Music Program at Stuart-Hobson
Stuart-Hobson offers a variety of special activities and programs, including music. It is our goal to provide a comprehensive musical experience to our students.
The Band program at Stuart-Hobson features beginning and intermediate to advanced ensembles. The program started with an after school group of 12 students and has grown to three Band classes and a membership of 54.
Beginning students primarily focus on developing the skills fundamental to playing their instrument, and good musicianship. Typically, their first performance will be at the Winter Concert, with more frequent opportunities during the second semester of study.
Intermediate and advanced students work to continue developing their abilities while performing frequently for school and outside functions in addition to Winter and Spring Concerts.
All Band members are a part of the Capitol Jazz Project, which brings area Professional Musicians in to work with members as they learn to play Jazz Standards, and Improvisation. Funded by the Washington Performing Arts Society, this program provides unique performance opportunities and offers a free week-long Jazz Camp at the start of each summer.
A limited number of instruments are available for student use as they begin their band experience. We continue to work to expand our inventory with the help of grants from our PTA and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.
No prior experience is required for membership in the Chorus. Students focus on developing good vocal and choral technique as they prepare for performances which include our Winter and Spring Concerts along with others as opportunities arise.
Special Guests and Opportunities
Our relationships with the Washington Performing Arts Society and The Washington Chorus have provided many unique opportunities for our students.
The Washington Chorus has regularly provided tickets for our students to attend select Kennedy Center performances. They have also provided visits by Composer Elena Ruehr, Pianist Grace Cho, and Assistant Director John Bohl.
The Washington Performing Arts Society provides our Jazz Artists in Residence through their Capitol Jazz Project, along with a free Jazz Camp, and amazing performance opportunities.
Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, we continue to develop opportunities for our students to interact with professional musicians and have access to significant performances.
The Stuart-Hobson Music Program is lead by James Edwards.
Mr. Edwards is a highly experienced Musician and Music Educator who has also served in the Principalship. His Music Programs have consistently grown and won numerous awards over his 28 year in Education.
Mr. Edwards’ formal education includes both Bachelors (BM) and Masters (MM) Degrees from the highly respected School of Music at the University of Southern California. He also holds an Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) from Southeast Missouri State University and has completed Doctoral course work in Music Education at Boston University.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Edwards is an active musician. It is important for Music Educators to also be practicing musicians and serve as an example to their students. With a performance background that ranges from Classical to Jazz, from Southern Gospel to Rock, Mr. Edwards continues to work in a variety of styles. He currently sings as a member of the Grammy winning Washington Chorus, plays trumpet with area Orchestras, keyboards with his Church worship team and records with local musicians on trumpet, piano, keyboards and voice.