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I want students to have music for a lifetime.
Perry Paxton, Director


The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. J. S. Bach

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. J. S. Bach

I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.
J. S. Bach

Mr. Perry T. Paxton, Dir.
Music Appreciation is an interdisciplinary class that introduces students to the ABCs of music, including expression, theory, history and hands-on experience with introductory instruments.

The following performance classes reward diligent effort in an encouraging environment:

Beginning Band allows students to experiment with instruments in a positive, supportive environment as they build success step-by-step in reading music and playing folk tunes. The students begin with the recorder. This allows the students to learn discipline and reading music. During the early part of the 2nd Trimester students are introduced to the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Snare Drum. Students choose the instrument of the choice.
Intermediate Band focuses on teamwork, performance protocol and developing competence in motivating concert material. Students also have an opportunity to choose more advanced instruments which are available.
Advanced Band develops confidence in technique, teamwork, and expression, a wide range of concert material and lively performances. The students also have opportunities to perform off-campus.


Beginning Strings allows students to explore and learn to play one of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello and double bass. Students have the opportunity to choose their instrument. They learn the skill of reading music, discipline of following the conductor and playing together as a group. Many of the songs are folk tunes from around the world.
Intermediate Strings requires perseverance and effort as students gain mastery in technique, theory, history, performance protocol and develop competence in challenging concert material.
Advanced Strings provides students with opportunity to acquire confidence in artistry, technique, stimulating concert material and performance.

The Music Department of Johnson Middle School is thankful for a $500 grant from the Huntington Valley West Committee of the Philharmonic Society.  This is the second grant we have received from them.  We really appreciate their generosity.  With the most recent grant we were able to purchase a tenor saxophone.  Pictured is our “Happy Tenor Saxophonist”.  He has been playing the Alto Sax for two years and was excited to try something a little new.  We are also thankful to Marilynn Manderscheid from the Huntington Valley West Committee of the Philharmonic Society who has been so supportive of our program.

Spring Concert 2016
Holiday Concert 2015
The Philharmonic Visits Johnson 2016