A Little About Your Music Teacher

  • Hello!


    My name is Mr. Jala, and I'm very proud to be the band director here at Bragg School in Chester, NJ.  Most recently, I taught instrumental music to students in grades 3-5 with The Anne Arundel County Public School District  headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. I instructed elementary band and strings students in two schools near Fort Meade, and have taught middle school bands and orchestras in the North County region near Baltimore. Previously, I also lived in the DC suburbs where I served as a guest clinician and worked with various middle school bands and orchestras with the Loudoun County Public Schools based in Ashburn.

    My primary speciality is woodwind instruments, with the oboe being my primary instrument.  Outside of school, I'm usally engaged in the very time consuming task of making oboe reeds! You don't need any additional hobbies by the time you're done with that. Recently, I have relocated to Hackettstown, and I'm spending my free time learning what the region has to offer. 

    One thing I've learned from traveling between several states and being in a variety of different schools, is that you can judge a lot about a school based on its music program. Schools with strong music programs, regardless of location, have strong school cultures. The research connecting music to success in academics and the benefits of developing creaticity has been well documented and shared. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. When you speak to managers and employers who say "These skills are what we look for in new employees..." the list often includes skills we teach in instrumental music.  Students have to be responsible for a valuable instrument and remember to attend their lesson time. An elementary band concert may possibly be the first time your son or daugher has to learn how to work in a group of 50 students. Students in band are individually responsible for how they affect the larger group.  The list goes on and on, and these skills are taken into the higher grades, college, and into the workforce. I am proud to be the teacher who introduces your son or daughter to the first steps of learning an instrument.


    Please contact me at christopher.jala@chester-nj.org with any questions.