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David Hawley

Guitar, Bass Guitar

David Hawley has been teaching in the Tri-Valley area for over 15 years. He brings his passion, positive attitude, and energy with him to every lesson. Whether you love rock or blues, or just starting your journey as a guitar or bass player, Dave can help you out with...


Francisco Hernandez


Francisco Hernandez is an experienced and versatile professional musician with many years of performance under his belt. He currently holds an A.A. in Music from Ohlone College and is currently studying for his B.A. in Music at CSU East Bay.  Francisco has experience playing in bands covering many different...


Jason Countryman

Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo & Mandolin, Voice

Jason Countryman is an accomplished professional musician with over ten years of teaching experience. He holds a B.A. in Music Composition and Classical Guitar from Cal State University, East Bay, but has extensive experience in a variety of music genres including jazz bands, folk groups, theater pits, experimental electronica collaborations,...


Jimmy Zeigler

Guitar, Bass Guitar

Jimmy Zeigler is a well-established guitar instructor who has been teaching in the Tri-Valley for over 20 years.  He’s known for being “on the edge” of inspiration at all times, and brings his passion and experience to his students at JAMS Music. He always brings fresh energy and ideas...


Kyle Bates


Kyle Bates is a well-established guitar instructor who has taught in the Tri-Valley area for over twenty years. A native of Oakland, Kyle because interested in guitar at the age of 10, his love for guitar and music has never swayed. Kyle focuses on his students strengthening their technique,...


Margret Scranton


Margaret Scranton has played guitar ever since she was a young girl. With over thirty years of professional playing and performance experience, she’s taught privately for almost fifteen years to enthusiastic guitarists in the East Bay of all ages and skill levels. She’s always expanding her knowledge of guitar...


Michael Solomon

Piano, Guitar

Michael Solomon is a Royal Conservatory Music (RCM) certified piano instructor with over 15 years of experience of teaching and working in the music industry. In addition to beginning, intermediate, and advanced piano students, Michael is a high-level classical guitar instructor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music...


Steve Kritzer

Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo

Steve Kritzer is a veteran of the Bay Area music scene. He has entertained audiences around the world, , recorded 5 award winning CD’s, and has been a highly-respected teacher for over 25 years, known for his professional yet friendly teaching style and ability to mold lessons to each...


Steve Smyth

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar

Steve Smyth is a highly skilled guitar instructor with over 30 years of private and professional experience.  As a guitar instructor, he has prepared hundreds of students for university level music courses with over 40,000+ lessons and workshops taught around the San Francisco Bay Area, and throughout the United...


Remember that First Guitar


"I commuted here all the way from Stockton because of the high praise this place has on Yelp. From my recent experience, JAMS Music has totally exceeded my expectations."

Andy D.
Ripon, CA

"...I've had the pleasure of speaking with John, Brian, and Jake and they were all very helpful and full of knowledge... If you're on the fence about visiting this shop, let me urge you over; it's definitely worth a visit"

Dublin, CA

I shopped around for a while at a bunch of stores looking for a beginner guitar setup.  John at JAMS was more helpful and knowledgeable than anyone at any other store that I've been to.  He explained the difference between the guitars, pickups, amps, and even the picks.  JAMS is also very competitively priced! JAMS will be getting all of my music business.

Christopher S.
Hayward, CA

A friend told me about this place so I stopped in and I was really impressed. John is awesome, helpful, and incredibly knowledgeable.  The guitar tech they've got in the back is amazing as well. My poor bass sat in storage for 6 years and I dropped it off for some work. I was amazed with the results. Really brought her back to life. Incredible craftsmanship.

Pleasanton, CA

"It was about time for the Tri-Valley to get a really top-notch music store.  I have been going to JAMS Music for a little over 2 years, and the place gets better every time I go in...I am a very happy and satisfied customer, and recommend JAMS Music to all my musician friends.  It an absolutely wonderful and friendly environment, and they are very easy to do business with.  

Gail E.
Livermore, CA

"Just used JAMS Music to repair my daughter's flute. Ian, the brass & woodwind repair tech is excellent. He knows what he's doing and is very ethical. I won't hesitate to bring my future business back there!"

Linda K.
Dublin, CA

"This is my go-to music store. My two kids have taken guitar lessons here, and both loved it...I would give them six stars if I could."

Mark K.
San Ramon, CA

"All of the staff were welcoming and always answered my questions thoroughly.  I highly recommend these guys."

Steve B.
San Ramon, CA