Shai Hayo




  St. Paul, MN   •   (651) 263-1613   •




  • Fluency in Spanish and experience in Spanish language instruction and tutoring


  • Private and ensemble percussion instruction for children, teenagers, and adults


  • Extensive knowledge of traditional music, anthropology, and history of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and West Africa


  • Ethnomusicological research and fieldwork




Faculty, ST. Paul Preparatory School, St. Paul, MN [2014-present]


Spanish Language Educator.


Adjunct Faculty, McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, MN   [2009–Present]


Teaching in the Ensemble and Liberal Arts departments, working on interdisciplinary curriculum design. Member of International Studies Committee.


Spanish Language Interpreter/Consultant, St. Paul, MN   [2008–Present]


Worked as a Spanish Language Interpreter and consultant for LAS Testing within the St. Paul Public Schools.


Percussionist, Paul Anka Band, National/International   [2008–2010]


Performed nationally and internationally with 1950s pop icon, Paul Anka. Also worked as an interpreter and sales consultant while on tour in Latin America.


Spanish Teacher, Substitute Spanish Teacher St. Paul, MN   [2006–Present]


Currently teaches Spanish at St. Paul Preparatory School and has taught Spanish at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in the Middle and Upper Schools, and general primary school at Talmud Torah of St. Paul.


Director and Performer, Salsa del Soul, Minnesota/Regional   [2000–Present]


Played Latin percussion, planned music and set lists, scheduled performances, managed personnel, and performed various administrative and publicity duties for the band in English and Spanish.


Percussion Performer, National/International   [1996–Present]


Played percussion with a variety of musical groups, including the Paul Anka Band, Tony Olando, Ann-Margret, Viviana Pintado, Sheila E., Nachito Herrera, Sowah Mensah, Proyecto la Plena, Paracumbé, Shi-Daa Cultural Troupe, Macalester College African Music Ensemble, and Jazziroco.


Music Instructor, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN   [1997–Present]


Provided traditional Afro-Caribbean drumming instruction and acted as an artist-in-residence for children, teenagers, and adults with schools, community centers, and higher education institutions: including


Music Instructor, Talmud Torah of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN [2004–Present]


Drumming Workshop Instructor, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN [1997–Present]


Music Instructor, Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN [2000–2003]


Music Instructor (Bilingual), EL Arco Iris Center for the Arts, St. Paul, MN [1995–2003]


Music Instructor, St. Paul Community Education, St. Paul, MN [2000–2001]




Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), Hamline University, St. Paul, MN   [May 2006]


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Macalester College, St. Paul, MN   [May 1996]


Majors in Latin American Studies and Anthropology