Frequently asked questions
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Currently, Students 4th - 12th Grades may participate. We are looking into expanding to include grades 1-3 for fall of 2019.
Parents must be members of J.A.H.E., just like PIONEERS and Young Explorers, J.A.H.E. provides our insurance and organizational oversight. We can help with registration for J.A.H.E.
All levels of musical experience are welcome!
WHAT CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE?
Choir class for grades 4-12. We learn to sing in 4 part harmony as well as correct vocal production.
Beginning (Level 1) and Intermediate (Level 2) band classes are available for 4th-12th grades.
Concert band will be offered for Fall 2019 for those who pass an audition.
All Classes will include ear training, theory and music appreciation.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE AND WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
~Fees for Fall 2019 are not yet available, however we will continue the goal of weekly costs being between $3-$5 per student.
~We are currently working on a band only option, for those who have sung in choir previously.
Included with tuition fees:
~Weekly rehearsals which include music reading, theory terms and concepts, stage presence and performance poise, proper singing and breathing techniques, and improved listening skills.
~ Books/music for band will be included (borrowed).
~ Choir music and folders will be included (borrowed).
~ Performances in 2 formal choir/band concerts, with receptions.
~ Community performance at an area senior's home (a goal for this year).
~ Solo, and ensemble performance opportunities at JAHE Presentation Night at the end of the school year.
Additional notes for Band members:
~ Each band member should have their own portable music stand and need to carry it with them each week. (These stands are lightweight and inexpensive and fold neatly to slip into a music bag.)
~Band students should each have a pencil and a spit rag in their cases.
~NOT INCLUDED in the fees: instrument rental as well as reeds, oil, or cleaning kits appropriate for that instrument.
~ Limited instrument rentals available through the band for 15-30$ per semester. Please ask for details.
(You may contact the music store of your choice to inquire about rental programs and prices, or you may speak to the director if you would like advise or assistance purchasing a suitable instrument.)
WHERE ARE THE CLASSES HELD?
New Living Christian Church**
1000 Blackman Rd.
*see map below
NOTE**We will be moving locations next Fall, please watch for announcements.
WHEN DO THE CLASSES TAKE PLACE?
Classes take place every Thursday during the school year, except holidays.
CLASSES TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAYS**
2:00-2:45 Level 1 Band
3:45-4:30 Level 2 Band
Note**Due to location change for Fall 2019, we will most likely be moving the day and times, please watch for announcements.
Please make every effort to be punctual and prepared for weekly rehearsal.
Each band student should have their instrument set to play and be in their seat by class start time.
(Private instrument or voice lessons are optional and scheduled by each family.)
*No classes Thanksgiving day, Winter break is 4 weeks, the Thursday before Easter is off for Spring Break.
*Snow days will be texted and emailed by noon of the day in question.
HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE?
MONTHLY ASSIGNMENT SHEETS
At the beginning of each month, each student will receive an assignment sheet laying out what will be covered in each class and what they are to practice for the week. Announcements are included in bold and or starred**, so please look at your student's sheet.
WHAT'S NEW TAB
CHECK THE "WHAT'S NEW" TAB ON THIS WEBSITE FOR THE UPCOMING EVENTS AND IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS.
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE EMAILED AND BE ON FACEBOOK.
URGENT NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE EMAILED, POSTED ON FACEBOOK, AND TEXTED.
COMMUNICATION WILL BE MADE WEEKLY THROUGH OUR FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE LINKING YOUR FACEBOOK NOTIFICATIONS TO YOUR EMAIL, SEE A BOARD MEMBER.
IF YOU DO NOT USE FACEBOOK, LET A BOARD MEMBER KNOW SO WE CAN EMAIL OR TEXT YOU WITH UPDATES.
THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET A HOLD OF THE DIRECTOR IS THROUGH TEXTING.
*Weekly classes meeting at New Living Christian Church, 1000 Blackman Rd. Jackson, MI