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May 30th: Memorial Day (CLOSED)

June 19th: Father's Day (OPEN)

June 29th-July 5th: Summer Break (CLOSED WED-TUES)

Proof that we inform you of all holiday closures. :)
Monday at 8pm

Our teachers are avid performers in the San Francisco Bay Area (and across the world)! Check them out live with their bands/ensembles at these upcoming gigs.

Friday, May 27th: West GrandBoulevard (Anna, Craig, Mike M) at Fort Mason in San Francisco

Friday, May 27th: Timmy G acoustic at Maria Maria in Walnut Creek

Saturday, May 28th: Gringa (Luna) at Bissap Baobab Village

Saturday, May 28th: The UnOriginals (Tim G) at Maggie McGarry's in San Francisco

Friday, June 3rd: Felsen (Art) at 19 Broadway in Fairfax

Friday, June 3rd: Dueling Guitars (Tim) at Pura Vida Cocina Latina, Livermore

Saturday, June 4th: Dueling Guitars (Tim G) at The Vine at Bridges, Danville

Sunday, June 5th:  Gringa (Luna) at the Ramp  Restaurant in San Francisco

Thursday, June 9th: Muncie (Anna & Mike M) at Lagunitas in Petaluma

Tuesday, June 7th: Gringa (Luna) at Elbo Room in San Francisco

Friday, June 10th: The Unoriginals (Tim) at Johnny Foley's in San Francisco

Friday, June 24th: Gringa (Luna) at Jupiter in Berkeley

Friday, June 24th: Muncie (Anna & Mike M) at the Rellik Tavern in Benicia

Saturday, July 9th: Gringa (Luna) at Pier 23 in San Francisco

Saturday, July 9th: Zack Bateman & the Coal Minds (Judy) at Slim's in San Francisco

Every Other Tuesday: The Movement Jam with Flenobo (Swen, Tim M. & Pete) at The Legionnaire in Oakland
Every Thursday: Amethyst Bickman (Craig on keys) at Penrose in Oakland

Every Thursday: Dueling Guitars (Tim G) at Tiki Tom's in Walnut Creek

(Tim & Belinda)

(Anna, drums & Craig, keys)

(Tim, guitar/vocals)

(Luna, drums)

(Judy, violin)

(Xavier, guitar/vocals)

(Judy, violin)

(Xavier & Nick, vocals & guitar)

(Anna, drums)

(Judy, violin)

(Xavier, guitar/vocals)

(Anna, drums & Mike, bass)

(Mario, trumpet)

(Mario, trumpet)

(Anna, drums)


(Adam, bass)

(Stewart, guitar/vocals)

(Adam, bass)

(Andrew, guitar/vocals)

(Judy, violin)

(Luna, drums)

(Mario, trumpet)
(Dave Lockhart, bass)
Are you aware of our policies? We require at least 24 hours notice of absence for offering a make-up lesson (although make-ups are NEVER guaranteed, always subject to availability). We also require 30 days written notice for stopping ongoing lessons. 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


I t sure has been one exciting month here at Music Time. Our Spring Concert was a HUGE success, clocking in at a record-breaking 160+ performances in just about 3 hours. An enormous congrats from us to all of the hard-working students, parents and instructors that made it all possible. Go, you!

It is no doubt that we had a concert of epic proportions over at the Bothwell, but we also hit a milestone for our little facility on Las Positas Court: not just one, but TWO events in our back space! We hosted the first ever concert "dress rehearsal" on the evening before the concert, as well as a Rock concert on May 20th, featuring 3 of our student rock bands. The kids were great - but we'd like to especially thank the ADULT rock band on their first live appearance. Go, you!

Here's a peek at the concert dress rehearsal:

Yeah, yeah, May was awesome. BUT WAIT! June is going to be even better. Read on for the scoop on what's to come... 
Sunday, June 5th at 5pm:

Please join us for a very special evening of musical fun, featuring:

- Live Music Performances (by our staff)
- Hands-on Instrument Exploration & Demonstrations
- FREE Refreshments
- Fun musical games/trivia
- Q & A with our staff 
- Meet-up with the community of Music Time students, parents, and staff
- More excitement TBA (suggestions welcome)

All ages are welcome, so bring the whole family. We're also offering a little incentive to anyone that brings along a friend/neighbor/acquaintance/enemy that is not already enrolled in lessons here:

FREE $15 Gift Certificate for Music Time Academy 
may be used on lesson tuition

Please respond to this email with any questions, suggestions or concerns. Looking forward to opening our doors to the community next Sunday!


Most students continue with their regular, weekly lessons throughout summer, but why not spend some of those extra early afternoon hours playing music with your peers? Happiness guaranteed. Do you like happiness?


- Rock Band (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard & Vocals)
- Vocal Ensemble (Singers only)
- Violin Ensemble (also open to Viola & Cello)
- Classical Guitar
- Ukulele


All classes are held at Music Time Academy from 12-2pm

Rock Band 1 - Session 1 (7/11-7/24) Monday - Wednesday - Friday - $150

Rock Band 2 - Session 1 (7/11-7/24) Tuesday - Thursday - $100

Rock Band 3 - Session 2 (7/25-8/7) Monday - Wednesday - Friday - $150

Rock Band 4 - Session 2 (7/25-8/7)  Tuesday - Thursday - $100

Vocal Ensemble - Session 1 (7/11-7/24) Tuesday - Thursday - $100

Violin Ensemble - Session 1 (7/11-7/24) Monday - Wednesday - Friday - $150

Classical Guitar - Session 1 (7/11-7/24) Monday - Wednesday - $100

Classical Guitar - Session 2 (7/25-8/7)  Monday - Wednesday - $100

Ukulele - Session 2 (7/25-8/7)  Tuesday - Thursday - $100


We had two professional photographers on  site for the concert, and they have done some truly amazing work this time around! But you can be the judge of that. See the results for yourself on our Facebook and YouTube!

