Jackson Area Music


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    The Jackson Area Music program, serving children from 4th grade through 8th grade, is part of a comprehensive District 45 Music program.  The goal of the Music program is to provide all students with a well-rounded music education.

    The Jackson Area Band Director is Joseph Koppel.

    Jackson Area Bands service the students of Jackson Middle School and the 3 Elementary 'feeder' schools: Ardmore, Westmore, and York Center in the community of Villa Park, IL. Instruction begins in the 4th grade (Jackson Area Preparatory Band) where the following instruments are offered: flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, and percussion. In students's second year they participate in the Jackson Area Intermediate Band. Each of these groups meet one day per week after school for full rehearsal at Jackson. Elementary band students also receive one group lesson per week at their elementary school.

    The Jackson Concert Band is mostly 6th grade students who rehearse before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Jackson Symphonic Band is the most advanced group in the program rehearsing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays before school. Each of these students also receive one group lesson per week during the school day.

    The Jackson Jazz Lab is an after school music ensemble for the study and performance of jazz music. Students receive instruction in jazz styling, guided listening experiences from great Jazz Artists, and an introduction to improvisation.


    The Jackson Area Orchestra Director is David Farquhar.

    The Jackson-area orchestra program is a comprehensive string orchestra program for students in grades 4-8. There are three levels of orchestra (Preparatory, Intermediate, and Concert) and a Chamber Strings group. Students may choose to study violin, viola, cello, or bass.

    Preparatory Orchestra and Intermediate Orchestra students receive one 30-minute small group lesson each week during the school day at their respective schools. In addition, those students are bused to Jackson Middle School one day per week after school for full rehearsal.

    Concert Orchestra students receive a 45-minute group lesson each week during the school day at Jackson Middle School. In addition, all Concert Orchestra students meet three days per week before school for their rehearsals. 6th grade students meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays while 7th/8th grade students meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. ALL of the Concert Orchestra students then rehearse together on Fridays.