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Ms. Zapata has been involved in the performing arts her entire life! As a child, she performed in community dance recitals and musical theater productions and participated in the band (symphonic, jazz, marching) and choir programs offered at her schools. In high school, she fell in love with the marching arts, and went on to performing with nationally competing winter drumlines, such as OCI and Pulse Percussion, and Drum and Bugle Corps, such as the Academy, and Pacific Crest. She went on to receive her degrees in Instrumental Music Education (BM) and Percussion Performance (BM), as well as her single subject teaching credential (music) from CSU Long Beach. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Elementary Education at SDSU.
Ms. Zapata, though primarily a percussionist, has played the clarinet and alto saxophone in wind bands and jazz ensembles throughout her education. While in college, she discovered her passion for ethnomusicology (the study of world music cultures/traditions throughout history) and worked to both further her own knowledge of diverse music traditions and to advocate for the inclusion of world music studies in K-12 public school music curriculum. She was named a Global Scholar for her efforts.
Outside of Cardiff Schools, Ms. Zapata shares her passion for music with students as a 2nd grade cello coach for the Long Beach Harmony Project and as a front ensemble coach for Murrietta Mesa High School. As a lifelong animal-lover and advocate for avian conservation, you can also find her caring for a flock of companion parrots and leading youth education programs at the Free Flight Parrot Sanctuary in Del Mar.