I believe that education, at its best, can cultivate globally conscious citizens who think critically, act empathetically, and who value curiosity and dialogue.

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2008 Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
2004 MFA, Performer/Composer: African American Improvisational Music, Cal Arts
2000 BA Jazz Drums and Japanese Language, Bennington College

Teaching Experience

2018 - Present
Instrumental Instructor, Hamlin Robinson School, Seattle, WA

2017 - Present
Teaching Artist - Seattle Symphony

2005 – Present
Adjunct Faculty - Art Institute of Seattle – Audio Department – Seattle, WA

2015 – present
Adjunct Faculty – Seattle Film Institute – Seattle, WA

Teaching Artist - Wing Luke Museum – Seattle, WA

2006 – 2010
Adjunct Faculty - Oakwood School – North Hollywood, CA

2011 – 2014
Teaching Artist – Jack Straw Cultural Center – Blind Youth Program – Seattle, WA

2001 – 2002, 2005 – 2009
Adjunct Faculty – West Sound Academy – Poulsbo, WA

Graduate Teaching Assistant – Cal Arts – Los Angeles, CA

2002 – 2003
Teaching Artist – Community Arts Partnership – Los Angeles, CA

2000 – 2001
Private Instructor - American International School - Budapest, Hungary

Teaching assistant – KODO Earth Festival – Sado Island, Japan

Courses Taught

Art Institute of Seattle
Music Theory 1 (AUDA102)
Music Theory 2 (AUDA112)
Listening and Analysis (AUDA205)
Scoring and Composition (AUDA312C)
History of American Popular Music (HUM3010)
Ethnomusicology (HUM310)
Jazz History (COM310A)
Critical Thinking and Reasoning (HUM100)
The Art of Professionalism (HUM1010)

Seattle Film Institute
Music Theory and Appreciation

Wing Luke Museum
Summer program in sound art for under-served youth

Oakwood School
Summer Program – music theory, jazz combos, Balkan brass ensemble, instrument building, digital audio
Winter Immersion – instrument building and music ensembles

Jack Straw Cultural Center
Blind Youth Program – Music ensembles and sound art workshops for blind youth

West Sound Academy
Music ensembles
Private Instruction
Sound for film/animation

Community Arts Partnership
Music ensembles and private lessons for under-served youth in East Los Angeles

California Institute of the Arts
Repertory Ensembles

Private Lessons

For over 10 years I have been teaching private lessons in drums, percussion, and composition, primarily in Seattle and Los Angeles.  My students have gone on to attend music programs such as Cal Arts, the New School, the University of Washington, and the Peabody Conservatory, among others.

My teaching style reflects a diversity of teachers over the years, which include Seattle Symphony percussionist Howard Gilbert, free-jazz icon Milford Graves, and tabla maestro Swapan Chaudhuri. I simmer down these influences into a teaching style that focuses on technique, musicality, and curiosity.

To set up lessons, please contact me via my contact page

Classes, Workshops, and Lectures

Current Classes, Workshops, and Lectures

Original Instrument Ensemble
Students seek materials, design and fabricate instruments, and develop ensemble music featuring the instruments.

Instrument Building
Students learn to build musical instruments such as cigar box guitars, African Mbira (thumb pianos), and didgeridoos.  Classes include basic tool usage, a historical overview of the instrument, and basic playing techniques.  

Field Recording and Sound Art
Students learn about field recording, sound design, and sound installation. Classes emphasize hands-on experience capturing and creating sounds, digital editing, installing and presenting, and pairing sound with other mediums.  

Repertory Ensembles 
Students with instrumental experience learn and perform the music of Fela Kuti, Steve Lacy, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thomas Chapin, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, among others. 

Grant Writing
Individual or group sessions in artist grants, focusing on Seattle-based generative artists.

Site-specific performance
Lecture on site-specific performance as a generative artistic practice, utilizing contemporary media as a mode of dissemination.  

To request more information about potential workshops, masterclasses, and lectures in your school or organization, please contact me via my contact page.