Music Department

The Music Department Philosophy is based on 5 core areas: Creativity, Choice, Career/College Readiness, Technology, and Community Involvement.

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.

K-12 Music Faculty

Mrs. Lisa Bagley

WRMS Music

Mrs. Bagley is our Middle School Choral Director. She directs the 6th Grade Chorus, 7th Grade Chorus, and teaches Guitar (7th Grade General Music) and Bach to Rock (6th Grade General Music) at Westwood Regional Middle School. Mrs. Bagley also advises the Cardinal Chorus and will serve as Vocal Director for the Woodington Players' Spring Musical this year. Click here to view her faculty website.

Mrs. Eden Mendez

Elementary Music

Mrs. Mendez is our Elementary Chorus Director, teaching 5th grade choir and general music to students in grades K-5 at Jessie F. George and Washington Elementary Schools. She also serves as Director/Producer of JPAC for Westwood Regional Middle School. Click here to view her faculty website.

Mr. Joseph Fritz

Jr./Sr. High School Music

Mr. Fritz is the High School Choral Director at Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School. He teaches 8th Grade Ghoir, High School Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Music Theory I and Rock and Roll History. Mr. Fritz also serves as co-advisor of the Woodington Players and a Visual Effects Coordinator of the Marching Band. Click here to view his faculty website.

Mr. James Lawrence

Jr./Sr. High School Music

Mr. Lawrence is one of the Band Directors at Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School. He teaches 8th Grade and High School Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Music Theory II and Rock and Roll History. Mr. Lawrence also serves as the Instrumental Director for Woodington Players, advisor of Tri-M, and Assistant Director of the Marching Band. At WRMS, he directs the Jazz Ensemble. Click here to vew his faculty website.

Mr. Michael Lipnick

Elementary Music

Mr. Lipnick is an Elementary Band Director and General Music teacher for grades K-5 at Jessie F. George and Washington Elementary Schools. Click here to view his faculty website.

Ms. Kate Michalowski

WRMS Music

Mrs. Michalowski is our Middle School Band Director. She directs the 6th Grade Band, 7th Grade Band, and teaches Guitar (7th Grade General Music) and Bach to Rock (6th Grade General Music). She directs the Brass and Woodwind Ensembles at the middle school as well as the Woodwind Ensemble at the high school. Click here to view her faculty website.

Mr. Daniel Pena

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.

Mrs. Amy Peterson

Elementary Music

Mrs. Peterson is an Elementary Band Director and General Music teacher for grades K-5 at Berkeley and Brookside Elementary Schools. Click here to view her faculty website.

Ms. Jasmin Yoo

Elementary Music

Ms. Yoo is our Elementary Chorus Director, teaching 5th grade choir and general music to students in grades K-5 at Berkeley and Brookside Elementary Schools. She also serves as Music Director of JPAC for Westwood Regional Middle School, and as piano accompanist for many of our district choirs. Click here to view her faculty website.