Xóchitl Ysabela Tafoya, a Santa Barbara, California native is an active member of the music education community in her hometown. For the past four years, she has worked with the Santa Barbara Unified School District as a music teacher at nine public elementary schools within the city reaching 700 students weekly. In addition, Xóchitl is a teaching artist for the Incredible Children’s Art Network (ICAN), an El Sistema- based music program at Franklin Elementary School. She has also participated as a strings coach for Bravo! SBUSD Music Program and Santa Barbara Youth Mariachi Ensemble.

Prior to returning to her hometown, Xóchitl was an active educator and musician performing chamber music and world music throughout the Mid-Atlantic area.  While living in Washington, DC, she taught string orchestra at KIPP DC: AIM Academy, a high performing charter school for children in grades 5--8. In addition, Xóchitl served as visiting lecturer at Trinity Washington University and University of Maryland, College Park teaching various ethnomusicology classes.

Xóchitl holds a B.A. in Music from Scripps College with a concentration in violin and viola. She received her M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, College Park researching the music of Bali. She is currently working on her teaching credential in music from California State University Northridge.