I am a native of Columbia, South Carolina and have over 20 years of professional musical experience as a music educator, band director, performer, composer/arranger, and mentor. I completed with my Bachelor of Arts from a prestigious institution, Johnson C. Smith University, Master of Arts from New York University, and currently I will graduate with my second graduate degree on May 2021 at Brooklyn College. I am currently teaching music in grades 6-8 at Parkside Preparatory Academy and directing a community-based organization, The Empire Marching Elite, where I mentor and teach inner-city youth music instruction.
My music teaching journey has been roundabout, which earned me the 2017 40 Stars Under 40 Award of Brooklyn, NY. It has carried me through many schools in New York City, presenting opportunities to work within every grade from pre-kindergarten to college. I’ve taught music for eleven years in urban inner-city schools in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Through those years, I’ve taught in public and public charter school setting and many community-based music programs in New York City such as The Brooklyn Steppers, Inc., Brooklyn United Marching Band, Soul Tigers Marching Band, and Harlem School of the Arts, and majority of my students were minorities. My teaching goal was simple, fostering an environment for children to experience music making.
My compass has guided me to discover methods to improve my craft as a teacher and now guided me to think bigger— leadership and providing students access to arts education and equity in arts education.
A Passion for Jazz! Music History and Education