Piano, Singing, Songwriting
I am a graduate of Cal Poly Ponoma University with a BA degree in voice. I have 20+ year experience teaching voice and piano. Building people is my passion and commitment. My students learn by doing and I love the growth each student takes from their lessons as well as their performances. I am a working artist in the music field as a vocalist, conductor, and motivating speaker. Please feel free to look me up on facebook, cd baby, or google me to see some of my work.
Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
I grew up in Quebec City Canada, where I only spoke French during those growing years. From a very young age, I was always attracted to music and particularly playing drums. My mom has told me that before I could even walk, I was already banging away on whatever I could put my hands on. I would sit down with pots, pans, and spoons and bang away. My parents bought my first “real” drum kit when I was about five years old. It was a Mickey Mouse drum set that they ordered from the Sears catalog. I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, because of the poor quality of the drum, this particular kit only lasted a couple months, but it was on that very drum kit that I gave my first live performance. The concert took place in the basement of my house. This memorable concert included one song, a French version of California dreaming, with me on drums, my brother on guitar and my sister as a singer. The crowd (one uncle and our mom) loved it and saw the potential in what could be a career someday!
My next significant concert was when I was 15 years old. My brother and I put a Beatles tribute band together and did an all Beatles song concert. We were able to convince about 300 of our friends and schoolmates that the $3 dollar ticket would be worth it. During my teenage years, I got really serious about drumming and joined a Drum and Bugle Corp band. I probably learned the most during those 5 years. We had several incredible professional drum teachers that spent countless hours teaching us everything from every single rudiment in the book, drum theory to several techniques on how to play drums. Those years were foundational for me as a drummer.
Fast-forward a couple years and you end up in the glamour rock days: the 80’s. It was a time where it was irrelevant if you knew how to play an instrument well, but the main thing that mattered had to do with the “hairdo” that would sit on top of your head. Still, it was during those years that I started to play regularly. I had a couple different bands and we played around quite a bit as well as spend a lot of time writing our own music. Through it all, even the glamour rock days provided an opportunity for me to grow as a drummer and overall musician. In 1986 we founded our own original rock band. We started writing our own music and found a name that would stick to us like glue once we moved to the US. Our band name was “One Way” and we did eventually to the US in order to pursue our dream.
One Way only lasted a couple years and in 1991, my brother and I started another band. This one lasted for almost 20 years. The Kry was born as we continued writing songs & playing around Albuquerque New Mexico where we had moved in 1988. In 1992, we launched our first album “I’ll find You There” with Asaph Records in Costa Mesa California. My brother and I became Christians while living in Albuquerque and so everything we wrote had to do with our beliefs as Christians.
Throughout the years, The Kry released ten albums with sales of over half a million records. We toured extensively from 1992 through 2002 in over 25 countries as well as numerous times in the US.
In 2010 I stopped playing music on a professional lever for a living in order to travel less and be with my children more. I am still involved with music writing as well as teaching. I did not get a music degree but was trained professionally during my teenage years by different professional drummers with private lessons.
I teach music to school aged children from 5 years old to more advance students of all ages. I track their personal progress, collaborate with parents, and work with students to prepare for school band, contests, and special concerts. I also specialize in advanced development for already established drummers. No matter what, it is always a blast to be able to pour out to other aspiring and younger drummers what I have learn from the many years of playing and touring.
Joan is a passionate drummer and percussionist. She enjoys playing any genre of music from rock to jazz, reggae, latin, and more. Joan performs with many groups and solo artists throughout Southern California. She also had the opportunity to perform on TV shows such as Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, Good Morning America, and the Ellen Show. Joan received her Bachelors in Music with a concentration in Percussion Performance at California State University, Long Beach. She studied with Lynn Vartan, Michael Packer, Randy Drake, Michael Carney, Dave Gerhart, Brad Dutz, and Ricky Lawson.
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