WELCOME to Music Class :)
Originally from Stillwater, MN, this is Mr. Jaap's first year at Como. He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, holding a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education, and is endorsed in teaching K-12 Music. Mr. Jaap has taught various music courses (including Digital Music, Band, and Drumming,) through the SPPS Summer School program. Although he is the youngest teacher at Como Park Elementary, he is also the tallest!
In music class, Mr. Jaap's students will learn a variety of songs, instruments, dances, and study music of world cultures as well as elements of music theory. PreK-2nd Grade focuses on fundamentals of music, including basic music theory, musical opposites, folk songs, solfege, and intro to rhythms. 3rd-5th grade focuses on group-based and project-based learning, including units on the Science of Sound, Digital Music (GarageBand,) a Rap Project, a Commercial Project, a Recorder Unit, and a Ukulele Unit.
Mr. Jaap's instrument of choice is the clarinet, but he enjoys incorporating instruments of all shapes and sizes into his teaching, including the piano, the Autoharp, recorders, ukuleles, rhythm sticks, and more. He has had many performance and conducting experiences through woodwind quintets, clarinet quartets, opera orchestras, chamber ensembles, and full bands and orchestras. He has also toured nationally and internationally with large-group bands and orchestras!
Mr. Jaap resides with his partner in the Merriam Park neighborhood of Saint Paul. He loves the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and enjoys all of the opportunities it has to offer, including going to concerts, festivals, and continuing to discover new ways to appreciate the arts around the twin cities. Outside of school, Mr. Jaap enjoys practicing his clarinet and flute, spending time outside (preferably near a body of water,) listening to true-crime podcasts, and cooking!