•  Jessica Shafer

    Director of Instrumental Studies, Band and Middle School Choir

    Mcadoo Kelayres Elementary Middle School



     Hello and welcome to the McAdoo Kelayres Elementary Middle School Music Page
       So, your student and you have decided to participate in the instrumental program.... That's great! Music helps students in numerous ways, not just with their academic studies. It has been shown to increase their self esteem and self confidence, instill a sense of responsibility, foster healthy peer and adult interactions, and give them a sense of pride and accomplishment. Lastly, it's just plain fun!
       Students in grades four through eight are eligible to take instrumental lessons. Additionally, if the student has had lessons previously, then they are also eligible to participate in the band program. The band is open to students in grades four through eight. Lessons occur during the day on a rotating schedule throughout the year. Your student will need to have their instrument for both their lesson day and for band.
        The band will have two concerts during the year- one in the Winter and one in the Spring. All the students in the instrumental program will also be eligible to participate in a Christmas Caroling event. Other events for the instrumental students might occur during the year as well- check back on this page for updates!
       If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please contact me. The quickest and easiest way to get a hold of me is through email: shaferj02@hasdk12.org.
          Mrs. Shafer


    Band is open to students with one year of instrumental instruction. If a fourth grade instrumental student shows significant progress on their instrument, they will be invited to join the band at the discretion of the director usually for the Spring Semester. It rehearses Tuesdays from 2:45 to 3:30 PM on the stage. Two concerts will be held during the year, typically on Thursdays at 10 AM.
    Middle School Choir
    Middle School Choir is open to students in grades seven through eight. No previous singing experience is needed, (although it's helpful). Choir rehearsals are Mondays from 2:45-3:30 PM on the stage. Two concerts will be held during the year, typically on Thursdays at 10 AM.