“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.