Michael Oyster is an experienced pianist and music educator with a background in classical, jazz, blues, and rock. He offers lessons to beginning and intermediate level students – children, teenagers, and adults. His teaching method offers a unique blend of traditional music education, theory, and improvisation.
Through careful study and analysis of the learning process as it relates to music, Michael has developed a relaxed and comfortable curriculum which is customized to each student’s ability and goals. His teaching philosophy is concentrated on developing the student’s positive accomplishments rather than focusing on how to avoid mistakes. This approach allows the student to gain measurable confidence while participating in an enjoyable learning experience at the same time,
Michael Oyster has played piano and composed music since the age of 5. In the 1970’s one of his high school compositions was played at the Virginia State “Bands of Tomorrow” competition. The band won first place for their performance of his piece. One of the adjudicators was jazz great and internationally reknowned pianist Marian McPartland. Classically trained, Michael also played professionally in cover bands in the Washington D.C. area.
Michael Oyster has studied classical piano with John Mark Harris (DMA UCSD) and Paul Kenyon (Faculty of Point Loma Nazarene University) and jazz piano with Rick Helzer (Faculty of San Diego State University).
In addition to music, Michael has persued a scientific career and received a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from UCSB, a Master’s Degree in Statistical Physics from MIT, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from UCLA. After 25 years of working in electronic imaging, signal processing, computer graphics, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence Michael has turned his interest and career to music.
I took his lessons three times for the audition for the Applied Music Program at Palomar College; then I passed it! He was teaching me not just music piece, but also some technical exercise for the piano. It is very helpful. Also, although my first language is not English, he explained to me everything clearly. He is a very nice teacher, so I highly recommend you study piano with him. — Miyuki M.