education

An experienced and passionate educator, Gloria has presented clinics at PASIC, universities and conservatories throughout the US & Europe, and works with students of all ages and levels. Educators are encouraged to work collaboratively with Gloria to customize opportunities for students.


“Gloria’s curiosity and passion for percussion as a creative vehicle is remarkable and rare. Her contribution as a clinician, and performer, within a recent World Percussion Group international University tour was invaluable. I learnt a lot through attending her educational clinics and sought to share her expertise with my own University students, inviting her to present at the 2018 PAS UK Chapter Day of Percussion at Leeds College of Music.”
– Jason Huxtable (Maraca2 Percussion Duo, director of World Percussion Group)

Gloria currently teaches percussion for Sistema Ravinia, an El Sistema-based orchestral program providing free resources to Chicago and surrounding areas’ underprivileged students. She previously taught at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire and Birmingham-based Services for Education. Please email Gloria directly for enquiries about private teaching: gloria@gloriaymusic.com

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Guided Improvisation – Improvising in every practice room
A clinic/workshop first presented at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Royal Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, adaptable to audiences of any age/experience. For percussionists, this introduces a way to incorporate improvised playing in traditionally classical settings. The benefits of improvisation are beyond numerous and nearly always encouraged by the best teachers: the percussion community is fortunate enough to have a wide range of solo repertoire suitable for study and performance that helps students and performers alike move off of the page and create their own music, without straying so far from the comfort zone of the performer’s experience. This clinic discusses a variety of practical options for including more improvisation in daily practice which can be catered to every individual, as well as introducing access and knowledge to repertoire that can emphasize both prepared and improvised music.

Private Teaching
Percussion is incredibly demanding technically, because of the number of instruments we need to learn, yet learning every technique only scratches the surface musically. Taking a holistic approach to private teaching, Gloria challenges her students to be independent learners and creative musicians. Lessons involve practical and creative approaches, and a significant amount of listening is encouraged and expected. Nearly all students have an affinity towards specific areas within percussion playing, and a teaching approach to encourage well-roundedness while still playing upon the student’s strengths helps students progress quickly, motivates them to work hard, and fosters a continuous love of music.