Colorado-based percussionist, Staci Toma, has been teaching since 2010. Toma holds a Master of Music Performance Degree with an Ethnomusicology minor from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree with a minor in French from Colorado State University-Fort Collins. She has studied and performed various styles of percussion in Ghana, Guinea, Austria, Australia, and the United States. Currently on the faculty of UCCS, Toma teaches courses ranging from music history and theory to traditional drumming ensembles and private lessons. As a proponent of well-rounded education, Toma believes that it is essential to learn about cultural and global connections in music. Staci Toma teaches and performs often around Colorado. She runs competitive indoor percussion ensembles, techs for multiple marching bands, coaches youth symphony percussion sections, and gives clinics and workshops in West African drum and dance for public schools. She has performed with several professional bands and orchestras in the state, as well as won two concerto competitions on marimba. In November of 2021, Toma presented to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) an interactive workshop for bringing traditional rhythms to American students. When Toma is not making music, she enjoys being outside, dancing, water sports, and spending time with her family.