country bands, and bluegrass bands. He studied jazz improvisation and arranging with Ray Brown at Cabrillo College and has studied with some of the bay areas finest jazz guitarists. He offers a wealth of knowlege in the areas of music theory, arranging for solo guitar, bluegrass mandolin, flatpicking, fingerpicking, jazz guitar, and rock and roll styles. Todd encourages all his students to learn to read music and caters the lessons to the students musical needs. He's a very "user friendly" teacher.

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Brian Kimmel      online lessons available 
Saxophone/Guitar and Bass

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Growing up in a musical family Brian has been involved with and studied music from an early age. Brian has performed with groups from ensembles to big band. His goal is for students to build confidence, increase musicianship and have fun.

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Jenny Ball                      online lessons available 


About Jenny:
Jenny is multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, vocalist, entertainer, recording artist and teacher of guitar and percussion whose work encompasses a wide variety of styles. She performs regularly in the Bay area as a soloist, duet act and in local band gigs.

She attended Tennessee Technological University for her studies in percussion, guitar and composition. She has toured professionally with ensembles and contemporary dance bands throughout the United States. Jenny has experience in performing in the ‘pit orchestra’ for musical theater. She also has been the front person for her own professionally gigging band.

Jenny’s love for songwriting brought her to recording, producing and arranging her debut CD entitled “Sitting Here.” You can hear Jenny’s passion for the guitar shines in her picking and solo styles throughout the pieces.

A guitar instructor for over 3 decades, Jenny enjoys sharing her expertise and joy for the instrument with her students. She especially loves working with children and is honored to have taught students of all ages.

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Curbside Pickup
Tuesday 10-5
Thursday 10-5
Saturday 10-5
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