Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Arts in Teaching, Drake University (K-6 Music, 7-12 Music) Doctor of Musical Arts, Percussion Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music Master of Music, Percussion Performance, The University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance, Northwestern University
Dr. Jacob Thieben
Hello, I'm Jake Thieben and I am very excited to be teaching instrumental music at Prairie Ridge Middle School! Ankeny is a wonderful community, and I am thrilled to be teaching in such an excellent school system.
My duties at Prairie Ridge include teaching 6th and 7th grade band as well as assisting with the 7th grade jazz band. In addition to teaching at Prairie Ridge, I travel to Northview Middle School and Ankeny Centennial High School to teach band lessons, and I serve as the percussion instructor for the Centennial Marching Band. I really enjoy helping students discover the joy of music making, and my goal is to accomplish this through teaching the musical skills that are necessary for successful instrumental performance.
Outside of school hours, I enjoy spending my time with family and friends. I also give percussion and piano lessons through Ankeny Community Education during the summer. My remaining time is spent performing as a percussionist throughout central Iowa.
If I can ever be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am available by email or phone throughout the school day. I'm looking forward to an awesome school year!