Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Jana Graves
My name is Mrs. Jana Graves. This will be my fourth year at St. Mary School where I teach Pre-K through Eighth Grade Music. I am originally from Michigan, and graduated from Olivet College near Battle Creek, MI with a degree in music education. My musical focus was in piano, voice, and choir. I am part-way through my master's degree. I have been involved with music in some way since childhood. I first accompanied the children's choir on the piano at the end of my third grade year. In high school, I had my own vocal trio for which I wrote my own arrangements for the parts.
Some of the activities we will be doing this year include learning about and playing rhythm patterns on percussion and other rhythm instruments, playing intervals, songs, and accompaniment chords on the xylophones and guitars, and learning how to play the recorder and read music. The junior high will be doing several group projects this year in which they will be learning about the Blues, Rock, Jazz, and Opera. Grading is based largely on participation. I will be assessing understanding of musical concepts throughout the year.