Drums Program Director
Chris Poon | Drums Program Director
Christopher Poon is an experienced teacher who has taught private students and was a faculty member of the Institute of Vocational Education in Hong Kong, where he was a lecturer for the music technology program. Chris graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor Degree in Music, double-majoring in Guitar Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. Jazz Guitar has been his main focus in the recent years, but he enjoys playing other styles of music on the guitar as well, such as Pop, Rock, Latin, and Folk. Chris has developed his own curriculum-based, goals-driven and progressive guitar course utilizing renowned teaching materials from the Berklee College of Music and Musician Institute that covers both guitar playing and music theory.
Ricardo Guerra | Drums
Ricardo Guerra is a Cuban-American drummer/percussionist, composer, and educator based in Boston, MA. Drawing from elements of jazz, rock, and Afro-Cuban styles, his music offers an atmosphere of joy and freedom that is full of rhythmically dynamic improvisation. He has been musically active since childhood, performing with his father semi-professionally and studying both classical percussion and drumset in high school. Ricardo holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with percussion luminaries Billy Hart and Jamey Haddad. He has performed as both a leader and sideman in various venues and festivals in Miami, New York City, and the Cleveland metro area. He is currently earning a M.M. at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the tutelage of Danilo Pérez and other world-renowned musicians. Ricardo has been teaching since 2015, having worked in places such as American Children’s Orchestra for Peace and School of Rock. He has taught students of all ages, always inspiring them to develop a positive connection to music and build self-confidence through an engaging and interactive learning process.