Miss Aryiah Potter
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Miss Aryiah Potter

Miss A.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Fun online lessons for drumset & percussion!

For beginners: patience & individualization
For intermediates: the next step you're looking for
For advanced: unique practice & playing concepts

+ Bachelor's Degree in Music from Berklee College of Music
+ Master's Degree in Education from Lewis University

+ Private Drum Instructor (individual and small group) 7years
+ Special Education Music Teacher (small and large group) 2 years
+ Special Education Teacher (individuals with Autism) 12 years

Drumset teachers have included:
Kenwood Denard, Bobby Sanabria, Steve Wilkes, Ed Kaspik, and Dave O’fallon.

About Miss A.

Welcome & Greetings :)

Teaching and learning are not that different.
If you want to learn something better, teach it to someone else. I’ve been learning drums this way for 20 years, and traditionally for 30.

If you accept me as your teacher, you will be my teacher. I love to learn, but we can't be teachers at the same time.
Especially with online learning, listening is essential. I promise to listen when it's your time to teach me, and ask for you to do the same.

We have no contract, and if our lessons aren't facilitating learning for you, please find a different teacher. I'm not perfect, and that's ok. How about we give it a try?

Keep the Beat, & hope to c u soon!
Miss Aryiah

Background & Personal details:
Ancestry - Swedish, English, Polish
Citizenship - American
Languages - (non-fluent) Swedish, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian
Hometown - Chicago / Oakland
Gender Identity - Transgender Woman (she/her)
Sexuality - Pansexual
Education - Bachelors of Music fr. Berklee College of Music
Masters of Special Education fr. Lewis University


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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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