TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 1. Montebello Unified School District, K-4 Music 2. Oceanside Unified School District, PrK-12 Music 3. LA County Office of Ed., Music for Special Needs Students 4. California State Dominguez Hills, Music Methods for Teachers 5. Santa Ana College, Music Faculty 6. Mira Costa College, Music Technology. PUBLICATIONS: Author of over 60 book titles for McGraw-Hill, Creative Teaching Press, Frank Schaffer, Moonjin Media, Totline and Grace Publications including: a. Mother Goose Brain Boost (Won Learning Magazine’s “ Teachers Choice Award”) b. Music and Movement in the Classroom: PreK-2 c. Songs and Games for Children V.1-4, d. Fun Phonics: Musical Reading Series, V. 1-4, e. Voices of American History: V. 1-4,
My primary focus is play-based music and movement activities designed to improve students' attention span, listening skills, language arts and math skills, Pre-School - 5th grade, including ELL and Special Education. I also employ many play-based classroom management techniques that my students love and which help to efficiently facilitate my schedule of instruction.
1. Los Angeles Music Center's "Bravo Award" as Outstanding Arts Teacher of the Year! 2. "Teacher of the Year" - Jefferson Middle School, Oceanside USD (twice) 3. National Endowment for the Arts, author panel, 21st Century Music Standards 4. J. Paul Getty Museum, Arts in Education Consultant 5. California Arts Commission - Consultant, K-12 State Music Standardsd 6. A.S.C.A.P Composer in Residence, Summer Institute for Educators 7. Feature Author/Presenter: a. International Reading Association b. California Reading Association c. National Association for the Education of Young Children d. California Gifted and Talented Conference e. California Conference for the Social Studies f. Los Angeles Special Education Arts Festival g. Music Educators National Conference
BA in Music, West Virginia University MA in Music, West Virginia University Cal. St. U. at Los Angeles, CA Teaching Credential in Music
TELEVISION, FILM and VIDEO: 1. "Romper Room," KCOP Television, writer/performer (Emmy Award for children's programming) 2. "The Today Show", NBC, performance & interview with Barbara Walters 3. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Disney/Sony Studios (consultant/performer on soundtrack) 4. "This Little Life Of Mine - Arts in the Classroom" writer/producer Educational Telecommunications Network/PBS 5. “Math and Music” TEAMS MATH (ETN/PBS) Writer/Performer 6. “Smart Songs” ETN/PBS writer/composer/producer. MUSIC COMPOSITION AND PERFORMANCE: 1. Paramount Pictures, director of "Paramount Presents” concerts 2. Los Angeles Philharmonic, commission, a. "Fanfare and Dance" b. “Chronology of Symphonic Percussion c. Introduction to the Orchestra 3. National Endowment for the Arts, Composition Grant, "East African Symphony" 4. Supercussion Jazz Ensemble, founder/director 5. Performed with: Louie Belson, Wayne Bergeron, Aaron Copeland, BrandonFields, John Hernandez, Harvey Mason, Don Menza, LA Philharmonic, John Patitucci, Chris Thiele, Bill Watrous and Stevie Wonder
English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Biology, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Music, Vocal Music, Physical Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Health, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Family Consumer Sciences, Physical Science, Writing, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Autumn, Speech Therapy, Handwriting, Engineering, Phonics