Welcome to the JAMS Instrumental Music program! We currently enroll over 300 students, grades 6 – 8, in one of three bands and three orchestras. Our ensembles are curricular, meet during the school day, and students earn an academic grade. Every music class provides each student with access to developing and strengthening individual musical skills while also receiving large group instruction, regardless of musical experience or proficiency. Perhaps the most important benefits from participating in the JAMS music program are establishing personal connections, and the building of relationships that foster social and emotional skills for life.
In order to place your child in a John Adams music class that is appropriate for his/her proficiency level, we invite your child to prepare a placement audition. The audition will enable us to assess his/her skills, and help us decide how our program would best suit his/her musical needs.
Week of March 15 – 19: Strings – Sightreading (during 5th grade STRINGS Zoom classes)
Week of March 22 – 26: Band – Sightreading (during 5th grade BAND Zoom classes)
Week of April 19 – 23: All Instruments – Video Auditions (submitted via Flipgrid to 5th grade music teachers)
**IMPORTANT!**Due to our school-wide enrollment and master schedule considerations, any student who plans to enroll in a JAMS music class, but does NOT audition, will automatically be placed in a Level I class.
Please note that although private lessons are not required for participation in any JAMS music ensemble, they are highly recommended to supplement the in-class instruction on an individual basis.
We are excited to share the various aspects and opportunities of our bands and orchestras as your young musician begins the transition to middle school. Please enjoy the presentation below - simply click on each slide!