• ELEMENTARY MUSIC STAFF

 Jan Cameron

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BA in Music, San Francisco State University

Jan Cameron

Jan Cameron is a native San Franciscan who grew up singing in her father, Rev A.L. Brown’s Church, Broadstreet Baptist. She studied music in college at San Francisco State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Jan has taught general music for Oakland Unified School District for the last 10 years. Jan loves traveling, good food and musical theater.

Schools: Horace Mann and Prescott Elementary

I teach TK-5th grade general music specializing in African American song, dance and puppetry.

 Maria de la Rosa

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BA in History and Spanish, Stanford University; MA in Education, Stanford University; CA Professional Clear Credential with CLAD certification

Maria de la Rosa

HOLA! I’m María de la Rosa, San Jose native and not too quietly passionate about heritage arts, particularly multicultural music. I’ve studied and collaborated with masters of Mexican dance/music; performed throughout California and beyond; and received national awards for my work. As a teacher and free-lance artist, I find joy in developing work that promotes visionary reconsideration of artistic cultural traditions to sustain the well-being of communities. I have my BA/Masters from Stanford.

Schools: Acorn Woodland Elementary and Bridges Academy Elementary

I differentiate my music program for grades K-5; optional Spanish instruction at each level. I anchor classes in music fundamentals-- such as learning to keep a beat-- working towards creative independence and cognizant musicianship. Students experience music movement, lyric composition, and several musical instruments: body percussion (including percussive footwork), small percussion, drums, ukulele, voice, and keyboard. My curriculum comes from world music traditions, emphasizing transferable social/emotional and cognitive skills developed through community music making.

 Joshua Diamant

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Joshua Diamant

Hi, I'm Joshua Diamant, but my students know me as Mr. D. I'm a native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn College who came west in 2011 and has been teaching elementary music ever since, joining OUSD in 2017. When not making music, I can often be found hiking the hills of the Bay Area, cheering on the Yankees and Warriors, or making a delicious mess in the kitchen.


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Joaquin Miller, Lincoln

Students in my program receive 45 minutes a week of general music instruction including listening, singing, movement, hand percussion, tonebar instruments, and ukulele taught according to the tenets of Gordon Music Learning Theory. Students may also take strings and modern band after school.

 Steven Faivus

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BA in Physics, UCSC, Physical Science and Music CA Single Subject Credentials

Steven Faivus

I am a professional alto saxophonist and a high school science teacher. I have been developing materials and methods for science arts integration for over 30 years, starting at Roosevelt High in East LA in 1988.I believe Arts Integration is an important piece to solving the achievement gap.

School: Allendale Elementary

Our music class starts with clapping and saying rhythms. Then we play games with songs like name that tune, where and when, and which poster am I playing. We get out drums to play and read rhythms. We watch, sing, discuss and write about music videos from around the world. We play music games, dance, and draw pictures to write songs.

 Linda Green

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Bachelor of Music Ed, Bowling Green (Ohio) State University; Masters in Viola Performance, New England Conservatory of Music; Post Grad, Syracuse University

Linda Green

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Linda Green makes her home in Richmond, and teaches 300+ instrumentalists every year in the OUSD. With her viola, she free-lances with many orchestras and plays in the Carol StringTrio. Linda was the assistant principal violist of the Orquestra Nacional do Porto (Portugal) and was a participant in the 2017 and 2019 Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, New York. She co-founded both the Home of United String Ensembles and the Oakland Symphony sponsored MUSE VIVO Orchestra.

Schools: Cleveland and Thornhill Elementary Schools

I teach music to all of the 4th and 5th graders by way of the violin, viola, or cello. We do a
a variety of styles, including classical, hip hop, fiddling, and blues, with the idea that studying an instrument will make you a better student overall. I consider joy and creativity to be important components for teaching and learning.

 Jessica Ivry

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BA in music, Skidmore College; MM in cello performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; MAT with Single Subject in Music Credential, Longy School of Music of Bard College

Jessica Ivry

I am classically trained on cello but have always explored non-traditional music routes including rock, bluegrass, jazz and world music. I also sing and play my cello and for 10 years was a founding member of Real Vocal String Quartet, an improvising/singing ensemble. I have recorded and played with many notable artists including singer, Feist on her 2012 album as well as with her on The Tonight Show and at the Coachella Music Festival. Full bio www.jessivry.com

Schools: Manzanita SEED & Manzanita Community Elementary School

I teach 4th and 5th grade students on violin, viola and cello. Students learn proper instrument and bow hold alignment at each class then learn how to make a beautiful tone and finally learn familiar songs in unison. We work toward playing a song in 2 parts and eventually learning how to play in a small ensemble. Along with the basics of string playing, students also learn the important building blocks of music, including rhythm, melody, and harmony.

 Julianne Moscovitz

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BFA in Fine Arts, Ryan Multiple subject credential in elementary education, BA in computer information science, single subject credential in music with emphasis in both instrumental and choral music.

Julianne Moscovitz

I drum for a blues band and for a Latin combo, play guitar and sing in the Americana style, and do cantorial solos in synagogue,

Schools: International Community School and Markham Elementary Schools

Whether I’m teaching band, orchestra, or chorus... and whether it for elementary school, middle or high, the most important thing I’m teaching in is the joy of making music.
It could be a container with beans in it, a box strung with rubber bands, or a clarinet, violin or guitar... loving playing it and letting the creativity flow is what it’s all about.

Last Modified on May 19, 2020