LOCATION:
1307 High Street
(Corner of High St. &
Encinal Ave.)
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510-769-0195


BIOGRAPHIES



la studied violin at the Conservatory of Music in Florence, Italy.  She continued
he studies in violin performance at the San Franc
BARRY SOLOMON---Guitar/Banjo/Ukulele/Mandolin
and Rhythm Rascals

Barry has forty years of teaching experience, and a wealth of
performing experience in numerous and varied settings. He has
most recently taught at Piedmont Piano & Music School, and for
years was head of the guitar department at the famous McCabe's
Music School, in Santa Monica, California. He's been playing guitar
for forty years, and his performance experience includes live clubs,
hotels, weddings, music festivals, workshops and amusement parks.
Barry has authored instruction books and tapes, as well as
contributing to a number of recordings over the years. Barry's
strength as a teacher is his experience and versatility in a wide
range of styles, and his ability to be flexible yet organized and
systematic in his teaching.    



DONNA SOLOMON---Guitar
Donna has a gift for working with kids, and this is due to her friendly
personality and extensive experience with children.  She has a BA in
Early Childhood Development from Pacific Oaks College, and was a
teacher for the Santa Monica/Malibu School District for fifteen
years.  She has been teaching guitar for over twenty years, and has
made guitar players out of legions of local Alameda kids!  Donna
has extensive performing experience, including leading her own
female Swing group, singing on many recordings, and directing the
Children’s Concert Series at the famous McCabe’s Music School in
Santa Monica, California.
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LYDIA MARTIN---Piano

Lydia has over twenty years of musical experience.  She received a
BFA in Percussion Performance from California Institute of the Arts,
and a MA in Music Composition from Mills College.  She is a
proficient performer in various styles, including Latin, Jazz, Rock,
Gamelan and Contemporary Music.  Her recent endeavors include
studying the music and dance of Indonesia, along with building
American Gamelan instruments.  Lydia is a member of several local
ensembles such as Gamelan X and the Mills College Gamelan
Ensemble, and has performed with such notable musicians as
Pauline Oliveros, Vinny Golia and Joe La Barbara.  She also has
varied teaching experience, having taught keyboard and percussion
throughout California, as well as working with a Youth Symphony,
and designing her own curriculum for teaching percussion to
children.


DANIEL ESCUDERO---Piano/Bass

Dan began his musical training at the age of seven in his home
town of Alameda. He studied music with Eugene Belokon, Karen
Johnson (Fairbanks, AK), Dave Parnall, and Camille Escudero. Dan
was a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, and has
vast experience in the workings of live performance, on stage and
off. His teaching methodology is centered around the individuality of
each student; how best to deliver training for musical literacy,
theory, and knowledge of performance nuances for each student,
all the while cultivating a supportive and positive performance
environment for his students.  He enjoys coaching students with
different musical tastes, and is well-versed in Pop and Rock piano
styles as well as Classical music.  Dan has an Associate’s Degree
from the College of Alameda, and is currently a student of
Performance Studies at UC Berkeley.


JACOB LANE---Piano

Jacob received his BA in piano performance from Johnson State
College, in his home state of Vermont.  He recently completed his
Masters Program in Music Performance at Mills College.  Jacob’s
performance experience includes solo recitals chamber
performances, choral accompaniment, church music and playing
commercial gigs. He has been teaching piano for years as part of
his college music education, and enjoys working with students of all
ages.  Jacob enjoys being flexible with what students learn, and
believes that shaping a particular curriculum for each student is
critical to their success.


SARAH STILES---Piano

Sarah has been playing piano most of her life, and started teaching
at an early age.  She has a B.A. in music from U.C. Berkeley, with
an emphasis in piano, music theory and harmony. She then
received her M.M. in music composition from the San Francisco
Conservatory of Music.  She has earned first place and Senior
awards in performance competitions for the Music Teachers’
Association of California, and is a certified tutor for the Certificate of
Merit Music Theory exam.   Sarah uses selective Suzuki teaching
methods and the Solfege system for development of ear training.  
She prides herself in being flexible with her students, yet having firm
standards for practicing and achieving goals.  Sarah is comfortable
working with students of all ages and levels, and has discovered
new and interesting methods of teaching through her many years of
experience. Sarah has extensive experience as a working musician
for weddings and choirs, and as an accomplished accompanist in
numerous settings.  .


MELANIE O'REILLY---Voice
Melanie is a singer-songwriter and music educator from Ireland,
currently based in California.  She holds an arts degree from
University College in Dublin, and is accredited by both the Guildhall
School of Music & Drama and Goldsmiths College in London.  
Melanie’s own songs have been published on seven albums and
eight compilations, and her music has been featured on PBS
television.  She has won numerous awards from the Arts Council of
Ireland, and has performed at numerous festivals, concert halls and
jazz clubs.  Melanie is also a renowned music educator, and
teaches singing at various art centers and music schools in
California.  She specializes in vocal performance and technique in
jazz, folk, pop and musical theater, and through her experience, has
the flexibility to work with each student’s individual needs.


MIA BELLA D'AUGELLI---Violin
Mia Bella started playing violin at the age of three, and received her
BA in Music Performance at Mills College.  She is a versatile
violinist, having performed in such varied settings as the Redwood
Tango Ensemble, the Livermore Valley Opera, the Town Quartet
and the North State Symphony Orchestra.  She also has a wide
range of teaching experience, having taught at Roses in Concrete
Community School, East Bay Home Music and Heriz Music, as well
as guest teaching at several other Bay Area Schools.  Mia Bella
prides herself in being attentive to each student’s drive to learn,
exploring technique and musicianship with the help of established
music books and personally developed material.  She loves
teaching as a way to inspire each musical voice, and encourages
students to use their own knowledge of music to create pieces and
exercises as they progress.


