Music

Band

Instrumental Music 10 and Band 15 (Gr. 10 Concert Band)

[Instrumental Music 10_5cr/Band 15_5cr]
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience (school band/private study)
This is an introductory course in high school instrumental music. This course is an ensemble based music performance course. Study of technical, theoretical, historical and ensemble aspects of instrumental musicianship will be covered. Students enrolled in the Instrumental Music 10 during the day block timetable should also be enrolled in Band 15AM (morning Gr.10 Concert Band) for an additional 5-credits. Instrumental Music 10 is a timetabled class which runs in the first semester only. Band 15AM is co-requisite for students enrolled in Instrumental Music 10 and runs for the full year. Band 15AM is the AM block Grade 10 Concert Band. Band 15AM meets on Tuesday and Friday during the AM block before school and runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

Instrumental Music 10 5cr_cohort a (Gr.10 Concert Band)

[Instrumental Music 10 5cr_cohort a]
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience (school band/private study)
Students who are enrolled in a full academic day block timetable with core subject requirements and are unable to fit Instrumental Music 10 into their timetable should enroll in Instrumental Music 10 5cr_cohort a. All other students should be registered in Instrumental Music 10/Band 15. Instrumental Music 10 5cr_cohort a (morning Gr.10 Concert Band) is the AM block Grade 10 Concert Band. This course meets on Tuesday and Friday during the AM block before school and runs for the Full Year for 5 credits.

Jr. Jazz Band 15

[Instrumental Jazz 15_5cr]
Co-requisite: Must be enrolled in Band 10/Band 15AM or Band 10AM
The Jr. Jazz Band meets on Monday and Wednesday weekly during the PM block. Students in this program study jazz music performance. History, theory, and musicianship components are intertwined in the music lessons. Students learn many styles including swing, funk, rock, bossa nova, latin. This is a performance-based course that meets on Monday and Wednesday during the PM block and runs the full year for 5 credits.

Jr. Jazz Combo 15

[General music 15_3cr]
Co-requisite: Enrolled in Band 10/Band 15AM or Band 10AM
The study of jazz through performance, jazz theory, ear training and history. Students will work on basic improvisation techniques and the interpretation of different jazz styles. Jazz combo(s) will be formed within the class and the ultimate goal is to be learning and performing jazz standards. Students will develop the ability to make intellectual critiques of jazz music repertoire through the development of their skills as listeners. This is a performance-based course that meets on Tuesday and Thursday during the lunch block and runs the full year for 3 credits.

      

Choir

Choral 10 - 5 Credits (One semester)

[Choral Music 10_5 cr]
Choral 10 is an introductory course for anyone who wants to learn to sing in both ensemble and solo settings in a wide variety of styles, including musical theatre. The course encourages the development of effective vocal technique and musicianship skills, and delves into topics relating to music theory and history.

Choral 10AMFe (Festival Chorus) and Choral 10AMCo (Concert Choir) - 5 credits (Full Year)

[Choir 10 5cr_cohort b]
No experience is required to join one of Western’s performing choral ensembles. Students will learn effective vocal technique through the performance of music in a wide variety of styles, as well as music theory, history, and musicianship as they relate to the music being performed. These are performance-based courses that meet twice a week in the AM block. Ensemble placement will be determined by Ms. Reinhardt.

Vocal Jazz 15 - 5 Credits (Full Year)

[Vocal Jazz 15]
Prerequisite: By successful audition.
Must be enrolled in the Concert Choir. The Jazz Singers is an auditioned vocal ensemble focusing on the performance of
jazz and pop repertoire and learning the art of improvisation. This is a performance-based course that meets on Mondays and Wednesdays during the PM block.

       

Electronic Music   

Electronic Music 10 - 5 Credits (One Semester)

[General Music 10_5cr]
Prerequisite: None
Throughout Electronic Music 10, students will experience music in a wide variety of methods. Music history, theory, keyboard skills, and musicianship will help students to learn to create their own music in a Mac-based computer lab, making use of Ableton Live 9 Suite and MIDI keyboards.

     

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