Michael Coughenour has been teaching piano in Ukiah since 1982 and is a member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). He was a student of San Francisco Symphony pianist Willem Van Overeem. He is a founding member of Ukiah School of Music. His solo piano compositions may be heard on two CDs titled "Laughter in the River" and "Redwood Aire". Formerly, he was co-owner of Ukiah Music Center. His students take part every year in various CAPMT adjudicated programs. There are both competitive and non-competitive events available for students who are interested.