Drew Elementary School Music Program

Jesse Williams, Jr

Vocal/Choral Music Teacher 

Director Jesse G. Williams, Jr., was born in Washington, DC, but grew up in Wendell, NC, a small community outside Raleigh, NC.  He was surrounded by music his entire life, being influenced by relatives who sang and played instruments both at his home church and professionally in the gospel and jazz circuits. Jesse has taught music for nearly 18 years on the primary, secondary, and collegiate levels.  Jesse holds a B.S. degree from Barton College in Wilson, NC, an M.M.E. (Master of Music Education) degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, and is a candidate for a D. Min. (Doctor of Ministry) degree with an expected completion date of May 2019.  He is married with two children and two dogs.  Jesse also serves as Minister of Music and Fine Arts at his church in Maryland.  He is convinced that music is truly “the universal language!”

Music is an integral part of the learning community at Drew Elementary School. Every student participates in vocal music once a week. Fourth and Fifth Grade students can enroll in instrumental music and enrollment at Drew is high with nearly 90% of eligible students playing an instrument. Drew students perform in Chorus and World Music Drumming and students have multiple opportunities for performance throughout the school year.