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Monica Dostaler, General Music & Chorus

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 flex period (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. 

Jennifer Knickerbocker, Band Teacher 

Welcome to the Band Family!

Here at Jack Jackter Intermediate School, students in grades four and five have the opportunity to participate in the instrumental music program! Students will receive a 45 minute group instrumental lesson on their specific instrument once a week. We work from the Essential Elements Book 1 for each instrument.  Musicians in fourth grade will be in the Cub Band and musicians in fifth grade will be in the Jaguar Band. Ensemble rehearsals take place twice a week during flex block. 

Both the Cub and Jaguar Band perform in the Winter (December) and Spring (May) Concerts. Fifth grade musicians may also participate in the Solo and Ensemble Concert in March. Concert attire is a white top and black bottom (please no logos, jeans, or sneakers).

Being a HOT School, student musicians have many opportunities to perform in the Town Meetings. 

In addition to the concert bands, JJIS also has a Jazz Band. Ensemble participation is select musicians. The Jazz Band rehearses after school in the band room from 3:15-4:00 on Tuesdays, beginning in January and perform in the Spring Concert. 

The mission of the JJIS Band Program is to allow students musical enrichment; foster fellowship among its members, provide musicians with an opportunity for personal growth and leadership, create music, as well as, develop a lifelong love of the arts. 

Jaguars Believe! Jaguars Achieve!

Ms. Knickerbocker, Band Director



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