Jones & Eaton Middle School Chorus

Jones & Eaton Chorus Performing at the 2018 Choral Festival.

Jones & Eaton Awards:

  • 2018 Busch Gardens Choral Festival "Excellent" Rating
  • 2017 VMEA District VIII Assessment "Superior" Rating
  • 2017 Kings Dominion Choral Festival "Excellent Rating
  • 2015 Hampton Roads Choir Invitational "Superior" Rating
  • 2015 Hampton Roads Choir Invitational 3rd Place Concert Choir
  • 2014 VMEA District VIII Assessment "Superior" Rating

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do I need to be a good singer or have other singing experience?
    • No! Anyone can join our chorus, no matter the grade or ability! We are all here to learn together and grow as a team and as individuals. Plus, you are probably a better singer than you think you are!
  • How do I sign up for Chorus?
    • Contact your guidance councilor to discuss how to switch into Chorus! You can also contact Ms. Tussing with any questions.
  • Can I be involved in other activities?
    • Yes! Many of our chorus students also participate in clubs and sports in addition to Chorus. Please remember to alert Ms. Tussing to known conflicts with scheduled events.

For more FAQ's, please see the FAQ Tab at the top.For information on each School's Choir, please visit the Jones or Eaton Tabs at the top.

Why Music Education? Why Should I Join Chorus?

  • Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
  • Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students who participate in high-quality music programs score 22% better in English and 20% better in Math standardized exams.
  • A study from Columbia University revealed that students who study arts are more equipped to express themselves and their ideas.
  • Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language.
  • Studying music primes the brain to comprehend speech in a noisy background.
  • Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
  • Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
  • In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
  • Research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the human body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness and allows it to decipher between tone and pitch.
  • Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to high earnings.
  • Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education who average 72.9% graduation rate and 84.9% attendance.