Monica Dostaler, General Music & Chorus
Paul Coyle, Band Instructor
All JJIS students have a forty minute general music class each week. Students in the third grade play the recorder for one half of the school year and students in fourth and fifth grade play the xylophones, sing and dance. Each grade level has a music book entitled, Making Music, by Silver Burdett.
In addition to general music classes, students are encouraged and welcomed to join the JJIS Chorus group which meets one day per week during recess (which is an elective). Students perform at a Holiday Concert in December and a spring concert in May.
JJIS is a HOT School, and students have the opportunity to perform in monthly town meetings. These are performances in which classes may sing, dance, and play instruments. Many children play the piano at the beginning of monthly Town Meetings (meetings organized, planned, and performed by the students).
Fifth grade students who wish to perform in the Solo and Ensemble concert in March, practice during recess in order to prepare for this celebration of Music In Our Schools month. This year, students will also be performing for the Colchester Senior Citizens and in June, the fifth grade chorus will perform at the Senior Center for a Flag Day celebration.