Resume

Education:

UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS – Philadelphia, PA

MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) – Music Education , Anticipated 2014

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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, Esther Boyer College of Music– Philadelphia, PA

BA in Jazz Studies/Performance, Drum set concentration, Magna Cum Laude, 2006

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Teaching Experience:

PRIVATE PERCUSSION & GUITAR LESSON BUSINESS –Tri-State Area

Instructor (2005-Present)

Teach private percussion and guitar lessons

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JOHN W. HALLAHAN CATHOLIC GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL – Philadelphia, PA

Percussion Instructor (Fall 2008-Present)

Teach weekly private and group percussion lessons for students in the school band, preparing them for end of season school concerts; earned certificates from safe environment and mandated reporter trainings

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THE HILL SCHOOL – Pottstown, PA

Percussion Instructor (Fall 2007-Present)

Teach weekly private percussion lessons focused on jazz, rock and classical music

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KELLMAN BROWN ACADEMY – Voorhees, NJ

Percussion Instructor (Fall 2006-Present)

Teach weekly private percussion lessons preparing students for Winter and Spring  concert performances of classic and contemporary rock music

Rock Band Ensemble Founder & Instructor (Fall 2009-Present)

Arrange music for and lead student “rock band” ensemble consisting of piano, guitar, flute, cello, drums and vocals

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PERELMAN JEWISH DAY SCHOOL, Stern Center – Wynnewood, PA

Percussion Instructor (Fall 2005-Present)

Teach weekly private percussion lessons preparing students for Winter and Spring concert performances of classic and contemporary rock music

Guitar Instructor (Fall 2010-Present)

Teach weekly private guitar lessons preparing students for Winter and Spring concert performances of classic and contemporary rock music

Rock Band Founder & Instructor (Fall 2008-Present)

Arrange music for and lead student “rock band” ensemble consisting of piano, guitar, violin, viola, saxophone, drums and vocals

Music Theory Instructor (Fall 2011-Present)

Teach introductory music theory to a class of nine students

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PERELMAN JEWISH DAY SCHOOL, Forman Center – Melrose Park, PA

Percussion Instructor (Fall 2005-Present)

Teach weekly private percussion lessons preparing students for Winter and Spring concert performances of classic and contemporary rock music

Guitar Instructor (Fall 2010-Present)

Teach weekly private guitar lessons preparing students for Winter and Spring concert performances of classic and contemporary rock music

Rock Band Founder & Instructor (Fall 2011-Present)

Arrange music for and lead student “rock band” ensemble consisting of piano, guitar, drums and vocals

Music Theory Instructor (Fall 2011-Present)

Teach introductory music theory to a class of five students

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SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAMS, Harcum College – Bryn Mawr, PA

Rock Band Instructor, Arranger and Producer (Summers 2005-Present)

Each week led a new group of teenagers in learning classic and contemporary rock songs in preparation for recording sessions and concerts in Philadelphia’s Love Park; arranged horn and keyboard parts when necessary; as producer, aided campers in creating the best recording possible by discussing what makes for a strong take and providing visual cues during takes when necessary

Drummer’s Workshop Instructor (Summer 2011)

By request of Directors, led a series of workshops, a first at the camp; sessions focused on proper set-up and maintenance of a drum set; through brief lectures, demonstrations and examples, taught fundamentals of rhythm and time signatures, followed by Q&A

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CARDINAL DOUGHTERY HIGH SCHOOL – Philadelphia, PA

Percussion Instructor (Fall 2005-Spring 2010)

Taught weekly private and group percussion lessons for students in the school band, preparing them for end of season school concerts; composed two pieces for percussion ensemble that were performed at school concerts

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CRESCENDO MUSIC AND ART – Elkins Park, PA

Percussion Instructor (Fall 2005-Spring 2007)

Taught weekly private percussion lessons

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ARCHBISHOP RYAN HIGH SCHOOL – Philadelphia, PA

Leave Replacement Percussion Instructor (Nov. 2006 – Mar. 2007)

Taught weekly private percussion lessons

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Other Youth Leadership Roles:

MUSIC TRAINING CENTER – Conshohocken, PA

Recital Band Member (Biannually since 2009)

Played in Winter and Spring recital backing bands; helped students keep time, start and finish songs and gave other necessary cues; learned 25-35 classic and contemporary rock songs on drums and electric bass for each weekend of recitals

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ROWE CAMP AND CONFERENCE CENTER – Rowe, MA

Cabin Counselor (Summer 2001, 2002)

Was responsible for and mentored small groups of middle and high school aged campers;  lived in a large cabin with them for three weeks each summer

Program Staff (Summer 2008, 2010)

Organized workshops and events for a camp population of about 80 teenagers; workshops  were centered on music education and performance; some workshop topics included: music listening and critique, African rhythms, vocal music, improvisation, odd time signatures, and various genre performance focuses; founded and directed large music   events as a culmination of workshops

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Selected Recording Experience:

INTENSUS (Solo project est. 2008)

Metal Blade Records (Intensus Released July 5, 2011)

Songwriter, Producer, Performer – Drum set, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass

Combined metal, free jazz and avant-garde; performed all instruments; began with drum set improvisation and built compositions on top with guitar and bass; called upon prominent rock vocalists to contribute

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INZINZAC (Member since 2007)

High Two Records (Inzinzac Released May 24, 2011)

Performer – Drum set

Fusion of progressive rock, free jazz and eastern European music, meticulously balancing a thin line between melody and chaos

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NORMAL LOVE (Member 2006-2012)

High Two Records (Normal Love Released Nov. 6 2007)

Composer, Performer – Drum set

“New Music Chamber Ensemble” of composers/performers with aesthetics of a rock band; compositional influences including avant-garde rock, minimalism, metal, serialism, and free improvisation, but rarely within the same piece of music

High Two Records (Peel 7” Released Aug. 11, 2009)

Performer – Drum set

Navigated dense and complex rhythmic patterns

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Selected Performing Experience:

INZINZAC

European Tour: France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia (Mar. 2011; American Composer’s Forum Subito Grant)

North American West Coast Tour: Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, Oakland (June 2010)

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NORMAL LOVE

Partial North American Tours: Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Lexington, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, Providence (Spring 2010, Summer 2008, Summer 2007; Meet The Composer’s Metlife Creative Connections Grant)

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Awards:

American Composer’s Forum Subito Grant (Philadelphia Chapter): Inzinzac (2011)

Meet The Composer’s Metlife Creative Connections Grant: Normal Love (2008)

American Composer’s Forum Subito Grant (Philadelphia Chapter): Normal Love (2007)

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Specializations

Percussion Education

Jazz Studies

Music Technology: MIDI, Pro Tools

Music History: Rock, Jazz, World, Electronic, Avant-garde

Odd Time Signatures and Complex Rhythms

Improvisation

Combining genres

Independent music scenes

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Professional Membership:

ASCAP (Songwriter and Publishing Member since 2007)

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Sponsorship:

Dark Horse Percussion (since 2009)

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References:

Dmitri Kasyuk, World Renowned Flutist, Current Boss and Director of Private Music Instruction at Perelman Jewish Day Schools and Kellman Brown Academy: dkasyuk@gmail.com, 609-509-0213

Chet Makowski, Director and Co-Founder of Summer Music Programs, Director of Harcum Medley Music School: chet@summermusicprograms.com, 267-688-2196

Erik Johnson, Principal Teacher at Temple University, Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of the Arts: johnsondrums@gmail.com, 610-357-4239