Instruments Taught: Piano (beginning through advanced), Guitar (beginning though advanced), Ukulele (beginning and intermediate), Bass (beginning and intermediate)
Hometown: East Bay Area (Concord/Berkeley), CA
Years playing: 30+
Teaching since: 2002
Musical influences: J.S. Bach, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, The Grateful Dead
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from California State University, East Bay. Associate’s Degree from Diablo Valley College.
Musical Projects: Cuerdas Azul, Duets and accompaniments with Andrei Iranov, Joel Casness, Richard Flores, Marc Teicholz
Books/Methods Used: Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Alfred’s Guitar Method, Mel Bay, Piano Adventures (Faber), Suzuki
Key teaching concepts: Sight reading, technique, tone control, musical theory, getting the correct “feel” or “mood” of the piece, performance theory (connecting with the audience).
Teaching Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
One of the longest standing instructors at Music Time Academy, Michael Solomon is a seasoned teacher and musician with a high level of versatility on multiple instruments, allowing him to professionally teach piano and guitar students of any skill level. A budding pianist since the ripe old age of three, Michael later took up the guitar and bass as a young teenager. He continued his studies on both piano and guitar at a college level as he pursued a degree in Music, first at Diablo Valley College (under guitarist Richard Flores). Michael completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from California State University East Bay, studying both piano and classical guitar (under Marc Teicholz).
Prior to private music lessons, Michael built up his teaching experience in the classroom setting, as an instructor for beginning through advanced guitar at the Newark Community Center for over five years. Before working at Music Time Academy, he was on staff as a piano and guitar instructor at C&L Music in Fremont and Hayward School of Music. It is safe to say that Michael has taught hundreds of students (so far) throughout his career – and he’s always excited to meet new ones!
Highly capable of (and happy to) work with students of all ages in any genre they choose, Michael’s curriculum typically follows the above-listed books and methods, but his specialties as a performer and teacher include: Classical/Baroque, Latin (Flamenco, Samba, Bossa Nova, etc.), Blues, Jazz and Rock genres. Michael can currently be seen performing guitar/violin duets in different Latin/Jazz styles alongside a very talented violinist/vocalist (and fellow Music Time Academy instructor), Judy Cruces.