St. John of the Cross (SJC)

Welcome to the SJC page! 

General

"Music is to the mind as air is the body."

-Plato, Philosopher

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  • Schedule for Band, Piano, and Ukulele Programs are below!

Important Dates

"Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young."

-Aristotle, Philosopher

  • Registration opens August 2nd!

  • Band Demonstration (4th-5th grade) - September 6

  • Band Pairing (4th-5th grade) - September 7

  • Band, Piano, and Ukulele begin the week of September 12th.

Band

“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?”

 -Jane Swan

  • Band is a great musical experience offered to all 4th-8th grade students.

  • Every band student will receive one group lesson and one rehearsal/open guided practice per week.

  • Lessons schedules will be displayed at your above request.

  • For more information about the band program, please visit: www.strivingupmusic.com/band

Beginning Band Recruitment

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

-Billy Joel

  • Band recruitment is geared toward 4th-5th graders. This happens in three phases:

    • Phase one - Presentation where we talk about the instruments as well as the band experience. 

    • Phase two - Choosing! The choice is yours and if you know what instrument you want to play, feel free to register. However, if you need help, we're here!

    • Phase three - Registration. If you're ready to register, please visit: www.strivingupmusic.com/register

Piano/Ukulele

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

-Victor Hugo

  • Piano (K-3rd)/Ukulele (2nd-3rd) is a great musical experience.

  • Every piano/ukulele student will receive one group lesson per week (Maximum of 8 students per class).

  • Lesson schedules will be displayed at your request (above).

  • To find out more information about the piano program, please visit: www.strivingupmusic.com/piano

About

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

-Bob Marley

  • Mr. Portillo and Mr. Park are back!

  • Mr. Portillo was the Band Director at SJC from 2008-2017 and again 2019-present.

  • Mr. Portillo believes in the value of teaching music and leans heavily on appreciating music through laughter and mastering music through hard "fun" work. 

Lesson Schedules

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

-Victor Hugo

Piano and Ukulele*

  • Piano and Ukulele lessons are Wednesdays and will follow this lesson schedule:

    • 3:20-3:50 - Beginning Piano​

    • 3:50-4:20 - Advanced Piano

    • 4:20-4:50 - Ukulele

Beginning Band 

  • First year students will receive two band lessons. They are:

    • Sectionals - Wednesdays during the school day on a rotating basis​

    • Rehearsals - Wednesdays from 3:15p-4p

Intermediate Band 

  • Second year students will receive two band lessons. They are:

    • Sectionals - Wednesdays during the school day on a rotating basis​

    • Rehearsals - Mondays from 3:15p-4p

Advanced Band

  • Third year and above students will receive two band lessons. They are:

    • Sectionals - Wednesdays from 4p-4:40p ​

    • Rehearsals - Wednesdays from 8a-8:35a

*Class are first come first served. We will open a second class if needed.