Introduction: I have been playing music and composing my whole life. When I was 6, I began studying piano, developing a love of jazz, pop and R&B as I grew older. At Berkeley High School, I played in the world renowned jazz ensemble under Sarah Cline, traveling to Cuba in 2016. I also studied with Susan Muscarella, the founder of the California Jazz Conservatory, for several years. After high school, I enrolled in Pomona College, graduating in June of 2021 with a degree in Romance Languages. My goals as a musician and teacher have been deeply informed by my studies, particularly in regard to histories of cultural exchange in the Americas.
In addition to my study of piano, songwriting, composition, and music production have been important parts of my life. During my final year of high school, I founded Molly with Charles, a songwriting collaboration with a friend that has now grown into seven piece live band. I also work to produce music for many artists, especially in the R&B and soul genres.
Throughout my life, music has been an essential anchor for me. It has been the catalyst for much individual growth, whether through the process of articulating emotions in a song or the lessons of sacrifice and commitment imparted through dedicating oneself to a craft. It has introduced me to so many people outside of my milieu. And it has offered me a way of understanding our world. The cultural heritage of American music, founded and developed by African-Americans, is profound, and conveys as much truth about our history as any textbook.
I have extensive experience working with kids as a music teacher, coach, and elementary school substitute at Prospect Sierra. I bring empathy, a sense of humor, and patience to each encounter. I know that each students needs are different, and I'm committed to tailoring my teaching to meet students where they are while pushing them forward. Above all, I hope to transmit the joy and richness of this art form for students to carry with them throughout their life.