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Making Music

Every day at TCS, teachers and staff enjoy the beautiful voices of children coming from the classroom of Jennifer Sweet, TCS music teacher. “I had the honor of becoming a teacher at TCS four years ago,” says Jennifer. “I teach TK-5 general music, a middle school music wheel class, and lead four TCS performing groups  – 9-8-4 (middle school choir), Lions’ Song (lower school choir), The “Ukes” (ukuleles), and Praise Team (middle school voices and instruments). My favorite thing about teaching music is watching the students’ confidence grow with each performance. At TCS, I get to be creative with the students and also let them create. I love when my students learn to appreciate what music is all about!

“I enjoy when the students perform and share their voices with our community,” says Jennifer.  “My students perform on many occasions including the Festival of Trees, the all-school Christmas program, at the Young at Heart Christmas celebration, the Grandparents Day production, and at Orlando Magic Games.”

Jennifer and her husband, Steve, have five children and three grandchildren. She graduated from Ole Miss with a Master’s Degree in Music Education and taught music for three years in Memphis. When she moved to Orlando, she sang with The Voices of Liberty at Epcot Center. “I met my husband there,” she smiles. Jennifer also taught middle school music at Gotha Middle School for two years. “I taught at Gotha until I became a mom, and then I stayed home with my children for 17 years. But I was never far away from music; during that time I taught private piano students, and directed church youth and children’s choirs.”

Jennifer’s daughter, Emma, is an 8th grade student at TCS. “It has been a blessing to have Emma with me at TCS. I feel that she is not only becoming academically grounded, but spiritually grounded as well,” says Jennifer.

Jennifer shares her favorite Bible verse:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11