This is my 23rd year as a music teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). From October 1996 to June 2011 I taught orchestra and band at Virgil Middle School and from August 2011 through December 2014 I taught orchestra, band, choir, general music, and piano at Hillcrest Music Magnet. Since joining the staff of Marina del Rey Performing Arts Magnet in January 2015 I have taught orchestra, band, choir, and piano. My teaching experiences outside of LAUSD include teaching music fundamentals at the University of Southern California for two years; teaching piano at Los Angeles City College for one year; and working at the Saturday Conservatory of Music for 20 years in multiple capacities, including piano department chair, orchestra director, board member, and program manager. I sing soprano in the California Philharmonic Chorale and the Brentwood-Palisades Chorale and I study double bass with Dr. David Young at the Colburn School of Performing Arts.
My experiences as a student musician in LAUSD schools set me on the path to becoming a musician and music educator. Among my thousands of former students are young adults from all walks of life, including professional musicians and fellow LAUSD music teachers. My goal is to provide students with an understanding and enjoyment of music which they in turn will share with their own children. In order to keep the arts alive in our public schools we must provide our students with opportunities to appreciate and value the arts because today's children are tomorrow's arts advocates.
Looking forward to a musically successful 2018-2019!
Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
Who's Who in the World
Who's Who in America
Los Angeles Music Center Bravo Award Nominee
Master of Music, Music Education, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude), Music Education, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude), Humanities, University of Southern California
Associate of Arts (summa cum laude, valedictorian), Music, Los Angeles City College
Author of A Documentary History of the Saturday Conservatory of Music at California State University, Los Angeles, 1967-1981 and A Study of Fijian Meke