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Master Degree: CalArts, Graduate Degree: UNESP (Sao Paulo
CalArts Music School Scholarship 2017-2019
CNPQ Research Scholarship 2014-2015
I am a percussionist from Ecuador. I have broad and deep training in world and latin percussion, classical and contemporary music performance, and composition. In 2011 I moved to Brasil to complete my undergrad, and in 2015 I graduated from UNESP (Sao Paulo State University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance. Later in 2017, I moved to Los Angeles to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in World Percussion from the California Institute of the Arts, where I had the opportunity to study with renowned musicians. I am strongly influenced by Latin American culture and that is why I have been learning all the traditional music from severals countries. I had played in numerous ensembles including: Cambamberos Colombian music ensemble (Brazil),Orquestra de Berimbaus Paraguassu (Brazil), Tambora female South American music (Brazil), Trio Acústico de las Americas (Brazil), Chacombo Afro-peruvian ensemble (LA), CalArts Salsa Band (LA). I had also played in several drumming ensembles, performing mostly in parades and shows including: Bloco Ilu Oba de Min (Brazil), CalArts Brazilian Drumming Ensemble (Los Angeles), Comparsa Medio Mundo Afro-Uruguayan tradicional drumming ensemble (Brazil), CalArts Brazilian Drumming Ensemble (LA), CalArts World Percussion ensemble (LA) One of my biggest passions is to perform in theater and circus productions. I had the opportunity to participate in several multidisciplinary projects including: The Lost Tribes, a Theatre Dybbuk production in Los Angeles under the direction of Aaron Henne and Michael Skloff, O Senhor das Moscas theater production with the direction of Zé Henrique de Paula and music director Fernanda Maia Brazil), the Cabaré Insólito circus project organized by Condomínio Cultural Vila Anglo (São Paulo, Brazil), Humorisk circus show by The Bigosty Shows Company (Brazil)
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music and arts. Throughout my career, I have made it a priority to educate, expand, and develop the audience in a very creative way. I have taught in various educational programs in Ecuador, Brazil and Los Angeles, including the Guri Santa Marcelina da Cultura Project (São Paulo), the CalArts Community Arts Association (CAP, Los Angeles) and Cultivating Creative Minds (Los Angeles). I love to work with students of all ages and levels. I have experience teaching general music and enrichment classes including: - orchestral percussion - world percussion - percussion ensemble - music theory - composition - drum circles - individual lessons: percussion, drum set, piano, voice
I always try to make my classes fun and engaging. I manage a very particular teaching method based on how I have learned from my mentors. On the first class I ask what the student's interest is and what would make him/her happy to learn, how the student imagines playing and what styles of music are the favorites ones. If the student is beginner, I like to start teaching basic knowledge of instrument technique accompanied by easy rhythms so that the student feels motivated. I like to accompany the exercises with soundtracks, playlist of different styles of music and written materials. Improvisation and games within the practice is very important, but also I ask discipline and consistent regular practice time. Class by class the material increases its level and degree of difficulty.
I am a very dynamic teacher. I like to commit to my students, motivate them to find their own music. One of my goals is to spread the idea that music is inside the person and not in the instrument. It is important find the inner music through ear training, rhtyhmic exercises and improvisation games, so student can develop musical skills that will lead them to enjoy the practice and grow as a performers. I always try to make my classes fun. I feel I'm not doing my job, if a student doesn't enjoy the lesson. My students are encouraged to participate in recitals and live shows, as well as I like to uplift them to work on their own composition, create original material and improvise so that they can feel freedom in their musical experience.
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