Oberlin College (Africana Studies)
I'm a multidisciplinary artist, educator, curator, mathematician, and computer programmer who links technologies and traditions to speak the Afro-Atlantic to the contemporary moment. I speak Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese and would feel comfortable teaching in either of those languages. Some of my more recent achievement include teaching a course "Soundscapes of the African-American Experience," last Summer at Harvard University with the Charles Institute for Management; being shortlisted for a Fulbright scholarship to Nigeria, and curating a show "We Have Always Lived in the Future" about the representations of marginalized peoples within the global Silicon Valley.
I welcome everyone into my studio, to learn from me. Whatever I'm teaching -- be it language, music, art, mathematics, computer science -- it's important that people feel valued, welcomed, wanted, and cared for. I greatly value empathy in teaching. I want to create a space that feels safe for the student, no matter what. I find students can go far beyond their expectations when they come to view their studies as places of solace and comfort. Learning is a joy. I want to share that with all.
I have played the cello for 17 years, graduating from Oberlin College. There, in concert with the Africana Studies department, I chose to blend together a unique course of study encompassing economics, mathematics, computer science, foreign languages, cello, jazz; and the visual, ritual, and performing arts of the African Diaspora. I find it very important to view my arts practice, and the world in general from multiple diverse angles. I approach teaching from a position of depth of content, but also an appreciation of where differing lines of thought intersect to strengthen one another.
I look forward to seeing how far we can go as our paths cross. I'm a multidisciplinary artist, educator, curator, mathematician, and computer programmer who links technologies and traditions to speak the Afro-Atlantic to the contemporary moment. I speak Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese and would feel comfortable teaching in either of those languages. Some of my more recent achievement include
Rates on a sliding scale, but $125 is my normal ask.
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I studied Africana Studies with a concentration in Fine Arts at Oberlin College where I studied under the world-traveled Ralph J. who will soon teach at Spelman. I have played cello since high school and in my last semester at Oberlin played dozens of concerts. I am a working musician and have impressed some elders in my community who have heard the likes of Coltrane.
I have been trained and still work with the system of theory and ear training devised by W. A. Mathieu. I have worked with this system for the past year and have found it to greatly enhance my musical perception. I was passed to me by my musical mentor Ralph J.