Here's a little taste of one of the standout performances over in the West End: 

Student of the Month 
Congratulations to Tanay Doshi!
Tanay will receive (along with priceless glory and endles
s bragging rights) a $30 Gift Certificate to Music Time Academy, as well as a $20 gift card to the Cinema West Theater in Livermore, and a shiny medal - can't beat that!
Instrument: Piano
Teacher:  Elizabeth
Age: 7
Grade: 3rd
School: Dougherty Elementary
Student Since: October 2015
Hobbies (besides practicing): Art

Tanay is a worthy recipient of the Student of the Month award. His instructor, Elizabeth, nominated Tanay based on his commendable perseverance and, of course, stellar practice habits (which are synonymous with progress on an instrument, and life in general). Also selling us on awarding Tanay as Student of the Month was his story from the Spring Concert.

As told by Tanay's mother:

Tanay was really excited for his second Recital. He was practicing everyday and also collecting his raffle tickets. On the day of Recital he was not feeling well....he even threw up before entering the Recital hall. We told him that it's ok if we go back home and he doesn't need to play but he was insistent that he wanted to play his piece. Everyone was very accommodating and understanding of the situation and allowed him to play his piece earlier in the program. Tanay was really happy that he was able to perform and we are very proud of him that he performed despite his sickness.

It is so refreshing to see students like Tanay overcome obstacles and do the best they can with what they have in the moment, rather than giving up (which is all to0 easy to submit to). So they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. 

Keep being tough, Tanay! Congratulations on your recent performance! 

Do you know a current Music Time Academy student with a newsworthy musical story or accomplishment from the past month that should be featured? If so, please fill out our online nomination form by following this link:  STUDENT OF THE MONTH NOMINATION FORM
Teacher Feature - Neill Castro
Introducing the latest addition to the Music Time Academy staff, Neill Castro! Like most instructors that join our close-knit team, Neill has been a friend and colleague of ours for years. We are thrilled to welcome him on board, now accepting weekly students on Mondays, in addition to substitute teaching. As a well-rounded musician, skilled and educated in a variety of instruments, Neill teaches guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukulele.

Neill, much like many of the students enrolled in lessons here, was fortunate enough to begin guitar lessons at age 10. He clearly took well to the musical experience, allowing it to have a profound, positive effect on his life ever since. In pursuit of deeper musical knowledge and experience, Neill later enrolled in college-level music courses, and also began to play bass (in addition to continuing with guitar studies under local guitar gurus Joe Livoti and Mike Williams). As a student at both Cal State University East Bay and California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazz School), two of California's most highly-regarded music programs, Neill received a top-notch, formal education on not only guitar performance, but also in general music theory, music history and music production.

A professional guitarist since 2009, Neill has performed in a wide variety of settings, including dozens of musicals at some of the largest Bay Area theaters, like Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Neill has played countless jazz and rock gigs over the years, currently on a weekly funk/soul residency with Oakadelic at Berkeley's Starry Plough. He has had the honor to share the stage with legendary artists such as the Escovedos, Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta), Michael Wolff (Cannonball Adderly, Sonny Rollins), and Jay Lane (Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends).

For more information about our many talented and interesting instructors, please CLICK HERE!
This month's Recommended Concert...

If you receive this newsletter, then you have shown some kind of interest in making your life (or the life of a loved one) more musical. One of the best ways to inspire a greater love and appreciation for music is to attend a live performance from skilled, passionate musicians. Here is our recommended local musical event for this month:

Stanton Moore Trio with Special Guests - A Tribute to Allen Toussaint

SF Jazz Center, Miner Auditorium

Sunday, June 19th at 7:30pm

Paying tribute to the legacy of the late New Orleans musical icon Allen Toussaint, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore has assembled a stellar band of Crescent City masters including trumpeter Nicholas Payton and percussionist Cyril Neville to perform fresh, funky arrangements of Toussaint's unforgettable songs. The explosive, driving force behind Galactic's stadium-sized blend of New Orleans funk, jazz, hip-hop, and electronic dance music, Moore is the primary figure bringing the second line drumming tradition to modern pop music, collaborating with Charlie Hunter, John Scofield, and Robert Walter as well as his own Stanton Moore Trio. GRAMMY-winning trumpeter, keyboardist, bandleader, and composer Payton is an audacious musician with a string of brilliant releases as a leader and innumerable recording and performing credits, appearing on Toussaint's final album, 2009's Nonesuch session The Bright Mississippi. Singer, percussionist, and member of the first family of New Orleans music, Cyril Neville embodies the city's cultural fabric as a member of the Neville Brothers band and the Meters. The impact of Allen Toussaint's career as a composer, producer, performer will live forever, and this tribute will help keep his flame burning at a roaring intensity.

CAN'T MAKE THE SHOW? Then consider this recommended listening.


Thank you for your continued support in music education! 


Anna Cucciardo (Director) & Monica Lind (Manager)

Music Time Academy
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