Elizabeth began teaching Drumming and Leadership skills with The Leadership Program in 2006 soon after her daughter Maya was born. Throughout her years with The Leadership Program, she has gained strength as a teacher due in great part, to extensive training that the Leadership Program provides. In 2013 she earned the position of "Music Content Specialist" and facilitated quarterly workshops for the Leadership Teaching Artists. She maintains a close relationship with the Leadership Program and facilitates at Youth Conferences and Building Family Workshops.
In 2011, Elizabeth was selected as Co-Music Director for the Drumming, Choral and Composition Program at the South Bronx Middle School IS 229. The school receives this program through a private grant placement from The American Composers Orchestra. Currently, the students perform bi-annually incorporating rhythms from The Dominican Republic, West Africa, American Hip Hop, Cuba and Puerto Rico. They also perform their own compositions that are created collectively in small groups. As a teacher, Elizabeth embraces the method of placing focus on positive reinforcement, and feels this garners the best results. Encouraging creativity, emphasizing leadership, and challenging her students' minds and hearts are elemental to her teaching style.
Elizabeth enjoys working in her neighborhood community Park Slope, Brooklyn. She volunteers her time musically for events at her daughters school, PS 10. On the weekends, she facilitates music classes at PS 15 for children with disabilities, which is through the non-profit organization, MusicWorksNYC. Her daughter Maya often joins her for these classes and helps the groove along. Elizabeth teaches World Drumming at Park Slope's Congregation Beth Elohim once a week during the school year and in their Summer Youth Camp which her daughter attends.
University of Kentucky B.A. Communications/Marketing
Havana, Cuba Conjunto Folklorico School of Music
Matanzas, Cuba Los Munequitos de Matanzas
Seattle, Washington Member of Seattle World Percussion Society
John's Music Drum Program in Seattle with:
Matt McCarter (Afro-Cuban)
Mapathe Diop (Senegal, Africa)
Jeff Busch (Brazilian percussion)
Miami, Fla. Jose Castillo (Afro-Cuban)
New York, NY. Tito Puente Harbor School of Music (Afro-Cuban)
Johnny Almendra (Afro-Cuban)
Tony Rosa (Puerto Rican, Afro-Cuban)
- Percussion Technique and Vocabulary
- Traditional Rhythms from Cuba, Puerto Rico, West Africa, American Hip Hop, Guyana, Trinidad, and her own compositions.
- Significance and origins of specific rhythms
- Fun Music Games and Activities
- Body Rhythms
- Literacy in reading and writing music notation
- Common Core Standards alignment in DOE schools
Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Log drums, Auxiliary percussion and Bucket Drumming
- Co-Music Director at IS 229 Roland Patterson Middle School for:
- THE DRUMMING, CHORAL AND COMPOSITION PROGRAM
- Elizabeth leads both Drumming and Composition which includes music literacy, composition, folkloric and contemporary rhythms, and improvisation.
- Choral Songs are led by Co-Music Director Mr. Hugh Fletcher
- Winter and Spring concerts annually
2006-current THE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Elizabeth has received extensive training in The Leadership Program’s research-based Socio-Emotional Learning curriculum. Applying activities in Leadership, Self Esteem, and Conflict Resolution helps students gain life skills, balanced with learning percussion curriculum. The Leadership Program has won multiple national awards for their progressive ideas in Youth Development and have hundreds of teaching artists on staff.
In 2013, Elizabeth earned the position of Leadership Program's Music Content Specialist ; a newly designed position that involves facilitating workshops for The Leadership Program's Teaching Artists. The workshops help teaching artists maximize content, gain strength in classroom management skills, share ideas, and collaborate with one another.
Elizabeth’s Leadership Program school residencies
Since 2006, Elizabeth has completed every teaching tenure to its full term.
Specific dates@schools and references furnished upon request.
- PS 288 The Shirley Tannyhill School- Brooklyn, Ny.
- IS 137 Rachel Jean Mitchell Elementary School Brooklyn, Ny.
- PS 95 The Gravesend Elementary School- Brooklyn, Ny.
- IS 271 John Coleman Middle School- Brooklyn, Ny.
- IS 392 Middle School- Brooklyn, Ny.
- JHS 185 Edward Bleeker Junior High- Flushing, Ny.
- East Flatbush Community Research School- Brooklyn, Ny.
- MS 137 America's School of Heroes- Queens, Ny
- John Dewey High School- Brooklyn, Ny.
- August Martin High School- Queens, Ny.
- Martin Van Buren High School- Queens, Ny.
2013-current MUSICWORKS NYC
- Extreme Kids and Crew @ PS 15, @14th Street YMCA- children with disabilities
- Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary
2010-current BETH ELOHIM CONGREGATION Park Slope, Brooklyn.
- Afterschool World Drumming
- Summer Youth Camp- Song and Drumming
2012-2017. BROOKLYN ACTING LAB (Formerly known as The Young Players Theater) Park Slope, Brooklyn
- Early childhood Song and Drum
- Summer Youth Camp - Percussion and Song Composition
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL CONTRACTS in Park Slope, Brooklyn:
- 2010-2012 PS 10 Magnet School of Math Science and Technology-Elementary After school World Drumming
- 2010-2013 PS 295 The Studio School of Arts and Culture- Elementary Afterschool World Drumming
2006-2007. THE POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE NON-PROFIT YOUTH ORGANIZATION- New York, NY
- Youth Community Music and Drumming Classes
1994-current PRIVATE INSTRUCTION -Seattle,Wa., Brooklyn, Ny., Manhattan
Primarily Conga and Bongo instruction of folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms