I have taught in many places and spaces and believe that all children have the potential to be creative and musical. My classrooms provide a safe and supportive atmosphere where they can explore and develop their musicianship.
Currently, I am teaching music at the Essex Street Academy High School on the Lower East Side of New York. Before that, I created a music program at the Harlem Day Charter School. For 8 years, I taught music and drama at Brooklyn Friends School where I was co-chair of the Performing Arts department. During the summer, I work for Opera America training teachers how to use Words! Music! Opera! a workshop designed to create original operas in classrooms with students. Additionally, I am a teaching artist with the International Schools Theater Association which has given me opportunities to travel and work with some spectacular artists and students.
While on the staff of the Encore! Summer Theater Program in France, I collaborated with other teaching artists to create a curriculum where high school students created original musical theater materials alongside professionals. Additional teaching experiences include vocal coaching at the Hotchkiss Summer Vocal Institute, serving as an artist-in-residence at the Berkshire Ensemble for Theater Arts and Duke University and directing the youth music program at the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn. In 1994, I helped create the Urban Youth Theater at the Henry Street Settlement where I composed and music directed Billy the Kid and IS.
If you are interested in studying arranging and composing for choirs with me in the summer of 2012, I'm offering a course at Central Connecticut State University.