The purpose of Dr. Jessie Owens Academy of Fine Arts is to provide a community arts education program for low socio-economic and disadvantage children (elementary, middle, high school) and adults. Phase one will offer music lessons in choral and instrumental music. Students will be taught to read music, music theory and history, improvisation, present recitals, concerts and creative dance. Phase two will include drama.
This year the J. Owens Academy welcomes students from Brigham Academy, Chain of Lakes, Jewett School of the Arts, Pinewood and Winter Haven Seventh Day Adventist Elementary Schools; Jewett Middle Academy; All Saints Academy, Auburndale and Winter Haven High Schools.
Our Mission is to improve lives through the arts by emphasizing that a well focused mind and positive disciplined behaviors develops a foundational pattern for excellence.
Dr. J. Owens: Piano, Saxophone, Oboe, Chorale Director
Lawrence Butler: Drums (Trap set)
Joseph Souza: Violin
1:00 - 7:00 - Piano and Music Fundamentals/Theory
1:00 - Piano and Music Fundamentals/Theory
4:30 - Violin and Music Fundamentals/Theory
6:30 - 9:00 Sankofa Chorale; Genres:Spirituals, Classical, Gospel, Jazz, R and B
3:00 - 7:00 Piano and Music Fundamentals/Theory
5:30 - Drum
3:00 - Piano and Music Theory
4:30 - Violin and Music Fundamentals/Theory
5:00 - Saxophone, Organ
TBA - Guitar and Organ(call for appointments)
3:00 - Piano
Music lessons for lower income children. We welcome kids from local highschools.
Professional music educator with participatory leadership style, experience in delivering the required goals, and objectives through innovative processes. Skillful in developing and creating workable strategies for teams, and challenging situations to present a standard of excellence in school, district level, church and community.
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL Education Specialist: Educational Leadership, 1993
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL Master of Arts Music Education, 1976
Florida A & M University, Bachelor of Science: Music Education, 1967
Administration (Grades K-College)
Choral Music (K-College)
Mathematics (Grades 6-8)
Jewett High School, Winter Haven, Fl (April – June 1967)
Duties: Prepared students for graduation ceremonies;
Typist/Proof reader American Bible Society, New York, NY (August – November 1967) Duties: sought and read literature for accuracy
Second Grade/Elementary Music Teacher Junior Academy, Brooklyn, NY (1967 - 1969) Duties: Taught second grade academic classes; prepared students for a spring musical; evaluated students
Jessie B. Davis Hill-Owens, Day Care Director Community Day Care Project, Plainfield, NJ (January – June 1970) Duties: Supervised workers in the classrooms and cafeteria; arranged training for workers, prepared and presented reports
Choral Music Teacher Lake Wales Junior/McLaughlin Middle, Lake Wales Fl (1970 – 1988) Duties: Director of the vocal music program: prepared students for seasonal concerts, district competitions, All-County, and All-State choruses; evaluated students; coordinated and organized trips; organized choral booster organizations
General and Choral Music Teacher Frostproof Elementary, Middle and Senior High School, Frostproof, Fl (1988-1992) Duties: Taught general music to elementary students and prepared the senior high students for seasonal concerts and festival competitions; coordinated and organized trips, evaluated students
Jewett Elementary, Winter Haven, Fl (1991 – 1994)
Duties: Taught general music to elementary students and prepared the students for seasonal concerts; evaluated students
Denison Middle School, Winter Haven, Fl (1994 – 1999) Duties: Director of the vocal music program; prepared students for seasonal concerts and district competitions; coordinated and organized trips; organized choral booster group, organize, typed and print program for concerts; prepared students for All-County, and All-State choruses; organized awards banquets; evaluated Students
Choral Music Teacher Westwood Middle School, Winter Haven, Fl (2000 – 2012 ) Duties: Director of the vocal music program: prepared students for seasonal concerts and MPA; coordinated and organized trips; organized choral booster group. Organized, type and print program for concerts, prepared students for All-County and All-State Choruses; organized awards banquets. Chair of Annual Awards and Student Incentive Committee (2000 - 2001)
School Advisory Council (2000-2003)
Director of the Extended Learning Program (Tutorial Program) (2001 – 2004)
Chair of Public Relations (2001 – 2003)
Wrote article: “Saturday’s Child,” Extended Learning Program
Member of School Improvement Committee (2000-2004)
Coordinator of Beginning Teachers Program (2001- 2004) Duties: held monthly meetings, presented lessons on classroom management. Served as a support base/mentor. Building Bridges after School Program (Instructor): Piano Lab (2004- 2007)
Director of School Musicals (2007-2011)
Adjunct Professor Florida A & M University, Lakeland, Fl (2006- 2009) Duties: Taught undergraduates basic education course (Music, Art & Physical Education); evaluate students
Polk Community College, Winter Haven, Fl (2012 – present)
Jessie D. Owens, ED. D.
Founder & CEO