Rhodes School District 84.5

Vocal Music

The students at Rhodes School who are currently in grades 3 through 8 are eligible to participate in one of two choral groups. The students perform challenging music of high quality at several concerts and competitions throughout the school year. The students are assessed using a point system. Points are earned by class participation, show of responsibility and level of concentration during rehearsals and performances.

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For More Information or you have any questions and need additional information about the Rhodes vocal music program, please feel free to call Ms. Shelby Wagner at (708) 453-6813.

You may also write to:
Ms. Shelby Wagner, Vocal Music Director
c/o Rhodes School
8931 W. Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, Il. 60171

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The Rhodes Senior Chorus is comprised of select students from grades 5 through 8. They are selected by an audition process at the beginning of each school year. The Senior Chorus meets 2/3 periods a week during 7th period, which is typically their study hall. They sing challenging music in 3 part harmony.

This group performs on the Winter and Spring concerts and the 8th Grade Graduation at Rhodes School. This group also participates in the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) District Contest in March and the State Contest in April. They also compete in the "Music In the Parks" Festival competition where we have won many outstanding awards.


The Rhodes Junior Chorus consists of any student in grades 3 through 6 who enjoy singing. This is a non-auditioned group of students who perform music in 2 part harmony in preparation for Senior Chorus. They rehearse after school two days a week. This group performs at the Rhodes Music Parents' Association's October Ice Cream Social as well as the Winter and Spring Concerts and the Kindergarten Celebration.


Rhodes School General Music classes begin in Preschool and continue through 5th grade. Music is a form of expression in which all students can participate to one degree or another. If they are encouraged to sing, play, create, listen and think about music, they can discover the special satisfaction which this communication affords.

At the primary level we build a repertoire of songs while learning tonal and rhythmic discrimination. Using the knowledge of note values and meter we develop musical imagination through improvisation of melodies and rhythms. We enhance our primary music curriculum using Silver Burdett Making Music series. This series strengthens our musical awareness through its listening lessons as well as the repertoire of multicultural songs. These classes meet once a week for a forty minute class.

At the intermediate level we emphasize rhythm and meter, form, major-minor tonality and harmony. The Silver Burdett Making Music series uses a progressive approach to teaching all the elements of music. The third and fourth grade classes meet for forty minutes every week throughout the school year. The fifth grade classes have music forty minutes every day for one quarter.

Teachers can be contacted via email. Please visit our Staff Connection to contact your child's teacher.

Vocal Music Curriculum Maps