All Grade Levels through College, Music, Breadth of Teaching Experience
DISCIPLINE // Music
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION // Short-term and long-term residencies, workshops and presentations in all areas, including:
Feminism and Jazz Residency
ARTIST STATEMENT // As an educator and musician, I am committed to uplifting community by promoting authentic expression and connection. Music is a powerful vehicle for self-exploration and poignant communal experience and cross-cultural connection. As a teacher, I strive to set consistent expectations while adapting lessons for individual students so as to best serve them. I have a vested interest in bringing more feminism into mainstream music and jazz education in order to tell important and often untold stories about women and their contribution to the landscape of music. I am passionate about the study and teaching of music from around the globe as a way to connect and learn about cultures, and I have studied Jamaican, North Indian Classical, Zimbabwean, Gambian, Senegalese, Cuban music and more. Improvisation in music is a commonality in most music forms from around the globe, and learning and practicing improvisation in music and in life is a vital life skill. As a composer, I am interested in working with students to develop their own voices while exploring the creative process and challenges along the way. Ultimately I believe opportunities for both creative self-expression and communal music-making produce powerful, common experiences and individual growth and learning.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE // I began my teaching career instructing private students and creating and leading a class called “Jammin'” for instrumentalists of all ages and skills to find a common language to play music together at a summer camp in the woods of western North Carolina. Since then, I have taught general music, ensembles, sectionals and workshops for K-12th graders as well as college and adult music learners. I have collaborated with many non-profit organizations and public schools in the Seattle and Bay area, teaching beginning instrumentalists/ensembles, training volunteer musicians to mentor younger musicians, and leading workshops in jazz and non-genre specific improvisation, and using electronics with acoustic instruments. For eight years I directed and coached after-school music programs at four low-income schools in Seattle’s Central District for 4th-8th graders. I have taught Jamaican music ensembles at The Jazzschool (now California Conservatory) in Berkeley, CA and The Jazz Night School in Seattle, WA. I was a teacher in The Jazz Night School’s Upbeat Girl’s Jazz Camp and have participated in several Girls Jazz Day all-day workshops through Seattle JazzEd.
BADGES EARNED //
The Kennedy Center Foundation in Arts Integration: 2016
Artists As Educators: Refining Your Practice
Embracing Differences to Make a Difference: Professional Development Training: September 2018