Music Opportunities at Weathersfield
Music in the Classroom
Classroom Music InstructionWeathersfield offers a wonderful music program headed by Mrs. Diane Wiley where our children learn the fundamentals of music through learning to read music, play instruments, sing and dance. Mrs. Wiley incorporates lessons about language, world cultures, history and math in her instruction, and teaches them how to play keyboards, recorders and hand bells. When she teaches students to celebrate music through dance, they learn the waltz, the electric slide, square dancing and swing dancing.
Mrs. Wiley also teaches our after-school parent-paid Chorus program, which is so wildly popular that approximately one-third of our student body participates. For more information, click HERE. You can also visit Mrs. Wiley's Chorus website HERE.
The band program at Weathersfield Elementary School is a parent-paid program presented through the cooperative efforts of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, CVUSD and the CRPD, and is open to students in the 4th and 5th grade who want to learn to play a band instrument. The Elementary Band Program is held in two semesters and runs for the entire year.
- Alto Saxophone
Please review the Band program flyer below for details regarding dates and times.
Register & Reading
Janine Delwarte has earned her B.A. at California State University-Northridge and her M.A. at California Institute of the Arts, both degrees are in music education and performance. Janine is the director of “The Conejo Valley Summer Music Camp” and the “Elementary Instrumental Music Coordinator” for the district. She has performed throughout the world as a professional musician in all styles of music. Miss Janine brings a broad musical perspective to her students.
The Weathersfield Strings program is a parent paid program presented through the cooperative efforts of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, CVUSD and the Conejo Recreation & Park District. Instrumental music can enhance your child's educational experience through creative self-esteem, emotional release and satisfaction, discipline of achievements, cooperating and performing with fellow students.
The Strings Program is for students who wish to learn to play violin, viola, or cello. Students will be taught to play their instruments, read music, and perform together with other student musicians. Usually all students have the opportunity to perform in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Civic Arts Plaza in May as a part of the All District Strings Festival. Hopefully, we can get back to that when the Covid public gathering restrictions are lifted.
- Instrument- Rent or purchase
- Music Book: Purchase from teacher once class has begun
- Shoulder Rest “Kuhn” (or like company) for violin/violas
- Extra Strings- (violins/violas only) 1 A-string, 1 D-string
- A folding music stand (kept at home for practice) is suggested
Supplemental material will be provided by the instructor at no extra charge. Parents are responsible for providing the instruction book and an instrument and the Stings Instructor will provide information on where to purchase the instruction book and where to rent and instruments. Some schools may be able to provide instruments. Check with your school’s Strings Instructor to see if instruments are available for loan. It is suggested to rent the instrument for the first semester.
The Strings class is offered twice weekly.
Register & Interesting Reading
Jennifer began playing the violin at the age of 5 as a student of Dawn Phelps,. While in high school, she attended The Colburn School of Performing Arts, where she studied with Richard Schwabe and Harry Shiranian, and also attended Hamilton Music Academy in Los Angeles. She went on to Chapman University where she studied Violin Performance with Mischa Lefkowitz of the Los Angeles Philharmomic. She then went on to become a student of Edie Markman, and later studied the Suzuki method. She also played in the American Youth Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Mehli Meta.
Jennifer currently plays with the Topanga Symphony and Moorpark Symphony. She is a member of the Westlake Village Symphony, with which she has been a featured soloist. She performs with several string quartets and jazz ensembles. She teaches one-on-one private lessons both in the public schools and private music academies, and also conducts middle school ensembles.