Band

   


Introductory Band 10AM

PowerSchool Reference: [General Music 10 5cr_cohort a]

No prerequisite required

Note: Students with previous music experience should refer to other course offerings below

Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument, or wish you had taken an opportunity to join band in school? Now is your chance to gain access to Western’s nationally recognized Band Program and perform as part of an ensemble! 

Introductory Band is a new course being offered at Western for the 2021-2022 school year. This course is designed to provide an opportunity for grade 10 and 11 students without prior music experience to learn a musical instrument. Students are not required to have their own instrument as rentals for students in this class are available from the school.

Students in this course will develop fundamental skills as instrumentalists and work towards ensemble music performance. The objective of this course is for students to be prepared to successfully join the regular performing ensemble stream in the Band Program. If you are a full IB or partial IB student, it is important to note that your enrollment in the Band Program will support you in achieving your CAS outcomes each of your three years. 

This course meets Tuesday and Friday during the AM block before school and runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

 

Band 10 & Band 15AM (Day Block Band & Gr.10 Concert Band)

PowerSchool Reference: [Instrumental Music 10_5cr & Band 15_5cr]

Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience, described by one of the following:

  • At least one year of instrumental experience within the past three years through your junior high band program
  • Private lessons on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument in at least one of the last three years
  • Students with string or piano experience are also able to enroll in this course

This course is an ensemble based music performance course. Students enrolled in the Band 10 day block class should also be enrolled in Band 15AM (Gr.10 Concert Band) for an additional 5-credits. Band 10 is a timetabled class which runs in the first semester only. Band 15AM is a co-requisite for students enrolled in Band 10 and runs for the full year in the AM block. If you are a full IB or partial IB student, it is important to note that your enrollment in the Band Program will support you in achieving your CAS outcomes each of your three years.  

Band 15AM (Gr.10 Concert Band) meets on Tuesday and Friday during the AM block before school and runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

 

Band 10AM (Gr.10 Concert Band)

PowerSchool Reference: [Instrumental Music 10 5cr_cohort a]

Prerequisite:  Previous instrumental experience, described by one of the following:

  • At least one year of instrumental experience within the past three years through your junior high band program
  • Private lessons on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument in at least one of the last three years
  • Students with string or piano experience are also able to enroll in this course

Band 10AM is for students who are in the IB program and cannot fit Band 10 into their timetable because of a full academic schedule. Other students who are enrolled in a full academic schedule (no option courses) and cannot fit Band 10 into their day block timetable should also enroll in Band 10AM. All other students should be registered in Band 10 & Band 15AM. Band 10AM is an AM block class which runs for the full year. If you are a full IB or partial IB student, it is important to note that your enrollment in the Band Program will support you in achieving your CAS outcomes each of your three years. 

Band 10AM (Gr.10 Concert Band) meets on Tuesday and Friday during the AM block before school and runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

 

Band 20 & Band 25AM (Day Block Band & Gr.11 Symphonic Band)

PowerSchool Reference: [Instrumental Music 20_5cr & Band 25_5cr]

Prerequisite: Band 10/15AM or Band 10AM

Further development of technical skill and facility on the instrument is the focus of this ensemble based music performance course. Students enrolled in Band 20 during the day block timetable should also be enrolled in Band 25AM (Gr.11 Symphonic Band) for an additional 5-credits. Band 20 is the timetabled class which runs in the second semester only. Band 25AM is a co-requisite for students enrolled in Band 20 and runs for the full year in the AM and PM block.

Band 25AM (Gr.11 Symphonic Band) meets on Wednesday during the AM block before school and Friday during the PM block after school and runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

 

Band 20AM (Gr.11 Symphonic Band)

PowerSchool Reference: [Instrumental Music 20 5cr_cohort a]

Prerequisite: Band 10/15AM or Band 10AM

Band 20AM is for students who are in the IB program and cannot fit Band 20 into their timetable because of a full academic schedule. Other students who are enrolled in a full academic schedule (no option courses) and cannot fit Band 20 into their day block timetable should also enroll in Band 20AM. All other students should be registered in Band 20 & Band 25AM

Band 20AM (Gr.11 Symphonic Band) meets on Wednesday during the AM block before school and Friday during the PM block after school and runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

 

Band 30 & Band 35AM (Day Block Band & Gr.12 Wind Ensemble)

PowerSchool Reference: [Instrumental Music 30_5cr & Band 35_5cr]

Prerequisite: Band 20/25AM or Band 20AM

Continued development of technical skills and facility on the instrument is the focus of this ensemble based music performance course. Students enrolled in Band 30 during the day block timetable should also be enrolled in Band 35AM (Gr.12 Wind Ensemble) for an additional 5-credits. Band 30 is the timetabled class, which runs in the second semester only. Band 35AM is a co-requisite for students enrolled in Band 30 and runs for the full year in the AM block.

Band 35AM (Gr.12 Wind Ensemble) meets on Monday and Thursday during the AM block before school and runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

 

Band 30AM (Gr.12 Wind Ensemble)

PowerSchool Reference: [Instrumental Music 30 5cr_cohort a]

Prerequisite: Band 20/25AM or Band 20AM

Band 30AM is for students who are in the IB program and cannot fit Band 30 into their timetable because of a full academic schedule. Other students who are enrolled in a full academic schedule (no option courses) and cannot fit Band 30 into their day block timetable should also enroll in Band 30AM. All other students should be registered in Band 30 & Band 35AM.

Band 30AM (Gr.12 Wind Ensemble) meets on Monday and Thursday during the AM block before school and runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

 

Instrumental Jazz

Jr. Jazz Band 15/25/35

PowerSchool Reference: [Instrumental Jazz 15/25/35_5cr]

Co-requisite: Must be enrolled in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Wind Ensemble

Junior Jazz Band is a performance-based instrumental ensemble open to grade 10-12 students. This ensemble focuses on the development of jazz repertoire and improvisation techniques. The group performs multiple times throughout the year for school-wide events, local concerts and festivals. 

Students rehearse twice a week on Monday and Wednesday during the PM block after school and the course runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

 

Sr. Jazz Band 15/25/35

PowerSchool Reference: [Instrumental Jazz 15/25/35_5cr]

Co-requisite: Must be enrolled in Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble

Senior Jazz Band is an auditioned performance-based instrumental ensemble open to grade 11-12 students. This ensemble focuses on the development of jazz repertoire and improvisation techniques. The group performs multiple times throughout the year for school-wide events, local concerts and festivals. 

Students rehearse Tuesday and Thursday in the PM block after school and the course runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

 

Jr. Jazz Combo 15/25/35

PowerSchool Reference: [General music 10/20/30_3cr]

Co-requisite: Must be enrolled in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Wind Ensemble

This performance-based instrumental ensemble is open to grade 10-12 students. Students will work on basic improvisation techniques and the interpretation of different jazz styles in a safe and supportive environment. 

Students meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday during the lunch block and the course runs for the Full Year for 3 credits.

 

Sr. Jazz Combo 15/25/35

PowerSchool Reference: [General music 10/20/30_3cr]

Co-requisite: Must be enrolled in Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble

Senior Jazz Combo is an auditioned performance-based instrumental ensemble open to grade 11-12 students. The focus of this course is on learning and improving improvisation skills, learning jazz standards, and performing in several community and school concerts. 

Students meet twice a week on Monday and Wednesday during the lunch block and the course runs the Full Year for 3 credits.

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