Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele | Draper, Salt Lake

Tate has been playing music since they were able to walk. Tate has a unique background of concurrently learning Western Classical theory and Indonesian Gamelan theory throughout their entire life. As a sophomore in high school, they played alongside the Utah Symphony, and received the Louis Armstrong award for Exceptional Jazz Performance. In 2015 and 2016, they went to Bali to study Gamelan music and performed at several festivals and ceremonies. After graduating high school, they toured with Doug Perkins’ percussion ensemble to perform John Luther Adams’ “Inuksuit” for art events in Montana and Colorado. Throughout college, they played in several large and small ensembles, and was a founding member of Snow College’s experimental music ensemble. After college, they immersed themself in songwriting, rewriting and recording multiple studio albums, with more on the way. Tate now plays, and sometimes tours, in several SLC musical acts. They played drums for Josh Doss and the Cancers at the 2023 Kilby Block Party. Tate has taught private music lessons since 2014, coached drumline in 2016 and 2017, and has overseen afterschool programming for the City of South Salt Lake since 2018. They have experience teaching Kindergarten up to adult students, and specialized in helping teens navigate their careers between 2020-2023. They have presented at The Clubhouse Network’s annual conference and the National Afterschool Association’s annual conference on their experiences helping teens transition into adulthood. Tate’s favorite genres to play and teach are Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz and Latin, although they have lots of knowledge in classical and other western contemporary music. Their ultimate goal as a teacher is to help youth find their passions in specific and measurable ways. While Tate stresses the importance of musical literacy- they also have experience teaching and learning in eastern rote memorization techniques- whatever works best for the parent and student!

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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