California State University Los Angeles (Graduate Coursework)
My mentors, great teachers all, have shaped my view of the world and helped me live in it fully. Because of their early, formative influence on me I went on to be a teacher myself, first in music theory and vocal performance (UCLA recruited me out of Lowell High School for my stand-out abilities in this), and later in teaching World History and Geography at the high school and college level, with a particular emphasis on American Urban History in action. I am a committed life-long student, and in preparing my lesson plans I learn as much as my student do. Few things in life give me as much pleasure as getting excited along with my students about the subject matter we're covering.
In my profession as an City Planner in Los Angeles I covered a whole lot of ground. Presenting mass transit plans to the public and reordering zoning regulations led me to the field of Community Revitalization, which somehow turned me into the founding director and manager of one of California's most successful Farmers' Markets. Graduate seminars at CalState L.A. and continuing education courses at UCLA with great visiting professors rounded out that experience nicely and kept my academic chops up. It turns out that Illuminating the connections between social, political, scientific and environmental forces in shaping history is a passion many of them had, and it is one that I pass on to my students with great pride and joy. I look forward to our time together. Keep reading the good stuff!!
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I have seen the world, processed much of it first hand and benefited from a life of letters digesting other observers' POV. I read a lot. I am the epitome of an urbane San Franciscan from "good stock." I gave the respect of my peers, who have long looked to me for wisdom, guidance and a sympathetic ear.
I was teaching advanced music theory to my fellow Master Singers when 11 and 12 years old at the SF Boys' Chorus music camp, directed and was president of Lowell High School's chorus, where I also taught the Beginning Vocals class. I've sung in dozens of performances with the SF Opera, Symphony Chorus, with the Grace Cathedral Cameratta Choir and Iakland Interfaith Gosoel Choir. I've lead a Haxx combo and performed solo a Capella at weddings and memorials. I trained at UCLA master classes with international giants in music, and I compose. My refined taste and hyper sensitive powers of perception regarding music (as with food--I am a true Master Chef) cannot be certified with a degree, but they are no less as real as a D minor 9 chord resolving to a...(I'd have you fill in the blank on that one).
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I began touring as a singer before high school, performing High Mass at The Vatican and taking the lead in musical productions before accepting a scholarship from UCLA's Music Department. I was a professional classical and gospel choir member and soloist in L.A., and I continued to sing with groups like Grace Cathedral's Camarata Choir and Oakland's Interfaith Gospel Choir when I returned home to the Bay. I sing popular music as well, like R&B and Rock 'n Roll. I can bring the big, true voice out of anyone who can carry a tune!