Charles G. Harker School

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Welcome to Mr. Tranz's Webpage
Music Matters
Enter the following codes to join the group(s) of which your child is a member 
Harker Band Code: @harkerband
 Harker Chorus Code: @harkersing
Walter Hill Band Code: @hillband
Walter Hill Chorus Code: @hillchorus
 “Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”  -Plato, philosopher, mathematician, founder of the Academy of Athens
 “The foundation of our civilization were laid in the Greek democracies of two and a half thousand years ago, and even then, music was recognized of paramount importance.” -Music Training Should Be Part of the Education of American Children, John C. Mc.Laren Chairman and CEO of BBE Sound, Inc. September 10, 1990

Thank you for your support of the
Swedesboro-Woolwich Music Programs.
Events & Dates:
 Walter Hill School Music Events 
Walter Hill School
Winter Concert - Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7:00pm  *Held at Harker School*
Spring Concert - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 *Held at Hill School* 
High Notes Music Festival - Friday, June 2
Hill Band Winter Selections - Click on links below to listen to audio
General Charles G. Harker School Events 
Harker School
Winter Concert (Involves 5th grade chorus) - Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7:00pm
Spring Concert (Involves 5th grade band & chorus) - Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:00pm 
South Jersey Elementary Band Festival (Band only) - Friday, June 9 during school day
Hill Band Winter Selections - Click on links below to listen to audio 

 Research continues to provide increasing amounts of data which substantiates the fact that music instruction has profound affects on human development; most notably in children.  Did you know the following?


 One study revealed that young children who received a year of musical training showed brain changes and superior memory compared with children who did not receive the instruction.  “It is very interesting that the children taking music lessons improved more over the year on general memory skills that are correlated with nonmusical abilities—such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ—than did the children not taking lessons,” said Laurel J. Trainor, researcher of the study at McMaster University in Canada.   -Fujioka, Ross, Kakigi, Pantev and Trainor.  Brain, a Journal of Neurology Oxford University Press, September 2006

 Music enhances the process of learning.  The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning.  -Konrad, R.R., “Empathy, Arts and Social Studies.” 2000

 The College Entrance Examination Board reports, “Students of the arts continue to  outperform their non-arts peers on SAT.  In 2001, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the math portion than  students with no coursework/experience in the arts.” -Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by MENC, 2001, 1996


Click HERE for Music Newsletters
Lesson Schedule
Click HERE for Lesson Schedules       
Practice Sheet
Click HERE for Practice Sheet 
Click HERE to listen to past performances of band & chorus
The purpose of this webpage is to provide the parents and students of the General Charles C. Harker & Walter Hill Schools with referential information regarding the fifth and sixth grade instrumental and choral programs.  Information regarding instrument lessons, as well as, band and chorus policies and procedures are provided.
Use the information as a reference.  Monthly Music Newsletters will be sent home with students participating in the band program.  Please refer to monthly newsletters for additional information regarding performance dates and for additional events not posted at this time.
Please contact Mr. Tranz with any questions or concerns by email at (this is the best way to get a hold of me since I will be traveling between buildings).


Click here to view the top 10 reasons why music instruction is important to your child.  Keep supporting music in our schools.
Last Modified on March 10, 2017