I am a musician and educator working as a Teaching Artist in schools, hospitals and community settings for over 10 years.
In schools, I design and carry out artist residencies using arts integration methodology as well as conventional arts education.
In communities, I work with locals to design music projects that gracefully address an important community issue.
I am a percussionist specializing in Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern rhythmic traditions.
My background is in Anthropology and I come to this work from an applied ethnomusicological approach.

When teaching an ethnic music tradition, I do not wish to produce ancient cover songs. My goal is for students to explore and try to uncover the human impulse behind any cultural art form that they encounter. In this way they may relate to that impulse through their own experiences and imaginations, and respond with their own true voices.
Meanwhile they discover their own creative process, address questions that matter, and produce more authentic work.

I see classrooms and communities as cultures in their own right, deserving of respect and care.
I believe in collaboration over implementation, inspiration over behavior management,
and quality control in all creative pursuits.

I also have a design-build portfolio. You may view that work here!

"This is a picture of a heartbeat.  A heartbeat is made by your blood. Your blood runs through your whole body."This is a picture of a heartbeat. A heartbeat is made by your blood. Your blood runs through your whole body. When your heart beats it feels like a drum is like your heartbeat." -Isaiah, 1st grade