Harmony Ridge Music

Guitar & Piano Lessons

Nevada City, CA

Ken Knoll

I am a musical coach and mentor. I have been playing music for over 30 years. I teach youth and adults – most are beginners, but I am also happy to help experienced musicians level-up.

To me, music is a spiritual journey. It’s not just for people who want to perform or be in a band – it’s something you can do for yourself as therapy.

Knowing how to play songs will give you self-confidence, respect from peers, and an outlet for self-expression.

I teach through songs.

The lessons are tailored to each individual student’s musical tastes and aspirations.

In the context of your favorite songs, you can learn music theory and techniques – chords, scales, and rhythm.

I believe that music theory is not required to be a great musician, and if you’re not interested, then we’ll stick to the fun of playing.

The student will leave each lesson a little bit more knowledgeable and inspired.

Musical Styles

& Influences

Classic Rock

Elton John, Beatles, Pink Floyd

Modern Rock

Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band


Elliott Smith, Smashing Pumpkins


Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Alisha Keys

Indie Pop

Billie Eilish, Coldplay


Hans Zimmer

Harmony Ridge Music


Guitar Lessons

Drop-in lessons: $70/hour
Weekly lessons: $60/hour

Piano Lessons

Drop-in lessons: $70/hour 
Weekly lessons: $60/hour

Instrument Selection

Help with selecting the right
musical instrument for you

Instrument Maintenance

Changing the strings, tuning,
best cleaning practices


All lessons are offered at my in-home studio, located ~7 minutes from downtown Nevada City, CA. Address & directions will be provided in your confirmation email and text message.

Book a Lesson


©2022 Harmony Ridge Music
All Rights Reserved