Music - Course Information

Beginner Band 8/9

This course is an introductory course by which students are introduced to the maintenance, technique and rudiments of a selected band instrument. Concepts such as articulation. embouchure, blend, balance, tone and style are introduced to form a foundation of musical awareness that encourages expression, reflection and performance. Students will create, listen to, perform and understand music demonstrating historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of thoughts, images and feelings used to express and create music as well as define elements of expression such as: harmony, rhythm, melody, texture, dynamics, tempo, and timbre.

*Note: While some instruments are available through the school, most students will be required to provide their own instrument. Assistance for renting or purchasing a musical instrument will be provided at term start.

Music 9: Junior Band

Junior Band provides an opportunity for students to expand on their beginner band experiences. Students will continue to master their individual instrument and frame their musical experiences through independent learning as well as group rehearsal. Students will perform a wide variety of music (appropriate to their level) ranging from classical to modem music. Students will learn to create and compose music through further instruction of their individual instruments.

Instrumental Music 10: Concert Band 10

Concert Band is the main ensemble for brass, woodwind, and percussion. This course focuses less on the physical demands and rudiments of music, and more on the expressive and aesthetic elements of music. Students enhance their ability in creating. composing, arranging through rhythmic and harmonic instruction. Theory is enhanced through musical terminology, technology listening, performing and creating. Analysis orally and in writing allows the elements of music to be presented through a wide spectrum and range of styles.

Instrumental Music 11/12: Senior Band

Concert Band is the main ensemble for brass, woodwind, and percussion. These bands will involve the majority of students in the Music Program and perform a wide variety of musical styles, including Classics, Overtures, Film Music, and some Pop music. Students will combine technical knowledge, music literacy, and contextual observation to make musical decisions and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated application of music elements, principles, techniques, vocabulary, and symbols. In addition, students are expected to pursue increasing fluency in instrumental performance and establish evolving personal goals for instrumental performance. The Concert Band will perform in concerts, festivals and on tour.

Instrumental Music 10: Junior Jazz Band

Jazz Band develops and extends students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes through diverse musical experiences. Students learn to further apply their musical understanding through jazz styles, techniques and composition. This course will emphasize comprehensive and conceptual achievements and mastery of instrumental music with a continued focus on theory and harmony. Students will he introduced to jazz styles that will encourage exploration in improvisation and jazz analysis.

Music 11/12: Senior Jazz Band

Building upon Junior Jazz Band, students work at an advanced level with a range of new artistic challenges presented in critical thinking, reflection, analysis, history, and music literacy. Students will expand previous concepts in composition, notation, harmony, theory and improvisatory. This performance-based course provides students with the opportunities to solo and work within a large group and/or smaller jazz combos. The class prepares for a major trip to festivals and adjudications every second year.

Music 9: Choir

This course offers an introduction to singing. Students will expand on physical concepts of singing that empower them to sing in pitch, with support and in tune. Students will learn concepts of history: historical periods, genres, styles and cultures of music. Conceptual achievements will include heat, tempo, rhythm, pitch, melody, phrasing and dynamics. Students will learn how to read and compose notated choral music as well as sing/perform: a varied repertoire of music from classical to modern. Students will learn, discuss and interpret history; style, emotion and expression of music.

Choral Music 10-12

Choral Music develops and extends students’ knowledge of music and vocal technique while developing music-reading skills. Students will sing a wide range of repertoire from diverse cultures, styles and eras in large groups and alone. Opportunities will be given for solos and leadership whilst students en-hance their musical expression, performance, theory and ear training Interpretation, expression, performance and comprehensive knowledge of musical terminology, aesthetics, and techniques are the focus of this class. Students continue to develop their reading and writing skills in music, listening to and responding to and with critique.

Music 9: Guitar

This is a course designed for beginners wishing to learn guitar. This course is linked with the learning standards of Music 9 and will further develop techniques specific to guitar. Theory will include picking and strumming techniques using major and minor scales, harmonic progression, (e.g. 12 bar blues) and pentatonic scales. Students will develop proficiency in listening skills, ensemble awareness, solo and group performance, as well as basis electric and acoustic technique. Repertoire will vary from a range of periods and styles in including rock, blues, and classical.

Instrumental Music 10-12: Guitar

This course continues to build on the previous levels’ competencies. Emphasis is placed on advanced classical guitar technique, note reading, and finger-picking. Students learn bar chords in major and minor keys, as well as advanced rhythms and notation; major and minor. Students will learn how to play two and three octave scales and are introduced to pentatonic and modal scales.

Composition & Production 11/12

Composition and Production provides students with the opportunity to compose, edit, record, and manipulate musical forms. Students will also explore the relationship between current technology and music, investigate career options in the music industry and study the role of music in society. This course offers musical technique and composition while allowing students to excel in creativity, independence and musical/ technological exploration. Students will explore the following Big Ideas:

•Music composition and production provides an opportunity to represent our identity, context, and culture.
•Composers and producers develop creative skill and proficiency through perseverance, resilience, and risk taking.
•Composers capture and reflect aspects of time, place, and community through music.
•Music composition and production offers aesthetic experiences that can transform our perspective.

AP Music Theory

AP Music Theory is an introductory college-level music theory course. Students cultivate theirunderstanding of music theory through analyzing performed and notated music as they explore concepts like pitch, rhythm, form, and musical design.In this course, students will learn to:

•Identify features of pitch, interval, scales and keys, chords, meter, rhythm, and other musical concepts in performed and notated music

•Sing a notated melody on sight

•Notate music that a student hears

•Complete music based on cues, following common-practice style