Education and Background
Carmen studied classical percussion with Anthony Cirone at San Jose State University and Latin/Jazz styles with Scott Morris, Vince Lateano, Alan Hall, Louis Romero, and Daniel Sabanovich.
Carmen has taught all styles of percussion for over 18 years. She leads the Listen Here Jazz Ensemble and is the drummer for Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz Band.
“I teach all styles of drumming, but I try to match the student with the style that they love. It’s that love of music that will push them to try harder, reach farther and become a true musician. My students have the opportunity to learn how to read, write and transcribe drum charts as well how to maintain and tune their drums. I teach my students how to play along with recordings and encourage them to join a band or ensemble so that they can experience the joy of music from the start.”