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For over 20 years, Jackeline Rago has stood firm in her commitment of bringing Venezuelan culture and music at an educational level to the continental US and abroad.

Currently, she is a faculty member at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA, where she teaches several courses on Afro-Venezuelan percussion, Venezuelan Cuatro and Afro-Venezuelan rhythms applied to Jazz. She is also the musical director of EBI (Escuela Bilingue Internacional) in Berkeley CA, where she leads a bilingual music program designed for pre-k and kindergarden children. Additionally, she is the musical director of “Contacto Musical” within Adventures in Music (AIM), which is a nationally and internationally recognized music education program, offered by the San Francisco Symphony for the elementary school children in San Francisco’s public schools.

Jackeline is available for workshops and lecture performances on Venezuelan Folk-music for large and/or small audiences. As an educator, she has worked extensively with Universities and Colleges throughout the US to share the culture and sounds of her native Venezuela and other Latin American countries. If you are interested in having Jackeline Rago as a guest artist and/or lecturer please contact:

She may also be contacted for private or group lessons at:

Ongoing Classes

Afro-Venezuelan Percussion. Tuesdays, 8:15pm-9:45pm. The Jazzschool. Berkeley, CA.

The Jazzschool Summer Semester begins on Tuesday July 5, 2011 (for 8 weeks). To enroll on any of the courses above, please visit:

Jackeline Rago's Teaching Experience

• Musical Director at EBI (Escuela Bilingue Internacional), Berkeley CA (2006-present)
• Musical Consultant at The French American International School, San Francisco CA (2006-present)
• Faculty Member of the Jazz School, Berkeley CA (2004-present)
• Musical Director at Playsongs, “World Music Program” (toddlers to 4 years old), San Francisco CA,
• Music Specialist at Adventures in Music/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (1997-2007)
• Artist in Residence of the State of California (1989-2001)
• Artist in Residence of the Moab Music Festival, Moab, UT (2006-present)
• Guest Professor at UC Berkeley in Latin American Studies, Music Department 135 (1998-2001)
• Instructor/Program Designer for the “Young Musicians Program” (YMP) at UC Berkeley (1998-1999)
• Music Teacher at Centro Vida and Bahia Schools, Berkeley CA (1991-1993)
• Venezuelan Folk-Music Workshop leader across the US for over 20 years
• Summer Camp Music Teacher for over 20 years (various campuses across the US)

Sponsors: California Arts Council (Sacramento CA), La Peña Cultural Center (Berkeley CA), Oakland Youth Chorus (Oakland CA), Oxford School (Berkeley CA), Edison School (San Francisco CA), Live Oak School (San Francisco CA).