St. John Neumann Catholic School

Music at SJNCS

Saint John Neumann Catholic School Music ProgramsMusic instruction emphasizes the following Tennessee state standards throughout the music curriculum – singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading, notating, listening, analyzing, evaluating, and making interdisciplinary connections with historical and cultural relationships. Music history and theory are incorporated throughout the music curriculum.

All elementary students in grades K-4 participate in a co-curricular general music class per week. The essential elements of music – rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, style, expression – are explored through multicultural music in classroom lessons, activities and assignments. Students learn how to use a variety of instruments throughout their elementary years with recorders becoming the primary focus in fourth grade.

All middle school students in grades 5-8 have a choice to participate in the co-curricular general music class, choral program and/or instrumental band program. Each student must commit to one of the three choices for an entire academic school year in order to fulfill the required music credit. If a student chooses to commit to more than one of the three choices, then it is indicated on the student’s report card that he or she received an honors music credit.

Middle school general music students further acquire their musical training through the following group configurations:
– fifth grade rehearses and performs as an advanced recorder ensemble
– sixth grade rehearses and performs as an African percussion ensemble
– seventh grade rehearses and performs as a tonechime ensemble
– eighth grade rehearses and performs as a handbell ensemble

Middle school choir students learn how to properly use the voice while learning the fundamentals of reading music. These students help lead the singing for school Masses throughout the year. Choir performances have included singing at the following music events:
– Advent Lessons and Carols Service
– SJN Christmas Concert
– KCHS Spring Choral Concert
– SJN Variety Show
– ETVA Middle School Choir Festival
– SJN Spring Choral Concert

Middle school band students learn how to properly play a band instrument while learning the fundamentals of reading music. Band performances have included playing at the following music events:
– KCHS Football Game
– KCHS Christmas Band Concert
– SJN Christmas Concert
– ETSBOA Concert Festival (Farragut High School, Knoxville, TN)
– TMEA State Concert Festival (Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN)
– SJN Variety Show
– SJN Spring Band Concert
– KCHS Graduation Ceremony

Our SJN concert band has left its mark by earning a superior rating at the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (ETSBOA) Middle Area Concert Festival for the second year in a row on March 8, 2017. This group advanced further (again for the second year in a row) by participating  in the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA) State Concert Festival at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN on April 27, 2017. SJN is the only foundation school of the Knoxville area Catholic schools that offers an instrumental band program. Also, our middle school choir and band programs are the first and only from a foundation school in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville to compete at the ETVA, ETSBOA and TMEA festivals. Among many other benefits, SJN’s middle school choir and band programs are specifically designed to train students for performing in the Knoxville Catholic High School music programs.

Our school presents an annual Christmas music production celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our school also highlights the gifts of our student body by presenting an annual variety show. Our students have used music as a vessel to do community outreach such as performing at the NHC Farragut assisted living facility and the McGee Tyson Airport. Moreover, our school takes pride in using music performances to help raise funds for many charitable organizations. St. John Neumann Catholic School embraces the fine arts as an integral part of each child’s comprehensive education.