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The purpose of this website is to keep music department students and their parents informed and organized. Scroll to the bottom for access to schedules, handouts, practice cards, and more!


Mrs. Cronin also has a virtual classroom! Click the link to check it out!

Mrs. Cronin's Virtual Classroom


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Amy Cronin at






Eighth Grade Band


Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 PM

Winter Concert in the SJH Gym


Monday, December 11 (time TBA)

Boys’ Basketball Game (250 points)


Wednesday, January 10 (time TBA)

Girls’ Basketball Game (250 points)


Saturday, January 27 (time and place TBA)

ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival

(this performance is extra credit)


Friday, March 15 (time and place TBA)

ISSMA Organizational Festival


Thursday, March 21 (all day)

Elementary School Field Trip (tentative)


Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 PM

Spring Concert in the SJH Gym






Wednesday, September 27 at 6:20 PM

Performance for the Lion’s Club at the Courtyard

by Marriott, 6315 Crawfordsville Rd.


Wednesday, December 6 (time and location TBA)

Performance on Main Street for

“Light the Night on Main”

(Outside of the Dallara IndyCar Factory, 120 N. Main St.)


Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 PM

Winter Concert in the SJH Gym


Saturday, February 3 (time and place TBA)

ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival

(this performance is extra credit)


Saturday, March 16 (time and place TBA)

ISSMA Organizational Festival


Thursday, March 21 (ALL DAY)

Elementary School Field Trip (tentative)


Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 PM

Spring Concert in the SJH Gym


Monday, May 20 at 6:00 PM

SJH Awards Ceremony in the SJH Gym

(We perform one song. This date could change if there is a conflict with the High School ceremony.)




Seventh Grade Band


Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 PM

Winter Concert in the SJH Gym


Saturday, January 27 (time and place TBA)

ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival

(this performance is extra credit)


Wednesday, March 20 from 3:30-5:00 PM

Full Band Practice in the Band Room


Thursday, March 21 (ALL DAY)

Elementary School Field Trip (tentative)


Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 PM

Spring Concert in the SJH Gym






  • Note: Scroll to the bottom to access practice cards. 

    All SJH music students are expected to practice their fundamentals and music at home on a regular basis.

    All Speedway Junior High band students will receive a weekly grade for keeping track of their practice time.

    7th Grade students will keep track of their practice time on a paper practice card. They will be given a new card at the beginning of each grading period. Paper practice cards must be signed by a parent at the end of each week for the student to receive credit.

    8th Grade students will submit their practice time online via a Google Form every Monday. They will be given time in class to do this. Every nine weeks, a new link will be posted to Google Classroom.

    At-home practicing is worth 30 points a week (grading scales below.)

    Links to the Google Forms and practice cards are at the bottom of this page. 


    WEEKLY GRADING SCALE (7th Grade Band)

    90 minutes = 30 points = A

    75-89 minutes = 26 points = B+

    60-74 minutes = 23 points = C+

    45-59 minutes = 21 points = C-

    Practice time over 90 minutes or less than 45 minutes will earn 5 points for each 15 minutes of recorded time.


    WEEKLY GRADING SCALE (8th Grade Band)

    60 minutes = 30 points = A

    45-59 minutes = 25 points = B

    30-44 minutes = 22 points = C

    Practice time over 60 minutes or less than 30 minutes will earn 5 points for each 15 minutes of recorded time.

    Note: Click the links below to access our paper and online practice cards.













  • Mrs. Cronin

    Amy (Fanning) Cronin is a graduate of Plainfield High School in Plainfield, IN. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies, and a Performer's Certificate from Indiana University.

    Amy is married to Patrick Cronin, who is also a band director (in Sheridan) as well as a professional trumpet player. They have three boys named Charlie, Michael, and Henry. Charlie is a student at Ball State University, Michael goes to IUPUI, and Henry goes to school here in Speedway.  

    In Indiana University circles, Amy is known as the new "mop lady" of Indiana Basketball fame. She was asked by Coach Bobby Knight to sing Indiana-related songs at all of the home basketball games during his last two seasons at IU. 

    Amy began her teaching career as the Band Director at Paul Hadley Middle School in Mooresville, IN. After that, she went back to IU full-time to pursue her Masters Degree. While studying at IU, Amy met Gene DiNovi, the former pianist and arranger for Lena Horne. She sang with him at "The Festival of the Sound" in Parry Sound, Ontario for two summers. After obtaining her masters, she taught elementary music in Bedford, IN for one year before she got the job here at Speedway Junior High. 

