Miguelito Martinez combines flute and percussion, the melodies of the indigenous tribes, and the heartbeat of the African drums to his lectures on Mexican and Caribbean music. We'll explore rhythms ranging from Son Jarocho of Veracruz to the traditional Cumbias of Colombia, while learning about the geography, language, and instrumentation of various genres.
Born in Chiapas, México, Miguelito Martinez studied Music Education and Transversal Flute from the University of Science and Art in Chiapas and La Universidad Veracruzana. Miguelito has been trained in Kodaly and Dalcroze, and he has his Orff Schulwerk music certification by the San Francisco Orff International Levels and a master class with immersive, hands-on experience in Orff-Schulwerk, African Indigenous Music Education in Ghana.
He has intensive experience teaching multicultural music from preschool to the post-graduate level in Mexico, Cuba, and the US. Miguelito has been a guest clinician for the AOSA (American Orff-Schulwerk Association), CMEA (California Music Education Association), and Oakland Unified District.
Miguelito was a music teacher specialist for Young Imagination, East Bay Center for Performing Arts and Youth in Arts teaching all over the Bay Area, from kindergarten through high school.
Miguelito has been a guest lecturer for San Francisco State, UC Berkeley, San Jose State, UC Santa Cruz, Fresno State, San Francisco City College. For many years, Miguelito was working at Escuela Bilingue Internacional, developing an IB (International Baccalaureate) music curriculum.
In 2009 he was selected by the Milagro Foundation to be on the Voces del Cambio show on the Discovery Channel in which he shared his insight on how to utilize music as an instrument for newcomer children from Latin America to integrate into their new community. Martinez has been a music teacher and multicultural arts educator since 2004 in the Bay Area. Currently, he is the middle school music teacher specialist at Park Day School in Oakland, CA.