Drums, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
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-current-M.A-Music Performance-Vocal- (classical study)
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
$30.00 per 1/2 hour- In Studio
$50.00 per hour- In Studio
$45.00 per 1/2- Travel to student (within 15 miles)
$65.00 per hour-Travel to student (within 15 miles)
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.
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