Teaching

Individual Music Lessons

Interested in one-on-one piano, guitar, or composition lessons for you or your child? Let's get in touch!

Elementary Assembly Programs with Clint Blakely

Musical collaborator, teaching partner, and classmate Clint Blakely and I received a Resident Outreach Ensemble grant from the Thornton Community Engagement Programs, two years in a row, to present our music assemblies in Los Angeles elementary and middle schools. See below for a description of our award-winning programs and email me if you'd be interested in hosting us at your school.

December 32nd (Spring 2018)

Beginning with summer surfin’ in LA, this program takes students on a journey around the world: How do songs from diverse cultures and places associate different emotions with the changing seasons? We hear a Jewish band from New England’s sarcastic take on "Christmas in LA," a heartfelt Korean ballad about wishing the year would never end, and a picturesque Portuguese piece heralding the arrival of the spring rains by listing the objects that come washing down from the gutters.

Songwriting through Interactive Improvisation (Spring 2017)

We don the characters of two frustrated elementary students who can’t manage to make sense of their homework. As the audience helps us improvise songs about our life in school, we discover that music is a lot like a hamburger: with the right ingredients cooked the right way, it’s not very hard to prepare a song anyone can enjoy! This assembly introduces students to music fundamentals, improvisation, and topic-based songwriting.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas

I was a programs intern at Seattle's most undaunted creative-writing tutoring center in the summer of 2017. In addition to leading a drama club during the last few months of BFI's after-school tutoring program and helping publish student-authored works, I co-led a journalism workshop for second-through-fourth-grade students. Over two days in July, our students interviewed business owners and residents about Greenwood's recovery from the 2016 gas explosion. Then, they worked with volunteers to write and illustrate the second-ever issue of BFI's Fearless Times.