Conservatory Outreach Percussion Adjunct Faculty
David Jelen (percussion private lesson teacher)
has taught percussion in the BW Convervatory Outreach Department for over 20 years. David's students develop good fundamental skills while maintaining their enjoyment of making music. He teaches all ages and skill levels. David holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Computer Information Systems degree from Cleveland State University. David is the percussion assistant to the director for the BW Conservatory Outreach Senior Youth Orchestra and percussion assistant for the Valley Forge High School Marching Band in Parma, OH. A freelance musician, he has performed with a number of groups including the Parma Symphony Orchestra, Lakeland Civic Chorus, Lakeland Civic Band and Lakeland Civic Orchestra. He was also a church choir director for 23 years. He has composed and arranged music that has been performed by musicians of all ages. David is currently playing bass guitar with Orchard Park.
Darryl Mika (percussion private lesson teacher) has been teaching percussion for over 30 years. He performs as a free-lance percussionist throughout the Northeast Ohio area. While in the military, he was a member of the U.S.M.C.'s Commandant's Own Drum & Bugle Corps. Mr. Mika has previously taught at the Rainey Institute and with a number of drum and bugle corps. Mr. Mika is the percussion adviser for the Baldwin Wallace University Marching Yellow Jackets. He received his Bachelors in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University. His current interests include competing in triathlons, marathons and century bike rides.
Teaching Location: Berea
Megan Poletti (percussion and recording technology private lesson teacher, Youth Percussion Ensemble director) has been teaching for 6 years. She holds a BA from Baldwin Wallace in Music and Arts Management, as well as an AAS from Cuyahoga Community College in Recording Arts & Technology. She teaches students of all ages, specializing in beginner and intermediate studies. Megan has taught for many programs at BW, and also is the assistant manager of the recording studio. In addition to her employment at BW, Megan is an adjunct faculty member at Tri-C in the recording arts department. She also owns her own on-location recording business, and works for clients around the Cleveland area. Megan prefers to teach percussion for band students, but also can instruct beginning drum set lessons.