Meet Michael Price

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Genres: All Genres
Teaches: Guitar, Bass, and Piano
Specialties: Improvisation, Jazz/Rock/Pop theory
Available Days: Mondays and Tuesdays in San Rafael

Mask Requirements: At this time, we do not require a mask unless the teacher requests the student to mask up. If you are vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask in the store. However, if a customer or parent requests that the staff or teacher wears a mask, we will comply. Thank you for your understanding and keeping our kids safe until vaccines are widespread to all ages. 

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Lesson Rates

30 min : $45
45 min : $60
60 min : $75


Meet Michael Price

Current performance projects as leader or sideman include Lulu & The Rent Party, Fantastic Fourth Street Quartet, Surfer Roma, Lonestar Retrobates, The American Alley Cats, and The New Moldy Figs. Various other groups, theater shows, school affiliations, and pickup bands round out a typical monthly schedule. Michael was especially honored to be the bassist for Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks 2012-2016.

Musical parents – his mother a piano teacher and his father a blues/rock guitarist – gave Michael an early inspiration to create music and a wide exposure to musical styles. His musical path became a full time occupation when he formed a band with his friends in the fledgling Sonoma County “Jam Band” scene circa 1990-94.

He went on to study Jazz and Classical music at Santa Rosa Junior College, Cabrillo College, UC Santa Cruz, Ali Akbar College of Music, and San Jose State University, acquiring various certificates and degrees along the way. But his primary education came from learning on the job in the various Jazz bands, show bands, dance bands, symphonic orchestras, pit orchestras, jam sessions, and of course from the recordings and performances of the masters who came before.

Michael began teaching guitar around 1995, and immediately recognized that it was a valuable gift to be able to help aspiring musicians learn and grow. He has taught piano and guitar as a primary occupation (along with performing) for more than 10 years in Marin County, solid references on request.

Michael’s approach to teaching music is generally focused on fundamentals, proper technique, and fluency in the language of music. A wide variety of materials and repertoire can be used, and older or more advanced students are encouraged to bring pieces that they are interested in. Improvisation, Jazz/Rock/Pop theory, traditional Western music theory, and musical etiquette are topics that come up if there is interest or demonstrated need.

Need help booking a lesson? Email or call us at (415) 457-7600 x 104
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