Music

Course Descriptions

Instrumental Music 10 

(5 credits)

Prerequisite: Completion of a Junior High School Band program or consent of the Music Director. Co-requisite: Band 15 Concert.

The Instrumental Music 10 program provides an opportunity for students to develop as musicians through improvement of their skills developed in junior high. A large range of musical ability can be accommodated. The Music 10 program focuses on improving technical skills, sight-reading, theory, history and concert performances. More advanced students have the opportunity to play in various smaller ensembles: woodwind and brass, choirs, quartets, etc.


Concert Band 15 

(3 credits) 

Co-requisite: Instrumental Music 10 The concert band is an extension of the Instrumental Music 10 course. The concert band rehearses at different times outside of the normal timetable. At the current time, there is a full band rehearsal for all grade 10 band students that will be once per week after school from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Section rehearsals will be scheduled as needed throughout the year.

Instrumental Music 20 & 30 

(5 credits each)

Co-requisite: Band 25 or 35 Symphonic

These levels are an extension and continuation of skills developed in Instrumental Music 10.

Symphonic Band 25/35 

(3 credits each) 

Co-requisite: Instrumental Music 20 or 30

The symphonic band is an extension of the Instrumental Music 20 or 30 classes. The symphonic band rehearses at different times outside of the normal timetable. At the current time there is a symphonic band rehearsal once per week afternoons from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Section rehearsals will be scheduled as needed throughout the year.

Wind Ensemble 10/20/30 

(5 Credits)

Co-requisite: Chamber Music 25/35 Audition is necessary

The Wind Ensemble is comprised of more advanced music students and is open to students in all grades. The experience of performing in an ensemble with one to two players per part motivates the finest students to take on exceptional musical challenges. At the current time, the Wind Ensemble is scheduled inside the timetable in Semester 1 and runs twice per week in the morning from 7:15 - 8:30 in Semester II.

Wind Ensemble 25/35 

(5 credits)

Co-requisite: Wind Ensemble 20/30 (Instrumental Music)

This class is made up of grade 11 and 12 students selected for the wind ensemble through an audition process. It runs in the second semester on two mornings per week from 7:15am to 8:25am. Students will be automatically registered if they qualify.

Instrumental Jazz 15/25/35 

(3 or 5 credits each) 

Co-requisite: Instrumental Music 10/20/30

Students will be auditioned for placement purposes and registered in one of three jazz ensembles (big bands) according to ability and experience. Each ensemble rehearses either twice or three times per week depending on the ensemble. Students will study the fundamentals of big band jazz including swing, Latin and other genres. Improvisation is an integral component of this course.

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