Ayanna Gallant, Music Teacher
Ayanna joined Capital City in August 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and a Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Arts Integration from Lesley University.
She is a certified 4MAT Cycle of Learning Instructor and Music Together teacher. Ayanna has traveled to Nicaragua for Spanish immersion classes and Ghana for service work and training in West African drumming.
Prior to Capital City, she taught music for PreK to 8th grade for seven years. She is a former trombonist of Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and has taught low brass private lessons and master classes for the past 10 years. She is also the former program and music director for "With Open Minds," a peace and leadership program for refugee youth in Manchester, NH.
At Capital City, she teaches after-school music programs including band, chorus, and drumming. She has served on the Middle School Culture Committee and has helped to organize various cultural events such as the annual Black History Month celebration.
Ayana enjoys performing spoken word, singing and playing drums with the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, an intergenerational, diverse group of 17 women from DC and surrounding areas who perform to celebrate unity and diversity, and to spread the joy and power of West African drumming to the community at-large.