Music School

WCDS School of Music

Westchester's School of Music program nurtures creativity, self-expression, intellectual development, teamwork, and self-confidence as students develop the skills to become proficient musicians. Our extra-curricular lessons in guitar, piano, voice, and violin are taught by experienced professionals and are offered at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Private lessons are offered in thirty-minute increments either during the school day or after school. Longer lessons may be available for more advanced students with instructor approval. Students in all divisions may participate, depending on the individual teacher’s policy.

During August, and again in January, parents may sign up for lessons using the registration link below. Lessons are contracted for a semester at a time. Payment is by credit card and is required before lessons may begin.

Lessons are billed at $35 per thirty-minute lesson for 15 lessons. There is no registration or recital fee. A charge of $10 for materials will be added to each registration. Lessons are generally kept to thirty minutes with the exception of advanced level students. Parents may contact the teachers for direction.

Cancellation Policy
Once lessons have been scheduled for a semester, students are expected to follow through with their commitments, and no refunds or credits will be allowed. If a lesson is cancelled due to closure of school, class field trips, or teacher illness, missed classes will be rescheduled, usually at the end of each semester. Classes missed due to student absence for reasons not listed above will not be rescheduled. Students missing three or more lessons due to extended illness may receive credit as determined by the Director of Arts.

NOTE: If school moves to distance learning, private music instruction will take place virtually.

Live performances are an integral part of musical education. Opportunities to perform are scheduled throughout the year, and students are encouraged to participate. Teachers will communicate recital/performance dates with parents.

Parent Involvement
While not a requirement, we strongly encourage parent participation in music lessons with Pre-K, K, and 1st grade students. It is the parent's responsibility to understand how and what to practice with their young child each day at home.

Please see the policies and expectations specific to each instrument and teacher.

Guitar with Ken Mickey

Virtual Lessons Only

Playing guitar since the age of thirteen led Ken Mickey to study classical guitar at WSSU, and jazz guitar and the physics of sound and music at UNC Asheville. He earned an A.A.S. in Audio and Recording Technology from Norfolk College in Norfolk, Nebraska. Ken has played solo and as a member of duos, trios, and bands performing from street corners to concert halls. Along the way, he has worked in recording studios and audio cassette and compact disc manufacturing facilities, managed a pro audio repair shop, and installed sound systems for churches and theaters. Over the course of his career, he has recorded three albums of original songs and a guitar instrumental E.P. He has provided private guitar lessons since 2008.

  • Guitar Policy

  • Piano with Claire Clark

    Claire Clark has been the piano instructor at WCDS for the past 8 years. She also teaches Kindermusik and piano for the Music Center of Greensboro. Mrs. Clark holds both Bachelors (University of Georgia) and Masters (University of North Carolina-Greensboro) degrees in Piano Performance. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music/London for a year on a Rotary Scholarship. Mrs. Clark has extensive experience with early childhood education and was a member of the Creative Team of Kindermusik International. As a member of this team, she co-created the Kindermusik core curricula. Mrs. Clark has taught piano at the Cadek Conservatory/Chattanooga, class piano at UT-Chattanooga, and Music Theory at the NC School of the Arts. For 25 years she served as the accompanist for the Choral Society of Greensboro, performing on several European tours as well as multiple concerts in North Carolina.

  • Piano Policy

  • Violin with Matt Kiefer

    Dr. Matthew Kiefer has performed in England, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, China, and throughout the Eastern United States. He toured with the Langlois Quartet and played with the Memphis Symphony in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Kiefer is primarily a classical violinist, but he also performs in styles such as folk, jazz, and rock. He teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is trained in Suzuki violin pedagogy. Dr. Kiefer holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

  • Violin Policy

  • Voice with Jaime English

    Virtual Lessons Only

    Jaime English, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received her Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music, and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has performed in numerous operas and musicals, and is a member of Bel Canto Company, the Triad’s premier choral ensemble. She also has sung with the UNC Greensboro Chamber Singers, Eastman Chorale, Pittsburgh’s Junior Mendelssohn Choir, and All-East Honors Chorus, as well as playing cello with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra, and PMEA All-State Orchestra. She has been teaching voice since 1999.

  • Voice Policy