Welcome to the Readington Middle School Music Department!Please click here to view photos from the 2016 HBS Instrument Petting Zoo. (2017 photos coming soon!)
Readington Middle School Music FacultyMr. John Hylkema - Director of Bands, Brass Specialist firstname.lastname@example.orgMrs. Lori Dribbon - Assistant Director of Bands, Woodwind Specialist email@example.comMr. Jack Hasselbring - Director of Orchestras, Director of Percussion firstname.lastname@example.orgMrs. Alyssa Horne - Director of Choirs, Spring Musical Music Director email@example.comReadington HSAFine and Performing Arts Committee
Next Meeting: TBA
Place: RMS Band Room~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About Our ProgramThe Readington Middle School Music Department delivers group instrumental and vocal music instruction, as well as many large and small ensemble rehearsals each week. We provide a variety of performance opportunities for our students in many different musical idioms including Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Small Chamber Ensembles, Orchestras, Vocal Ensembles, Pep Band and Musical Theatre. Readington Middle School music students perform in Winter and Spring concerts, at various public events within the Readington community, and at several festivals throughout the year including CJMEA, NJMEA and Music in the Parks.Performing EnsemblesOur ensembles at Readington Middle School are designed to challenge our young musicians in grades 6-8 at many different levels. We provide sectional instruction as well as ensemble and performance opportunities. Our students experience a sense of pride, a sense of accomplishment and a sense of belonging. This design is the essence of each of our performing groups.
Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and String OrchestrasThe concert bands and string orchestras are performing ensembles that meet during school every other day. Our goal for these ensembles is to expand the technical knowledge and ability of each individual member as well as to increase music reading skills and to build a higher level of sophistication into each performance. They will explore and grow in the skill areas of technique, articulation, phrasing, and rhythm.
Wind Symphony, Pops Orchestra and Jazz EnsembleThese ensembles are open to students by audition and rehearse after school once a week. Also, membership in one of the concert bands or orchestras is mandatory for involvement in these ensembles. These groups also perform at festivals, and at various venues within the Readington community.
The Viking CruisersNew to our school in 2015, the Viking Cruisers is the RMS Pep Band. Members include 7th and 8th grade band students as well as several RMS faculty members. The band performs at several boys and girls home basketball games and other athletic events throughout the year.
Pit OrchestraThe pit orchestra accompanies the annual RMS Spring Musical and is made up of music faculty and select students. Instruments included in the pit orchestra are strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, based on the needs of the musical being performed.
ChoirsOur choral ensembles at Readington Middle School are designed to challenge our young musicians at many different levels. We provide instruction as well as ensemble and performance opportunities. Our students experience a sense of pride, a sense of accomplishment and a sense of belonging. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade choirs meet every other day during school. The curricular choirs perform 2 concerts a year.
Readington RhapsodyReadington Rhapsody is a select vocal ensemble that meets once a week after school and is open to any student in grades 7 and 8 based on an audition. Aside from performing at 2 concerts a year, Readington Rhapsody performs at festivals, and various venues within the Readington Community.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today in Music History: http://datadragon.com/day/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~