Drums, Guitar, Music, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Online via Webcam
My name is Khemya MitRahina. I was raised up in Northern California in the arts of music and dance since a young age of three. I started lessons in Oakland, CA in dance, music and acrobats with Peggy and Leon Valdez and then tap & performance and theater arts with Chorlene and Art Duane in Hayward, CA. I became very active in elementary school choirs with music instructor, Ms. Bell. My father was head coach for Oakland Dynamites-Pop Warner in which I would do cheerleading and coordinate field marches. My mother was a professional tap dancer, in which would inspire me in the arts of dance-contemporary, latin and theater. As, I grew up after high school, I became active in cultural dance & music participating in Carnaval parades-S.F., Afro-Haitian dance performances and community colleges music groups of jazz, spiritual and soul. I continued further to the Education of music and dance in colleges. After, graduation I returned to Stockton, CA, and began organizing music and dance programs in the community for low income housing projects, where I began a non-profit organization: Pan Afrakan Dance & Music -instructing in African -and African-Caribbean Dance and Music community centers, after-school programs and festivals.
My Musical Education Background
1991-93- A.A. Degree-Humanities of Dance & Choreography
1994-96-B.A. Degree-Dance Performance & Choreography, Dance Ethnology and minor : Music & World Music
1997-99-M.A.-Holistic Studies: Arts & Consciousness Studies-Transformational Arts
2002-2007-Phd-Natural Health-Healing Arts
2011-13-A.A. -Music-Voice- (classical, theory, jazz)
2012-2013-continued education in music, choir & jazz improvisation
2013-2017 MFA-Music Performance-Vocal- (classical study)
2018- EdD: Leadership and Organization: Emphasis Collaborative Art Partnerships in Community & Schools
In 2011, I acquired the study of classical music for voice and piano, and furthered continued the study in vocal and piano pedagogy. In 2013, I began instructional teaching for beginning piano and vocal students in classical and contemporary styles.
Musical performance in Colleges: Modesto Concert Choirs, Columbia College Community Chorus-Sounds of Season, Columbia College Big Band Jazz, Delta Singers, Concert Choirs at Delta College-Musical Passport & Winter Festival of Choirs, NDNU-Musical Opera Arts: De Espana Vengo
Additional Study- I also continue in the cultural performance and study of Jazz, Folk, African Traditional and Afro-Latin Folklore musical arts.
Instruments: 1st instrument-Voice, 2nd instrument-African drumming & percussions, 3rd instrument-piano, 4th instrument-guitar (folk and classical)
Genres and Subjects Taught
African Dance & Music-Djembe drumming & percussion
African-Latin Music-Dance & Vocal/drumming/percussions
Beginning Piano-Contemporary & classical
Beginning Vocal-Classical & Contemporary
Music Theory & Musicianship
Beg. Classical Guitar
$20.00 per 1/2 hour- In Studio
$40.00 per hour- In Studio
$35.00 per 1/2- Travel to the student (within 15 miles)
$50.00 per hour-Travel to the student (within 15 miles)
40.00 per hour Skype lessons
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I have worked with ages of 3-adults.
My Certifications and Awards
Stockton Arts Commission-Arts Educator Award 2013- (Dance & Music)
My Musical Influences
There are too many to name. I love classical music composers and vocalists, as well as, contemporary, folk, jazz, reggae, rock, R &B, Soul, Spiritual and Gospel.
Khemya taught my son for 4 years, in which was so vital to his growth and development as a young boy. He achieved a greater self-esteem and empowerment for himself. His grades improved along with his skill in classical guitar. Khemya is very patient and her teaching style is unique. Khemya is known by many in our community as an acquired artist and educator. We were so happy to have her in our lives.