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B.A. Degree-Dance Performance & Choreography, Dance Ethnology and minor : Music & World MusicM.A.-Holistic Studies: Arts & Consciousness Studies-Transformational ArtsPhd-Natural Health-Healing ArtsA.A. -Music-Voice- (classical, theory, jazz) continued education in music, choir & jazz improvisationM.A-Music Performance-Vocal- (classical study)
2011-Columbia Junior College Music Scholarship
2012-Columbia Junior College Music Scholarship
2013-Stockton Arts Commision Arts Educator Award in Music and Dance
2015-African -American Commerce Award-Community Service & Leadership
2015- J.F. Kennedy Oustanding Alumni and Leadership Award
I was raised up in Northern California in the arts of music and dance since a young age of three. I started lessons in Oakland, CA in dance, music and acrobats with Peggy and Leon Valdez and then tap & performance and theater arts with Chorlene and Art Duane in Hayward, CA. I became very active in elementary school choirs with music instructor, Ms. Bell. My father was head coach for Oakland Dynamites-Pop Warner in which I would do cheerleading and coordinate field marches. My mother was a professional tap dancer, in which would inspire me in the arts of dance-contemporary, latin and theater. As, I grew up after high school, I became active in cultural dance & music participating in Carnaval parades-S.F., Afro-Haitian dance performances and community colleges music groups of jazz, spiritual and soul. I continued further to the Education of music and dance in colleges. After, graduation I returned to Stockton, CA, and began organizing music and dance programs in the community for low income housing projects, where I began a non-profit organization: Pan Afrakan Dance & Music -instructing in African -and African-Caribbean Dance and Music community centers, after-school programs and festivals.
My teaching experience dates back to 1996, when I began teaching lessons to children in at-risk communities in dance and music, while going through school in Oakland. I then continued in Stockton, CA, where I developed music and dance programs in the Recreation Centers, and later developed my own non-profit organization. I began writing my own grants to teach classes in after-school programs, and in 2013, while attending my music program, I began instucting private music classes in classical guitar, beg. piano and beg. voice. I have great fun instructing children, adults and youth with challenging lives. I also work in music therapy with youth that have been difficulties in ADHD, Autism , etc. It has been the greatest experience in my life giving music to others and motivate them to the study and artform of music.
For beginning guitar I start out with Chris Parkening: classical guitar book...learning finguring styles, rudiments, and notes. We then go into various techniques and develop song repetoire and chording and strumming styles. For beginning piano I start with level one Hal Leonard book for beg. piano and various beginning classical composers: Beethoven, Mozart, Tchakovisky, Jazz, etc. . I split this class into musicianship-learning notes and reading music, fingering and scales, and theory. Also developing a repetoire. For beg. voice I start with vocal posture, breath, and vocal exercises with scales. I do a portion of Bel Canto exercises and methods, and then practice on developing the pure vowels, and focus for presenting a song. We work on song repetoire. In all genres we usually have a recital in community every 6 mos...
My teaching style consists of compassion, patience and developing discipline for ones instrument little by little. Nothing is pushed, but my philosophy is "bit by bit." I want the student to be able to be challenged at the same time having fun and enjoying their instrument. I do have my own feel for each student which is completely different and varies to their ability, personality and behavior, but I am constantly tuned into my students to and what their needs and likes are. Inspiration and empowerment are my best tools.
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