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I am a multipercussionist that specialize in African diaspora music. My studies in percussion started at a early age . This study of drumming was a passion all through school but learning African drumming took me through a cultural identity of Africa and although I played other types of music it was African diaspora drumming and the different styles fascinated me. This led me with the attention of wanting to be a professional drummer. Playing in bands through High School gave me the opportunity to play in many professional settings. In high school I worked in community youth programs that taught me the importance of discipline and working with others. After High School I had the opportunity to play and record and tour with a major artist. After touring I decided to go to college and develop other skills. In my journey I continue my studies in learning more about traditional African diaspora music. In 2008 I was awarded a New Jersey Folk Art grant to study with a master musician from Guinea who's family are traditional musicians known as Griot or in the Mande language Jeli. The instrument he specialize in is the Balaphone. This instrument is the ancient xylophone . I also in 2015 was given the opportunity to be a master teacher under the NJ Folk Arts program. In addition I worked with NJPAC as a teaching artist in the educational department.
My teaching style is based on several methods. I believe in acessing each individual needs in how they learn . Some students learn better in a visual and oral setting. Some students learn by repetition in doing certain principles. I try to create a environment where learning fits the needs of the individual. In a class room it's much different and you have acess what is needed and the goals you want the student to accomplish. So my style is very open in my approach to bringing the student to their potential.
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