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Music.

In the Fine Arts Program, students are involved in a variety of presentations: school and community displays of their art work, a major theatre production in the spring, and performances by various music groups at events and schools.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the school music program through a variety of available courses. The main emphasis will be the development of musical skills which are then demonstrated in ensemble performances.  These will include Christmas and spring concerts, festivals, and community events. Participation in these events is considered to be a compulsory part of these programs.  Instruments are available from the school, on a rental basis, for $50.00.

 

Choral Music 10, 20, 30

5 Credits per course

Students will receive instruction in vocal techniques and have the opportunity to perform in a variety of choral ensembles. A wide range of choral music is studied, including Folk, Pop, and Classical SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone) Literature. Levels 20 and 30 are a continuation of instruction and performance opportunities developed in the previous levels of Choral Music.

Prerequisite: None.

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Vocal Jazz 15, 25, 35

5 Credits per course

This course is designed for those choral students looking for a challenge. Prior choral experience or an ability to read music is expected. Opportunities exist for solo and improvisation work within the performance of jazz literature. Vocal Jazz 15/25/35 is held in conjunction with Instrumental Jazz 15/25/35.  Levels 25 and 35 will continue to build on the skills developed in the previous levels of Vocal Jazz.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Choral/other musical group experience or written consent of the Music Department.

 

Guitar 15, 25, 35

5 Credits per course

This music program will instruct students in beginning guitar techniques. Acoustic or classical guitars are preferred, as those using electric guitars will have to provide their own amplification. Course work will involve Basic Theory and Tablature, History, Technical Studies, and Performance. Styles covered will include Folk, Blues, Jazz, Flamenco, and Classical Literature. Levels 25 and 35 will continue to build on the skills developed in the previous levels of Guitar.

Prerequisite: None (but must provide own guitar).

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Instrumental Jazz 15, 25, 35

5 Credits per course

All students who have had previous experience in trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass, drums or guitar are encouraged to enrol in Instrumental Jazz 15. Course work will involve the performance of jazz literature and the study of jazz history, theory and improvisation. Instrumental Jazz 15/25/35 is held in conjunction with Vocal Jazz 15/25/35. Levels 25 and 35 will continue to build on the skills developed in the previous levels of Instrumental Jazz.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Band or written consent from the Music Department.

 

Instrumental Music 10, 20, 30

5 Credits per course

All students who have previous experience on brass, wind, and percussion instruments are encouraged to enroll in Instrumental Music 10. Instruments are available from the school on a rental basis. Course work will involve theory, composition, technical studies, and performance of wind ensemble literature. Levels 20 and 30 will continue to build on the skills developed in the previous levels of Instrumental Music.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Band or written consent from the Music Department.

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Music Gr Perf SL Years 1 & 2

5 Credits for both Instrumental/Choral Music 20 and 30

These courses are offered in combination with Instrumental or Choral Music 20 and 30. In Music Group Performance SL Year 1, students will deepen their appreciation for music through the study of a wide range of styles and genres. Students will develop perceptual skills through musical experiences in which they learn to recognize, analyze discriminate and hypothesize in relation to music. In Music Group Performance SL Year 2, students must choose between Group and Solo Performance. Students will complete a Musical Investigation paper. They will also study the history of Western music, the music of Indigenous Peoples, the elements of music and the prescribed musical works as designated by IBO.

Prerequisite: Music 10.