Performing & Visual Arts

Philosophy

Throughout time, the arts have been essential to human existence. When people create and recreate, they discover ways to shape and share thoughts and feelings with others. The arts enrich the quality of life. All students deserve access to the arts through creation, performance, and study. Source: Visual Arts

Arts reach all students at all levels and improve their lives

Elmhurst District 205 is dedicated to developing the artistic talents of its students through a comprehensive K-12 program.

The Arts focus on a variety of media. Visual arts education at the elementary and middle school levels provide all students with hands-on opportunities, developing the skills to enjoy and create visual art. In high school, specialized courses in drawing and painting, digital and traditional photography, ceramics and sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing, animation, digital design and art history are offered. Courses are sequenced from introductory to advanced levels, including Advanced Placement© programs. Students can expect a nurturing, yet challenging, curriculum that emphasizes not only technical skills, but the creative and theoretical aspects of the arts.

Music education enhances skills in problem solving, communication, teamwork, and the ability to make connections across disciplines. Through music education, students are engaged as active learners, building life skills required to create, perform, and enjoy music.

Students also have opportunity to engage in dramatic arts. York’s theatrical productions have been recognized for excellence by the Illinois High School Theatre Association, and many individual cast members have participated as “all-state” show participants. Students have also been selected for individual recognition by the International Thespian Society.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts Philosophy

Throughout time, the arts have been essential to human existence. The arts enrich the quality of life. When people create images, they discover ways to shape and share thoughts and feelings with others.

Young children draw pictures before they form letters. The visual arts are a fundamental way of knowing and thinking. In addition to their intrinsic value, the arts contribute to children’s development. All students deserve access to the arts through creation, performance and study.

Works of art are some of the highest achievements of civilization. In school, students learn the language of the arts and how to interpret visual images. Because the arts are both universal and culturally specific, they are a powerful means of increasing international and intercultural awareness. Through the arts, the students gain a greater understanding of their own cultural heritage, as well as a sense of the larger world community. When students study the arts they become informed audience members and informed consumers of the popular culture.

(Adapted from the Illinois Learning Standards. 1997)

Instrumental Music

Elementary Instrumental Music Description

District 205 Elementary Instrumental Music Program Description

The District 205 Instrumental Music Program at the elementary level includes two components: Instrument Lessons and Ensemble Rehearsals. Attendance at both is required of all students enrolled in band or orchestra. There is a District fee of $30.00 for participation in the program. This fee covers instruction for one school year and does not include the cost of instrument rental, method books, or accessories.

Band and Orchestra Instrument Lessons

Instrument lessons focus on students’ individual musical performance skills. Students enrolled in band or orchestra will attend one 30-minute small-group instrument lesson per week during the regular school day. Students leave their regular academic classes to attend their instrument lessons and are taught in a small group of 2-5 students. During lessons, directors demonstrate and explain instrument-specific concepts and skills, teach students to read standard music notation, and assess each student’s individual progress. Directors will distribute a schedule of lesson times to all students at the beginning of the year.

Band and Orchestra Ensemble Rehearsals

Ensemble rehearsals focus on group performance. Students rehearse in a Band or Orchestra for 60 minutes one day per week after school at the middle school in their designated attendance area. During ensemble rehearsals, directors teach students to perform together as a large group and prepare music for 2-3 performances per year.  Parents must provide their own transportation or carpool to and from after-school rehearsals. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 3:30- 4:30 p.m.

Instruments and Supplies

All band and orchestra students must provide their own instrument, method book, and accessories. (Exceptions are made for students playing some large band instruments.) The cost for these items is separate from the district registration fee. We strongly advise you to review our recommended instrument brands and/or talk to a director before renting or purchasing an instrument. There are many poor quality instruments on the market, often sold on the internet or through discount stores. Many of these inexpensive import instruments, made of cheap materials, do not operate properly and impede student success. Detailed rental information, recommendations for instruments and vendors, and supply lists will be available soon.

Financial Assistance

Elmhurst Music Boosters (emb205.orgmay be able to provide some financial assistance for band and orchestra students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program. Parents seeking financial assistance for instrument rental must complete an EMB financial assistance application and an instrument rental contract with the instrument vendor.

Middle School Concert Band and Orchestra

Band and Orchestra are co-curricular fine arts course offered to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. The band program offers instruction in woodwind, brass, and concert percussion instruments. The orchestra program offers instruction in the stringed instruments: violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students may choose to be dually-enrolled in either choir and band, or choir and orchestra. Students split their time evenly between the ensembles according to a schedule distributed by the directors.

