Elliott Godinez

percussion teacher Fairfax VA

Teaching Artist - Percussion


Elliott Godinez is a first-generation American who advocates for equal accessibility in music. An inner-city Chicago native, his musical expressions have been described as creative, emotionally charged, and thought provoking. He has released multiple recordings and musical arrangements for high school front ensembles, and several collaborations with various composers.

In addition to his extensive freelance teaching in Central Illinois and the greater Chicagoland area, Mr. Godinez has served as Music Director of the New Holland-Middletown ESD #88, Assistant Band Director at University High School (Normal, IL), Battery Caption Head for Bloomington High School (IL), and most recently as a Percussion Graduate Assistant at Illinois State University.

Mr. Godinez earned a Master of Music in 2021, and a Bachelor of Music Education in 2017, both from Illinois State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at George Mason University.

Summer Programs

Mason Summer Band Camp
Ages 11-18
June 19 – 23, 2023


Please email academy@gmu.edu or call 703-993-9889 for more information.

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