Clock Tower Music                      676  Laurel  St .  San  Carlos       650-595-2024

since 1983

Guitar Lessons

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 varity of styles and levels. Adult group guitar lesson are also offered. Please contact the instructors below. 

Our Teachers.....

Brandon Robinson

Guitar + Adult Group Guitar

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday
[email protected]

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.

Jim Allen

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano and Composition.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 

Education and Professional Bio:

Jim Allen is a composer, music teacher and freelance musician. He was born in San Francisco and grew up in Millbrae where he studied guitar and performed in his first band at the age of 14. He also studied piano and flute at the former Peninsula Conservatory.

Jim attended the College of San Mateo where he studied with Charles 'Gus' Gustavson (harmony and composition), John Hancock (piano) and Charles Ferguson (guitar). While a student he was employed by the college as the tutor for the music department. He composed and recorded the music soundtrack for a student film, Easy Street, which won a Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival. During this time he was also music director for The Gas Company, a San Francisco theatre group.

Jim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at the University of California at Santa Cruz where he studied with David Cope (theory and composition), Gordon Mumma (electronic music), Jean-Pierre Dautricourt (orchestration), Paul Vorwerk (conducting) and Undang Sumarna (Javanese gamelon). While a student there he worked as a radio programmer, engineer and announcer for KBOQ Marina-Monterey ("K-Bach").

Jim later studied with David Conte (piano and composition) both privately and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he also studied with Elinor Armer (composition).

He began teaching at Bronstein Music in South San Francisco and Wickersham Music in San Carlos in 1984 and later taught at Gene's Guitar Shop in San Francisco and Clocktower Music in San Carlos where he still teaches today.

Jim has composed works for chorus, orchestra, chamber ensemble and string quartet and solo works for piano, organ, harp and guitar. He produced an electronic tape composition in collaboration with Stefan Tischler in New York City and also composed the soundtrack music and twenty songs for a proposed animated film series created by artist/writer Robert Shekter, The Original Sherlock Mouse Agency. 

He has performed in several bands including Motives as a guitarist/vocalist/songwriter and Lake Street as a bass guitarist/vocalist. 
He has produced, performed and recorded with singer/songwriter/guitarist Fred Gardner.

James Allen is the author of A Guitarist's Guide To Understanding Music.

Mike Ehlers


Sunday, Monday and Thursday 


[email protected]

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.

Todd Kimball   

Guitar, Mandolin and Ukulele

Thursday, Saturday and Sundays

email at [email protected]


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.

Brian Kimmel

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 above all have fun.