2018 Best Communities for Music Education Emblem

The Music Department Philosophy is based on 5 core areas: Creativity, Choice, Career/College Readiness, Technology, and Community Involvement. For three consecutive years, our K-12 program has been named a "Best Community for Music Education" by the National Assocation for Music Merchants (NAMM).

Creativity: Music education offers a unique learning opportunity to explore individual creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom, we strive to stimulate imagination and foster creativity while providing the necessary musicianship skills. Our goal is to build a learning environment where students feel comfortable to explore and take risks.

Choice: Students have exposure to a variety of musical opportunities and experiences. A combination of choral and instrumental ensembles, extra-curricular activities, and technology courses allows students to find the perfect musical outlet that fits their specific interests.

Career/College Readiness: Students will gain skills in musicianship correlated to critical thinking and problem solving. They will also ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions in their future careers.

Technology: Students will be exposed to various types of technology to enhance learning. Throughout all levels, they have the opportunity to use the most up-to-date technology available to enrich their musical development. Today’s students thrive in a technology enriched environment and our department works tirelessly to support this style of learning.

Community Involvement: Starting in elementary school, musical ensembles will perform at community events and venues, including hospitals, libraries and local festivals. These experiences will foster community ties, improve social awareness, and provide students with education that extends beyond the school walls of the Westwood Regional District.

Music Faculty

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Jr./Sr. High School Music

Mr. Fritz is the High School Choral Director at Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School. He teaches 8th Grade Concert Choir, High School Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. Mr. Fritz also serves as the Vocal Director for the Spring Musical, the Advisor for the Tri-M Honor Society, and is the Assistant Director for the Marching Band. Click here to view his faculty website.

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Jr./Sr. High School Music

Mr. Pena is one of the Band Directors at Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School. He teaches 8th Grade Concert Band, High School Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Music Technology I-III. Mr. Pena directs the Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and advises the Lighting & Sound crew for Woodington Players. He also serves as the Audio/Visual Coordinator at the high school Click here to vew his faculty website.

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Jr./Sr. High School Music

Mrs. Peterson is one of the Band Directors at Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School. She teaches 8th Grade and High School Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Music Theory I and Music Theory II. Click here to view her faculty website.