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Temple University: Bachelor's degree in Music Performance
Villanova University: Certificate in Sequential Classroom Music K-5
Potomac State University: Music Education
AMLA School of Music: Certificate in "Cuban Folkloric Song, Dance and Percussion"
Recipient of Full tuition Scholarship at Temple University
I love to teach music because it reminds me of the joy I felt in the process of musical discovery when I was a student. In 1996, I graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance. Since graduation, I've had the opportunity to explore many avenues within the world of percussion. Among these opportunities, I had the privilege to study and perform different music of the Caribbean. This knowledge has served me well as an educator and performer of latin percussion and steel drums around Philadelphia, PA.
I've been teaching private instrumental and general classroom music for over 30 years. As a child, I received many music lessons on piano and drums and percussion. I decided to focus more on drums and percussion because it offered more in terms of opportunities to perform in school bands and orchestras. In high school, my friends and I formed our own band. Having this experience proved invaluable in my professional life, as I continue to form and promote bands to this day. As a teacher, I consider my performing experience to be one of my greatest assets.
I've discovered over the years that every student is different and require a custom approach tailored to what method works best for them. Some students do very well working through publications of lesson books, while others seem to do better with a less structured approach driven more by listening and muscle memory. In both methods, I find it important to lead by example, not only to be able to show them correctly, but also to inspire them. It's important not only for students to know how something is played correctly, but also for them to hear all the emotional elements that make up the sound.
Learning a musical instrument is very challenging and for most of us it doesn't come naturally. It's unfortunate when students become frustrated too quickly in the process and decide to quit out of frustration. In my style of teaching, it's very important that students feel some level of success no matter where they are in their own musical journey. Often I will perform lesson materials in unison along with students to help them if they are feeling anxious or uncomfortable. One of the things my students find the most fun and rewarding is when I join them as a duo on another instrument.
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