Music

CONCERT CHOIR

CONCERT CHOIR MUSIC 8 / 9 : CONCERT CHOIR

(MCC8, MCC 9 ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

This course is offered on Mondays after school (3:10pm – 4:10pm) and Wednesday at lunch (1pm – 1:30pm)

In the course, students learn the structure and elements of music through singing in a large ensemble. Students will develop music-reading skills, knowledge of music and vocal technique through the performance in choir. Students will learn a wide variety of repertoire from classical to modern music. No previous musical experience is required to join this ensemble, although previous experience is considered an asset. Performances are a required part of the course and may occur outside of regular class time.

CHORAL MUSIC 10/ 11 / 12: CONCERT CHOIR

(MCC10, MCMCC 11, MCMCC 12 ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

This course is offered outside of the timetable on Monday evenings (4:15pm – 5:45pm) and some Thursdays at lunch (when Monday is a long weekend). Students will further their skills in singing, composing, listening and reading music in this large ensemble. While no previous music experience is required to join this choir, previous experience reading music is recommended. Repertoire includes a wide variety of styles appropriate to the the level of the singers. 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 may occur outside of regular class time.

DISTRICT HONOUR CHOIR 

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.  The email should include the student’s full name, as well as his or her grade and school. 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 a Concert Band ensemble. Students will have the opportunity to travel as an ensemble. Performances are a required part of the course and may occur outside of regular class time.

Eligible Concert Band Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Bass, and Percussion. Certain instruments are limited in order to achieve a balanced band for student’s optimal musical growth. Please 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, ~ 4 CREDITS FINE ARTS)

This course provides an opportunity for students to expand on their beginner band experiences from the elementary school and/or the Fine Arts Rotation. Students will continue to master their individual instrument and frame their musical experiences through independent learning, inquiry, and group instruction. Students will perform a wide variety of music (appropriate to their level) ranging from classical to modern music. While there is no prerequisite for this course, previous playing experience is considered an asset.

MUSIC 9 / 10: INTERMEDIATE CONCERT BAND

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

This course provides an opportunity for students to expand on experience playing in a large ensemble. Students will continue to master their individual instrument and gain musical experiences through independent learning, inquiry, and group instruction. Students will perform a wide variety of music (appropriate to their level) ranging from classical to modern music.

Prerequisite: Band 8 (or permission from the instructor)

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 10/ 11 / 12: SENIOR CONCERT BAND

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

In this course, students further their skills as musicians in a large ensemble setting. Students perform a wide variety of music (at a medium – advanced level) with music ranging from classical to modern music. Independent learning (practice) is expected from students at this level.

Prerequisite: Band 9 (or permission from the instructor)

JAZZ BAND (General information for all levels)

Students will learn the structure and elements of music through jazz theory, jazz history, listening, improvisation and ensemble playing. 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 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 and may occur outside of the regular class schedule.

 MUSIC 9 / 10: JUNIOR JAZZ BAND

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

This course is open to students in Grade 8, 9 and 10. This course meets Tuesdays at lunch (1pm – 1:30pm) and Thursday Mornings (7:30am). Students may play any of the concert band wind instruments (see concert band instrument choices) or may play with the rhythm section (bass, guitar, drums, vibes, piano). Students wishing to play in the rhythm section should contact Ms. Collins to ensure their skills are suitable for the ensemble. Music notation skills required for all students as tablature is not used.

Pre-requisites: Grade 8 students may take this course if they are also registered in Concert Band 8. Grade 9 and 10 students must have previous experience experience on their chosen instrument (one year recommended).  

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 10/ 11 / 12: SENIOR JAZZ BAND

(IMJB 11, IMJB 12 ~ CREDITS FINE ARTS)

Senior Jazz Band meets outside of the timetable on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7:30am.

This ensemble is a continuation of the Intermediate Jazz Band. Students in this ensemble should be familiar with basic jazz notation, improvisation and jazz techniques. The instrumentation is limited in this ensemble to Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Electric Guitar, Piano, Acoustic Bass, Drums, Vibes, and Percussion.

Entrance into this ensemble is competitive as seats are restricted. This group attempts to achieve an authentic learning experience and challenges students to perform independently based on one per part. As a result, the Music Director may require student to perform a audition for placement based on parts available.  

If you are interested in auditioning for this ensemble, please contact Alisa Collins at acollins@wvschools.ca for more information. Auditions for the next year usually occur in mid April.

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 acoustic guitar. Students will learn to read music using traditional notation, chord charts 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. Please purchase a capo.

MUSIC 9-12 (ADVANCED GUITAR)

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

This course is for more experienced acoustic guitar 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. Please purchase a capo.

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