Music

Department Head: Ms. C. Couch
courtney.couch@sd41.bc.ca

MUSIC

Teacher Email
Ms. L. Carley lauren.carley@sd41.bc.ca
Mr. M. Wilson mark.wilson@sd41.bc.ca

The Burnaby South Music Department offers a comprehensive selection of music courses including Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Orchestra, Choirs, Music Technology, Guitar, and AP Theory.

Concert Band: Instrumental Music (Beginner Band, Junior Band, Intermediate Band, Senior Band) (Grade 8 to 12)

In these classes you will refine your skills as a musician by learning to play a musical instrument at progressively higher levels of skill. Students will perform a wide variety of music (appropriate to their level) ranging from classical to modern music. We offer many extra musical experiences and field trips to allow our students the opportunity to hear the best musicians in Vancouver. In the past few years we have taken our students on many music field trips and have performed in festivals. Concepts such as articulation, embouchure, blend, balance, tone and style are explored to form a foundation of musical awareness that encourages expression, reflection and performance. 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.

Chamber Choir: Choral Music AM (Grade 8 to 12) (7:30am Classes)

Please note, you MUST be a member of the Concert Choir in order to belong to Chamber Choir. Chamber Choir is a performing group open to students who have previous choral experience and a basic knowledge of music theory. Mandatory public performances include the Winter and Spring concerts, plus the graduation ceremony.  Instruction in music theory and sight singing are covered in this class. Each week, students will work on more advanced choral repertoire. The Chamber Choir course integrates advanced elements of choral music though rehearsal, analysis, and performance.

Please Note: Grade 8 & 9 Students will have to take this course as a “9th Course” only, on top of their regular 8 choices

Concert Choir: Choral Music (Grade 8 to 12)

Concert Choir is a performance group dedicated to a variety of vocal repertoires. It is open to all Gr 8-12 students who have an interest in choral music and performance. Mandatory public performances include the Winter and Spring concerts, plus the graduation ceremony. On occasion, students will participate in exchange concerts, trips, festivals, or competitions. In this class you will refine your skills as a singer by learning healthy vocal technique and music reading progressing to a higher level of skill. We offer many extra performance experiences and fields trips to allow our students the opportunity to hear the best musicians in Vancouver. In the past few years, we have taken our students on music retreats, to musical performances at the Playhouse and Arts Club Theatres, to the Vancouver Opera, and have performed in local festivals. We have travelled to perform in China, Ireland, Hawaii, California (Disneyland and San Francisco), Scotland, England and New York.

Jazz Band Junior: Instrumental Music (Grade 9 & 12)

Our Jazz Bands are performing groups dedicated to the performance of the best music in the jazz tradition. Typical instrumentation is saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, drum set, bass (electric or upright bass), and guitar. The Jazz Bands concentrate on many different styles including swing, Latin, rock, funk and some mainstream popular music. The emphasis is on learning how to play jazz styles, improvisation (solos), and improving general musicianship. Mandatory performances include regularly scheduled concerts such as the winter and spring concerts plus other concerts as required by the director. Students in these classes are offered the same field trip and performance opportunities as our band/choir students.

Jazz Band Senior: Instrumental Music AM (Grade 10 to 12) (7:30am Classes)

Our Jazz Bands are performing groups dedicated to the performance of the best music in the jazz tradition. Typical instrumentation is saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, drum set, bass (electric or upright bass), and guitar. The Jazz Bands concentrate on many different styles including swing, Latin, rock, funk and some mainstream popular music. The emphasis is on learning how to play jazz styles, improvisation (solos), and improving general musicianship. Mandatory performances include regularly scheduled concerts such as the winter and spring concerts plus other concerts as required by the director. Students in these classes are offered the same field trip and performance opportunities as our band/choir students.

Orchestra: Instrumental Music AM (Grade 8 to 12) (7:30am Classes)

We are one of the few schools in the province that offers a full symphony orchestra class. Students in this class experience many of the same field trips as band and choir students. This class is offered to students with a minimum of 3 years experience on a stringed instrument, who are currently taking private lessons.  Brass and woodwind players must also be enrolled in a band class, and have the recommendation of their band teacher.

Please Note: Grade 8 & 9 Students will have to take this course as a “9th Course” only, on top of their regular 8 choices

Music Technology and Composition (Grade 10 to 12)

Please note, you must be enrolled in at least one other music class to take Music Technology and Composition. This course is designed to familiarize students with several software programs (GarageBand, Ableton, and Sibelius) at individualized MIDI workstations with piano keyboards. Students compose and mix down their compositions. MIDI recording is available to all vocalists and instrumentalists using real instruments.

Guitar: Instrumental Music (Grade 9 to 12)

The emphasis of this course will be learning proper playing technique and basics of music theory through the study and performance of a variety of styles of music. Students will complete this course with a thorough understanding of note reading, finger picking and chording in major and minor keys.

AP Music Theory 12

This course teaches a wide array of musical concepts. Along with music theory and beginning composition the students also deal with aural skills, dictation, and sight singing. Students learn the basics of music notation and score analysis along with knowledge of basic tonal harmony in the eighteenth century common practice period style.

Music Leadership (Grade 11 & 12)

Students with a strong interest in music are encouraged to apply for this course. Students learn basic conducting, teaching skills, organizational skills and advanced musical skills. Software used includes Excel, Word and Sibelius

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