Music

Organization of the Curriculum: Student placement in the various levels of music, 9–12, is determined by ability and all questions about placement in the most appropriate course must be directed to Ms. Douglas prior to course selection. See him in person or send an email to adouglas@wvschools.ca  

Note: All credits will be grade appropriate regardless of ensemble level. For example:

  • Grade 10 in Junior Concert Band will earn MCB 10 ~ 4 CREDITS
  • Grade 11 in Junior Concert Band will earn IMCB 11 ~ 4 CREDITS
  • Grade 12 in Junior Jazz Band will earn IMJB 12 ~ 4 CREDITS

CONCERT CHOIR

CONCERT CHOIR MUSIC 8 / 9 / 10: CONCERT CHOIR

(MCC8, MCC 9, MCC 10 ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

CHORAL MUSIC 11 / 12: CONCERT CHOIR

(MCMCC 11, MCMCC 12 ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

This course will be offered Friday mornings 7:30 am, plus 1 or 2 lunch breaks per week. Students will learn the structure and elements of music through singing in this large ensemble. We are looking for a good balance of male and female voices, and plan to perform music written for soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Repertoire will include various styles of music appropriate to the Concert Choir. Students can expect to perform a number of times throughout the year and will have the opportunity to travel with the ensemble. Performances are a required part of the course and the Concert Choir experience prepares students for the demanding repertoire of the higher levels of Concert Choir.

DISTRICT HONOUR CHOIR 10

This course is offered to students in Grades 7-12 across the West Vancouver School District who demonstrate a talent for and interest in choral singing.  This course will be held weekly on Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm -8:15 pm at West Vancouver Secondary School.  Designed as a course to challenge and extend the learning of the district’s finest choral singers, students must meet the pre-requisites for the course before applying.  Pre-requisites are as follows:

  • Experience singing in a choir (either school or community)
  • Knowledge of basic music theory (e.g. note names and basic note values)
  • Must be enrolled in their school choir for the year in which they are registered for the District Honour Choir (exceptions can be made in specific circumstances (at the teacher’s discretion)
  • An understanding that there will be times throughout the year that students will be required to attend mandatory concerts and extra rehearsals outside of regular class time.

In addition to meeting the pre-requisites for the course, all students will be required to audition in mid-April.  Interested students must contact the choir director, Mrs. Suzanne Fulton at sfulton@sd45.bc.ca, to be considered for an audition by Wednesday, March 13th.  The email should include the student’s full name, as well as his or her grade and school (in September 2013).  Specific audition times and requirements will then be sent out by email.  Students will be notified of acceptance by the beginning of May.

CONCERT BAND (General information for all levels)

Students will learn the structure and elements of music through playing in this large ensemble. Repertoire will include various styles of music appropriate to the Concert Band and students can expect to perform a number of times throughout the year. Students will have the opportunity to travel as an ensemble. The Concert Band experience prepares the students for the demanding repertoire of the higher level of Concert Band and Jazz Band.

Eligible Concert Band Instruments: Concert Band instruments are limited to Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Acoustic Bass, and Percussion. Certain instruments are limited in order to achieve a balanced band for student’s optimal musical growth. Contact the Music Director for more details and suggestions on selecting a suitable instrument for specific students.

ARTS YEAR 3/4-JUNIOR CONCERT BAND 8/9

(MMU–08CBI, MMU–09CBI, MMCB-10JCB ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

MUSIC 9 / 10: INTERMEDIATE CONCERT BAND

(MMU–09ICB, MMCB -10ICB ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 11 / 12: INTERMEDIATE CONCERT BAND

(MIMCB 11ICB, MIMCB 12I CB ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

  • Intermediate Concert Band is for the more advanced and more experienced instrumentalists with previous band experience.
  • Continuation of Junior Concert Band.
  • Open to all students in grades 9 – 12 / Subject to audition and Ms. Douglas’ approval.
  • Meet with Ms. Douglas to determine skill level and instrument choice.

MUSIC 10: SENIOR CONCERT BAND

(MMCB- 10 ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 11 / 12: SENIOR CONCERT BAND

(MIMCB 11SCB, MIMCB 12 SCB ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

  • Senior Concert Band is for the most advanced and most experienced instrumentalists with previous band experience.
  • Continuation of Intermediate Concert Band.
  • Open to all students in Grades 9 – 12 / Subject to audition and Mr. Brown’s approval.
  • Meet with Mr. Brown to determine skill level and instrument choice.

 

JAZZ BAND (General information for all levels)

 

Students will learn the structure and elements of music through jazz theory and harmony, jazz history and styles, ear training, listening, and playing individually and collectively in this small ensemble. Jazz Band also introduces students to explore, develop and analyze the concepts and approaches of rhythm section and jazz solo improvisation. Jazz Band performs various historical genres of traditional and contemporary jazz styles including Rock (Funk and Fusion), Jazz Ballad, Shuffle, Swing, and  Waltz, and Latin (Afro-Cuban, Bossa Nova, Salsa, Samba). Students will have the opportunity to study and perform professional works from the libraries of Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Count Basie to name a few. Students can expect to perform a number of times throughout the year. Students may have the opportunity to travel with the ensemble. Performances are a mandatory part of the course. The Jazz Band experience prepares students for the demanding repertoire of the higher levels of Jazz Band.

