About Duck Samba—University of Oregon

Cameron Siegal is a music education PhD candidate and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Oregon. He holds a Master of Music degree in Performance in jazz studies from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Western Oregon University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Cam’s experience includes field study and performance in the Asante region of Ghana, West Africa, and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Selected collaborations include work with Marvio Ciribelli, Jorge Continentino, Dr. Cassio Vianna, Choro das Tres, Obuamah Laud Addy, Scotty Barnhart, and Dr. Carlos Odria.

Cam is currently a PreK–5 music teacher in the Dartmouth Public Schools (Dartmouth, MA). Cam has instructed music at Fern Ridge Middle School (where he was awarded the district’s yearly Distinguished Educator award in 2019), West Salem High School, Dartmouth High School, and Umpqua Community College.

Dr. Dana Monteiro has twenty years of experience as a music educator in the New York City public school system. He holds a B.S. in music education from N.Y.U., a M.A. in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a doctoral degree in music education from Boston University. Monteiro has studied at over twenty samba schools in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Monteiro was awarded “Outstanding Educator of the Year” by Education Update in 2015. In 2016, he received the Big Apple Award from the New York City Department of Education, the Lincoln Center Arts Teacher of the Year Award, and the NYC Men Teach Anchor Award. In 2021, Monteiro was the Manhattan winner of the Flag Award for Teaching Excellence. He is the author of The Samba School: A Comprehensive Method for Learning, Playing, and Teaching Samba Percussion.