I am a music teacher living in Louisville Kentucky. My mission is to share my love of music with kids and
people of all ages. I have a book out called Monkey Beats, loosely based on the Orff system,
it’s gets kids quickly playing and understanding rhythms in a fun way. My program is very
innovative and modern and kids love it. Music is my passion and I love seeing kids get excited
about it.

  • Music Teacher Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary 2009 - present
  • Percussion director Artistry in Music 2009-present
  • Percussion coach Carmel Valley Middle school 2010-present
  • Percussion coach Oak Crest Middle school 2009-present
  • Percussion coach Diegueno Middle school 2009-present
  • Music Outreach Director for Oceanside Museum of Art 2008-present
  • Education Director NCAMP 2008-2009
  • Author Monkey Beats 2008
  • Teacher, North County Drums Vista, CA 2008-2009
  • Writing curriculum, and teaching the Adult Rock Band class. 2008-2009
  • Teaching and helping develop the After School Rock Band class. 2008-2009
  • In charge of Marketing and web site design NCAMP 2008-2009
  • Teacher, San Diego Drums Vista, CA 1992-2008
  • Teacher, Rich Hunt’s Guitar Shop Escondido, CA 1987-1991

Playing, Shows
  • Le Miserables
  • Cats
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Guys and Dolls
  • Me and My Girl
  • Annie Get Your Gun
  • Cabaret

Playing, Bands/Artist
This is a partial list of some of the people I have played with.

Earl Thomas, Steph Johnson, Archie Thompson, James Harmon, Nathan James, Robin Henkel,
Detroit Underground, The Big Mo’ Band, Billy Watson, Ruby & The Red Hots, The Blue Four,
Ben Hernandez, Rick Holstrom, Blue Largo, Sue Palmer, Rob Thorson, Mitch Manker, Pacific
Bras & Electric, NRG, RBCPC House Band, The PO’ Boys, Shelle Carnival Cruise Lines, and
many others.

  • Musicians Institute P.I.T. Performance Degree 1986,
  • LA Valley College
  • Mesa College
  • Grossmont College
  • Studied privately with Murray Spivak
  • Chuck Silverman,
  • Pat Pffifner
  • Joe Pocarro


In teaching for the last 20 years i have developed great communication skills. I know how to get
the point across to students in a way that makes it clear and fun for them. I have learned how
to break things down so they are easy to understand and get the student PLAYING as fast as
possible. I love working with kids and adults, I love seeing them get excited about music. I know what
music has done for me and my life and I enjoy being able to pass that joy on to the next
generation of musicians.