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Ms. Jacquelyn Evers


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Course Descriptions

Band (1 Credit)

Students enrolled in band will continue to learn proper instrumental techniques, basic music theory and terms, as well as perform a varied repertoire of band literature. The band performs as the Marching Spartans for home football games and competes as a group at many field show competitions. The band also serves as the SJO Pep Band at both boys' and girls' home basketball games. The focal point of our band program is the concert band, which begins in early November and continues throughout the school year. We present concerts three times a year and frequently participate in the IHSA organizational contest. Attendance at all performances is mandatory. Participation in IMEA and IHSA solo/ensemble contests is encouraged and open to all band members.

The Color Guard performs with the marching band. Workshops and tryouts are held each year for this group. Enrollment in band is not required, but students must still register for marching band as an extra-curricular activity.

Students in band may waive PE classes for marching band in the first semester. These students will return to PE class second semester.

Chorus (1 Credit)

Students enrolled in choir will learn correct vocal production, choral technique, basic music theory and sight singing skills, while performing various styles of three and four part music.  Class participation is the basis for all we do, so students are expected to sing with as much effort as possible each and every day.  Concerts are presented three times a year.  Attendance at all performances is necessary.  Participation in IMEA and IHSA contests is encouraged and open to all chorus members.

Music History (1/2 Credit)

This course will examine the historical and cultural impact of music as it developed from pre-history to the present.  The class will outline periods of music and students will discuss the impact it has and relate it to current music.  This will entail listening and performing simple analyses of music from each of these periods.  This course is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Music Theory (1/2 Credit)

This advanced level music class will present students with the skills to analyze music critically and to create it utilizing a working knowledge of music construction.  Students will examine notation, melody, harmony, musical analysis, instrumentation and composition.  Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors who already have some musical background.  Students with no previous musical experience should speak with the teacher before enrolling.  

Guitar (1/2 Credit)

(NOTE: In order to enroll, students must own or purchase an acoustic guitar.)
This course will offer students the chance to begin or continue learning how to play the guitar.  Students will focus on both chords/accompaniment as well as reading individual notes/melodies.  Other concepts will include tuning, recognizing harmonic progressions, various picking techniques, rhythm patterns, and music theory basics.  In addition to performing alone, students will also learn how to function as part of a group ensemble.  Assessment will be both written and performance based.