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The Music Department within the Academy of the Performing Arts Junior (APA Jr.) at Dwyer Middle School provides comprehensive offerings in instrumental and vocal development. Our music classes allow students to realize their fullest potential while interacting with peers who share their passion for the Arts. Involvement in music not only increases self-esteem, but often raises the level of academic achievement and instills a lifelong appreciation for music in our students.

Dwyer MS Music

Commercial Music Auditions/Workshops

Attention Drummers, Guitarists, Bassists, and Keyboardists!

Dwyer Music is holding auditions for our upcoming Commercial Music or 'Rock Band' elective, which will start in the 3rd Quarter.

CM Auditions - 1st Quarter

The first window of auditions will take place during the week of November 6, It is not required to have attended a workshop in order to audition. Audition appointments will be arranged once we receive an APA Jr. application, which can be found here.

Please submit the application by Friday, November 3 in order to secure an audition appointment during the 1st Quarter window. Applications received after this date may be scheduled for an appointment during the 2nd quarter window week of Jan 7.

CM Open Workshops - 2nd Quarter
To help students prepare for the 2nd quarter auditions, we are having workshops which will cover details about the audition and tips on how to practice. These sessions are open to all Dwyer students with previous experience in the above instruments, and are scheduled as follows:

Drums: Monday, November 13 from 1:30-2:30PM in Room B4 with Mr. Reyes

Bass: Monday, November 13 from 1:30-2:30PM in Room B2 with Mr. Mationg

Keyboard: Wednesday, November 15 from 3-4PM in Room B4 with Mr. Reyes

Guitar: Wednesday, November 15 from 3-4PM in Room B2 with Mr. Mationg

If you are planning to attend, please sign up on the sheets posted in the music hallway between rooms B2 and B4. Guitarists and Bassists may want to bring their instruments. Some amps, drum sets and keyboards will be available for use during the workshops.

CM Auditions - 2nd Quarter

The second window of auditions will take place during the week of January 7, Though it is not required to attend a workshop in order to audition, it is strongly recommended. Audition appointments will be arranged once we receive an APA Jr. application, which will be available at the workshop.

Slate of Candidates for Jr. Oiler Music Guild Board of Directors 2017-18

October 11, 2017

At their meeting on October 9, 2017, the Jr. Oiler Music Guild put forth the slate of candidates the Guild Board of Directors for the 2017-18 school year. Elections are to be held at their meeting on November 13, 2017.



  • Linda Jones


  • Tiffany Kanaley


  • Julia Stockman

Vice President – Ways and Means

  • Kimberly Schulz
  • Will Romero

Vice President – Band

  • Monica Lingard

Vice President – Orchestra

  • Mimi Vogel
  • Brenda Chen

Vice President – Choir

  • Julia Ciejka

Vice President – Commercial Music/Guitar

  • Amy Aala

APA Jr. Auditions


Dwyer MS offers a variety of music classes ranging from beginning to advanced skill set, some of which do not require an audition.


The following classes DO NOT require auditions, and are open to beginners:

  • Beginning/Intermediate Band (Band 1/2)
  • Beginning/Intermediate Strings (Orchestra 1/2)
  • Concert Choir
  • Beginning Guitar (Guitar 1)

The following classes DO require an audition (click link to view Class Audition Checklist):

More information and audition requirements about the classes listed below can be found on their “Class Audition Checklist” page.


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