Music instruction emphasizes the following Tennessee state standards throughout the music curriculum – singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading, notating, listening, analyzing, evaluating, and making interdisciplinary connections with historical and cultural relationships. Music history and theory are incorporated throughout the music curriculum.

All elementary students in grades K-4 participate in a co-curricular general music class per week. The essential elements of music – rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, style, expression – are explored through multicultural music in classroom lessons, activities and assignments. Students learn how to use a variety of instruments throughout their elementary years with recorders becoming the primary focus in fourth grade.

All middle school students in grades 5-8 have a choice to participate in the co-curricular general music class and/or instrumental band program. Each student must commit to one of the two choices for an entire academic school year in order to fulfill the required music credit.

Middle school general music students further acquire their musical training through the following group configurations:

fifth grade rehearses and performs as an advanced recorder ensemble

seventh grade rehearses and performs as a tonechime ensemble

sixth grade rehearses and performs as an African percussion ensemble

eighth grade rehearses and performs as a handbell ensemble

Middle school band students learn how to properly play a band instrument while learning the fundamentals of reading music. Band performances have included playing at the following music events:
KCHS Football Game
SJN Christmas Concert
TMEA State Concert Festival (Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN)
SJN Spring Band Concert
KCHS Christmas Band Concert
ETSBOA Concert Festival (Farragut High School, Knoxville, TN)
SJN Variety Show
KCHS Graduation Ceremony

Our SJN concert band has left its mark by earning a superior rating at the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (ETSBOA) Middle Area Concert Festival for the second year in a row on March 8, 2017. This group advanced further (again for the second year in a row) by participating  in the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA) State Concert Festival at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN on April 27, 2017. SJN is the only foundation school of the Knoxville area Catholic schools that offers an instrumental band program. Also, our middle school band program is the first and only from a foundation school in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville to compete at the ETSBOA and TMEA festivals. Among many other benefits, SJN’s middle school band program is specifically designed to train students for performing in the Knoxville Catholic High School music programs.

Our school presents an annual Christmas music production celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our school also highlights the gifts of our student body by presenting an annual variety show. Our students have used music as a vessel to do community outreach such as performing at the NHC Farragut assisted living facility and the McGee Tyson Airport. Moreover, our school takes pride in using music performances to help raise funds for many charitable organizations. St. John Neumann Catholic School embraces the fine arts as an integral part of each child’s comprehensive education.

Meet Mr. Schuetz

Mr. Schuetz holds a bachelor of music degree in music history and literature with a performance certificate from Ohio University, a master of music degree in percussion performance from the University of Tennessee, and a teaching license in K-12 instrumental music from Maryville College.

He has been married to his wife, Jamie, for 15 years (they are high school sweethearts!) and has 2 children, Evie and Gabe. He also has a big, black cat named Bagheera who is the 5th member of the family. He and his wife moved from Ohio and have lived in Knoxville since 2002.

Mr. Shuetz states that, “In the short time that I have been teaching at SJNCS, one of the many things I love about this school is the support of the faculty. We all help each other when big projects or events come up throughout the school year to make sure the students have a positive experience at SJN.”