Just a few of my Thank You cards. A few…

My private lessons, regularly-meeting group classes, and group workshops/assemblies focus on the transformative effects of percussion on both artists and spectators (see my About Me page to learn more about the therapeutic, social, and brain benefits of playing percussion). My lessons, classes, and events are catered to the general needs of the individual/group.

Currently I am in transition from Austin, Texas to Mexico City. Soon I will be offering again:

  • private lessons online in drum set to female and LGBTQ2+ youth at beginner and intermediate levels
  • if you are interested in my other private tutoring online – specifically in English, literacy, composition – please click here

When quarantine guidelines are lifted, I will offer again:

A few students after my Spring 2017 Private Percussion Recital!


Please contact to schedule a free “trial” lesson online through Zoom. Prices are negotiable, for I know many folks, like myself, are struggling right now with the pandemic.

All of my private students must eventually participate in recitals – which said performances can be streamed online – because performance is the best type of practice! In the past, I have hosted at least two recitals a year at popular music venues (the picture above is from the Whip In in Austin, Texas).

I have also assisted students in studio recording sessions as a means for building their video and audio demo reels.

Some students learn best by ear, some best by visuals… Some need to watch me play a beat, some need to practice in the dark… Some like to color code their sheet music and some like to just draw pictures of shoes and hands… I create custom lesson plans starting with what seems to be the easiest approach for the students to learn but then challenge them to step outside of their comfort zones and try other methods as well.

In parallel to that, some students don’t like jazz, some students only want to learn traditional grip… Some students don’t like using their feet, some students are obsessed with double kick… I always teach students what they are eager to learn but then challenge them to explore new genres and techniques. Even if a student doesn’t like Samba but then gives it a try, they will take something away from it, even if the experience just proves what they don’t like! The way I preach that my favorite percussionists are the ones with their own unique style, I encourage my students to find inspirations in everything around them in order to create their own unique style.


In Austin, Texas, I taught regularly meeting group classes at a variety of schools. For example, through Creative Action I taught at a variety of Title I Schools, Juvenile Detention Centers, and halfway houses. Also, at Buda United Methodist Church I lead a Monday night drum circle club, which combined “traditional” instrumentation and Stomp-like ideas from my “Recycled Rhythms” program.

I have facilitated group workshops and assemblies geared towards team building primarily through Drum Cafe. Occasionally, I have had the privilege to lead specialized workshops, such as when I assisted Trinity Episcopal School’s theatre program on incorporating drumming into their performance of Antigone, the Ancient Greek drama.

My most requested program is “Recycled Rhythms” an interactive drumming and movement/dance experience, exploring sounds from our bodies and different objects in our every day lives.

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