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

Dan Barker
(916) 212-4697

Dan Barker, a native of Ohio, began to study cello at age 9.  His primary teachers have been Linda Unkefer (Milwaukee Symphony), DonWhite (Cleveland Orchestra), David Chickering (Chicago Symphony), Crispin Campbell, Andor Toth.  He holds a Postgraduate double diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy, a B.Mus. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a M.Mus. from California State University Sacramento.  

He has attended festivals such as the Indiana String Academy with Richard Aaron and Nancy Snustad, the Weathersfield Music Festival with Roland and Almida Vamos, and also has participated in Improvisational and Non-Classical workshops such as Music for People with David Darling and the New Direction Festival with Tim White.  He keeps a busy concert schedule, performing regularly with regional orchestras throughout Northern California and in recital.

Dan has had a private cello studio for over ten years and has been teaching in Davis for the past five.  Although he doesn’t abide strictly by any one teaching method, he has had teacher training in the Orff and Suzuki methods and draws from these along with others in order to best suit each student.