OUR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TEACHERS
We are very proud to teach your children Music in the Falmouth Public School system!
Please join us at our various concerts and please consider volunteering with the
Falmouth Band Parents. The FBP support is vital to the success of our school programs.
Kayla Peard: FHS
Kayla Peard, MM
Falmouth High School Grades 9-12
Kayla Peard is a 2016 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, receiving a Masters Degree in Conducting where she worked with the UNH Wildcat Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Peard received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Maine in 2012. She was a member of the UMaine Honors College and was the 2012 UMaine Salutatorian. Ms. Peard has previously taught high school band at Biddeford High School in Biddeford, ME and K-5 Music at Buxton Center Elementary School in Buxton, ME. She is an avid trumpet player, having played in both University ensembles as well as community organizations.
Course Descriptions Performance Rubric
Andrew Fietek: Lawrence
Tom Borning: Morse Pond
Andrew Fietek, MMEd, MM
Lawrence School Grades 7 & 8 Website
Mr. Fietek is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has been in Massachusetts since 2002. He received his bachelor's degree in music education/percussion from the University of New Mexico, and a master's degree in Music composition and theory from the University of Rhode Island. Mr. Fietek has taught at public and private schools, as well as private lessons since 2000. In addition to being a band director, Mr. Fietek is a composer, electronic musician and a father of two.
Tom Borning, MMEd
Morse Pond Elementary School Grades 5 & 6 Website
Thomas Borning is a native of Cape Cod and a graduate of Barnstable High School. Mr. Borning went to music school at UMASS Amherst where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in music education.Thomas has been teaching in the Falmouth Public School system since 1998 where he began as the high school band director. Under his direction the Falmouth High School marching band, wind ensemble and jazz band received numerous gold and silver medals at regional, state and national music festivals. In 2004 the FHS jazz band was chosen to perform at the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association music festival. During Mr. Borning’s tenure at Falmouth High School his jazz band received 8 gold medal ratings at Massachusetts sponsored International Association of Jazz Educator’s competitions. In 2006, Mr. Borning became the Morse Pond Elementary School band director where he directs the concert bands and jazz band. In 2010, Mr. Borning became the Music Curriculum Coordinator for the Falmouth Public Schools.
Brass Tone Quality: No Instruments Required
What is the most revered individual musical quality? Overwhelmingly, the answer is sound, or tone quality. Just like our voice, our tone defines us. It does not matter how high you can play, how fast you can tongue, or how many excerpts you know - if you sound bad doing it all, nobody will care.
10 Music Practice Tips
1. Set goals for your practice time
2. Keep a practice log
3. Break up your practice time into smaller increments
4. Remember that practicing is NOT just about playing through your music
5. Repetition is key
6. Make sure your practice room is set up for effective practicing
7. Warm up mindfully
8. Record yourself
9. Remember that practicing isn’t just about playing your instrument
10. Practice something EVERY DAY