Katherine Ayres is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who writes and performs music as a pianist, bassoonist, saxophonist, vocalist, and occasional DJ. She is versed and experienced in a wide range of musical styles, from classical to jazz to sample-drenched electronica.

She holds a Master’s degree in Composition from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degrees in Composition and Music Theory from the University of North Texas.

Katherine’s instrumental work has been performed by ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony and the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, and has been presented in high-profile venues such as Davies Symphony Hall and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas.

Her work as a producer has been released digitally and physically through various independent labels, as well as streamed live for enthusiastic audiences on YouTube and Twitch.

As a music educator, Katherine encourages students to be curious and explore more of the music they are passionate about. By exposing students to many styles and assimilating those into their own writing, she helps aspiring musicians discover their own unique voice as an artist, regardless of genre or medium. Katherine’s lessons are inspiring, educational, and super fun.

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We’ll text you a couple of days before your lesson to remind you that it’s almost music time.

On lesson day, come to our studio in Lafayette or login to your remote music lessons from wherever. Your instructor will meet you right on time so you can dive into music right away. Before your lesson is up, we’ll make sure you have a handle on your practicing assignments and double check that you have everything you need to practice at home.

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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