Music Lessons

Piano | Guitar | Voice | Violin | Composition & Music Theory

Is your child interested in piano lessons?  How about guitar, voice or violin lessons?  The REALM offers private music lessons!  Students can choose from piano, guitar, violin, voice, and even composition & music theory.  As with everything at The REALM, lessons are tailored to meet the students’ musical/learning goals and learning styles.  Students will also have the opportunity to share their accomplishments each year at a music recital.

Please contact Cyndy at to schedule lessons.

Our Music Teachers

Irene Osalla
Piano lessons, as well as voice and beginning violin, are taught by Irene who brings over 19 years of teaching experience to The REALM. She started out directing and accompanying a church children’s choir at a young age and has continued her passion for teaching ever since. She holds a degree in music education from Azusa Pacific University and currently teaches private piano lessons as well as pre-K thru elementary students in Santa Monica and Palisades area schools. Although favored by young students, Irene has successfully taught ages ranging from 2 through 72! Patient and energetic, Irene introduces musicality and proper technique in creative, fun ways.

FullSizeRenderJimmy Murn
Guitar lessons (and songwriting classes) are taught by Jimmy, who has 22 years of guitar playing under his belt. Armed with math skills and the spirit of rock and roll, immersing himself in the guitar-based pop lexicon, he is self-taught. Jimmy has played rhythm and lead guitars, as well as done singing and songwriting in various pop-punk bands and solo since 1996. His latest outfit was Jimmy Murn & The Heymakers who cut a record and toured East Coast in 2012. Rhythm and practice are the key components – with these anyone can learn to play; add the building blocks of scales and chords and let’s have some fun!

Mike Bolger
“Brass and Keys as you please” serves as Mike Bolger’s professional mantra, and he brings his multi-instrumentalist skills as well as his musical flexibility to Realm teaching piano, accordion, trumpet, trombone, and other brass instruments. Mike has been teaching in various capacities for 18 years and his experience includes: music-specific substitute teacher for the LAUSD, LACER after school program, and he currently teaches for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music where he has been since 2001.  He’s had experience with all age groups, ensemble and classroom environments, and private lessons.  He received his training at UCLA and Cal Arts and continues to be an active member of the musical community in LA with an impressive list of credits including: Jewel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sponge Bob Squarepants, Jimmy Cliff, and Ry Cooder, to name a few.  Mike brings a mix of practical “ear training” and technical exercises to begin making music from an early point to keep his students engaged.  He provides a lot of his own instructional material to facilitate the process of playing by ear, and has had great success getting people of all ages to make and understand music through his method.