Mr. Jake Kearney
Elementary Band/Music, Grades Pre K-6
(814) 487-7613 ext. 2652
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 please 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 degree in music education and a concentration in saxophone, and 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 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. 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, albeit nervous, 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.
Attention 3rd and 4th grade students and parents: Band Try-outs will begin Thursday, April 3. Information has been given to students regarding these tryouts. There will be a parent meeting on Thursday, May 29 at 6:00 for those who would like more information.
Best Day Ever, from Spongebob Squarepants has been added to the Student Requests page.
Royals, by Lords has been added to the Student Requests page.
Viva la Vida, by Coldplay has been added to the Student Requests page.
Due to a conflict, the concert has been moved from the originally planned Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 to Thursday, May 1 at 7:00. The revision has been made to the Music Calendar.