Mr. Jake Kearney
Elementary Band/Music, Grades Pre K-6
(814) 487-7613 ext. 2652
NEW BAND STUDENTS AND PARENTS!
If you are renting an instrument for the 2014-2015 school year, please be sure to have all of the information sent away and approved at LEAST two weeks before school starts in order to get the instrument on time! Remember, if you are renting through Volkwein's, then the instrument will be sent directly to the school and will be passed out to students during their lesson.
Hello, and welcome to the elementary band and music page. The menu to the left will assist you with everything you need to know regarding band, when band tryouts take place, information about the instruments, instrument rental information, a music calendar of events, and many other things you can explore about music. Please feel free to peruse this menu. I try to update the page regularly, so check for anything that may have changed. Updates will be in colored font below.
Starting in Pre-K and Kindergarten, students will learn many introductory music concepts such as keeping a steady beat, instruments and their families, playing instruments, and singing together as a group. We enforce these basic concepts while introducing new ones during the following six years they attend the elementary school. Starting in fourth grade, students have the option of continuing their regular music class or learning music through band by learning a wind or percussion instrument. Tryouts and auditions for these instruments start in the second semester of students' third grade year.
I am a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a concentration on saxophone, and I am also certified to teach middle-level mathematics. In my four years at IUP, I participated in many ensembles including the Concert and Symphony Bands, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Bands, Saxophone Ensembles, Pit Orchestra, and Marching Band where I played saxophone for two years and was a drum major for the other two. I am currently studying for my Master of Education in Educational Psychology at IUP. I am originally from Pittsburgh and a graduate of the Chartiers Valley School District. I am also involved with the Marching Rangers here at Forest Hills, as well as the community band. Other ensembles I participate with are Civic Band and local pit orchestras.
As the elementary band teacher and assistant marching band director, I have the pleasure of watching and working with my students starting out as enthusiastic and energetic kindergarteners until they graduate their senior year of high school. It is an opportunity not many other teachers get and is one of the best parts of my position!
If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not ever hesitate to contact me. Communication is paramount to a student's success, and I do my best to communicate with my students, their parents, and teachers.