Music Notes, Inc. was founded by Jess Buice (Bice), an elementary music specialist with twenty-three years experience in elementary music and choral conducting. Knowing the benefits of daily music reading to his own educational success, Mr. Buice began developing sight-singing materials for primary and elementary music during his first year of teaching. Twelve years later, tested in rural, suburban and inner city public schools, these materials are now known as Music You Can Read ®, the first internet based elementary music curriculum.
Awarded a full music scholarship, Mr. Buice holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas. He was active in student government as a representative and author of the Student Government Election Code, elected President of the Music Club, selected as a member in the Texas Chi Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society, and served for two years as a member of the Program Council. Mr. Buice performed leading roles for the Theater of the Big Bend as well as operatic roles for the Sul Ross Music Department. In 1979 and 1980 Mr. Buice was twice elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Following eight years in business management and recovering from a life threatening illness, Mr. Buice redirected his skills towards teaching music literacy and continues he asserts, “to learn more each day how reading music improves a child’s mind, intellectually and emotionally.” In 1997, in his home state of Georgia, Music Notes, Inc. was founded to publish Music You Can Read ®. Mr. Buice holds certification for k-12 music in Texas and Georgia. He has taught elementary music for Brownsville Independent Schools, Brownsville, Texas, North East Independent Schools, San Antonio, Texas, Fulton County Board of Education, Atlanta, Georgia; named as one of the 100 Best Music School Districts in the United States, where he also served as conductor of the Fulton County Honors Chorus, Cobb County Board of Education, Marietta, Georgia, and Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, Georgia; also named as one of the 100 Best Music School Districts in the United States.
In 1995 Mr. Buice served as Director of the Fulton County Children’s Honor Chorus and as a member of the Spivey Hall Education Committee, on the campus of Clayton State College and University, Morrow, Georgia. Invited by the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards to join the National Assessment Development Team for national certification in music education; a sixteen member team comprised of professors of music and music specialist from across the country, Mr. Buice joined the team in June 2000. Upon completion of their work, he served as a trainer and facilitator of assessments for the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards in the field of Elementary Music Certification.