Located in historic downtown Novato, Marin Music Center has been a part of the local community since 1965. We offer musical instruments and accessories, repair services, rentals, lessons, and small classes.


Marin Music Center offers private lessons for guitar, drums, bass, ukulele, piano, voice, trumpet, mandolin, and oud, with more instruments coming soon. Please email, call, or stop by the store to ask questions, learn about our teachers, and schedule your first lesson! If you’d like to speak to any of our teachers directly, please see the contact list below...

Sandy GellerPiano/VocalsTues/Wed/Thurs/Fri(415) 892-1135
Vince NashPiano/VocalsTues/Wed/Sat(415) 497-7024
George TingleyPianoMon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat(510) 932-7269
Steve SalgoTrumpetThursday(707) 939-1987
Stuart Lehman-BrownGuitar/Bass/UkeleleMon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat(415) 328-5282
Lee DynesGuitar/Bass/UkeleleMon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat(937) 269-6871
Sanford BarnettGuitar/Bass/UkuleleMon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat(415) 450-8671
Jeff RosenDrumsTues/Thurs/Fri/Sat(415) 455-9246
Mick BerryDrumsMon/Wed(415) 824-5585
Rob RamosPianoThurs/Fri(415) 897-5958
Jimmy KraftSax, Clarinet, VocalsWed(415) 328-9716
Rachel UnterseherViolin, ViolaFri(415) 328-4149


Marin Music Center carries a wide variety of musical instruments, accessories and printed music.


Here at Marin Music Center we know how stressful the beginning of the school year can be and we strive to make your child’s music needs as easy as possible to achieve. We are a one-stop-shop for everything you need to prepare them for their school year.

We provide affordable rentals of all school band instruments, as well as digital pianos and string instruments. In addition to instrument rentals we also carry all necessary accessories (reeds, valve oil, strings, etc.) and school music books.

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What do we require?

Since musical instruments are valuable, we ask all renters for the following:

  • You need to have a current CA ID.
  • You must have a home phone and address.
  • You must have a major credit card.
  • All monthly rentals require a minimum of three months payment in advance.

Monthly Rental

Nine Month Rental (School Year)

Our school season rental program offers a 25% discount for a 9 month commitment. The student still has the option to exchange the instrument for another one if necessary. We require the full 9 month payment at the time of rental.

Rent to Own

All listed prices include tax and maintenance.

Used Trumpet, Clarinet, Flute, Trombone, Violin:

  • 3 Months: $80.70 ($26.90 per month)
  • School Year: $180.00 (SAVE $62.10)

Used Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Cello:

  • 3 Months: $129.99 ($43.33 per month)
  • School Year: $290.00 (SAVE $99.97)

All instrument rentals at Marin Music Center are on a Rent-to-Own plan! This means all rental money can be applied to the purchase of your instrument.


We offer repairs on guitars, band instruments, and strings. For additional information or questions about repairs, please contact us by phone or email, or stop by our Novato location.