Hello, my name is Kyle Zavada aka Mr. Z! I am a K-12 certified music teacher with a master's degree in Music Education and a bachelor's degree in Music Performance. I believe that music is a universal language and a positive outlet for people to express themselves through. My skill set and teaching style is unique, supportive and enthusiastic; fostering a productive environment that encourages students to be engaged in the joy of music.
Though this is my first year with Oakland Ave, this is my seventh year as a teacher. Along the way, I have found myself in many diverse situations; during my undergrad years I had the opportunity to participate in a program called the "Jamaica Field Service Project." While there, I studied the culture with locals and worked at different schools teaching drumming, singing and recorder to students in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Portland and St. Mary. During my graduate years at Queens College, I played in a Balinese Gamelan ensemble which utilized instruments specifically from Indonesia.
It is safe to say that I am different and definitely not your traditional textbook teacher. I am a formally trained musician with experience performing in percussion, brass and jazz ensembles, as well as real-world experience playing in a few different rock bands that had their share of playing shows and touring the United States. I believe students should learn a solid foundation of music theory, elements and history, but after that, I like to present songs that lack recognition; music that is not commercially available and part of a youtube sensation. Finally, I encourage the students to create; I am a composer, and have written quite a few pieces. Music is for everyone in some manifestation; whether just listening and appreciating, creating, or performing; we will do it all here in Mr. Z's Music Class.