Eligible Jazz Band instruments – Jazz Band is a semi -acoustic ensemble composed of Horns and Rhythm Section. Instruments that conform to standard arrangement and literature are limited to Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Electric Guitar, Piano, Acoustic Bass, Drums, Vibes, and Percussion. Due to the intensive nature of this level of repertoire, all saxophonists may require learning and performing on additional woodwind doubles such as Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and / or Soprano Saxophone. Therefore, students are encouraged to study and perform on a selective woodwind doubles in Concert Band to increase instrumental proficiency. All trumpeters may require learning and performing on the Flugelhorn. Bass Trombonist may require learning and performing on the Tuba. All brass players will have the opportunity to use various mutes such as bucket, cup, Harmon, plunger, and straight mutes. Bassists will have the opportunities to perform on both Acoustic and Electric Basses therefore student must retain proficiency on both instruments. All percussionists may have the opportunities to rotate to other percussion instruments in order to be well rounded.

The Music Director may require student to perform a live audition to evaluate musical competency and to determine skill level for appropriate placement in the Jazz Band. Audition evaluates student’s teachability, readiness, and proficiency on tone. Contact the Mr. Brown for more details and specific audition requirements. Entrance into Jazz Band is competitive as seats are restricted. Real Jazz Band setting and authentic learning experience challenge students to perform independently based on one per part. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an audition with the Mr. Brown; successful candidates will be placed at an appropriate level of Jazz Band until all positions are filled.

The instrumentation guideline and audition process provide students with a genuine foundation for the highest quality of authentic Jazz Band experience. This course demands a serious attitude, a deep love and commitment to music, and the willingness to perform at a number of extracurricular events.

MUSIC 9 / 10: JUNIOR JAZZ BAND

(MMU–09JJB, MMJB-10JJB ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 11 / 12: JUNIOR JAZZ BAND

(IMJB 11, IMJB 12 ~ CREDITS FINE ARTS)

  • This course is offered Monday and Wednesday at 7:15 am.
  • Junior Jazz Band is an intensive ensemble offered to the more advanced and more experienced instrumentalists with previous band experience.
  • Concert Band must be taken simultaneously
  • Open to all Concert Band students in Grades 9 – 12 / Subject to audition and Ms. Douglas’ approval
  • Jazz Band is a competitive performance driven ensemble – one student assigned per part
  • Participation in competitions and tours is expected of all students
  • Audition mandatory. See Ms. Douglas for details
  • Meet with Ms. Douglas to determine skill level and instrument choice

MUSIC 10: SENIOR JAZZ BAND

(MIMJB10SJB ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 11 / 12: SENIOR JAZZ BAND

(MIMJB 11SJB, MIMJB 12SJB ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

  • This course is offered Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15 am.
  • Senior Jazz Band is an intensive ensemble offered to the most advanced and most experienced instrumentalists.
  • Concert Band must be taken simultaneously
  • Continuation of Junior Jazz Band
  • Open to all Concert Band students in Grades 9–12 / Subject to audition and Ms. Douglas’ approval
  • Jazz Band is a competitive performance driven ensemble—one student assigned per part
  • Participation in competitions and tours is expected of all students
  • Audition mandatory. See Ms. Douglas for details
  • Meet with Ms. Douglas to determine skill level and instrument choice

GUITAR

MUSIC 9-12 (INTRODUCTORY GUITAR)

(MMU–09GUI, MMGR-10GIB, MMGR-11GUI , MMGR-12GUI ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

This is a course for beginning and intermediate students wishing to develop their ability to play the guitar. Students will learn to read music, using traditional notation and tablature. They will learn to play music from a variety of different styles and cultures, including folk, blues, classical, and rock. They will learn chord progressions – open string and barre chords. They will learn finger-picking styles, melody construction, rhythm patterns and various musical forms. As skills increase, there will be increasing opportunities for students to work on individual projects, group presentations and recording. Guitars are provided for classroom use.

MUSIC 9-12 (ADVANCED GUITAR)

(MMU-09GAD, MIMG-10GUI, MIMG-11GUI, MIMG-12GUI ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

This course is for more experienced students, interested in continuing their study at a higher level. Following the learning outcomes described in the Music 9-12 curriculum, students will develop their technique, using scales and modes, chord progressions, open string and barre chords, finger-picking styles, melody construction, rhythm patterns and various musical forms. Students will contribute to the learning environment, through collaboration, interaction and the sharing of ideas and skills. Individual and group performance, song writing and recording will play significant roles in this course. Guitars are provided for classroom use.

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