Watermelon Music offers private instruction for most instruments, with 18 teaching studios upstairs at our Davis location. Lesson availability and pricing varies from instructor to instructor. For more information about private instruction times and rates, please contact individual instructors directly.

Instructor Detail

Alexandra Roedder

Alexandra Roedder holds degrees in performance and musicology from UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, the Netherlands. She studied cello and baroque cello with Nina Flyer, Irene Sharp, Leighton Fong, Elisabeth Reed, Lucia Swarts, and Antonio Lysy. Her masterclass credits include such dignitaries as Lynn Harrell, Susan Lamb Cook, Rohan de Saram, and Anner Bylsma. While studying baroque cello in the Netherlands, she worked under and alongside the great early musickers of Europe: Barthold Kuijken, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden, Bart van Oort, and the now-rising stars of today's early music world, such as Rebecca Rosen, Claudio Ribiero, and Ines d'Avena-Braga. In the US, Alexandra has performed throughout California with Musica Angelica, Sacramento Baroque Soloists, the Stockton Symphony, InConcert Sierra, and her own La Muse Amusée early music group. She's played for churches, CDs, film soundtracks, and symphonies. She currently serves as the principal cellist of both the Auburn and Folsom Symphonies. She and her husband run the fledgling non-profit Sierra Nevada Historical Performance, dedicated to bringing the "real old-timey" music of the 17th and 18th centuries back into the spaces it was original written for: small, local venues such as churches, cafes, and homes.

Alexandra's teaching methods combine traditional approaches to building foundational technique with a friendly, student-oriented approach to ensure that lessons never become tedious and the student always progresses. If the student wishes, lessons can include a historical or theoretical snippet to enrich musical understanding, and the student is welcome to choose his or her favorite repertoire to work on -- or instead to move steadily through any of the hundreds of method books available from the last three centuries. She has experience with Alexander Technique and musician-related injuries, and can work with students of all ages to manage performance-related pain problems.