Michael Arrom

Part Time Lecturer

  • Program:
    Popular Music
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music

Michael Arrom launched his professional career at 18, when he embarked on an international tour playing keyboards for multi-GRAMMY-winning guitarist, Steve Vai. He has been featured on national television, performing alongside country icon Keith Urban and appearing on multiple episodes of the popular television series, Glee.

Born in New Jersey, Michael grew up with a simultaneous love for classical music and rock ’n roll. There, he studied under the tutelage of Juilliard-trained pianist, Michelle Chen-Kuo. He also found a life-long mentor in David Rosenthal (keyboardist and music director for Billy Joel). Michael rapidly developed into a versatile musician, fluent in pop, rock, funk, R&B, Latin, country, and other genres. A multi-faceted performer, Michael specializes in modern keyboard performance, sound design, and live automation.

Arrom received a BM in Popular Music Performance from USC Thornton, earning Summa Cum Laude and multiple departmental honors. While at USC, he studied keyboard performance under Patrice Rushen. Michael joined the USC faculty in the spring of 2018; he currently teaches Keyboard Proficiency and maintains a private studio practice in keyboard performance.

Michael is in demand as a live music professional and has recently performed with prominent emerging major-label artists, Noah Cyrus and Madison Beer. Additionally, Michael is an Associate Member of the Recording Academy and a participant in their prestigious Grammy Next program. Keyboard Magazine writes that Michael “continue[s] to make a name for himself wherever he performs.”