Lessons at the Box

The Music Box has a teaching staff dedicated to our community since 1974. We have lessons for piano, voice, upright bass, bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, percussion and ukulele.  One of our fantastic teachers will show you the way. Please call one of our stores to schedule your first lesson. You will see how much fun music can be!

Christina Herche ~ Guitar


Christina has been playing guitar since she was 14 and has been teaching guitar for 8 years. She taught in Oregon for 5 years privately and for 1 year at the music store "Music For Kids". Christina has also been teaching at the Music Box for 3 years now.


Christina loves working with people of all ages, including kids as young as 5. She starts by teaching chords and easy songs the kids can play right away and then transitions them into the Hal Leonard Method books. Contact Christina Herche at Christinaherche@gmail.com

Tim Spencer ~ Guitar


Tim has been teaching for 39 years, the last 18 at the Lodi Music Box. He teaches beginning to advanced guitar, beginning bass and ukulele, with emphasis on reading music, theory and performance.


Education: Jazz Guitar by Warren Nunes, Hal Leonard Method Complete, Jazz Fusion Guitar by Scott Miller, Berkelee College Method Complete, Music Institute Essential Concepts Complete, Complete Jazz Guitar Method by Jody Fisher.


Tim performs approximately 110 times a year professionally and has played with many artists, such as Brian Duncan, Joy Williams, Ashley Cleveland of the John Hiatt group, Raoul Rico Reyes of Santana, Leon Patillo of Santana, the Elms, Tree 63...to name a few. Contact Tim at leftygitterman@yahoo.com


Rick Duncan ~ Bass


Rick is the upright and bass guitar instructor at the Music Box and has been for 30 of his 36 years of private instruction. He also taught at U.O.P. in the music performance program for two years.


Rick went to SJDC and studied with Phil Karp (Principal SF Symphony) while attending. He also studied with world renowned bassist Gary Karr at the University of Hartford. Rick finished his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, private instruction with Charles Siani (Principal San Francisco Opera).


Performance experience includes gigs with:

Stockton Symphony since 1977, Victoria Symphony, Stockton Chorale, Townsend Opera, Stockton Civic Theater, St Johns Chamber Orchestra to name a few.


Performances with:

Tony Bennett, Jackie Evancho, The Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Neil Sadaka, Toni Tennille, Carol Channinng, Beatlemania, Rich Little, Itzak Pearleman, Van Cliburn, Beverley Sills, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, Arturo Sandoval. Rick is currently playing with James Garner's Cash Tribute.


Rick is a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 189 and a member of the International Society of Bassists. Rick is also independent owner of Nacnud Sound, a professional recording studio since 1984. www.nacnud.net.  He has worked with Huey Lewis, Tower of Power guys, Jefferson Starship (Mickey Thomas), Tesla (platinum album) and hundreds and hundreds of others. Contact Rick at info@nacnud.net

Tommy McClendon ~ Guitar


Tommy McClendon, aka “Atomik Tommy McClendon, has been involved in music practically his entire life.  Starting on violin at age 5, which included recitals at 6 years old,  the music progressed to include the piano and then the guitar by age 13.  At this age the guitar became his main instrument, focusing on learning as much as he could and playing live gigs at 14.  He initially would teach guitar from his parent’s garage, then started teaching at the Music Box in Stockton. Local bands he formed, such as Deep Water, Thunderwing, and Boy Wonder would lead the way to bigger world stages, joining British rock band UFO in 1984. In the 90’s Tommy was a part of Sacramento hard rock band Soulmotor, touring the US with Def Leppard and Jakyll, and headlining their own shows. Tommy plays frequently in the area, with friends and has co-founded a new band "When We Become Kings." Tommy has taught guitar over 30 years, at Music Box Lodi, Janis Music Manteca, and Music Box Stockton. Tommy feels that personal instruction is key to really understanding and progressing with your instrument. Contact Tom at alienkrashsite@comcast.net


Nick Auriemmo ~ Drums/Percussion


Nick Auriemmo, a native of Long Island, New York, gradually made his way to the west coast thanks to music. While earning his Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Music Education at the State University of New York, Fredonia, Nick studied classical and contemporary music as well as West African drumming and xylophone with Ghanaian master Bernard Woma.  Nick completed a year of graduate work at the University of Hartford where he continued his percussion training and had the opportunity to study Middle Eastern frame drumming with Glen Velez.  Nick received his Masters of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy. During this time he was a member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Beloit Symphony and played drum set and hand percussion with several local bands.


Currently, a resident of Lodi, Nick is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 12) and has performed with the Sacramento Symphony, Modesto Symphony and Stockton Symphony.  He has also played with the Stockton Civic Theater and Sacramento Music Circus in their musical productions. Through his studio work he has appeared on several local artist albums and keeps a busy schedule drumming for James Garners Tribute to Johnny Cash.


Nick believes that proper technique, reading music and developing listening skills makes a person more than a drummer, it makes them a musician. Contact Nick at: nickthedeuce@gmail.com





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