2130 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816, US

(916) 443-7038

Music Lessons — Pease Conservatory of Music



Pease Conservatory History

The historic Victorian on 21st & L hosts independent teachers providing music lessons for violin, piano, guitar, cello, clarinet, flute, French horn, and voice. Since 1921 musicians have filled this house with music; learning how to make beautiful music. Mr. & Mrs. Pease began it as a school. Their nephew Wm. J. Geery and now his step-daughter Diane Davidson Heinzer have continued the tradition.

Making Music 7 Days a Week

Eric Achen, French horn lessons – Wed. & Sat.  916 428-7272

Anna Adamov, violin lessons – Sundays 916 247-2505

Jeanette Blakesley, violin lessons – Saturdays  916 213-6504

Jeff Bagley, guitar lessons – Sun. & Wed 916 718-6679,      ocbreeze@outlook.com

Keith Connor, cello lessons, violin lessons – Sun. & Tue.916 996-9868 kcmusicstidio@gmail.com

Elizabeth Coronata, flute lessons – Wed. & Sat.  916 428-7272

Margie Curler, voice lessons, piano lessons – Tue. Thurs.  Fri. 916 206-3198 cell, margiecurler@hotmail.com

Ron Foggia, piano lessons , jazz & classical– Tuesdays  916 992-3373  ronfoggia@yahoo.com

Lisa Lawson, violin lessons, viola lessons – 7 Days a Week 916 549-3806 lisa@lawsonmusic.com

Michael Lawson, cello lessons – 7 Days a Week  916-705-3806 michael@lawsonmusic.com

Jaime Smith, violin lessons – Mondays 916 837-6930  jaimerobinsmith@gmail.com

Jack Warren, guitar lessons – Tue. through Sat. 916 991-3616

Sacramento Institute for Music & Arts, Ingrid Peters, Director, violin lessons – 7 Days 916 242-8342

Studio 2 with a grand piano is available for a teacher on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays  currently.  And Studio 4 with piano is available on Mondays:   Studio 1 is available on Mondays  and Wednesdays.    Call Diane Heinzer @ 916 469-9852



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Biographies of teachers

  • ERIC ACHEN, FRENCH HORN 443-7038, 428-7272  Eric was a student of Arthur Krebiel.  He is now principal horn with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Sacramento Opera.  A top freelancer, Eric has performed with orchestras all over the country including:  San Francisco Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, L. A Chamber Orchestra. 

  • ANNA ADAMOV, VIOLIN. 916 247-2505  born and raised in Estonia, formerly  the Soviet Union, teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced violin, specializing in teaching young children, performs in various groups in the greater Sacramento area.

  • JEFF BAGLEY, GUITAR, BASS, UKULELE  916 718-8779, 443-7038.  ocbreeze@outlook.com.   Jeff has been performing and teaching for over 30 years.  With an AA in Music, he has studied with "Guitar Greats" Michael Musillami, Don Nearly and Tom Bagley.  He has taught private and group lessons at Jack's House of Music, Riverton Music, JB's Music as well as Adult Education classes.  He has performed with various groups over the years, currently playing with jazz trio "Bag's Groove".  Jeff teaches all ages and levels, beginning to advanced, with focus on musicianship, technique and theory.  He stresses passion, enjoyment and personal expression through music.  Learning the basics while having FUN!

  • JEANETTE BLAKESLEY, VIOLIN & SUZUKI VIOLIN, jbviolin@surewest.net Jeanette is a California Credentialed Teacher who formerly taught instrumental music in the Sierra Sands United School District with 100 string students.  She performed in the Auburn Symphony.  Jeanette teaches all ages.    

  • KEITH CONNOR, VIOLIN, CELLO, GUITAR, MANDOLIN, BASS in Classical, Jazz & Celtic styles. 996-9868, 443-7938, kcmusicstudio@gmail.com.  Keith holds a Masters Degree in Education from San Francisco State University and has been teaching music for more than 15 years.  He teaches both children and adults from beginning to advanced and also has an ensemble class for his intermediate and advanced students.  While teaching is Keith's passion, he also enjoys "jamming" with friends playing Celtic & Country fiddle, and playing in local community orchestras. 

  • ELIZABETH CORONATA, FLUTE 443-7038, 428-7272. Graduated with honors from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.  Teachers uncle Sid Zeitlin, James Pellerite, Britton Johnson.  She studied Jazz with Joe Henderson on a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.  She plays flute and piccolo in the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Sacramento Opera, and Sacramento Choral Society, also is a member of the Bear Valley Music Festival (Carter Nice) for 20 years. 

  • MARGIE CURLER, VOICE & PIANO  916 206-3198, 916 443-7038, margiecurler@hotmail.com.  Margie has been teaching at the Pease Conservatory for over 20 years.  Educated at the Boston Conservatory of Music, she has performed in concerts and shows in Boston, San Francisco, Napa, and Sacramento where she sings professionally.  Margie teaches foundational technique that applies to a variety of genres, including pop, jazz, R&B as well as classical and musical theater in a fun and expressive way.  Former students have performed in community and professional shows in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York  "...Margie is an affable and knowledgeable teacher whose love of music is infectious. She desires to see every student challenged and successful regardless of age, natural talent or initial ability.  It is readily apparent she cares about her students and enjoys teaching". Margie welcomes beginning through advanced voice students and teaches beginning and intermediate piano.  Margie is a member of the Music Teachers' Association.

