Ms. Vanessa Carr » Welcome to Band!

Welcome to Band!




Please click on the following link to find some exciting reasons to join band. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see demonstrations of several different band instruments, which you can listen to and decide which one you might like to try. YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MUSIC to join band! I will teach you everything you need to know! I recommend starting by renting an instrument so you can make sure you like it before you buy one. If you try one instrument and then decide you'd like to switch to another one, it is an easy process to do so and will not cost you any extra money. If you would like to rent an instrument or join band in the fall, please email me at and I will give you instructions. I hope to see many of our new 4th graders take part!!! Please note: only the following instruments are allowed: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion.



Music has been my greatest interest and source of inspiration for a long time. By the time I became a 7th grader, I knew I wanted to be a band teacher. I believe that music is an essential component of any well-rounded education. The greatest gifts that music has brought me are lifelong friendships, a greater ability to cooperate, independence and self-sufficiency, motivation to perform at a high level, and an outlet for creativity and self-expression. This is what I know it can bring to my students as well, and I love watching them develop as musicians, feel the joy of performing and take pride in their accomplishments. It is truly an honor to work with them.

Ms. Carr

Band Teacher



Background and Education:

I began teaching band in North Bergen in 2006. In addition to the ensembles I direct at Franklin School, which include Beginner Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and assorted small ensembles, I work with the clarinet students at the high school. I have also worked in the North Bergen summer music program and co-conducted the North Bergen Elementary Honors Band.

Prior to beginning my teaching career, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Music Education at the College of New Jersey and my Master's degree in Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University. My major instrument is clarinet and my principal teachers have been Roger McKinney and Tommy Thompson (of the Pittsburgh Symphony).  I am a regular member of the Eastern Wind Symphony, which has made appearances at notable locations such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and NJPAC. Additionally, I freelance with other orchestras and chamber groups. I also continue to take summer music courses and enjoy bringing back ideas to refine our techniques as well as resources that we can use in our lessons and rehearsals.