The middle school program consists of two components: Rehearsals and Technique Classes. Participation in both ensemble rehearsals and technique classes is required of all students enrolled in band and orchestra. 6th Grade ensembles rehearse daily during the school day as an elective period. 7th/8th Grade ensemble rehearsals are held daily before school from 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Instrumental Technique Classes are forty minutes long, held one day per week on a rotating basis during the student's regular daily class schedule. This time is necessary for individual assessment and small group instruction.

It is our goal to prepare each student for the appreciation and performance of music. They will learn music ranging from historically significant works to modern masterpieces. They will also develop their abilities as well-rounded musicians. Each student who has completed this program will be a competent musician with a strong knowledge of fundamentals, terminology, and technical ability. The directors instill an appreciation of music in students that they will in turn pass on to those around them. Students will participate in a variety of performances throughout the school year, including a combined festival, a performance tour to the elementary schools, school assembly performances, and evening performances for the school and community. Students new to the district or interested in beginning an instrument should talk to a District 205 band or orchestra director for ensemble placement prior to enrolling in this course.

High School Instrumental Music

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Descripción del programa de música instrumental para primaria del Distrito 205

El Programa de música instrumental del Distrito 205 (EMB) en el nivel primario incluye clases de instrumentos y ensayos grupales. La asistencia a ambas clases es obligatoria. El distrito cobra un arancel de $30 para la participación en el programa. (Este arancel cubre las clases durante un año escolar, pero no incluye el costo del alquiler de instrumentos, libros de teoría, o accesorios.) Si fuese necesario, los padres pueden pagar el arancel en pagos.   

Clases de instrumentos de banda y orquesta

Las clases de instrumentos se centran en las habilidades musicales individuales de los estudiantes. Los estudiantes inscritos en banda u orquesta asistirán a una clase de instrumentos de tamaño reducido de 30 minutos por semana durante la jornada escolar regular. Los estudiantes salen de las clases académicas regulares para asistir a las clases de instrumentos en grupos pequeños de entre 2 y 5 estudiantes. Durante las clases, los directores demuestran y explican conceptos y habilidades específicos de los instrumentos, enseñan a los estudiantes a leer partituras musicales estándares y evalúan el progreso individual de cada estudiante. Una vez finalizada la inscripción, los directores entregarán un cronograma con el horario de las clases a todos los estudiantes.

Ensayos grupales de banda y orquesta

Aunado a las lecciones, también hay ensayos generales de grupo. Los estudiantes ensayaran por una hora una vez a la semana después de la escuela en la secundaria que les corresponda. Durante los ensayos generales, los directores de Orquesta y Banda ensayan como tocar su instrumento siendo parte del grupo y preparan 2 o 3 funciones al año para todo el público. Los padres de familia son responsables por la transportación y recolección de su niño(os) para estos ensayos. Los estudiantes principiantes son asignados a banda Prep u orquesta Prep.

Instrumentos y suministros

Los estudiantes de banda y orquesta deben tener sus propios instrumentos, libros de teoría y accesorios. (Se realizan excepciones para los estudiantes que tocan algunos instrumentos grandes). El costo de estos suministros no está incluido en el arancel de inscripción del distrito. La noche de inscripción se entregará información detallada sobre alquiler, recomendaciones de instrumentos y proveedores, y listas de suministros. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese conmigo o con alguno de los directores de música de su escuela.

Asistencia Financiera

Elmhurst Música Boosters (emb205.org) puede dar algún tipo de asistencia financiera para los estudiantes de banda y orquesta que califican para el programa de almuerzo gratis o reducido. Los padres que buscan ayuda financiera para el alquilar un instrumento deben completar una solicitud de asistencia financiera EMB y un contrato de arrendamiento de instrumentos con el proveedor del instrumento en una noche de registro. Favor de pasar por la mesa EMB en la noche de registro para obtener más información.

Instrumental Music - Registration

Online registration available here

Online Registration Link

(Registro en Línea en español)

Registration is for students looking to begin playing in Prep Band or Prep Orchestra. If your student is currently involved in the program, no registration is necessary to continue playing.

District 205 Elementary Instrumental Music Program Description

The District 205 Instrumental Music Program at the elementary level includes two components: Instrument Lessons and Ensemble Rehearsals. Attendance at both is required of all students enrolled in band or orchestra. There is a District fee of $30.00 for participation in the program. This fee covers instruction for one school year and does not include the cost of instrument rental, method books, or accessories.

Band and Orchestra Instrument Lessons

Instrument lessons focus on students’ individual musical performance skills. Students enrolled in band or orchestra will attend one 30-minute small-group instrument lesson per week during the regular school day. Students leave their regular academic classes to attend their instrument lessons and are taught in a small group of 2-5 students. During lessons, directors demonstrate and explain instrument-specific concepts and skills, teach students to read standard music notation, and assess each student’s individual progress. Directors will distribute a schedule of lesson times to all students at the beginning of the year.

