Locations: Springfield, Ft. Belvoir, Fairfax, Woodbridge, VA
Genres: Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, Gospel, R&B
Why I work well with kids?
I have worked with kids from 4 years of age and above. I have also taught senior citizens. I have been teaching music to a variety of people and age group for more than 15 years. I am able to communicate with each age group which enhances the teaching and learning experience. This is my life work and I am very good at it. I have so many testimonies both in the U.S. and in Africa concerning the high standard of music that I am able to take my students to.
Eric O. Bio and Resume
Location of Birth: Ghana
I started touring the European countries to participate in music festivals with my school band at the age of 17 (John Teye Memorial School, Ghana). I also participated in music workshops at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark and performed there as well. I took over my high school band and taught them for more than 12 years single-handedly and we also continued to tour the European countries. This continued until I came to the United States. In the U.S. I have formed youth bands in churches and we have performed in places such as the U.S. Capitol. I teach individual students at home as well as groups. Here is the link of the U.S. Capitol performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7np5r8xI-aQ
I received my bachelor’s degree in jazz studies and minored in music technology at George Mason University. I have taught privately for 5 years and group lessons for 2. I teach bass and guitar, all levels and ages as well as beginning and intermediate piano.
Extensive amounts of training and supervisory duties.
Accustomed to meeting expressed performance standards.
Remain poised under pressure.
Always willing to go beyond assigned responsibilities.QUALIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
Deputy Director of Music at John-Teye Memorial Institute, Ghana (1996-2002)
Director of Music at John-Teye Memorial Institute, Ghana (2002-2008)
Director of Youth Band (Miregens) at Faith Family Ministries International (FFMI), Woodbridge VA (2008-2010)
Music Director with Faith Sanctuary Choir at FFMI Woodbridge, VA
Director of Music at Fountain Gate Chapel, Dumfries VA (2010-Present).SKILLS:
Proficient in all instruments (Wind, Percussion, Strings, Brass and Wood-wind)
Can teach all instrument (Wind, Percussion, Strings, Brass and Wood-wind)
Can teach vocalsEXPERIENCES:
Taught all age groups (from age 4 and above).
Traveled with school band to most European countries, including England.
Taught mentally challenged students music theory and practical in Ghana.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS:
Consistently commended for ability to rearrange all music genre.
Taught music education to general students and learning-disabled students within a mainstream classroom and had them perform on stage.
Served on school board for music curriculum development.
Helps with churches that need music for programs.
Teach youth every Saturday in Woodbridge and Springfield; Sundays in Dumfries
Most Influential Musicians/Bands:
HUGH MASEKELA–FRUGEL HORN
THE GOLDEN RULE: “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WANT OTHERS TO DO UNTO YOU.”
Favorite Movie(s): “TITANIC”
“BEST OF THE BEST”
ENGLAND, DENMARK, FRANCE, GERMANY, IVORY COAST, TOGO, BELGIUM AND SWITZERLAND
How would your friends describe you?: COOL, HUMBLE, TALENTED, LOVING, VERY FUNNY,LAID BACK, KIND
Hobbies: LEARNING NEW INSTRUMENTS, COOKING, READING, EXERCISING
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