Mr. James F. McCluskey Fine Arts Faculty
Instrumental Music, AP Music Theory,
A Rationale for the Serious Practice of Music:
Certain keys, tonalities, and melodic formulas fortify the human character; others may weaken it. Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the secret places of the soul.
Plato (c.427-327 BC)
Music Courses and Performing Musical Ensembles at St. John's
2011 - 2012
Curricular and Extra-Curricular Ensembles
(see accompanying pages for descriptions of performing music ensembles)
Jazz Ensembles and Orchestra offer performance opportunities for the beginner to the advanced high school instrumental performer. Instrumentation includes the standard jazz band along with strings & woodwinds & lower brass.
After School Jazz Ensembles - Festival performance bands and small combos; "Real Book" jam sessions; Special Events bands; String and Orchestral Ensembles
Academic Music Courses (not performing ensembles)
Advanced Placement Music Theory
*History of America's Music *not offered 2011-12
Rules of the Game
3. Give your best effort
New England Conservatory, Bachelor and Master of Music (B.Mus., Classical Guitar Performance, M.Mus.,Music Theory);
Weston Jesuit School, Master of Theological Studies,(M.T.S.);
Harvard University Ext.,Certificate of Advanced Study, Humanities (C.A.S.);
F. Huntington Beebe Foundation Music Fellowship
Northwestern University,Graduate Fellowship Music Education
Berklee College of Music, Studies in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy
Philadelphia School of the Arts; University of Colorado: Graduate Music Education Courses.
Former Music Faculty Dublin College of Music, Dublin Ireland; New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education, Boston MA