  • Lessons for Beginning Band and Orchestra students will start the week of September 9, 2019.

Band and Orchestra Ensemble Rehearsals

Ensemble rehearsals focus on group performance. Students rehearse in a Band or Orchestra for 60 minutes one day per week after school at the middle school in their designated attendance area. During ensemble rehearsals, directors teach students to perform together as a large group and prepare music for 2-3 performances per year.  Parents must provide their own transportation or carpool to and from after-school rehearsals. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 3:30- 4:30 p.m.

  • After school Prep Band and Orchestra rehearsals begin on November 7th, 2019.

Practice

Students are expected to practice at home for 20-30 minutes per day. This amount of practice is necessary for a child to make consistent short-term and long-term progress. Because children at this age are not always self-motivated, parental encouragement and monitoring of practice time is necessary, just as it is for successful completion of other homework.

Evaluation

Parents will receive a written evaluation of their child’s progress in band/orchestra with their report card at the end of each grading period. Parents are also welcome to contact their child’s band or orchestra director for updates.

Performances

Each ensemble will have two to three public performances during the school year. A calendar of performances will be provided at the beginning of the year.

Financial Assistance

Elmhurst Music Boosters may be able to provide some financial assistance for band and orchestra students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program. Parents seeking financial assistance for instrument rental must complete an EMB financial assistance application and an instrument rental contract with the instrument vendor.

Instruments and Supplies

All band and orchestra students must provide their own instrument, method book, and accessories. (Some exceptions are made for students playing some large band instruments.) The cost for these items is separate from the district registration fee. A list of recommended instruments and required supplies are included in the registration materials and available from the directors.

You may acquire a musical instrument from a number of different sources. However, we highly recommend that you start with a rent-to-own program with a reputable school music dealer. This allows parents to obtain a high-quality instrument for a trial period that can extend to a rental period before making the financial commitment of a purchase. For your convenience, we have invited Quinlan and Fabish to be available at our registration nights. This dealer offers high-quality instruments, on-site repair facilities with loaner instruments, books and supplies, and weekly road services to and from our schools.

If you plan to have your child use an instrument that is already in your possession, please see that it is examined by a director or professional repair person to determine if it is in an acceptable playing condition.

Please be careful to consider quality when shopping for a musical instrument. Many discount stores, big box retailers, and internet vendors market imported “off brand” instruments that are of very poor quality. Some are machined poorly or made of substandard materials. Others have pieces that break or fall off easily, pegs that don’t tune properly, or mechanisms that don’t open and close correctly. Students that attempt to take lessons using these instruments are at a disadvantage and can easily be frustrated. A good rule-of-thumb is to only buy an instrument from a store that is able and willing to repair it. If you are looking at alternative sources for an instrument, please ask one of the directors for suggestions.  Loss, damage, and repair insurance for the instrument is highly recommended.

Programa Instrumental de Música, Distrito Escolar 205

El Distrito Escolar 205, ofrece un Programa Instrumental de Música a nivel Primaria que incluye dos componentes: Lecciones y Ensayos Generales. Si su niño se inscribe a este programa la asistencia es un requisito obligatorio para todos los estudiantes inscritos, ya sea en Banda u Orquesta. Hay un costo de inscripción por el programa de $30.00 para poder participar (Aunque Existen Planes de Pago si lo necesitara). Este costo cubre la instrucción por el transcurso del año escolar, pero no incluye la renta del instrumento, ni el libro de música ni los accesorios.

Lecciones de Banda y Orquesta

Todos los estudiantes de banda y orquesta deben de tener su instrumento, libro y accesorios para el primer día de clases. Los estudiantes que rentarán su instrumento de la Compañía de Instrumentos Musicales llamada: “Quinlan and Fabish” tendrán su instrumento entregado en la escuela listo para el primer día de lecciones de música. Le recomendamos esperar a que reciba la instrucción de cómo armar su instrumento antes de tocarlo.

Todas las lecciones de los instrumentos se enfocarán en la habilidad individual de los estudiantes. Todos los estudiantes inscritos asistirán a una clase de 30 minutos en un grupo pequeño una vez a la semana durante el horario escolar en grupos de 2 a 5 estudiantes. Las lecciones son de cuatro a cinco semanas en rotación y los estudiantes no pierden la misma clase cada semana. Durante las lecciones, los directores demuestran y explican los conceptos y estrategias para cada instrumento, enseñan las notas musicales y evalúan el progreso de cada estudiante. Los directores de Orquesta y Banda distribuirán un horario de lecciones de música una vez que las inscripciones hayan sido completadas.

