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BA, Ithaca College, Ethnomusicology
2019- Awarded Strathmore Artist-In-Residence (Class of 2020)
2018- performed at The Kennedy Center (DC) with Arco Belo, Marian McLaughlin
2017- performed at Carnegie Hall (Pitt) with Brazilian Jazz legends Nilson Matta & Chico Pinheiro
2014- performed with Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra feat. 14-time GRAMMY winner Paquito D'Rivera
2007- performed on GRAMMY-winning New York Voices' album "A Day Like This"
I'm a performer and educator motivated most by the flash of joy I see in students' faces when they first grasp a new musical concept. With a global perspective on music cultivated by my background performing Brazilian music and American Jazz since childhood, and further bolstered by a B.A. in Anthropology: Ethnomusicology from Ithaca College, I have been a full time touring musician for the last 10 years. In addition to mainstage festival appearances all over the country, I have been lucky enough to teach clinics and master classes in percussion at top conservatories and universities such as Oberlin College & Georgetown University, as well as workshops in high schools, middle schools, & elementary schools all over the US.
In addition to having performed on thousands of stages around the world over the last 15 years, I have been teaching private lessons in percussion for the last 10 years. I have experience teaching individual and group lessons, in some cases with groups of over 50 students. In addition to lessons which address the practical concerns involved in beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of drums, percussion, & cello, I teach lessons in structuring performances (aimed mostly at bands looking to take their live production to the next level), prepping for studio time, tailoring performances to their setting (studio, venues small & large, workshops), and techniques for learning large volumes of material quickly.
I find that as useful as many of the methods that I have found most useful for my own performance are, almost every one of my students in drums, percussion and cello requires a different blend of study materials. As a general rule, I rely on providing a balance of classic (some teachers go as far as to say 'canonical') books, and a wide variety of unique listening and independence exercises I've developed over the years. I have lessons for younger students looking to learn how to collaborate in their first bands. With more advanced students studying improvising and composition, I also dive into narrative arc, motific development, and deep listening exercises aimed at helping creative musicians find and express their own unique voices.
I am all about the individualized approach! Whether the student is looking at their instrument for the very first time or they are a seasoned veteran performer looking to freshen their approach or hone one specific side of their craft, I'm here and thrilled to help. Everyone learns differently; I recognize some kids and adults alike find the idea of staring into a book and practicing rudiments or études for hours a day either intimidating, boring, or both. I am committed to finding ways to get students excited about the material and becoming better musicians!
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