Music is back at Kincardine District Secondary School



By Tammy Schneider


After several years without a music program, both staff and students are excited that a music teacher has been hired by KDSS and will commence lessons in the second semester of the 2018-19 year.


Teacher Jennifer Kozak is an accomplished musician, playing flute, piano and having served as organist for the St. Andrews congregation in Ripley. She has also been a member of her church choir. A former KDSS student, she studied under Ian Burbidge and, while attending grade school in Ripley, studied with teachers Janet Brown and Shelley VanVeghel. She spent summers working with the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, working with junior participants in the recreation program (choir). She completed studies for her teaching certificate after attending Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.


Kozak has a full agenda set for the coming months. Starting Feb. 1, the school will offer a Grade 9-level instrumental program that will be open to students of all ages, and the one class offered is already at capacity. Students will play wood, wind and percussion instruments, and perform as soloists, in ensembles and as a class band. As the semester progresses they will have the opportunity to perform at school functions and assemblies.


The Youth Brass Band will continue this fall, with practice sessions held on Mondays from 4 – 6 p.m. Two dedicated, retired elementary teachers have been recruited to assist with the band. All who play brass instruments are invited to participate. Choir will also resume this year, with practices held during lunch break, and everyone is welcome to take part. Both groups will have the opportunity to perform at future school functions.


“We are very excited to have music coming back full force to KDSS,” said Kozak. And from the response to the programs, one can see that the students are very excited as well.