Hagan, John

About Me:

About Mr. Hagan

John Hagan is the Assistant Band Director at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee. After studying music education at Youngstown State University in Ohio, Mr. Hagan joined the Navy Band Program as a trombonist in 2002. Upon leaving the Navy, he completed a masters degree in music at the University of Memphis. While there, he served on staff with the Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band, as well as the director of Jazz Ensemble II. Most recently Mr. Hagan served as the Director of Bands at Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee. 

As a trombonist Mr. Hagan has performed in a variety of settings. As a member of the Navy Band, he was selected to perform at the opening of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock Arkansas. Locally he has been a performed and recorded with the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, and as a member of the local music institution FreeWorld. Mr. Hagan is no stranger to musical theater. In addition to serving as music director for the Poplar Pike Playhouse productions of The Little Mermaid, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Sweeney Todd; he has performed in the orchestras for local productions of Urinetown, Anything Goes, Tarzan, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, as well as Desoto Family Theater's award winning production of Les Miserables. 

Course Descriptions

Symphonic Band 
The Symphonic Band is made up of approximately 60 members and is established through auditions at the end of the marching season.  This band serves as a feeder group for the Wind Ensemble. A high level of band literature is performed. The Symphonic Band presents several concerts each year and takes a trip each spring to participate in national competitions. The Symphonic Band is under the direction of John Hagan.
Jazz Ensemble 
Jazz Ensemble is a performance based course intended serve as an introduction to the rich history of American jazz music. Through ensemble rehearsal, individual practice, and a variety of performance opportunities, the student will gain an understanding and appreciation for this great art form. Emphasis will be placed on not just performance technique, but also rudimentary improvisational skills, musicianship, and a sense of personal accountability. The Jazz Ensemble will perform often throughout the school year. This ensemble is under the direction of Matt Taylor and John Hagan.
AP Music Theory
AP Music Theory is intended to prepare students for the annual AP Music Theory Exam and will cover the content of a college freshman theory course. It includes written and aural music theory as well as sight singing and basic music composition. In this course students will become fluent in vocal and instrumental music is construction – primarily music written in the Common Practice Period (c. 1600-c. 1900), as well as material from other style periods. 
Honors Music Theory
Students will gain academic proficiency in reading and writing music notation, scales and intervals, basic harmony, basic melody, and form. Successful completion of the course will provide an understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form, thereby equipping the students to better understand existing music and to compose music using the principles of music theory as a guide. By the end of the course the student will compose a short original composition utilizing four-part chorale texture and score it for a mixed quartet of instruments. This course will provide the students foundations in music theory in preparation for Advanced Placement Music Theory. 
Battery Percussion
This course functions as part of both the marching and concert band programs. Percussionists will focus on playing the snare, tenor, and bass drums or cymbals.
Mallet Percussion
This course functions as part of both the marching and concert band program. Percussionists will focus on playing the xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, bells, and timpani. 

Grading Policy

Students are assessed based on their performance in a combination of class work and performances outside of class. Any questions about individual student grades should be directed to Mr. Hagan by email. 

Discipline Policy

All school and district policies for student behavior will be maintained. Students are expected to be present on time and ready to participate fully at every course event. Students who fail to comply with directions from school faculty and staff will be subject to discipline and possible removal from the course activities. 

Class Schedule:

Daily Schedule

1st Period  -  Mallet Percussion
2nd Period -  Planning
3rd Period  -  Honors Music Theory
4th Period  -  Varsity Band
5th Period  -  AP Music Theory
6th Period  -  Jazz Ensemble
7th Period  -  Battery Percussion 


Mr. John Hagan

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