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Course Descriptions - Music

BAND 8 (MMU--08)

Concert Band 8 welcomes all students who play or wish to learn how to play a musical instrument.  The objective of this course is to have students develop and improve playing skills on concert band instruments.  Students will play in a variety of musical styles and perform concerts throughout the year.  Regular home practice and attendance at rehearsals and concerts are considered part of this course.

 

BAND 9/10 (MMU--9/MMUCB10)

(Open to all grade 9 and 10 students)

Concert Band 9 and 10 welcomes all students who play or wish to learn how to play a musical instrument.  Students will develop and improve playing skills on concert band instruments while studying music in a variety of styles.  Playing skills as well as knowledge of music theory and history will be emphasized.  Regular home practice and attendance at rehearsals and concerts are considered part of this course.

 

BAND 11/12 (MIMCB11/12)

This class will join with the Band 10 students to create a Senior Concert Band.  Students should have completed at least two years of previous instruction.  Those with less experience should consult with the instructor to ensure that they will gain a positive experience from this senior level ensemble.  A wide variety of repertoire will be introduced in order to enable students to reach their full potential as musicians.  Attendance at concerts and rehearsals is considered a part of the course.

 

JAZZ BAND 9/10 (MJB--09/MMUJB10)

This is a course for students who have previous band experience.  As well as traditional band instruments, piano, bass, electric guitar, and electric or acoustic bass are required.  Students should be prepared to audition for this course.   Students will learn to interpret jazz literature and improvise.  Regular home practice and attendance at concerts and rehearsals are considered a part of the course.

 

JAZZ BAND 11/12 (MIMJB11/12)

This advanced Jazz Band course is designed to expand on the basic instrumental jazz concepts introduced in the Grade 9/10 Jazz Band course.  More Jazz styles will be studied as well as a repertoire of Jazz standards. A greater depth of improvisation skills will be introduced along with various advanced Jazz techniques needed to perform this creative art.  Attendance at concerts and rehearsals is considered a part of the course.

CHORAL MUSIC 8/9 (MMU--08/09---C)

No prior experience nor the ability to read music required.  Students will learn the techniques for effective vocal production, as well as elements, principles, vocabulary, symbols, and theory of music.  This class surveys and studies choral literature across a variety of styles and genres including classical choral works, folk songs, pop, jazz, and musical theatre. The use of music as a tool to express meaning, intent, and emotion will also be explored. Students will have the opportunity to perform both with in the school and in the community. 

 

CHORAL MUSIC 10-12 (MMUCC10/11/12)

This course is open to any student who wishes to work in a singing ensemble in the school, and new members are welcome in grades 10 through 12. No prior experience nor the ability to read music required.  Students will learn the techniques for effective vocal production, as well as elements, principles, vocabulary, symbols, and theory of music.  This class surveys and studies choral literature across a variety of styles and genres including classical sacred works, folk songs, pop, jazz, and musical theatre. The use of music as a tool to express meaning, intent, and emotion will also be explored. Students will have the opportunity to perform both with in the school and in the community. 

 

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC 10-12 (MMUCM10/11/12)

*New for 2020/21*

This course is an opportunity for students to perform in both solo and ensemble contexts, combining diverse and various genres and styles to inspire innovation. We will learn to improvise and take creative risks in music, as well as adapt and refine our technical and expressive skills. Guitar, bass, percussion, drum kit, and keyboards will be available for performing and recording.  This course in part replaces Guitar and Music & Production.