EMILY PACKARD--Violin

Emily Packard has been teaching and playing violin in the San
Francisco Bay Area for over twelve years and currently lives in
Alameda. She has a Masters of Music degree in violin performance
from the San Francisco Conservatory and an MFA in improvisation
from Mills College.  Emily plays regularly with her band “Jack O' The
Clock” and is a member of the Monterey and Santa Cruz
symphonies. She has taught private and group lessons at Oakland
School for the Arts, Mills College, Crowden School of Music and the
El Sistema program Sound Minds. In her free time Emily enjoys
practicing yoga, hiking, biking, reading chamber music and
spending time with her toddler daughter.


HANDE ERDUM---Violin

Hande is originally from Istanbul, Turkey and received her BA from
Istanbul University State Conservatory. During her undergraduate
studies she performed in the Istanbul State Symphony and the
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and taught college
preparatory violin, piano and musicianship classes. She has
performed on radio and television in Turkey, and has done
numerous recitals and solo performances.  She also has an MFA in
music from Mills College.  Her teaching experience includes being
the chamber music ensemble coach for Alameda High School, and
creating a course for undergraduate musicianship classes at Mills
College.  Hande is currently working as a freelance musician playing
in orchestras across the Bay Area including the Sacramento
Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Monterey
Symphony, Modesto Symphony and the Santa Cruz County
Symphony.  
Hande is a member of the San Francisco Composers Chamber
Orchestra, an ensemble that specializes in new music by Bay Area
composers. She is also a member of Quartet Opabinia which is
devoted to the performance of contemporary music. In addition to
being a very active performer she teaches all levels of violin, and
specializes in coaching students in ensemble settings with other
instruments.


DONNA VISCUSO---Sax, Flute & Harmonica

Donna is an experienced teacher and performer, having worked in
numerous schools, educational programs and grant-sponsored
touring ensembles.  She studied music at Laney College and San
Francisco State University, and has experience playing piano,
numerous woodwinds, harmonica and percussion.  She performs
regularly with the Adventures in Music Program, sponsored by the
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, which performs in local
elementary schools.  She also teaches at the East Bay School for
Girls, and performs with the Latin American Children’s Ensemble,
which performs for children of all ages in libraries and schools
throughout the Bay Area.   Donna is also an accomplished
performer of various ethnic music, including Venezuelan and
Brazilian styles.


JOHN McCOWEN---Clarinet

John received his Bachelor’s degree in clarinet
performance/musical composition from Southern Illinois University,
and is currently finishing his Master’s degree in music composition
at Mills College.  John received his teacher training while an
undergraduate, and has given numerous recitals, lectures and
master classes across the United States.  He has performed in a
wide range of styles including classical, jazz and rock, and this
musical flexibility gives him a valuable tool in teaching students with
wide musical tastes.  Some of his past performance venues include
the Center For New Music in San Francisco, the San Francisco
Conservatory of Music, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the
International Clarinet Association each year in various locations.  
John is comfortable teaching beginning through advanced levels,
and enjoys the challenge of using a flexible approach for each
student’s needs.


DAVE ALT---Trumpet

Dave has a BA in Music from San Francisco State University, and
has been teaching and playing professionally for the last forty
years.  He has performed in countless settings:  large hotels in the
Catskill Mountains, as a soloist with the Golden Gate Park Band,
Bay Meadows racetrack, and in numerous show bands backing
many well-known entertainers.  He is also the founder and leader of
a sixteen-piece Swing big band.  He currently keeps busy with his
own groups as well as free-lancing with others, playing weddings,
corporate parties, country clubs and conventions.  Dave’s emphasis
as a musical coach is to enhance his students’ experience through
traditional written materials as well as play-a-long CD’s.  He stresses
having fun with the instrument, while at the same time developing a
solid foundation in technique.


ERIC GARLAND---Drums

Eric has been teaching for over sixteen years both privately and on
the faculty at Community Music Center in San Francisco. He studied
at San Francisco State University with percussionist David
Rosenthal (SF Opera) and privately with legendary drum teacher
Pete Magadini. He has performed and toured extensively in the US
and abroad performing at many festivals including Montreal Jazz
Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and the NYC Summer stage.  He has
played with a variety of different artists including vibraphonist Roy
Ayers, Bobby McFerrin, and 1960’s rock icon Donovan.  Locally in
the bay area Eric plays regularly with numerous bands including the
Rob Reich Quintet, Jazz Mafia, Mads Tolling Quartet, Tin Cup
Serenade and the Brass Monkey Brass Band.  Eric’s teaching
philosophy mixes structured fundamentals with great variety,
creative free play and incorporating the students musical interests
into an individualized approach for each student.

RHYTHM RASCALS  
LYDIA MARTIN/BARRY SOLOMON
GUITAR/BANJO/UKULELE/MANDOLIN
BARRY SOLOMON
KID'S GUITAR - DONNA SOLOMON
BASS - DANIEL ESCUDERO
PIANO - LYDIA MARTIN
PIANO - DANIEL ESCUDERO
PIANO - JACOB LANE
PIANO - SARAH STILES
VOICE - MELANIE O'REILLY
VIOLIN - HANDE ERDEM/EMILY PACKARD
VIOLIN - MIA BELLA D'AUGELLI
SAX, FLUTE & HARMONICA - DONNA VISCUSO
CLARINET - JOHN McCOWEN
TRUMPET - DAVE ALT
DRUMS - ERIC GARLAND
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