Ms. Vanessa Carr » Welcome to Band!

Welcome to Band!



Band is open to all 4th-8th graders at Franklin School. I hope to see many new students take part this year! Some of the many benefits of band include: the formation of lifelong friendships; improved ability to work as a team member as well as to be independent and self-sufficient; and the development of an outlet for creativity and self-expression. I love watching my students grow as musicians, feel the joy of performing and take pride in their accomplishments. It is truly an honor to work with them.



Background and Education:

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