Michael Tolon has been teaching music for 32 years at all different ages, from kindergarten through college levels. He spent most of his career at the high school level and teaching adjunct music courses at local colleges. He has been teaching in the Parkrose School District in Portland, Oregon for the past 15 years.
Tolon received a BA in K-12 instrumental music education from Columbia Christian College in Portland and his Masters in Science of Teaching music from Portland State University. Micheal has received Level I and II certification in teaching guitar from Duquesne University, Advanced Placement Institute training for Music Theory from San Diego State University and Level I, II and III certification from World Drumming Institute, VanderCook College of Music.
He has been named in "Who's Who's in America" and "Who's Who's Among American Teachers." He has also received the Excellence in Teacher Award from John Marshall High School and was nominated for The Christa McCullough Excellence in Teaching Award. During his college years, he was Instrumentalist of the Year for Columbia Christian College and was a part of the 1980 College Band Directors National Association: All Northwest College Honor Band and the 1981 All-Northwest American College Honor Band Western International Band Clinic.
Currently, along with his teaching duties at Russell Elementary school in the Parkrose School District, he is the Director of and performs with the North Portland Jazz Ensemble, a community jazz band in Portland. He has been married for over 30 years and has four young adult children.