Music

Department Head: Ms. B. Robinson
Bernadette.robinson@sd41.bc.ca

MUSIC

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

Our Music Program is recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Programs in the British Columbia . Our band, choirs and orchestra have received numerous awards, and many of our students have received prestigious individual awards from universities and financial foundations. Students of all abilities are welcome in our program and we teach music to beginner students up to students at a first year university level

Junior Band, Intermediate Band, Senior Band

In these classes you will refine your skills as a musician by learning to play a musical instrument at a progressively higher level of skill. We offer many extra musical experiences and field trips to allow our students the opportunity to hear the best musicians in Vancouver and to try new musical ideas. In the past few years we have taken our students on music retreats, to symphony rehearsals, to the opera, on music retreats and have performed in international, national and local festivals.

 
Junior and Senior Choir

In these classes you will refine your skills as a singer by learning healthy vocal technique progressing to a higher level of skill as you move from Junior to Senior Choir. We offer many extra performance experiences and fields trips to allow our students the opportunity to hear the best musicians in Vancouver and to try new musical ideas. 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.

Orchestra

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 offers those students with 3 years minimum on a stringed instrument an ensemble experience. Bras  and woodwind players are accepted by teacher recommendation.

Music Leadership

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 Microsoft Excel, MS Word and Sibelius.

 Guitar

We now offer guitar class. 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.

Instrumental Jazz Band (Junior and Senior levels)

These classes are similar to our band and choir classes. However, the music we study in these classes is from the jazz idiom. Students in these classes are offered the same field trip and performance opportunities as our band/choir students. These award winning groups are high energy groups that perform in all different types of situations for our school and community.

For more information on the Music Department, please visit our blog http://www.musicmrwilson.blogspot.ca