Ariel de la Portilla

Ariel de la Portilla was born in the city of Matanzas, Cuba where he lived until immigrating with his parents to the United States in September of 1980. He was raised in the southwest area of Miami, Florida. The neighborhood better known as “little Havana”. Growing up surrounded by the sounds of Cuban and Brazilian music as well as simultaneously experiencing American music and culture gave his childhood a distinctly unique dichotomy that later proved to have become a crucial aspect of his life education, and musical identity

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Woodside, NY

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


BAM, Brooklyn NYC-Clinician and presenter for "what is Latin Jazz' program. Duties: prepare presentations including visual and musical examples and present in select schoold throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Bronx Conservatory of Music, Bronx, NY – Organize, run and teach the CASA ( Cultural After school Adventures) music program at P.S. 83 DUTIES: Develop and implement curriculum, liaisons with school staff and administration, organize concerts and presentations. ▪2/07-current Norwood City Schools, Norwood, OH – Substitute Teacher, K-12 DUTIES: Teach designated classes, assist students in writing lab, assist with ESL ▪ 2003-2004 Mt. Healthy High School – Teacher: Music Theory and Sight Singing ▪ 2002-2003 DUTIES: Prepare lesson plans and teach music theory, sight singing and ear training, general band courses, private instrument instruction and jazz band and jazz quartet ensembles.

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