Middle School Band Director in the NYC Public Schools since 2004~ Private lesson teacher for brass, woodwind, and keyboards~ Invitation and Participation in MEANYC Middle School festivals and Middle School festivals in Carnegie Hall Instrument repair in house!~ Founding member of the Wolfpack, a community building organization for our school~ Coach of Step team, Bucket drumming ensemble, cheer squad and softball~ Little Kids Rock Grant Recipient and guitar club director~ AIDS WALK NYC team leader for school~ Flute and Tuba Line for Baylor University Marching Band~ Mentor teacher for current Undergraduate music majors~ Drill writer/ marching basics coach for summer camps~
Even though we have large ensembles (100+ students!), I make it a point to create autonomous thinkers. Students gain independence in practice by breaking down musical elements and learning step-by-step. Together we make personal and group goals and assess each other throughout the year. Most importantly, we get the chance to create a beautiful performance at the end of each unit. My students also love the fact that this is the only class in which they receive an "A" for making "noise!"
30 Acoustic guitars awarded from grant proposal to start free guitar lessons after school~ $1400 Baritone grant funded from Donorschoose.org~ Star Walker for AIDS WALK New York Award in education from Tourette Syndrome Association
MS, CUNY Queens College~ Bachelor of Music Education, Baylor University
Also a producer for GOMA FIlms, a company that promotes art, film, and music from Latin America. Check it out at www.creativecolombia.com