Charles Pariente is a professional session guitarist, performer, songwriter, music producer and educator with over two decades of playing experience. He is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and is currently working on multiple productions in the Bay Area, all the while sharing his musical passion and knowledge with students of all ages and playing levels.

Charles embarked on his musical journey over 20 years ago in Central America’s small but vibrant Belize. Surrounded by a mixture of culture and color, he has been focused on establishing his own sound. Focused on pursuing his passions, Charles relocated to California in 2010 where he enrolled in SAE Expression College in Emeryville. While there, he worked on many musical projects as a guitarist and producer, even earning a spot performing in San Francisco’s most popular music festival, Outside Lands.

With a thirst to learn more, Charles relocated to Boston in 2015 to attend Berklee College of Music and immersed himself in Berklee’s nurturing musical environment. He was surrounded by talented musicians, where he was able to work on multiple projects including founding the three-piece rock band, Easy Target. The band found a niche demographic in Boston, performing in many venues and went on to release a full-length album, Sitting Ducks, with all songs written by Charles along with bassist, Niels Sorensen. Attending Berklee allowed Charles to produce artists and become a versatile and multi-talented musician, songwriter, and teacher.

After completing his Bachelor of Music degree (with a concentration in Songwriting & Music Production), Charles is now back in the Bay Area sharing his musical talent with audiences, artists and students.

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ModernTone is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette at 1018-B Almanor Ln, Lafayette, CA 94549. We have a private parking lot and street parking is easy and plentiful. The studio’s location is right off the freeway so getting here from Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga, Martinez, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill and Concord is a fast and simple.

Lessons are $90 for a full hour and $55 for half-hour sessions. We recommend weekly lessons, but you are free to set the lesson frequency as you wish. We also offer monthly lesson plans designed for committed students who take lessons regularly. We respectfully request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. No-shows and lessons cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

  • We believe in pushing our students to their full potential, but doing so in a positive, nurturing and encouraging way
  • We believe that matching students with the right instructors help to form a better human connection between them and leads to better, happier students
  • We believe that music should be learned in a soulful, inspiring, and comfortable environment, using hi-end professional gear.

Our teaching and recording studios have been built from the ground up with acoustics and soundproofing in mind. We designed the spaces to be ideal for music teaching and recording. We handpick all of our amps, instruments, and accessories, and pride ourselves with using high-quality equipment that is made in the USA.

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ModernTone Studios
1018-B Almanor Ln.
Lafayette, CA 94549

7 days a week, 10am-8pm