All Grade Levels, Music, Founder & Director of Tangled Tones, Lots of Teaching experience
DISCIPLINE // Music, Culture & Communication
GRADE LEVELS // ALL
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION //
Short and Long Term Residencies, Workshops/Performances including:
-West-African Rhythm, Song & Culture
-Musical Instruments & Culture
-Rhythm and Music as a form of Communication and Expression
-Improvisation & Theory Workshops
-Storytelling through Music
-Rhythm, Movement and Body Awareness
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT // Early Childhood Teaching Certification, NAEYC – Training, Boulder Rhythm Workshop with Matthew Marsolek of the Drum Brothers, Jubilation Foundation Fellow – www.jubilationfoundation.org, Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students
BIO // “I am the founder and director of Tangled Tones Music Studio. I began teaching private guitar lessons when I was finishing a BA in Anthropology. I currently teach private lessons in piano, guitar and harmonica. I have also studied the West-African Djembe (hand drum) and Dununs (traditional West-African drums) and infuse the knowledge and inspiration that comes from this tradition in much of what I do. I have studied various genres of world rhythm. Through Tangled Tones I offer various classes and outreach programs for youth and adults. Kids Vibrations is a children’s music program I bring to pre-schools and Montessori schools and offer weekly music classes that include a diverse array of topics and subjects. I teach through singing, dancing, games, magic tricks and bring in various instruments for youth to be introduced to and explore.
Living Rhythm is a traveling drum workshop that I bring to schools and other larger organizations in Western Montana. Living Rhythm consists of more then 25 Ashiko hand drums that I bring to engage participants in exciting, interactive exploration of rhythm and culture influenced primarily by West-African music.
Playing With the Band is another program of Tangled Tones that offers youth the opportunity to play in a band setting and create music with other young musicians. Students are mentored by a professional musician and learn to communicate and play effectively with other musicians. The program allows for students to record 1-2 songs in a recording studio and perform a live community performance at the end of the session. Through all the teaching I do I work to encourage: inclusion, hard work, dedication, creativity and expression of emotion and feeling.”
ARTIST STATEMENT // “Music is a beautiful form of communication. It goes beyond what words and actions alone can communicate. Music allows us to communicate in a way that can express all that we are and who we aspire to be. As an artist and an educator I hope to inspire other’s to find their own voice of expression and freedom and feel confident to share their art with the world.”