Mrs. Wendy Williams
St. Joseph School teachers welcome and encourage communication with families regarding all aspects of a student's development.
Faculty Fast Facts
Why a Catholic Education Matters
Every family should have the ability to educate their child in an environment which reflects all aspects of what they value. A Catholic school education gives our children a quality education and access to the best in current standards and technology, in a close-knit community with individualized attention where each child can flourish. Our children are encouraged to build their bodies, minds, and spirits daily.
Subject Area/Grade and Related Education
Education- B.Mus. Oberlin College Conservatory
Clinical Internship, Music Therapy at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Licensed Kindermusik Educator, featured presenter on Developmentally Based Teaching, Best Practice at International Convention
Member of curriculum design team, Author/Composer for Kindermusik International for Adventures curricula
Local Community Involvement
Educational Director, Harvester 56 Theater
Youth Theater Classes at Harvester 56 Theater
Batavia Concert Band
Hilton Generations Band
Kindermusik at GoArt!
IMPORTANT 2017 DATES AT A GLANCE:
September 29&20 Concert Band Lessons begin
September 20 First Day Concert Band Rehearsal
September 27 Recruitment Concert, in School
October 10 Beginning Band & String Lessons begin
December 13 SJS Christmas K-8 Concert, 6:30pm
December 19 First Day Beginner Band Rehearsal
February 3 GWMEA Solo Festival in Leroy
May 23 SJS Spring K-8 Concert, 6:30pm
Instrumental Music News
Welcome to our instrumental music program!
In lessons, band, ensembles, festivals, and more, our students have the opportunity to explore and grow as musicians, gain a skill they can enjoy lifelong, and begin a program which will carry them into credit bearing courses in high school which fulfill requirements for graduation.
Playing an instrument:
· Is rewarding
· Develops planning, organization, and cooperation
· Encourages goal setting
· Builds the body and mind
· Leads to greater success in school
· Teaches a lifelong skill
· IS FUN!!
Lessons: Students in grades 4-8 may begin lessons on an instrument. Instruments offered include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, percussion (all percussion students learn both drums and bell set), and violin. St. Joseph School Instrumental Music Program is fortunate to possess a sizeable inventory of instruments for many of our beginner players to rent directly from the school if available, or families may rent or purchase an instrument from any of several reputable music stores. Continuing players rent or purchase their instruments.
All band students attend a 30 minute lesson once a week, during the school day. Lesson groups are made up of students playing the same or related instruments, on the same playing ability level, in order to encourage learning from each other as well as the teacher. Lessons are on the same day each week, on a rotating schedule so that your child will not miss the same class more than once every 6-8 weeks. I coordinate with the teachers to assure that children do not miss tests or important classroom dates, and so that teachers know when students will be at lessons. Any work missed during class must be made up when the teacher requires.
Lesson students participate in either the Beginner Band, Concert Band, or String Ensemble. In addition, there are opportunities during the year for students to be involved in small group ensembles, and to prepare a solo for adjudication at Solo Festival.
Beginner Band: Beginner Band is for all beginning instrumental students, and is held after school on Tuesdays until 3pm, beginning in December. Parents need to arrange a ride home for their students on band days. All Beginner Band and String Ensemble members perform in the Spring Concert on May 23 at 6:30pm.
Concert Band: Concert Band is for continuing students in grades 5-8 or those with at least one year of previous experience on their instrument. Concert Band is held after school on Wednesdays until 3:15.Parents need to arrange a ride home for their students on band days. Concert Band begins September 20. All concert band students perform in the Christmas Concert on December 16 at 6:30pm, and in the Spring Concert on May 23 at 6:30pm.