Mr. Jake Kearney
Elementary Band, Grades 4-6
Music, Grades PreK-3
(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 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 Arts in Music Education 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.
Weekly assignments will start to be posted as of Tuesday, September 2.
If you are expecting an instrument through Volkwein's, they will be delivered the Tuesday after Labor Day suggesting they were ordered and processed on time.
Students MUST have their instruments for class no later Friday, September 12.
6th grade students can see when they're Day 1, 1:00 is scheduled on the Music Calendar.
Our spring concert has already been scheduled! It is the last Thursday in April, April 30.
6th grade band students who are also in the Rockin' Rangers can audition to play their instrument at the personal care homes in December. More information is next to Mr. Kearney's door.