Chris Martsolf

Drummer, pianist, and music producer with a Music degree from UCSC and a passion for multiple genres


Chris Martsolf is a drummer, pianist, and music producer experienced in various styles of music, ranging from jazz to hip hop to rock. He has been practicing music from a young age and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from UC Santa Cruz, where he studied drums with a focus in jazz performance. Balancing his time between guiding students in music lessons and producing bands and solo artists in recording sessions, Chris brings his unwavering passion, innate musicality, and distinctive style to every interaction.

As a music educator, Chris’s greatest joy lies in inspiring and empowering students to explore diverse musical genres and nurture their own unique artistic expression. He firmly believes that playing music should be a gratifying and enriching experience, and he strives to foster a supportive and enjoyable environment for his students to learn and flourish. Regardless of skill level, Chris is committed to helping his students achieve their goals and discover the exhilaration and fulfillment that come with playing and creating music.

Learning an instrument with Chris is an exciting journey. He assists his students in developing their musical preferences, cultivating healthy practice habits, and nurturing an enthusiastic love for playing and listening to music. On drums, Chris works with students on developing an interest in groove, fluidity of motion, stick control, dynamics, reading skills, and improvisation. On piano, Chris emphasizes the importance of finger dexterity, technique, music theory, and melodic expression.

When it comes to music production, Chris is fluent in multiple digital audio workstations (DAWs), including Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, FL Studio, and Ableton. He guides his students in the creation of their own music, whether through live instruments, MIDI controllers, samples, loops, or any other means of self-expression through sound and audio. Chris’s lessons revolve around mastering the fundamentals of mixing, exploring the chosen program’s features, and honing the skills required to achieve the desired sonic outcome.

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More Info

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