Teaching Experience

I’ve been teaching drumming since 1976 and am constantly doing classes and workshops both in California and around the country. I teach a variety of groups of people ranging from Youth-at-Risk, to leading drum circles at festivals and large corporate events, to working with seriously committed musicians. I enjoy working with both the hobbyist and the professional, and can tailor my approach to address individual and group needs.

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A brief list of my teaching experiences…

Credo High School, Rohnert Park CA. I’ve been the World Percussion instructor at this Waldorf oriented, College Prep Public Charter High School since 2013. I teach 10 classes a week to about 80 students. We play West African, Brazilian and Cuban music, as well as marimba, gongs, and other world instruments.

Journey High School 2002, 2003, 2004. I work with emotionally disturbed teenagers once a week at this special High School in Sebastopol CA. Dance/Yoga instructor Leah Weiss and I create Rhythm and Motion – a program to engage these talented and troubled young people. We’ve done several parades and performances together.

Calistoga Elementary School 2001. I did a residency at this primarily Chicano school and taught all ages of kids, formed a percussion band with the older ones and had a big parade and festival around the school yard. We spread respect, esprit de corps and enthusiasm through the school. I did a similar program in 1998 at an elementary school in Stockton CA with Hmong, Pakistani, Black, Asian and Latino kids.

California Brazil Camp 2001, 2002, 2003. I’m honored and pleased to be included in the line up of master artists teaching at Brazil Camp in Northern California. I’ve taught stick and hand technique, introduction to Brazilian percussion and Beginning Bateria at this singular event.

Seattle World Percussion Festival, 1996 through 2013. I taught a variety of workshops at this amazing event. My classes were very popular and  for a time sponsored by LP music.

Percussive Arts Society 2000 Northern California Day of Percussion, Dominican College, San Rafael CA. I presented a Mozambique master class for student percussionists.

Percussive Arts Society International Convention, (PASIC) Anaheim, CA 1997 Master Class in Brazilian Percussion.

Private and group lessons, Sonoma County, CA. 1976 to present. conga, djembe, Brazilian percussion, drum set.

Private and group lessons, Mendocino county, CA. 1992 to present

Private and group lessons, Marin County, CA. 1978 to present.

Group lessons, ”Music of Carnaval,” University of California at Davis CA, 1986 experimental college classes .

Private and group lessons, Santa Cruz , CA. 1985 through 1988.

Group lessons, San Francisco CA. 1982 and 1983

Private and group lessons, Chickens that Sing / Haight Ashbury Music Center, San Francisco, CA. 1979 through 1981. Conga and Percussion instructor.

African Music Ensemble, Sonoma State College, Rohnert Park CA, 1978. Substitute Teacher for African Music Ensemble.

Drumming and Percussion class, Sonoma State College Summer School 1978.

Percussion Classes and Private Lessons, Family Light Music School, Sausalito, CA. 1978. Percussion Dept. Chairman.

African Music workshop, Sonoma State College, Rohnert Park, CA. 1975 and 1976. Student Teacher.