Miss Aryiah Potter
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Miss Aryiah Potter

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It was a privilege of mine to learn from a master drummer from Guinea, Mohammed Camara. My studies began through classes at Berklee College of Music, and extended in to his personal djembe group lessons where I was given the opportunity to learn soloing along with the rhythms and breaks.

This, along with 20+ years of performing, practicing and teaching djembe, is what I will bring to your lessons.

Plus, a lot of fun ;)

About Miss A.

Hello fellow musicians and aspiring musicians!

Learning music is a lifelong journey, and I'm excited to help you along that path.

My lessons are fun, relaxed, and open to a vast potential of learning. We will work on your goals, if you have them, as well as foundations of technique, musicality, and artistry.

More information on each instrument I teach, and my credentials for that instrument, can be found under each subject.

Berklee College of Music (BA of Music)
Lewis University (MA of Special Education)

***12 years experience teaching students with Autism***

Keep the Beat!

Miss Aryiah


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Special Education Teacher
Oct 2007 - Jun 2018

Spectrum Center, Soaring Eagle Academy, and Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative

Spent 11 years teaching students who are moderately to severely affected by Autism. Beginning in Oakland, CA and finishing in the suburbs of Chicago, this work included two years solely focusing on music education, seven years as a classroom teacher, and three years as a teaching assistant and substitute teacher. Additionally, my classroom teacher role included serving as acting principal for Soaring Eagle Academy during one and a half years of my time there.

Owner / Teacher
Aug 2002 - Jun 2010

In Your Home Lessons

Independently managed a roster of students aged 7 to 56, in the San Francisco Bay Area. All lessons were conducted in students' homes. The majority of lessons were one-on-one and focused on drumset. Additionally, group and private percussion lessons were conducted regularly, including a 6-month class for at-risk young students in San Francisco.

Feb 2007 - Jul 2009

The Jenny Kerr Band

Performed with The Jenny Kerr Band, a blues/rock singer/songwriter, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nov 1999 - May 2005

Drunken Cat Paws

Performed throughout California with Drunken Cat Paws, an instrumental jazz/funk/rock fusion trio.

Drummer / Concert Promoter
Oct 1995 - Aug 1997

The Castaways

Wrote and performed with The Castaways, a 50's/60's Rockabilly & Surf band. Additionally, co-managed and promoted a loose organization of underground venues in the Western Suburbs of Chicago.

Jun 1993 - Aug 1995

The Fiends (Misfits Cover Band)

Began my drumming career learning how the play songs by The Misfits, and performing them at local venues like the YMCA :)


Master's of Education
Sep 2011 - May 2013

Lewis University

Bachelor's of Music
Sep 1997 - May 2001

Berklee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


LBS1 (Learning Behavioral Specialist 1)
Jun 2013

Illinois Department of Education

Current certification to teach Special Education classes with students aged 5 to 20 in Illinois.

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