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Rosalee Mears Sabado

Owner | School Administrator | Piano/Bass Instructor

Rosalee began taking piano lessons at an early age, continuing through high school and college. She has played in classical orchestras, musicals, jazz bands, and performed solo at weddings and restaurants. She has been teaching for more than 35 years and began teaching privately in El Dorado County in 1987, opening in Cameron Park Music in 1989, becoming Sabado School of Music in 2006. She is currently the music director for Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park.

Method: Rosalee believes all students should have a strong foundation in music fundamentals and instrumental techniques to grow and to continue to grow. Self discipline, Sight reading, Music theory and Creativity are encouraged in lessons.


Glen Sabado

Owner | Drum Set/Percussion Instrcutor

Glen began lessons from a young age. He traveled extensively with his own Show Bands. His Bands opened for name groups such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Elvin Bishop, Blood Sweat and Tears to name a few. Glen was also a musician in Los Angeles and studied with Joe Pocaro, Jim Chapin, and Chuck Brown. Glen began teaching in El Dorado County in 1988 volunteering his time at local high schools. Eventually teaching at all four local high schools with award winning drum lines. 


Method: Glen believes in teaching his students self-discipline, structure, sight-reading, technique and improvising. He has encouraged and helped students audition and make it into several noted Universities. Glen also believes that enjoying your instrument is the most important thing.

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Jennifer Welch

Piano/Voice Instructor

Jennifer Welch has been teaching voice and piano lessons at Sabado School of Music sine 1996. She began taking piano lessons at age 8 and never stopped until she herself became a teacher. She began singing in her church choir as a child and participated in children's musicals. In high school she played piano and sang for her church worship service weekly as well as directed children's musicals. She went on to attend Simpson College where she also led worship services and sang in choirs that tutored the country. Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Simpson College with a degree in Music Education and an emphasis in piano and voice. In recent years she has led worship for her church's women's ministry group and co-directed children's musicals. Jennifer's piano teaching includes: music theory, sight-reading, technique, ear training, and chord chart playing. She includes various music styles from classical to contemporary. Jennifer's voice teaching includes sight singing and technique, which is individually tailored to each student's needs. She teaches a variety of music including classical, musical theatre, gospel, and contemporary. 


Jennifer lives in Placerville with her husband, who is also a musician, and her two teenage children, whom she homeschooled for junior high school. When not teaching, Jennifer can be found looking for things her family has lost, spying on teenage conversations, reading books, secretly trying to figure out everyone's MBTI personality through casual conversation, knitting crocheting, looking up how to craft things in Minecraft, and pinning things she'll never do on Pinterest. 


Method: Vocally Jennifer teaches sight reading, Vocal care, Diction, Singing harmony and expanding you range and performance while singing a variety of music. In Piano Jennifer emphasizes rhythms, note reading, and technique while using a variety of classical and modern music.


Nick Helldorfer

Guitar/Ukulele/Brass Instructor

Nick Helldorfer is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in trumpet and brasswinds and guitar. Nick grew up in El Dorado county and attended California State University Sacramento, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music. He has performed, recorded and written music for local groups including the Sacramento based reggae group La Noche Oskura, jazz orchestra Symphonia Phonotone and the band Pico Pico. He currently has a busy schedule performing with a variety of musical groups and is pursuing a music education credential while working on a solo album. 

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Madison Armstrong

Woodwinds Instructor

Madison Jeanae Armstrong is a woodwind doubler based in the Sacramento area.
Originally from Las Vegas, NV, she is currently a fifth-year senior at Sacramento
State University studying clarinet performance under Professor Sandra McPherson.
Her musical experiences and achievements include winning the 2018 Sacramento
State Concerto Competition as well receiving the 2018 Saturday Club Scholarship
award. She spends most of her time performing in musical theatre pits and has
performed with various theatre companies, such as The Berkeley Playhouse (Freaky
Friday the Musical and Memphis), Stockton Civic Theatre (Matilda the Musical),
Davis Shakespeare Festival (Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Showbiz
Theatre (La Cage Aux Folles), and Downtown Theatre in Fairfield (She Loves Me and
Elf the Musical). Ms. Armstrong has also performed as a clarinetist with the Opera
Modesto (Mansfield Park).
In addition to playing, she is also extremely passionate about sharing her musical
knowledge through teaching private and group instrumental lessons.