Inspirational teacher, performer and musician
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To support the community with my commitment to inspiring youth and adults to connect to music and movement. To continue to develop and implement exciting and alternative music and movement programs that encourages students' interest in the arts as a means of self-expression.
Motivating and inspirational. Creates dynamic, active curriculum, which is dedicated to the freedom of expression of each student. Supports the life and growth of each class and brings fun, engaging energy to all situations with an acute awareness of the needs of the class and the individual. Excellent interpersonal skills and great rapport with teaching staff and parents. Creates connections, openness and a feeling of relatedness with students. Accomplished studio recording artist and musician. (Recorded on over 8 albums with internationally renowned artists) TV Commercial recording artist.
InDidjInUs Folk - Therapeutic Didjeridu playshop
MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS 2008 - Present
Key achievements: Working with non-profit organizations to create and facilitate six-week playshops. Includes: creating, painting, and playing didjeridu. Focus on breathing, music and sound as healing modalities. Bringing in Aboriginal storytelling and connection to nature.
InDidjInUs Kids - Creative Music and Dance for children and teachers
Malibu Methodist Nursery School 2008 - 2011
Palisades Preschool 2001 - 2008
Methodist Preschool 2004 - 2008
Seven Arrows Preschool 2001 - 2002
The Growing Place Preschool 2001
Key achievements: Created an interactive music and dance program, which connects participants to their indigenous roots as creative custodians of the planet. InDidjInUs Kids emphasizes music, dance, storytelling, ecology and nature awareness. The Didjeridu is showcased
DIDJERIDU - INGS 1996 to 2000
Australia, New Zealand
Key achievements: Developed, promoted and presented music and movement presentations/programs for the community through schools (preschool - high school), libraries, and private organizations. Supports students in gaining confidence and self-esteem with voice, dance, and music. Brings awareness to a deeper listening of sound. Developed creative dance that connects children to nature. Repeatedly received recognition from parents and teachers as to the positive affect the program has on their children.
INSIDEOUTCOMMUNITYARTS 2001to 2011
An after school arts program for at-risk middle school youth throughout greater Los Angeles.
Key Achievements: Completed Inside Out Training / Curriculum. Facilitated theater workshops that taught awareness and expression of feelings; non-violent communication; and conflict resolution. Led warm-ups, and expression workshops for up to 30 students at a time. Co-directed and assisted students in theatrical productions. Created fun, engaging team building activities and programs. Provided live music and sound effects for student performances.
World Percussion and Didjeridu as electives
NEW ROADS MIDDLE SCHOOL 2003 to 2010
Key achievements: Created curriculum which engages students to connect with their own bodies and feelings in relationship to music and movement and to apply awareness to world percussion instruments and Didjeridu.
Performer and Facilitator
DRUMS AND RHYTHMS OF THE WORLD 2003 to 2011
Key achievements: Worked with world-renowned percussionist Jim McGrath in presenting world percussion and dance to schools throughout Los Angeles. Engaged up to 150 students, classes K - 8 with interactive performances.
Street Theater Performer
Reef Festival (Cairns, Australia). Americas Cup (Auckland, New Zealand). 1999 - 2000 Created interactive street theater character and employed by city council to perform and interact with e vent participants.
AWARDS: LOS ANGELES TIMES Critics Choice BACK STAGE WEST Critics Best List Musical Accompaniment for Daisy and the Dreamtime. Theatrical Production. West coast Premier.
EDUCATION / RELATED CLASSES
SOUND THERAPY INTENSIVE 2002 The Sound Therapy Center of Los Angeles Furthered my study of sound healing with voice and the didjeridu.
FUMBLING TOWARDS ECSTASY 2000 to present The 5 rhythms dance class with Jo Cobbett and Michael Skelton. Connecting emotion with movement and music.
STATE OF FLUX 1998 Melbourne Australia
Intensive of Contact Improvisation Dance.
COLUMBIACOLLEGECHICAGO 1988-1990 BA Film and Video Production. Graduated with honors.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY 1986 - 1988 Studied Cinematic and Theatrical Arts.
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