  • Las lecciones de Banda y Orquesta comenzarán en 9 de septiembre del 2019.

Ensayos Generales de Banda y Orquesta

Aunado a las lecciones, también hay ensayos generales de grupo. Los estudiantes ensayaran por una hora una vez a la semana después de la escuela en la secundaria que les corresponda. Durante los ensayos generales, los directores de Orquesta y Banda ensayan como tocar su instrumento siendo parte del grupo y preparan 2 o 3 funciones al año para todo el público. Los padres de familia son responsables por la transportación y recolección de su niño(os) para estos ensayos. Los estudiantes principiantes son asignados a banda Prep u orquesta Prep.

  • Las ensayos de Banda y Orquesta comenzarán en 7 de noviembre del 2019.

Práctica

Los estudiantes tienen que practicar en casa durante 20 o 30 minutos todos los días. La cantidad de tiempo para practicar es necesaria para que los niños hagan un progreso consistente y considerable a corto y largo plazo. Es posible que los niños de esta edad no estén siempre motivamos, así que le pedimos que motive y monitoree a sus niños, si es necesario, para que practiquen su instrumento y hagan su tarea.

Evaluación

Los padres recibirán una evaluación por escrito del progreso de su niño en su instrumento musical y se anexará a las boletas al final de cada trimestre escolar. Los Padres de Familia también serán bienvenidos si desean contactar a los directores de Banda u Orquesta para preguntar sobre su progreso musical.

Funciones

Cada grupo de música de Banda u Orquesta tendrá dos o tres funciones para el público durante el año escolar. Posteriormente se entregara un calendario con las fechas de las mismas.

Instrumentos y Accesorios

Todos los estudiantes de banda y orquesta deberán traer su propio instrumento, libro de música y accesorios (Hay algunas excepciones para aquellos instrumentos que sean de grandes dimensiones). El costo de los accesorios y el libro de música son aparte del costo por inscripción en el Programa de Música. Existe una lista de instrumentos y accesorios que están disponibles con los directores de Banda y Orquesta.

Usted puede decidir si quiere un instrumento musical de diferente fabricante. Sin embargo, le recomendamos  que rente su instrumento; las rentas pueden ser para adquirir su instrumento posteriormente con la Compañía de Música que renta los instrumentos y tiene un contrato con el Distrito Escolar. Esto permite a los padres de familia obtener un instrumento de alta calidad  por un periodo de prueba que puede extenderlo por el periodo de renta antes de hacer de seguro el compromiso financiero. Para su conveniencia tendremos a la compañía de música disponible para la noche de inscripción. Esta compañía ofrece instrumentos de alta calidad. También ofrecen servicios al Distrito una vez a la semana, como el préstamo de algún instrumento si alguno se daña, libros de música y accesorios etc.

Si Usted planea que su niño use un instrumento que ya tiene en casa, por favor pídanos que lo examinemos o asegúrese que sea examinado por un profesional de música para entonar el instrumento y checar que está en buenas condiciones para ser tocado.

Por favor tenga cuidado cuando compre un instrumento de música. Muchas tiendas de descuento u proveedores de internet importan instrumentos sin nombre o de muy poca calidad. Se rompen fácilmente o están hechos con materiales muy pobres. Los estudiantes que toman lecciones con esta clase de instrumentos tienen una gran desventaja y pueden llegar a frustrarse mucho. Una buena regla para que la recuerde es comprar su instrumento de una tienda que tenga la disponibilidad de repararlos en caso de daño. Si Usted está buscando una alternativa para su instrumento, por favor acérquese a uno de los directores de Banda u Orquesta para preguntar por alguna sugerencia. Se les recomienda ampliamente que contrate un seguro en caso de perdidas, daños o reparaciones para su instrumento.

Maria Gallegos
Parent Liaison (Enlace Comunitario)
Churchville Middle School
District 205 Area Family Services
(630) 832-8682 ext. 3710
mgallegos@elmhurst205.org

General Music

Music Education

Music is elemental and universal. Music is instinctual: children around the world begin singing with the same interval, parents use song to calm and quiet their children, and adults refer to musical cues for memory.

Through music education, students are engaged as active learners, building life skills required to create, enjoy, perform, and listen to music. Music education enhances skills in problem solving, communication, team work, and the ability to make connections across disciplines.

District 205 provides general music instruction for all students from kindergarten through middle school. In addition, students are given the opportunity for choral and instrumental instruction beginning in fourth grade and continuing through high school. Music course work is also a means of fulfilling the high school fine arts requirement.