  • RON FOGGIA, PIANO jazz and classical, 916 992-3373,  ronfoggia@yahoo.com .   Ron Foggia has extensive experience in both piano performance and teaching students from ages 6 to 82 in both classical and jazz genres.  He offers instruction in classical and jazz piano as well as classical and jazz theory for all instruments and those interested in pursuing composition and arranging as well as jazz improvisation and re-harmonization.  Over the years, some of his students have gone on to pursue music study in colleges across the country as well as perform in the local music scene.  He believes in making the study of music fun as well as interesting and educational and tailoring lessons to student's individual talents, abilities and interests.    Ron has taught in the Sacramento area since 1980 through the CSUS music department as a Bachelor of Music student where he won numerous scholarships and awards every year he was in school including the first CSUS Concerto Competition with the Liszt E Flat Concerto.   Ron has also taught privately and has performed in every type of configuration from appearing as a soloist with orchestras (Sacramento Symphony, Camellia Symphony, CSUS Orchestra and City College Orchestra) , chamber music, percussion ensembles, etc. in the classical realm as well as over 5000 performances with bands throughout the U. S.   The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission has awarded Ron two grants to compose music for the CSUS dance ensemble Jazzworks in collaboration with its director the late Dale Scholl.  He also composed and performed the entire score to a PBS documentary on whales in the mid 90s.    Ron offers first class music instruction at a very reasonable price for half hour or hour weekly lessons depending on the student's interests and goals.

  • LISA LAWSON , VIOLIN & VIOLA  916 549-3806,  916 443-7038  lisa@lawsonmusic.com.   Lisa received her Bachelor of Music from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, Maryland, studied viola with Paul Colietti, received her Master of Music from the University of Southern California, studied with Donald McInnes, studied in Sacramento with violinist Elizabeth Field, performed extensively in the USA and Europe, received the Diploma d Honore and the Guido Prize, was soloist with the Sacramento Bach Festival and played with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Sacramento Opera orchestras. 

  • MICHAEL LAWSON, CELLO, 443-7038 916 705-3806  michael@lawsonmusic.com.  Michael received his Bachelor of Music from CSUS, studied with Lubomir Georgiev, was principal cellist with the Sacramento Symphony, Aspen Music Festival 1990 & 1991, performed in master classes of jazz and original music with Mark Summer, cellist of the Turtle Island String quartet, with wife Lisa constructed  a quartet of electric instruments with which they performed all classical concerts of "Music at the White Bird Gallery" concert series, studied with and performed in concerts with baroque cellist Phoebe Carral, basso continuo with Music Antigua Horn, had chamber music coaching with the period-style Van Swieten Quartet.  The Lawsons teach students of all ages privately.  From 1998 to 2001 at John Morse Elementary School in Sacramento they created a strings program, teaching 80 students a year to play the violin, viola or cello.  They are the founding members of the Sacramento Baroque Soloists and play in the Celtic music band "Keeva". 

  •  JAIME ROBIN SMITH, VIOLIN. 443-7038 , 916 837-6930 jaimerobinsmith@gmail.com.  Jaime Smith began her formal Classical Violin Performance studies in her home town with William Barbini (Concert-master, Sacramento Symphony) at California State University, Sacramento.  She then continued her studies with Malcolm Lowe (Concert-master, Boston Symphony) and Eric Rosenblith (String Department Chair N.E.C.M.) at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she graduated with a degree in Violin Performance.  In 1999 Jaime was the first musician to be granted a Fulbright Scholarship to Greece to study its traditional music in Athens.  She attended the national conservatory with Yiannis Zevgolis and the Athens Conservatory with Kyriakos Gouventas.  She spent 17 years living in Athens and performing all over Greece and Cyprus with celebrated artists.  She has performed countless times on Greek and Cypriot television and radio.  In 2007 she formed the music trio Hohlax and has organized five concert tours of California dedicated to sharing her love for Greek music to others.  Along with her performances and events in California she has held performance seminars at California State University, Sacramento, and University of California, Davis.   Jaime has been teaching violin for the past 20 years.  Parallel to her music studies in Sacramento and Boston she maintained a private violin studio for all ages.  In addition to her numerous private students in Greece she has held individual and group classes in elementary and music schools.  Jaime believes that chemistry between teacher and student is the most important base for learning.  Beyond this, she teaches her students the tools to practice on their own, to keep things simple will encourage progress, to hold the violin and bow correctly while keeping the body relaxed, but most of all to keep humor and fun in the lessons!  Jaime enjoys teaching all ages.   Being a mom of a youngster and having taught so many children, she understands the need to focus first on the relationship with each child, being careful to  tune into them as individuals and keep their spark ignited for music.  She also encourages each student once they have developed their technique to feel comfortable choosing what they want to play, as the violin is found in many genres  and styles.   Jaime was "Solfege Assistant" for the Solfege Department at N.E.C.M. and believes in the teaching of solfeggio to her violin students to be fundamental, empowering and extremely helpful.  She has seen progress in those students who chose to add solfeggio to their lessons in these ways:  faster understanding and recognition of musical interludes, a stronger understanding of rhythm and the important ability of the student to hear the melody in their head before playing.  Solfege is encouraged but optional. 

  • JACK WARREN, GUITAR. 443-7038. Jack Warren taught guitar at CSUS, City College, and American Rive College, performed two faculty recitals at CSUS and a series of recitals with the Library System, has given many recitals regionally, and taught guitar 30 years at the Pease Conservatory of Music.  He teaches beginning to advanced classical guitar.

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Pease Conservatory of Music

2130 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816, Use

peaseconservatoryofmusic@gmail.com (916) 443-7038 or 916 469-9852