Jared Scheetz is an enthusiastic instructor whose pedagogy centers on finding and developing intrinsic motivation in his students. Through his general music classes and private lessons to co-directing our annual musical theater productions and directing jazz and instrumental ensembles, every student at Grayson benefits from his broad musical interests and talents.
Mr. Scheetz holds a M.Mus. in Music Theory and Composition, which he earned with summa cum laude honors from West Chester University’s Wells School of Music. For his master’s thesis, Jared wrote a musical based on the lives of female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read. He also holds an undergraduate B.M. degree in Music Education with instrumental concentrations 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 guitar primarily, and likes to collect and play an eclectic variety of instruments. He has taught classes on a wide variety of topics to spark students’ connections to music, including African drumming, blues composition, analyzing a Beethoven symphony, film scoring, electronic dance music composition, and the history of Rock and Roll, just to name a few. He believes in the importance of teaching both traditional classical repertoire and more contemporary styles.
Mr. Scheetz is an experienced teacher and performer, who also shares his extensive woodworking and construction experience with the Upper School students he mentors in their Open Studio projects.