For questions please contact Rachel Kayser, [email protected], (630) 516-7710
Concert Orchestra members are able to choose between 3 different lesson groups.
Wildcat Jazz All lessons would be done in a jazz format. This class meets with the Band Jazz Ensemble students. Students would study jazz/rock/Latin/ballad styles, do improv, learn blues scales, etc. Possible PERFORMANCES would be: Intermediate Concert, Swingin’ at the Shalimar, Jazz Elementary Tour.
Ensemble Lessons would be about learning how to play in small groups, such as duets, trios, and other large ensembles. Students would learn a variety of pieces throughout the year. Possible PERFORMANCES would be: Solo & Ensemble Festival, VFW Winter Performance, Swingin’ at the Shalimar & 8th Grade Graduation.
Technique class. Students would spend the bulk of their time working out of the lesson book, and learning scales, more notes, and various pieces in the book. NO EXTRA PERFORMANCES would be given for those who choose Technique Class.
Intermediate Orchestra meets after school on Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:10 PM at Jefferson Middle School.
Students also receive one lesson during the school day each week.
Prep Orchestra is for all students in their first year of playing an orchestra instrument. Students learn assembly, care and cleaning, bowing, plucking, proper posture, basic technique, terminology and musical concepts. Performances include the introductory Demonstration Concert and the Spring Concert.
Prep Orchestra rehearses every Tuesday at Jefferson from 3:15-4:10 PM.
Lessons happen once a week during school time on a rotating basis.
The District 45 Music Boosters help raise funds for District 45 Band, Orchestra and Chorus programs, and encourage relationship growth between parents, young musicians, music department faculty and the community.
D45 Music Boosters
Kagan & Gaines Music Company website for instrument rentals and accessories.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra website.