teaching, clinic & adjudication posts

2002-Present    
Contract Faculty - York University Music Program
- course creator/director/instructor fourth year Careers and Business for Musicians
- course creator/director/instructor third-year Rhythm Studies course (dealing with basic to advanced rhythmic concepts used in composition and improvisation, development of practical proficiency, both written and performance based)
- course director Cuban Music course (dealing with traditional Afro-Cuban styles - songs, drumming and dance)
- teaching private individual lessons for drum set (Jazz - traditional and contemporary concepts, World music - focus on and correlation of hand percussion as adapted to drum set)
- coaching and directing student jazz combo ensemble workshops - Jazz (all instruments) focusing especially on methods of improvisation and group interplay
- prepared advanced students for admission into graduate studies programs (several universities)
- clinics and faculty performances with Rez Abbasi; Tony Malaby, Richard Whiteman, Mark Eisenman, William Carn Group, Artie Roth Quartet, ...

1998-Present    
Partial Load Instructor - Mohawk College of the Applied Arts
- create/teach Music Production course (overview of technical and functional aspects of production)
- teach private individual lessons (drum set and bass students in rhythm section lessons)
- coach jazz ensembles and workshops
- performed in faculty concerts with special international guest Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Galper.
- teach Drum Master-class course with focus on history and technical proficiency
- performed in clinic and addressed student questions
- presented rhythm-section master-classes for student body
- successfully coached and prepared several students for admittance to Berkley School of music(Boston), New School (NYC), University of Toronto, York University (among others)

2014- Present
Contract Faculty – Centennial College - Music Program
- creator/instructor Musical Creativity Production course (overview of technical and functional aspects of production)
- teach private individual lessons
- coach “Apothecary” Heavy Metal ensemble

2015
Artist In Residence - Grant MacEwan University – (Edmonton, AB)
- featured Artist in Residence along with bassist Jim Vivian
- conducted master classes, lectures and performances for student body
- performances with Tom Van Seters trio

2013-14
Arcadia Academy of Music Drum Syllabus
- created content levels 1-8, coordinated meetings and revised the curriculum and syllabus for the complete drum set studies program.
- coordinated meetings with senior teachers and Academy to identify, understand and meet needs
and new direction of the school with a newly revised curriculum
- led a peer review focus group with four professional drummers and teachers in reviewing new
curriculum and made final appropriate revisions
- presented new curriculum to teachers from all Arcadia Academy locations addressing questions

2013                 
University of Toronto Clinic
- Artie Roth Quartet in performance/clinic discussing original compositions and band development of original repertoire

1994-Present    
International Drum Set Clinician
- performed drum clinics presented by Sonor Drums with Gavin Harrison, Alan Heatherington.; hosted by Soul Drums at Toronto Center for the Performing Arts
- conducted “Puttin’ It Together” drum set clinics at various Long & McQuade locations
- conducted master class drum set clinic at Arcadia Academy of Music

2012-14
Adjudicator and Clinician
- York University Stage and Jazz Band Festival, adjudicated performances, ran follow-up clinics and performed in clinic for students
2014               
Clinician
- Massey Hall performance clinic series with Ron Westray (before Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra concert led by Wynton Marsalis)
2009-10
Adjudicator
- graded and assessed students from beginner to advanced level at Arcadia Academy Music-Fest
- conducted entrance auditions for Mohawk College Applied Music Program

2008  
Clinics and Master Classes While on Tour
- Western Canada High School - Calgary, Alberta
- University of Regina - Regina, Saskatchewan
- University of Saskatchewan -Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- University of Brandon -Brandon, Manitoba
- Peking University - China
- Beijing, China
- Universidad de Nacional, Bogota, Colombia
- Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), Exposition Hall, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- University of Sydney, Australia, Sound Lounge, Seymour Theatre Centre
- St. Francis Xavier University - Antogonish, Nova Scotia
- Acadia University -, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
- Le Centre Culturel Franco Manitobain –Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Malaspina University, Nanaimo BC
- University of PEI - Charlottetown PEI
- Mt. Allison University - Sackville NB
- University of Moncton - Moncton NB:
- Markham District School Board: Played in clinic format and directed the school stage bands.

