Music

The band program strives to provide students with opportunities to love music and to apply their skills and experiences to real life lessons. The program consists of a concert band, symphonic band, jazz band and pep band. The symphonic band has travelled to Washington, D.C. and Mexico. The program strives to achieve excellence in teaching, performing and community leadership. You can click here to visit the EPCHS Band official web site.

The choral program includes the following groups: prep choir, concert choir, girls chorus, boys chorus and chorale. Participation in the chorale is by audition only. All other groups are open to the student body at large. Choirs participate in numerous concerts, contests and tours.

EPCHS offers a beginning guitar class, open to all Juniors and Seniors. The class is an introductory level class, focusing on the fundamentals of music as applied to guitar.

Courses Offered

Music

Concert Band / Marching Band

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: Up to four years (Marching and Concert)

Department: Music

Prerequisite: This class is open to students who have successfully completed Jr. High/Middle school band and already play a band instrument with well-developed skills and have the ability to demonstrate musicianship at a high school level (to be determined by the band director).

Course Description:

This course covers the study and performance of music appropriate to the intermediate student. Attempts will be made to include literature covering many styles and historical periods, music theory and listening skills, opportunities for study and performance of chamber music and solo literature, and conducting. Performance expectations include concert performances in February and May, festival and contest performances in March and April, graduation activities, and other performances as determined by the director and band members. Marching expectations include participation in home football games, pep assemblies, festivals and parades, a concert performance in December, and other performances as determined by the director and band members.


Guitar

Level: Academic 11, 12

Length of course: One Semester but may be repeated with instructor approval

Department: Music

Prerequisite: None - The class is open to all students. No experience is necessary.

Course Description:

This course covers basic fundamentals of musicianship specific to the skills needed to play the guitar; including note and rhythm reading, tablature and chord symbols. Some school-owned instruments are available on a loan basis for students who do not have their own instrument.


Music Technology Workshop

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester, but may be repeated up to three additional semesters.

Department: Music

Prerequisite: Previous musical background and training and permission of instructor

Course Description:

Students use technology-based music applications to study music theory, composition, arranging, piano skills, music research, art and music history, and solo performance.


Chorus

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: Music

Prerequisite: None. Open to all students of all abilities, grades 9-12. No previous choral experience is necessary.

Course Description:

Students will experience a wide variety of music from all genres and periods. Chorus members will become more familiar with their own voices, learn problem-solving techniques, and strengthen theory knowledge. The following events are required or optional of Chorus members:

  1. 3 School year concerts: Fall, Winter, and Spring - Mandatory

  2. IHSA Solo and Ensemble - Optional

  3. Chorale Audition - Optional

  4. Girls Ensemble (no audition necessary) - Optional,

  5. ILMEA District/State festival auditions - Optional

  6. EPCHS Spring Musical – Optional




Piano 1

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One Semester

Department: Music

Prerequisite: None

Course Description:

Students will learn to play the piano or further their current abilities. Students will learn or extend their knowledge on the basics of piano, theory, and be able to practice daily. Music genres studied will include classical as well as pop and modern compositions. Students will be able to play group compositions, duets, as well as a small in-class recital at the end of the semester.


Piano 2

Level: 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One Semester

Department: Music

Prerequisite: Piano I, or teacher recommendation

Course Description:

Piano II will continue on from Piano I, and go further in depth with theory, composition, and focus largely on playing pieces that the students wish to perform.


Fine Arts Staff

Jessy Keeney - 309-694-8350 - jkeeney@ep309.org

Adam Schneblin - 309-694-8335 - aschneblin@ep309.org

Adam Schneblin, an East Peoria native, graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and received his Masters in Educational Administration from Illinois State University. Mr. Schneblin has taught and conducted music at Illinois Central College, Morton High School, Concordia Grade School, and East Peoria Central Junior High. Currently, he is the Director of Bands and Principle Conductor for East Peoria Community High School District 309. Mr. Schneblin has served as an Illinois Grade School Music Association solo and ensemble judge and has guest conducted for the Illinois Music Educators Association Jazz Band District Festival and the Peoria District 150 All-District Band. In addition to conducting and teaching, Mr. Schneblin has played with the Peoria Municipal Band, Pekin Municipal Band and Prairie Wind Ensemble as a tuba player.

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