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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LEAH LI---Piano

Leah received her BA in Music and Psychology at the University of
California, Davis.  She received her early musical training in China,
and received the “National Golden” prize at age 11, as well as
passing the highest level exam from the Tianjin Conservatory of
Music two years later.  She has also performed as a Classical
Soprano and Harpsichordist in a Baroque vocal group, as well as
accompanist for numerous ensembles.  Leah is bilingual with both
Mandarin and English, and is flexible with teaching students various
musical styles, as well as Classical.  She is a member of the Music
Teachers Association of America, and can therefore coach students
with various officially accredited programs.  She has maintained a
full load of private students and has extensive group teaching
experience.  Also her experience working at the UC Davis Child
Development Lab has given her a special edge in developmental
and learning processes for young 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.


ARIEL WANG--Violin

Ariel began her musical education at age five, and studied piano,
violin and guitar in her early years.  She received her BA at Cal
Berkeley, and is currently working towards her Masters in Violin
Performance at San Francisco State University.  She won the
Concerto Competition prize at SF State in 2015, and was
Concertmaster for the school orchestra.  Since then she has
performed in community orchestras such as the Golden Gate
Symphony and Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.  She is well-versed in
various musical styles, performed in numerous private settings,
such as weddings and corporate parties, and currently performs in
a Baroque music group, a free jazz quintet and a rock band.  She
was the original violin teacher at Music N Beyond in Dublin, and has
taught at BandWorks, a local school which places kids together to
play ensemble Pop music.  Ariel loves the personal connections with
her students, imparting to them the joy and discipline of music
study, and is flexible with each student’s needs and musical taste.


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.


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  
LEAH LI/BARRY SOLOMON
GUITAR/BANJO/UKULELE/MANDOLIN
BARRY SOLOMON
KID'S GUITAR - DONNA SOLOMON
BASS - DANIEL ESCUDERO
PIANO - LEAH LI
PIANO - DANIEL ESCUDERO
PIANO - JACOB LANE
PIANO - SARAH STILES
VOICE - MELANIE O'REILLY
VIOLIN - HANDE ERDEM/ARIEL WANG
VIOLIN - MIA BELLA D'AUGELLI
SAX, FLUTE & HARMONICA - DONNA VISCUSO
TRUMPET - DAVE ALT
DRUMS - ERIC GARLAND
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