Naropa University (B.A. Music)
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) (Master's)
Being a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and life-long performer, at the heart of my teaching philosophy is a focus on opening musical possibilities for students through creating a fun, participatory and transformative artistic experience. My goal is to increase the sense of value and meaning that music has in students’ lives by expanding their instinctive musicality and empowering their abilities to listen, focus, interact, enjoy and play with musical patterns and concepts. I bring together traditional methods from international music cultures along with modern fundamentals training to instruct and engage students in an integrative way; developing the full range of musical skills, aesthetic valuing and elements of the art form appropriate for their age.
I've continued to see positive growth of creative awareness and artistic ability in my students, and ultimately this effect can last a lifetime.
My lesson plans, rooted in the California VAPA standards, provide an approachable path towards developing fundamental musical elements such as: rhythm, dynamics, tempo, melody and theory, including ear-training, musicianship and improvisational skills. I also emphasize important historical and cultural perspectives, as well as open-ended critical inquiry in which students can create their own reflections and connections to the material.
I have been a performing musician for over 25 years. I own over 200 instruments from around the world, and have taught music for years both privately and as a full-time Teaching Artist-In-Residence in underserved inner-city public schools.
I have a BA Degree in Music from Naropa University, an MFA (Master's) degree in Music from CalArts (The California Institute of the Arts), and have been certified as a professional arts educator and Teaching Artist by the Music Center of Los Angeles County, and by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's "Arts For All" programs. Being a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and life-long performer, at the heart of my teaching philosophy is a focus on opening musical possibilities for students through creating a fun, participatory and transformative artistic experience. My goal is to increase the sense of value and meaning that music has in students’ lives by expanding their
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