The Jefferson School Elementary Music Program strives to give a variety of musical experiences to every student. In General Music class students learn the basics of rhythm, melody, harmony, sight reading, music theory, composition and performance through singing, movement and in the playing of instruments. 

When music is sustained throughout the elementary years, children continue to learn better through the clear connections between music and other areas of study.

Jefferson School is proud to offer a high-quality music program to all students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 as part of the school's core curriculum. The program includes music class participation, instruction time, access to musical instruments, and concerts.

  • 3rd Grade students participate in a weekly 50-minute General Music class.
  • 4th Grade students are offered instruction on General Music class as well as Chorus or Band using instruments.
  • 5th Grade students continue General Music as well as advanced Chorus or Band using musical instruments.

Students learn to express their own creativity through their experiences in the music classroom, and they share those experiences in public concerts throughout the school year. They include:


Dickens Village Chorus Performance | 4th & 5th Grades

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Location: Maplewood's Dickens Village

Times: 5th Grade Chorus: Meet at 1:30 to 1:45 pm | Performance at 2:00 pm

Times: 4th Grade Chorus: Meet at 2:45 to 3:00 pm | Performance at 3:15 pm


Dickens Village is a display in Maplewood town during the holiday season, and located at Ricalton Square and Maplewood Avenue. We are proud that Jefferson School 4th & 5th Grade Chorus will be performing on Saturday, December 1st. Click here more for more information.


Return the Permission Slip as soon as possible. You can bring it to the auditorium or give it to your teacher. Know the lyrics and melodies as well as you possibly can. Here is a link to Mrs. Yesowitz's website with the lyrics to the songs.


Chorus, Black History Month Chorus Performance | 4th & 5th Grades 

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Location: Jefferson School
Times: 4th Grade Chorus: 7:00 pm | 5th Grade Chorus: 7:45 pm


Chorus Spring Concert | 4th Grade 

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Location: Jefferson School or South Orange Middle School Auditorium (More info to come)

Times: 7:30 pm


Chorus, Band, Orchestra Spring Concert | 5th Grade 

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Location: South Orange Middle School Auditorium
Time: 7:00 pm


Art Show, Poetry Slam & Musical Soiree

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The Art Show and Poetry Slam is definitely happening but not sure if Chorus will be performing.
Location: Jefferson School
Times: 5:30-8:30 pm | TBD on Grades Performing


American Young Voices Concert | 5th Grade Chorus

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ | Field Trip
Leaving school 1:30 pm. Returning to Jefferson School at approximately 9:30 pm. This trip is optional. More information to follow.


Recorder Concert | 3rd Grade 
Date: June 2019, Date TBD
Location: Jefferson School
More information to follow. Parents should note that this is a school-day event that usually begins early in the day.




Jefferson School is proud to work with our music teachers. They are credentialed music teachers and have strong academic foundation to instruct our students.



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