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Welcome Back JAA Scholar-Musicians!


It is always a pleasure and privilege to work with so many bright and talented scholars at John Adams Academy!  This year I will teaching 7th and 8th grade Music classes, High School Choir, Advanced Vocal Ensemble (10th-12th, by audition) as full-time classes, and Elementary Choir (4th-6th) and Advanced Intermediate Choir (7th & up, auditioned) after school.


For more information on Arts offerings at JAA, visit our Music & the Arts page.


For more information on individual classes or to access make-up assignments, visit one of the class pages below.






Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful.… He who has received this true education of the inner being will most shrewdly perceive omissions or faults in art and nature, and with a true taste, while he praises and rejoices over and receives into his soul the good, and becomes noble and good, he will justify blame and hate the bad, now in the days of his youth, even before he will recognize and salute the friend with whom his education has made him long familiar….It is for such reasons that our youth should be trained in music.


     – Socrates via Plato, Republic III:401d-402a




2017 Holiday Art Show Reflection

Answer as many of these questions as you want to reach the length you need.  Use complete sentences and paragraphs!
Middle School: 1 page.  High School: 2 pages.  Extra credit for more if it’s good!

  • What things did our class do to prepare for this concert? Did they work well?  Could we have done anything different to be better prepared?
  • How did we do in the concert on performing the music well (such as notes, rhythms, words, expression, etc.)? How could we do better next time?
  • How did you and your class do on professionalism in the concert? What went well?  What could have been better? 
  • What did you like about the concert? What did you not like?  What would you change next time?
  • How did we serve as servant-leaders in the concert? What were we trying to give to the audience members?  Were we effective at what we were trying to do?
  • What has your experience in choir been like so far this year? What have you like/ not liked?  What would you change? 

Fall 2017 Performance Reflection Questions

Write about some or all of the following prompts using complete sentences and paragraphs (no bullet points).  (One journal page for grade 7-8, two pages for 9+; Extra Credit for more.)

  • What did you/your class/your choir do to prepare for this concert? What could you/we have done better to get ready?
  • Describe in detail how the concert went from your point of view. Describe your experience during warm-ups, in the audience, and performing on stage.  What did you like about the concert?  What did you not like?  What would you change?
  • How did you/your class/your choir do in performing the songs well? (learning the songs, breath support, vowels, diction, facial expressions/acting, etc.)
  • How did you/your class/your choir do on using professionalism on and off the stage during the concert? How were you good audience members?
  • How have you seen yourself/your class improve over the course of this semester?