Teacher Welcome

  • Welcome to Orchestra or Ukulele class!  I'm looking forward to meeting and getting to know each of you.  My goal is to support YOUR success at BSHS in my class, your other classes and the activities that you choose to be involved in. Big Sky has great students and staff who exude positive feeling and enthusiasm!  I look forward to a great year working with you.

Teacher Profile

  • a happy hiker on the trail above Tossa de Mare on the Costa Brava, Spain  

    Janet Haarvig  

    jihaarvig@mcps.k12.mt.us  728-2400 X8676

    Mrs Haarvig teaches Orchestra and Ukulele at BSHS, as well as beginning strings at Hawthorne and Franklin Schools. This is her 9th year at Big Sky and she loves it!  Mrs. Haarvig says:

    I believe in music philosophically because it's an engaging, creative activity that one can enjoy doing one's whole life. It moves people, brings friends together and helps creates community. And there's always something new and exciting to learn!  One of my most important goals is to help students acquire the skills, confidence and love for music that will enable them to become independent learners and to make music, not just consume it, now and for the rest of their lives.

    BIO: Before becoming a music educator I was as a professional cellist in Chicago, Mexico City and Caracas, Venezuela. I performed with many groups such as the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Caracas Philharmonic, the Bolshoi Ballet, Queen, Jay Leno, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Isaac Hayes, Frank Sinatra, the OJ's, Liza Minelli and Perry Como. I played in a string quartet that toured with Tony Bennett to Las Vegas and many other cities, and loved playing all the great jazz standards that were part of his repertoire. I've played in groups in Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and Italy. Over the years I've written and recorded cello arrangements for the CDs of over 40 songwriters.

    When not involved with music, Mrs Haarvig likes being outside in nature, hiking, camping, biking or gardening.  She loves to travel and went to Italy and Spain a couple of years ago. She and her husband Barry Chandler also have a home in the beautiful Proctor valley where Barry runs a rock carving business called "Written in Stone." She may be the only music teacher who can also drive a tractor and a forklift!