St. John of the Cross (SJC)

Welcome to the SJC page! This page will have a few purposes but will mostly be used to host different pieces of related information.  

Lesson Schedule

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

-Plato, Philosopher

  • Lesson information

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 5th!

  • Band Demonstration (4th-5th grade) - September 3rd during school day.

  • Band Pairing (4th-5th grade) - September 4th during school day.

  • Band and Piano begin the week of September 16th.


“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 per week.

  • Lessons schedules will be displayed at your above request.

  • For more information about the band program, please visit:


“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 - Pairing. This is where the student will have the opportunity to play the instrument and see which one is best for them. 

    • Phase three - Registration. If you're ready to register please visit:​

      • Please wait until September 4th to register any Beginning Band students. ​​​


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

-Victor Hugo

  • Piano is a great musical experience offered to Kindergarten through third grade students. 

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

  • Lesson schedules will be displayed at your request.

  • To find out more information about the piano program, please visit:


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

-Bob Marley

  • Mr. Portillo is back! He is excited to return back to SJC. 

  • Mr. Portillo was the Band Director at SJC from 2008-2017.

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