Nicknamed "Mrs. K," Janet Kapala has taught instrumental music to students on all three campuses of Cranbrook.
Her Brookside Band, Middle School Intermediate Band and team-taught Middle School Advanced Band and Upper School Symphony Band perform annually in the Performing Arts Center (Lerchen Hall).
Kapala was a Vocational Music Major from Cass Technical High School and received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Elementary Education degrees from Wayne State University. Before coming to Cranbrook Schools in 1976, she taught for two years in the Hazel Park School System and worked as a postal assistant for the Royal Oak branch of the U. S. Post Office.
As a woodwind major, Kapala has also taught private music lessons for 29 years. She also enjoys freelance opportunities playing flute and saxophone for special occasions in a Chamber Music style format, as well as participating in larger ensembles.
Kapala is a charter member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Adult Band Camp. She has had the opportunity to travel internationally for several summers throughout Europe with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Adult Community Band.