WLIS Music

Mr. Helgerman

Welcome to music class! This year in music class, we will learn through playing, singing, moving, and creating music. West Lafayette Intermediate School has a rich tradition of music education, and as your music teacher, I look forward to continuing those traditions, while finding new ways to contribute from my own experience.

ISSMA Piano Solo & Ensemble Contest

As a courtesy to WLIS students who participate in our performing ensembles, I am happy to facilitate registration for ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest for those 5th and 6th grade students who take piano lessons. Watch this space for registration information. If you register for Group I, you must select a piece from the Group I Required Music List (NOTE: The Group I list was revised for 2019-2020). All Group I piano solos must be memorized.

December 1 Update: Solo & Ensemble contest will be completed online this year. The registration deadline has been pushed back while ISSMA works diligently to make this process as smooth as possible. Here are the most important bits of information at this time:

  • Please register using the online registration form.

  • The "soft" registration due date for ISSMA Piano Solo & Ensemble Contest is December 18. Late submissions will be accepted if you catch me before I complete the online registration with ISSMA. Earlier is better than later to guarantee your spot.

  • The 2021 District Solo & Ensemble Festivals will be held as virtual events, using the HeartOut Android/iOS app.

  • Our Piano District Solo & Ensemble Festival video/music submission window will be from February 3 through February 17 (subject to change by ISSMA). We'll need to scan in your original sheet music, and I will upload the scanned music to ISSMA as your sponsoring teacher. I'll be in touch with registrants in late January to coordinate that detail.

  • District Solo & Ensemble Festival piano assessments will take place on February 27 (subject to change by ISSMA).

  • State Solo & Ensemble Festival will be cancelled. All Group I District entries receiving a Gold Rating will be awarded a State Solo & Ensemble medal and will be given the opportunity to order a State Solo & Ensemble patch and rocker through their director. All other entries will be awarded District medals.

General Music Classes

Learn more about what's happening in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade music class.

West Lafayette Music Boosters

Please consider being a music booster this year! You can find more information and the donation form in this document. We would like to thank these benefactors for their generous gifts.

Ensemble Opportunities

Do you love to sing? The WLIS School Choir traditionally meets after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are currently on hiatus to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information, see our choir web page. Or, you can go straight to the registration form to sign up when it comes online.

West Lafayette Orchestras - Are you intrigued by stringed instruments? Our orchestra program might be for you!

West Lafayette Bands - WLIS 5th and 6th grade students might want to check out our band program.