Music Instruction

Elementary & Junior High Music Instruction

  • Elementary Music

    All District 15 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade receive music instruction. In music class students: sing, play instruments, read music, move, listen, create, and learn the role of music in history and cultures. Kindergarten students participate in music instruction once a week for 30 minutes and 1st- through 6th-grade students have music twice a week for a total of 60 minutes.

    Band, chorus, and orchestra begin in 5th grade. The elementary choruses rehearse for 60 minutes each week. For instrumental music, students receive a small group 30-minute lesson once a week on a rotating basis. The 5th-grade instrumental students have morning rehearsals before school once a week while 6th-grade instrumentalists have morning rehearsals twice a week before school.

    See the Band/Orchestra enrollment packets for more information:

    Junior High Music

    General music classes, band, and orchestra are offered as enrichments at the junior high and meet during the day. Students may sign up for full-year enrichments such as band & orchestra or partial-year enrichments that teach the musical elements and music appreciation. Band and orchestra students also receive a small group 30-minute lesson once a week on a rotating basis. The junior high choruses meet before or after school. 

    • 7th Grade Band—Offered as a seventh-grade enrichment class to all students who have successfully completed intermediate band. Students are invited to continue their band experience on traditional band instruments. Band meets every school day as an enrichment class. Students are also required to attend one small-group lesson per week on a rotating schedule. Through the study of different time periods and styles, students will understand music as a form of communication which will expand their ability to listen, analyze, and discuss concepts. Through daily learning, the band prepares and performs at concerts and events during and outside the school day.

    • 8th Grade Band—Offered as an eighth-grade enrichment class to all students who have successfully completed seventh-grade band. Students are invited to continue their band experience on traditional band instruments. Band meets every school day as an enrichment class. Students are also required to attend one small-group lesson per week on a rotating schedule. Through the study of different time periods and styles, eighth-grade students will develop a relatively more advanced understanding of music as a form of communication which will expand their ability to listen, analyze, and discuss concepts. Through daily learning, the band prepares and performs at concerts and events during and outside the school day. Eighth-grade students will also have the opportunity to make connections with their appropriate High School band program, teachers, and students.

    • 7th Grade Orchestra—Offered as a seventh-grade enrichment class to all students who have successfully completed intermediate orchestra. Through the instrumental performance experience, students will prepare a variety of genres and styles of music that make connections to their lives. Through the study of different time periods and styles, students will understand music as a form of communication which will expand their ability to listen, analyze, and discuss concepts. The seventh grade orchestra meets every day throughout the school year. Students are also required to attend one small-group lesson per week on a rotating schedule. The seventh-grade orchestra performs at various events throughout the school year. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in various festivals and competitions.

    • 8th Grade Orchestra—Offered as an eighth-grade enrichment class to all students who have successfully completed seventh-grade orchestra. Through the instrumental performance experience, students will prepare a progressively more advanced variety of genres and styles of music that make connections to their lives. Through the course, eighth-grade students will develop a relatively more advanced understanding of music as a form of communication which will expand their ability to listen, analyze, and discuss concepts. The eighth-grade orchestra meets every day throughout the school year. Students are also required to attend one small-group lesson per week on a rotating schedule. The eighth-grade orchestra performs at various events throughout the school year. Throughout the year, students are offered the opportunity to participate in various festivals and competitions. Eighth grade students will also have the opportunity to make connections with their appropriate high school orchestra program, teachers, and students.

    • 7th Grade Music—The goal of this course is to give students a lifelong appreciation and understanding of the arts. To achieve this goal, students will review the basics of music notation, learn the elements of music, and explore music history. Student musicians will create, perform, and respond to music. This is achieved through authentic instruction using guitar, keyboards, voice, and music technology. Students will make connections to music through a variety of musical styles and genres.

    • 8th Grade Music—This semester-long music course is unique to eighth graders. The focus is music technology or how music is used in and created for everyday life. Web-based applications, similar to Garage Band, on Chromebooks and/or iPads are used for a variety of project-based learning experiences. These projects are constantly evolving as new applications are created. Some project examples are: creating new music, remixing existing music, producing radio commercials, and even generating a soundtrack for a short film. In addition, students may have the opportunity to form their own rock band to compose and perform an original song. Through these projects and others, students gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the music they hear every day, as well as skills that can be used in future projects and presentations in high school, college, and the workplace. 

    Chorus

    Junior High Chorus meets before school two to three times per week at 7 a.m. Participation is open to everyone and includes solo opportunities. A wide variety of music is rehearsed and performed, ranging from pop to musical theater to standard choral repertoire. There will be at least two concerts and additional performance opportunities during the school day. Students may also choose to participate in the Illinois Grade School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest. Students must provide their own transportation to rehearsal.

  • Episode 5: Music Education in District 15
    December 6, 2017

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  • Contact Us

    Risa Cohen
    Curriculum Coordinator
    Phone: 847-963-3113
    E-mail: cohenr@ccsd15.net

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