Jana Webster-Wheeler

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About My Classroom

The band room is a place for students of all ages and abilities to explore facets of music and its role in our lives. We learn about fundamentals like tone quality, technique, articulation, music literacy, ensemble balance, and expressiveness. We strive for higher levels of musicianship including understanding cultural and historical ties, intonation, and expressive nuance. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles in the area of chamber groups, student conductors, and section leaders. The Colorado Music Standards are infused into the learning. It is a safe place to make mistakes, yet we strive for individual excellence and aspire to collaborative teamwork in our performances. We can be really LOUD. We are a family. There is laughter and hard work. In the band room, we take risks and expect our best effort from ourselves and each other in our playing and our interactions as a team.

What is your education background and experience?

Bachelors Degree from CSU- Major in Music Education, emphasis in winds conducting

Masters Degree from UNC- Major in Music Education, emphasis in flute performance

Roles held in PSD- Substitute teacher K-12; Elementary: Special Ed Para, Art Para, Music Teacher. Secondary: High School Music Para, Middle School Band Teacher. Central Office Work: Human Resources Technician, Curriculum Facilitator for Art, Music, and PE.

Professional Flautist

What are your favorite hobbies or interests outside of school?

I treasure spending time with my family. I gig in the state and region as a professional musician whenever possible. I also am a visual artist, specializing in two-dimensional works, and have some published essays and articles. I serve on two community boards; one that promotes scholarly work in Women's and Cultural studies and the other that sponsors instrumental music education. I love spending active time outdoors and am a frequent visitor of places like Starbucks, the Farmers' Market, and Old Town.

What do you love most about teaching?

What I love about teaching is the students and the relationships formed with the kids and their families.

Courses Taught

Jazz Band, Jazz Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Beginning Band, and Connect/Advisory at Webber.