Ayanda Clarke, 39, is a Bed-Stuy native percussionist with a stacked resume. He won a Grammy award in 2015 for Best Latin Jazz Album (Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s “The Offense of the Drum”). Clarke also has a solid list of television credits, including “Good Morning America,” “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Sesame Street.”

However, Clarke isn’t quick to list those credits and accolades. The first thing he talks about is his passion for teaching. When presented with the popular urban maxim “For each one teach four,” Clarke wholeheartedly agrees. He’s the product of such a mission. Clarke has been mentored by the likes of his father, Neil Clarke, drummer M’bemba Bangoura, Wesleyan adjunct professor Abraham K. Adzenyah and Senegalese drummer Souleymane Diop. He also recalls growing up and watching African musicians come to his home to perform.

“I had some percussionists that took time out of their performance lives to share with me,” Clarke said. “I’ve always learned that was something that was part of being a musician and an artist.”

These days, he teaches throughout the tristate area. In a period that’s seen a number of extracurricular creative activities receive budget cuts, Clarke is insistent that teaching through music is still a necessity for developing the youth, aspiring artist or not.

“Our goal is to connect musicality within young people,” Clarke said. “If you don’t, that part of their education is dead. And that cannot happen. People learn in different ways. People understand the world in different ways through their own artistry—their own confidence that’s born from making their own music and from successfully being heard.”

Clarke’s belief was strengthened by his worldwide travels. The St. Lucian descendant has visited and performed at multiple countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. However, Clarke points to his first trip to Africa in 2000, when he visited Angola, as his most memorable. He brought his students down as part of a program to converse with the youth in the country. Clarke took away a powerful lesson from the trip.

“When they got a chance to connect with each other, we realized that even though we speak a different language, we don’t speak specific musical languages,” Clarke said. “That’s what’s rewarding to me—sharing that with my students.”

Clarke also spends his time working as the musical director of Asasa Yaa African American Dance Theater, a company he co-founded that’s dedicated to “ensuring that youth understand the true importance of culture in the arts.” Clarke may also be known for his contributions to television and the recorded arts, but he’ll argue that it’s all one in the same with teaching others through music.

“The mission for me is to share and expose,” Clarke said. “If we don’t keep it going, if we don’t share what we’ve learned with youth, you can’t expect it to continue. You can’t be upset or critical of what happens in the world if we are not doing our part.”