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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
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INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAM

The instrumental program is intended for all students who play instruments appropriate to a concert band or jazz format.  As with all music activities, members of these classes should expect that part of their learning situation will involve a commitment to regular home practice.  Students will be required to attend all scheduled extra-curricular rehearsals and performances as well as the music department tours as part of the course expectations.

CONCERT BAND
Concert Band 9

This course is intended for students who have taken an introductory Band course in Grade 7 and/or 8.  The course will involve instrumental technique, performance, theory, music history, and music appreciation.

Concert Band 10 (FA)

This course is a continuation of Concert Band 9 with appropriate changes in level of repertoire, knowledge, and skills.  Students will begin to do work in small ensemble format as well as solo work if desired.  Note: This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation:  Concert Band 9 or by audition.

Concert Band 11 (FA)

In this course, students will continue with their exploration of music repertoire, instrumental performance technique and small ensemble/solo work in addition to more advanced studies in theory and music history related to the repertoire studied.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation:  Concert Band 10 or by audition.

Concert Band 12 (FA)

Students will continue the course studies outlined in Band 11 and will be expected to provide a leadership role within the ensembles.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation:  Concert Band 10 or by audition.

JAZZ BAND

These courses are open to all students who play the following instruments: Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, or Baritone), Trumpet, Trombone, Electric Guitar, String Bass, Piano (Jazz), Drums, Percussion, Electric Bass, and Guitar.  All students registered for Jazz band must be registered in the Concert Band or Concert Choir class appropriate to their grade level. 

Jazz Band 9

This course is intended for the beginner/intermediate Jazz student who wishes to learn about the musical styles associated with jazz ensembles.  Students will focus on developing technique, ensemble playing and understanding and exploring the structures of Jazz music.  Opportunities for solo improvisational work will be available for those students interested in developing those skills.  Students must have previous experience on their instrument.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.

Jazz Band 10 (FA)

This course is intended for the beginner/intermediate Jazz student who wishes to learn about the musical styles associated with jazz ensembles.  Studies will focus on developing technique, ensemble playing and understanding and exploring the structures of Jazz music.  Opportunities for solo improvisational work will be available for those students interested in developing those skills.  Students must have previous experience on their instrument.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.

Jazz Band 11 (FA)

This course is an extension of Jazz Band 9/10 with students continuing to develop improvisational skills, learning basic arranging skills, and providing leadership within the ensemble.  There will also be opportunities for students to do small jazz ensemble groups (duos, trios, quartets, etc.) within the structure of this course.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable. 

Jazz Band 12 (FA)

Jazz Band 12 is an extension of the jazz studies taken in grades 9-11 and students will have further opportunities to develop jazz soloing techniques and to play in small ensembles.  Students will be expected to take on a leadership role both musically and as group members.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable. 

CHORAL PROGRAM

The choral program is intended to provide an opportunity for all interested students to gain experience, knowledge and skills in the art of singing and the choral tradition.  Courses will be performance-oriented, but will include learning outcomes related to music theory, choral/vocal history, appreciation and cultural awareness.  As with all music activities, members of these classes should expect that part of their learning will involve a commitment to regular home practice.  Students will be required to attend all scheduled extra-curricular rehearsals and performances as well as the music department tours as part of the course expectations.

Concert Choir 9

This course is intended as an introductory choral experience for students in any grade.  The course will cover basic singing technique, music reading, understanding repertoire, performance, and the responsibilities which go along with working in a group situation.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable. 

Concert Choir 10 (FA)

This course will be a continuation of Concert Choir 9, with increased emphasis on performance and the development of musical skills.  Repertoire will be more challenging and will provide the opportunity for students to work in small ensembles and in solo activities.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation:  Concert Choir 9 or by audition.

Concert Choir 11 (FA)

Students in this course will explore very challenging and sophisticated vocal material, and will begin to learn basic choral arranging skills for in-class projects.  Small ensemble work will be made available to anyone who wishes to pursue this option more fully and solo opportunities will be readily available.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.    Recommendation:  Concert Choir 10 or by audition.

Concert Choir 12 (FA)

Concert Choir 12 students will be polishing their skills in vocal production.  Students will take on a leadership role in the choral program through sharing of their skills and knowledge with others.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation: Concert Choir 11 or by audition.

VOCAL JAZZ

Vocal Jazz classes are intended to provide an opportunity for students to explore another musical idiom within the choral tradition.  Singers do not require previous experience, but must recognize that the material in a Vocal Jazz class is more sophisticated.  All students registered for a Vocal Jazz class must be registered in the Concert Choir or Concert Band class appropriate to their grade level. 

