Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Week of February 6

Choirs: Be sure that you have your uniform all ready for the concert on February 27. This will be our last formal concert that you wear the tuxedo/dress. Bel Voce, the sightreading is improving everyday. Let's hone in on our LGPE pieces to get them as polished as possible. Chorale, two of our pieces are coming along nicely, Ocean and Stars, and Irish blessing. We still need to work on Ev'ry Time and Now I walk in Beauty.

Musical Theatre: Good progress musically. Ensemble scenes of Freak Flag and Forever still need to be worked out. Check the schedule to know where you go and when.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Week of January 29

Concert time is quickly approaching (especially with winter break looming). We are continuing sight reading examples daily. Also, Bel Voce, permission slips for LGPE will be passed out this week. All choirs please remember to turn in your dues if you have a balance. Balances can be checked in Charms. 

Musical Theatre
We are making good progress with the music. Please continue to listen to recordings and be sure to download the rehearsal tracks. Rehearsal schedule can be found here:

Mr. Perry

Monday, January 22, 2018

Week of January 22

Bel Voce: Our LGPE date has been scheduled now. We will be performing at 12:00pm at Lassiter on Friday March 2. You will miss 2nd and 3rd block that day and should be back in time for 4th. Get ready to go due to all the missed days of rehearsal.

Chorale: Please complete the Georgia Student Health Survey. When complete take a picture to show me you have completed it. Here is the link:

Musical Theatre
Get ready for the chocolate bar fundraiser. Also check the revised calendar on Mrs. Coleman's theater page.

Mr. Perry 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chorus and Musical Theatre Blog

Welcome back back from our Holiday break! I hope everyone had a relaxing break and are ready for a new semester. 
Chorus- This week we will begin reading through several new pieces of music. Both classes have several selections and we are diving right back in. The next few months will also focus on sharpening our sightreading skills with exercises everyday. One final note, please remember that chorus dues are $50 per semester and please make checks payable to Wheeler Chorus Booster Club. If you paid for the whole year first semester, thank you. If not or if you are unsure please check the Charms account for your remaining balance. Thank you.
Musical Theatre- Please check Mrs. Coleman's blog for the schedule and dues information (under the Shrek tab). It can be found here:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Music Appreciation Syllabus

Wheeler High School
Fine Arts Department
Fall 2017

Course: Music Appreciation 4th                              Instructors:  John Perry


I.    Course Description        

            This music appreciation class will expose the student to the use and value of music in people’s lives. It will explore the major areas of Western music culture, as well as relevant political events, composers/artists, and the interrelationships of the art form in each period. It will also touch upon the basic principles and sounds of the music within the genre as it pertains to its continued development.

II.   Course Objective

            By the end of the course, the student should be able to respond emotionally and intelligently to a wide range of music representative of many styles and cultures. The student will be able to acquire an overview of their own musical heritage and why music is an essential ingredient of all human cultures.

III.  Course Requirements

1.      Attendance at ONE live concert. Due date-Friday, Dec 15th. Bring program for evidence.


IV.  Grading Standards

            Homework/Class work                       30%

            Exams                                                 25%

            Quiz                                                    20%

            Concert Attendance                            15%

            Final Exam                                          10%

            TOTAL                                  100%

V.    Homework/Quiz/Exam Policy

            Work to be made up after an excused absence is the student’s responsibility. Work, quizzes or exams cannot be made up after one (1) week beyond the student’s return to class.

VI.             Cheating                                                                                                                           Any student who is caught cheating will be given an “F” grade on that particular assignment. Cheating will include, but not to be limited to the following: copying another student’s test answer, homework or essays, giving students answers to test or homework questions and plagiarism. On the second instance, the student may lose the class.

VII.   Classroom Rules                                                                                                                            No eating food or drinking(water is acceptable) in class.

                        Students must respect others at all times.                                                                            Students must be in their seats when the tardy bell rings.                                     Students must come prepared for class with all necessary materials.


VII.          Expectations and Discipline                                                                                                       I adhere strictly to the district and school policies concerning classroom behavior and consequences for infraction of rules, Refer to district guidelines for information(parent conferences, after-school detention, etc.).

Mr. Perry is available for after school tutoring by appointment. I can be reached at 770-578-3266 ext. 053 or at

Friday, November 17, 2017

Chorus Blog

Just a reminder about the upcoming Holiday Music Showcase on Saturday December 2 at the Wheeler Performing Arts Center. There will be two separate concerts. Chorale will perform on the 2:00pm concert and Bel Voce will perform at the 4:30pm concert. Remember that this is our only ticketed event of the year. Please pre-purchase tickets to avoid the lines. You may pay online (at with a credit card or return the form and pay with cash or check (check made out to Wheeler Chorus Booster Club). Forms have been distributed to all students but I have extra as needed. Call times are as follows: 1:00pm for Chorale, 3:30pm for Bel Voce. All students will meet in chorus room. See you on December 2!

Music Appreciation- Beatles week! Packet on Beatles will be distributed and worksheets will be completed.  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Chorus and Music Appreciation Blog

Congratulations to the entire chorus department! Our fall concert was quite a success. In my 10 years of teaching it was one of the most polished fall concerts I have ever had the privilege of conducting. Bel Voce and Chorale members sang with great precision and musicality. 
We are now starting our Holiday music for our Wheeler Music Holiday Showcase. Go ahead and plan to purchase tickets to this event on December 2. We have two concerts that day. The Prelude concert features our Chorale choir as well as the Sinfonettia Orchestra and Symphonic band and begins at 2:00. The Finale concert begins at 4:30 and features the Bel Voce choir, Chamber and full orchestras, and Wind Ensemble. We are looking forward to it and hope to see you there!

Music Appreciation: We are beginning chapter 7 and working on American composers. Also, remember to complete your concert review and turn in to me.