    Amy also performs in Indianapolis with a local professional big band called "The Serenade Jazz Orchestra". You can catch them several times a year at The Jazz Kitchen in Broad Ripple and at The Dugout Bar (621 Virginia Ave.) 

    Contact Mrs. Cronin if you want to be added to the mailing list. She LOVES seeing familiar faces out in the audience!

  • Beginning band starts in the summer before 7th Grade. All 6th graders are eligible. If you're interested in joining the band, you will need to choose what instrument you would like to play.

    Here is a link to the brochure that was handed out to the students in April:


    Here is a link to the information that was given to parents at the meeting on May 9:


    All 7th Graders must choose one elective class. They can choose from Band, Choir, Exploratory Spanish, or Business Information Technology. All elective classes meet every day during school hours. 

    If your student has chosen band, you have the option of filling out their band survey electronically. Please click on the following link to fill out and submit the form directly to Mrs. Cronin. 

    SJHS Online Band Survey

    If you would like to sign up for choir, click the link below:

    SJHS Online Choir Survey

    Note: All students that join the band will be expected to attend free summer lessons M-F from June 5-16. Summer lessons are required for all members.

    Contact Mrs. Cronin at if there are conflicts.

    Click here for the summer schedule.

    Still need help deciding what instrument to play? Check out this video!

  • Beginning choir at Speedway Junior High is a mixed group of 7th and 8th grade students. Admission to the group is through audition or teacher recommendation only. 

    Any student currently in 7th grade is eligible to audition. Students should prepare "Happy Birthday" to sing for Mrs. Cronin. No other song needs to be prepared. All auditions are one-on-one, so you will not have to sing in front of a group of people. 

    Students currently in 6th grade that are interested in choir simply need to fill out the form that Mrs. Cronin gave them in April and give it to their teacher.

    Once the form has been received, Mrs. Cronin will contact Mrs. Fraley (the elementary music teacher) for a recommendation. All 6th Grade students that can match pitch are accepted into the choir.

    Current 6th Grade students can also sign up for choir by filling out the form at this link:

    SJHS Choir Survey

  • The Speedway Junior High Music Department took an all day trip to King's Island on May 6, 2023.

    The next trip is tentatively scheduled for May 3, 2025.

    Below is the itinerary for our last trip. Each time we go, we follow the same schedule. 

    King's Island Itinerary

  • Our band and choir fundraiser kicked off on Friday, November 3.

    Orders will be taken until NOVEMBER 13.

    Students can collect the money as they go OR collect when they deliver the items.

    Fundraiser participation is never required, but every item sold raises money for the Music Department to pay for new music and equipment, repair and maintain existing equipment, pay for transportation and contest entry fees, purchase incentives, and much more! Students earn prizes for selling, and the prize program begins at NINE items sold.

    Customers can also order items ONLINE at Our Group ID is FF4MN. You can also text “Fund” to 833-943-1979. The online program has a lot of additional items that are not in our brochure. Students get credit for EVERY ITEM sold online. This is great for those students that have a lot of family that live out of state. Online sales are limited to addresses within the U.S.A.

    Orders will be delivered to school during the week of December 4-8. The exact delivery day will be announced later.

    All money must be turned in by DECEMBER 15. Prizes will not be distributed until the money is turned in. Checks should be made payable to SPEEDWAY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

    If you would prefer to make a donation in lieu of participation, that would be wonderful. Anything you can do is appreciated!

    Thank you!

    Fundraiser Prize Information

    Fundraiser Online Information

    Order Form

  • Seventh Grade Band Members are tested on their playing ability every week to make sure students are progressing sufficiently.

    Eighth Grade Band Members are tested once per grading period. 

    Here is a link to some fun music students can play if they are bored with playing out of our book all the time: (Tenor Saxes should just play the Alto Sax music and Baritone/Bass players should play the Trombone music.)

    Unfortunately there is no music on Mr. Wentzel's site for tuba, so here is a site full of music for tubas! (Be sure to open the BC part!) - HAVE FUN!

    All Eighth Grade Band members should work on scales EVERY TIME they practice at home! Scales to concentrate on are Bb Concert, Ab Concert, C Concert, Eb Concert, F Concert, and the Chromatic Scale.

    Major Scales