He has a sincere passion for creating engaging environments where music is shared rather than taught. This is Carlos' second year teaching with the Creative Music Project.
Luciano Alberto is the music teacher at Joella C. Good elementary school in Miami. Mr. Alberto earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from Florida International University. His students have participated in the Superintendent’s Honors Festival, and he will be directing the chorus that will be singing the National Anthem for the Miami Marlins on May 26, 2012. And as Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life, but life itself."
Mr. Cristian Escobar moved to Miami from Colombia at the age of 12. Cristian attended the New World School of the Arts and received a full scholarship to Florida International University for trumpet performance. He has performed extensively around the United States at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and the Arsht Center of the Performing Arts. Cristian has performed with the Miami Lyric opera, Alhambra Symphony Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, and the Walenshtine Orchestra. Currently, Cristian is working for the Cushman School where he teaches music to kids from ages 2 -13 years. He is very exited to be working this years creative music project.
Natalie Perez is now a junior at Florida International University majoring in Music Education and Music Performance on Clarinet. She is a member of FIU's Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and is a Drum Major for FIU's Golden Panther Marching Band. Natalie is a host and the founder of a Drum Major Camp in Miami that teaches local participating Drum Major's leadership concepts and conducting technique. Natalie is the President of the FIU Chapter of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education (NAfME), President-Elect for the FL State Executive Board of Collegiate NAfME, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Vice President for the Lambda Omicron Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Professional Development Teachers
Dr. Kathy Kerstetter
President, Creative Music Project
Music Together classes for children (and parents) ages birth to 5 at the Mailman Segal Center for Childhood Development Parenting Place. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She has taught music to all ages and grade levels for more than a decade throughout south Florida, and has publications in Music Educators' Journal, General Music Today, Journal of Band Research, and is a contributing author for the book Pop Culture Pedagogy in the Music Classroom. A nationally recognized speaker on music creativity and technology, Dr. Kerstetter has presented for organizations such as Florida Music Educators Association, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, the Society for Music Teacher Education, and the Australian Society for Music Education. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Vice President, Creative Music Project.
Secretary, Creative Music Project.
"Aida," "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," "Sweet Charity," "Crazy for You," "Gypsy," "Damn Yankees," "The Wedding Singer," amongst others. Priscilla has spoken regionally about the Creative Music Project at the annual clinic-conference for the Florida Music Educators Association. She hopes to inspire life long musical experiences for every student teaches.
Dr. Catherine Rand