He is excited to join the community of DeForest as he begins his first year at DeForest Area Middle School as the director of instrumental music.

Jim Skaleski was formerly the interim band director at Kettle Moraine Middle School in Dousman, Wisconsin for Mary Burczyk. His responsibilities included team instruction of the entire Kettle Moraine Middle School band program, as well as providing individualized and small group pedagogical instruction. He was also previously the assistant instrumental music teacher at Butler Middle School and Horning Middle School in Waukesha, Wisconsin where he taught band and orchestra.

Other previous teaching experience includes working as a summer band instructor with the Wauwatosa School District and as a student teacher in the Fall Creek School District. He received his Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree with an emphasis in instrumental and general music in June of 2009. He currently holds teaching licenses for the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Private Lessons

Mr. Skaleski is available to teach private lessons on clarinet and saxophone in Waukesha county, providing a solid classical foundation - regardless of the style direction or level of musical involvement the student chooses to pursue. His philosophical approach to lessons takes into consideration the overall musician, with emphasis on critical thinking skills in addition to pedagogy. Please contact him for more information.

Having the skill to consistently be a reflective practitioner is crucial for the professional development of the teacher and the quality of education for the student. Therefore, I have written on some of my thoughts on the current state of education as a whole in the reflections page. I frequently write on education within my blog that is located here. My thoughts regarding philosophy and approach in the music classroom are located here. Finally, I have included a list of teacher/music resources that have aided me, and will hopefully assist others.