Vocal Jazz 9 / Vocal Jazz 10 (FA)

This course is intended for beginning jazz singers with little or no experience in the idiom.  The course will cover vocal production, microphone technique, jazz styles, history, and context of the jazz tradition.  Students will also have the opportunity to learn and use basic improvisation skills in performance situations.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable. 

Vocal Jazz 11 (FA)

This course will be an extension of Vocal Jazz 9/10 with students continuing to develop improvisational skills, learning basic arranging skills, and providing leadership within the ensemble.  There will also be opportunities for students to do small jazz ensemble groups (duos, trios, quartets, etc.) within the structure of this course.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation:  Vocal Jazz 9/10 or by audition.

Vocal Jazz 12 (FA)

Vocal Jazz 12 is an extension of the vocal jazz studies taken in grades 9–11 and students will have further opportunities to develop jazz soloing techniques and to sing in small ensembles.  Students will be expected to take on a leadership role both musically and as group members.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation:  Vocal Jazz 11 or by audition.

Vocal Technique 11 / 12 (B/AA)

These are NOT choir courses. These board authorized courses are designed for students who want to learn how to sing solo with proper vocal technique and style.  The course will include instruction in the areas of vocal techniques, sight-singing, theory and working with an accompanist.  All styles of vocal music will be covered.  No prerequisite.

Musical Theatre 11 (B/AA)

Take part in a major musical production!  Students in the musical theatre class will be cast in a large scale musical performed for student and public audiences.  Students don’t have to be experts in singing, dancing and acting; instruction is provided.  No experience necessary:  hard work and commitment are all it takes.  Classes run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4–6 p.m. and on performance evenings.

Musical Theatre 12

Students who have performed in Musical Theatre 11 have the opportunity to continue building their skills and developing their craft in another major musical production.  Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4–6 p.m. and on performance evenings.  Recommendation:  Musical Theatre 11.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Music Composition and Recording Arts 11/12 (FA)

No previous training in music is required.  This course starts with any skills you already have with computers or with music on any instrument (including voice) and develops your ability to compose music and your knowledge of computers and audio recording equipment using a variety of software tools.  Using both traditional methods and contemporary audio digital equipment, you will have opportunities to design, create and record music that reflects your own individuality.  Your work will be presented in a portfolio format and will be recorded onto a class CD.

STRING PROGRAM

These classes are intended for all students who play string instruments.  The provision of instruments will be the students’ responsibility with the exception of those very large and expensive instruments (e.g. tuba, baritone, saxophone, tympani, string bass, etc.) not normally available through commercial instrument rental companies.  As with all music activities, members of these classes should expect that part of their learning will involve a commitment to regular home practice.  Students will be required to attend all scheduled extra-curricular rehearsals and performances as well as the music department tours as part of the course expectations.

String Orchestra 9

This course further develops string technique and ability, and explores more advanced music as students progress.  Music in a variety of styles and historical periods is studied.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Students must have previous experience on violin, viola, cello and/or double bass.

String Orchestra 10 (FA)


This course is a continuation of String Orchestra 9 with appropriate changes in level of repertoire, knowledge, and skills.  Students will begin to do work in small ensemble formats as well as solo work, if desired.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation:  String Orchestra 9 or by audition.

String Orchestra 11 (FA)


In this course, students will continue with their exploration of music repertoire, instrumental performance technique and small ensemble/solo work in addition to more advanced studies in theory and music history.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation:  String Orchestra 10 or by audition.

String Orchestra 12 (FA)

Students will continue the course studies outlined in String Orchestra 11 and will be expected to provide a leadership role within the ensembles.  Note:  This course occurs outside of the regular timetable.  Recommendation:  String Orchestra 11 or by audition.

GUITAR

These classes are intended for any student interested in learning about the different styles and idioms of acoustic guitar playing.  Guitars will be provided for classroom use only. 

Guitar 9 / Guitar 10 (FA)


Students will learn basic chord patterns in folk, pop, and rock styles, rudimentary music theory, note-reading, rhythmic skills, basic finger-picking patterns, various left-hand techniques, and some forms of melodic/harmonic styles of guitar playing.  By the end of the course, students should be reading and playing at the level of introductory grade Royal Conservatory guitar.

Guitar 11 (FA) / Guitar 12 (FA)

Students will explore an increasingly difficult repertoire of pieces, various finger-picking patterns, alternate tunings, scales, modes and styles of playing.  The emphasis in this course is on individual and small group practice and instruction.  By the end of the course, students should be reading and playing at approximately the level of Grade One Royal Conservatory guitar.

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