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About Instrumental Music

Hello, and welcome to Villa Park High School from the Instrumental Music Program. 


The Instrumental Music Program is a dynamic and comprehensive part of the total curriculum offering many opportunities for student growth both musically and personally. Our ensembles are some of the most visible groups at Villa Park High School.  Performances have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people in the past few years, and the program is looking forward to an exciting and rewarding year. 


We are fortunate to receive outstanding support from our school site administration, our school district, our community and our parents. 


We strive to achieve the potential resident within each and every member. The benefits of membership in our ensembles are many.  In our program, you will make friends, both as students and parents.  You will learn critical life skills including discipline, respect, time management, peer interaction, positive motivation and goal setting.  You will improve and excel as a musician.  Best of all – you’ll have a great time doing it!  All of those long hot hours will be worth it.


Our mission statement sums up our philosophy:

The Instrumental Music Department at Villa Park High School will prepare students to become well rounded musicians through the study, rehearsal and performance of a variety of literature that is educationally relevant and historically significant.  Sight-reading, improvisation and the principals of intonation, balance and dynamics will be the building blocks upon which fundamentally sound musicians are prepared for a lifetime of music enjoyment.  The department will promote goodwill, fellowship and a collegial spirit among its members as well as the place and value of music education in our society and the important role instrumental music plays in our culture, intellectual and social lives.


I am immensely proud of the accomplishments and academic excellence our students achieve as members of this program.  As a nationally recognized program of excellence, the Instrumental Music Department offers unparalleled opportunity to all students.  Prior musical experience is not a pre-requisite for membership and participation in this exciting pathway. 


Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist your student in their journey with us as a Spartan!


C.H. Jay

Director of Instrumental Music