2005                
Clinician – Universidad National, Bogota, Colombia, D.C.
- performed and discussed approaches to playing in a jazz trio in both traditional, contemporary and free idioms, including improvised music concepts

2004
Instructor - Summer Jazz Vocal Workshop Le Mans, France (directed by Tina May)
- led master classes on world rhythms
- conducted discussions on notation, terminology and chart clarification
- took part in nightly performances with faculty and with featured students

2004                 
Clinician - Leeds College of Music, United Kingdom
- performed concert and discussed improvised music concepts applied with Martin Speake Trio

2003, 2004       
Clinician - Royal Academy of Music of London, United Kingdom
- performed rhythm section clinic for the student body with bass instructor
- gave seminars on Jazz Drumming
- taught private instruction to students

2003                 
Clinician
Sheffield University, United Kingdom
- performed and discussed musical concepts applied with Nikki Iles Trio recording   

Instructor/Performer
National Music Camp of Canada
- taught group lessons, jazz history, played concerts with faculty also with symphony orchestra faculty      

Clinician
Loyalist College, Ontario
Vincent Massey School, Brandon, Manitoba
Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, Alberta
- performed in clinic format and addressed student questions

2002                 
Clinician
Meet the Artist Series/WGMC radio, Rochester N.Y.

- performed in concert and in clinic for live audiences and videotaping
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
- performed in clinics - trio plus string quartet and in quintet

2001                 
Clinician
Capilano College, B.C.
 
Grant MacEwan College

2000,
Clinician
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
- played and discussed in clinic format about "Life After University” how to make a career in music after graduating

2000                 
Guest Artist and Clinician  
Brandon Manitoba Jazz Festival
- taught workshops and performed clinics for the student body

1989-1997        
Faculty Assistant
Inter-Provincial Jazz Camp (led by Phil Nimmons)
- assisted Barry Elmes and taught drum master classes and ensemble workshops
- performed in daily and evening concerts with featured guests and faculty

1987-1993        
Private Drum and Theory Instructor
Payne's Music & Pongetti Music
- taught theory and drums to students at all levels in preparation for post-secondary education

formal EDUCATION

2008-2015        York University
A.B.D. - Ph.D. Candidate - Final Stage of Dissertation (Cross-Cultural Cross-Genre Study of Rhythmic Concepts)

2004-2008         York University
Master of Arts degree – Ethnomusicology RHYTHM: A SPECULATIVE AND PRACTICAL INVESTIGATION

1996                  University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts degree, JAZZ PERFORMANCE

1990                  Mohawk College for the Applied Arts
3-year College diploma, APPLIED MUSIC IN JAZZ PERFORMANCE

1997                  Lake Placid Institute, Jazz Improvisation Seminar
Summer big band jazz workshop led by Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeelyStudied and performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider Big Band (with WDR trumpet section), Dick Oats, Bill Evans, Jim McNeely Big Band, Gary Peacock, Peter Erskine

1992                  Banff Center for the Fine Arts
Summer workshop led by Hugh Fraser
Studied and played with Kenny Wheeler, Reggie Workman, Keith Copeland, Don Thompson, Mick Goodrich, Robin Eubanks, Abraham Adzenyah, Anthony Braxton

Private studies

North American Instructors:
Peter Erskine; Joey Barron; Keith Copeland; Kenwood Dennard; Joel Rosenblatt; Jim Blackley; Barry Elmes; Bob McLaren; Vito Rezza; Kevin Dempsey; John Cheesman;
Ernie Porthouse; Jean-Norman Iedelucca (classical percussion); Frank Falco - Piano and Theory; Paul Pederson – Sound Recording and Studio Course (U of T)

World Music Instructors:
Rolando “el nino” Salgado Palacio - Cuban Music & Congas; Reimundo Sousa - Cuban Bata Drumming; Memo Acevado - Cuban and Brazilian percussion;
Abraham Adzenyah - West African percussion; Alan Hetherington - Brazilian percussion Escola de Samba de Toronto - Brazilian batucada;
Tricky Sankaran - South Indian rhythm and frame drums; Ravi Naimpaly - Tabla &North Indian Rhythm, Form and Composition