Music Education
Music Teacher - Drum Set, Percussion, and Piano. August 2015 to present

  • Keyboard Galleria Music Center in Santa Clarita, CA - all ages

Music Teacher - Drum Set and Piano. August 2017 to August 2018

  • San Marino Music Center in San Marino, CA – all ages

Music Teacher - Drum Set, Music Theory, and Student Ensembles. October 2016 to April 2017

  • Community Arts Partnership – CalArts outreach program at Plaza de la Raza, Lincoln Heights CA students ages 11-18

Music Teacher - West African Music Program. July 13 to August 7, 2015

  • California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) high school level students ages 15-17

Teaching Assistant - Jazz Drumming and West African Drumming. Spring 2014 to Spring 2015

  • California Institute of the Arts Jazz Drums teaching assistant (work study) undergrad and grad level students

Visiting Artist - Guest Teacher - Substitute Teacher

  • Visiting Artist at Pomona College – “Linking Modern Music Styles to Indigenous Cultures: Ghana”
  • Guest Teacher at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts – West African Drumming class, rhythms of Senegal
  • Substitute Teacher for Beginning Ghanaian Music Ensemble at California Institute of the Arts

Music Administration
Studio Project Director - 2012 to present

  • Curate collaborative recording projects with musicians and engineers in Boston and Los Angeles
  • Compose original music to be recorded live, in-studio
  • Produce new independent music projects on a yearly basis

Music Director & Group Manager - 2011 to 2018

  • Music Director for 10-piece funk/hip hop/jazz collective International Connection
  • Music Director for Boston based hip hop duo ‘The Urban Nerdz’ and live band of 13 members 2011-2013
  • Manage rehearsal scheduling, event booking, accounting, and web accounts for International Connection

Administrative Assistant - September 2015 to May 2016

  • Music Business assistant to jazz vocalist, arranger, and UCLA faculty Michele Weir
  • Artist Intern with Cooperative Artists Institute in Dorchester, MA - May 2012 to August 2012
  • Website, social media, and email database management
  • Communications management; newsletters and event promotion
  • Performance preparation assistant

Radio Promotion Intern at Powderfinger Promotions in Framingham, MA - May 2012 to August 2012

  • Track CDs sent to radio stations and document airplay reports
  • Update the company database according to CMJ chart reports

Notable Performances & Recordings 
Live Performances in collaboration with Sofar Sounds

  • Sofar Sounds San Diego - as a part of Arielle Deem's Play It Forward Tour March 3, 2018
  • Sofar Sounds Portland - as a part of Arielle Deem's Play It Forward Tour April 5, 2018
  • Sofar Sounds Eugene - as a part of Arielle Deem's Play It Forward Tour April 6, 2018

Live Performance at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA

  • Album Release Show for International Connection July 20, 2017

Live Performance at The Blue Whale Jazz Club in Los Angeles, CA

  • Album Release event for Arielle Deem at Blue Whale April 24, 2017

CalArts Annual Jazz CD recorded at Capitol Records, Hollywood CA

  • Original West African percussion trio composition featured on 26th annual CD project (May 2015)
  • Featured performer on colleague’s jazz trio composition on 25th annual CD project (May 2014)

CalArts World Music Festival at The Wild Beast Concert Venue 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Volta Traditional Ghanaian Music Ensemble 2017, 2016. World Percussion Ensemble, Djembe Ensemble,
  • ​Aza African Ensemble 2015. World Percussion Ensemble, Djembe Ensemble, Advanced African Ensemble 2014.

CalArts Soundstream: Graduating Student Showcase at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA

  • Performer in two bands at The Troubadour for second annual CalArts Soundstream (April 2015)
  • Performer in one band at The Troubadour for first annual CalArts Soundstream (April 2014)

Awards & Recognition

  • Awarded CalArts merit-based scholarship, 2014 academic year
  • Awarded by New England Music Awards for Hip Hop Act of the Year [The Urban Nerdz], March 2013
  • Awarded by New England Urban Music Awards for Best Hip Hop Group [The Urban Nerdz], April 2013
  • Accepted candidate for Berklee’s Master of Contemporary Performance Program with performance-based scholarship
  • Awarded Berklee Achievement Scholarship, 2012 academic year

Undergraduate & Graduate Education
California Institute of the Arts Sep. 2013 to May 2015 MFA Jazz Studies. Graduated May 15, 2015
Dagara Music Center Accra, Ghana. May 10 to June 9, 2013

  • Three and a half weeks living in Medie and Aburi. Music of Ewe, Dagara, and Ashanti

Berklee College of Music Sep. 2009 to May 2013 BM Performance. GPA 3.6. Graduated cum laude May 11, 2013