Mr. Scheetz, an experienced performer and instructor, joins Grayson’s faculty as a music instructor. He holds a degree in Music Education with a double concentration in Classical Guitar and Double Bass from West Chester University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Trained in both the Kodály and Orff-Schülwerk teaching methodologies, he plays piano and violin in addition to the guitar and double bass.
Prior to joining the Grayson faculty, Mr. Scheetz taught music in multiple school districts and to a wide range of grades. His most recent classroom experience was at Upper Merion Area Middle School, where he taught 5th and 6th grade string lessons in addition to general music education; he also taught K-5 music at Brandywine-Wallace Elementary School. An enthusiastic instructor whose pedagogy centers on finding and developing intrinsic motivation in his students, Mr. Scheetz is committed to the idea that once found, each student’s desire to learn music can be boosted and nurtured into a life-long love of music. In this vein, he has taught classes on wide variety of topics to spark students’ connections to music, including African drumming, blues composition, and analyzing a Beethoven symphony, to name a few.
His passion for music has also fueled his performance in several venues, notably as principal guitarist and soloist in the West Chester Guitar Ensemble, a group which performs classical guitar music from the Renaissance to the present day; this ensemble performance experience develops musicianship in a way that solo playing alone does not. He has also participated as a volunteer with the Philadelphia Folk Music Festival and the “Good Times Get Down” Music Festival, an annual event which benefits autism research.
Mr. Scheetz spends his free time escaping to the woods or the mountains for hiking and camping, engaged in woodworking projects, or composing music in styles ranging from classical to rock and from country to jazz.