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Music Courses

Music, Grade 9, Open (AMU1O)

This course emphasizes the performance of music at a level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will participate in creative activities that teach them to listen with understanding. They will also learn correct musical terminology and its appropriate use.

Music, Grade 10, Open (AMU2O)
This course emphasizes performance of music at an intermediate level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill. Student learning will include participating in creative activities and listening perceptively. Students will also be required to develop a thorough understanding of the language of music, including the elements, terminology, and history.

Music, Grade 11, U/C (AMU3M)
This course emphasizes the appreciation, analysis, and performance of various kinds of music, including baroque and classical music, popular music, and Canadian and non-Western music. Students will perform technical exercises and appropriate repertoire, complete detailed creative activities, and analyze and evaluate live and recorded performances. They will continue to increase their understanding of the elements of music while developing their technical and imaginative abilities.
Prerequisite: Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open

Music, Grade 11, Open (AMU3O)
This course develops students’ artistic knowledge and skills through the performance of music and the preparation of music productions. Students will perform appropriate works, particularly works in contemporary popular styles. Independently and in groups, they will also plan, market, and produce music productions, making use of appropriate technology, and will evaluate the results.
Prerequisite: Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open

Music, Grade 12, U/C (AMU4M)
This course emphasizes the appreciation, analysis, and performance of music from the romantic period and the twentieth century, including art music, jazz, popular music, and Canadian and non-Western music. Students will concentrate on developing interpretive skills and the ability to work independently. They will also complete complex creative projects.
Prerequisite: Music, Grade 11, U/C or Open

About Music Courses

The program in music is intended to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of music through practical and creative work. In the study of music, students will not only find a source of enjoyment and personal satisfaction, but will further develop critical- and creative thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and good work habits. They will continue to gain experience in working both independently and with others, take increasing responsibility for their work, and learn more about themselves and others through working collaboratively and studying aspects of music in society. An important part of the Grade 11 and 12 music program is investigation of possible careers in or related to music, both in the students’ communities and farther afield.

The expectations for music courses are organized in three distinct but related strands:

Theory. This strand is focused on the study of concepts – for example, the elements of music (i.e., melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, timbre, texture, form) and various aspects of those elements (e.g., specific chords, metres, and structural devices).

Creation. In the university/college preparation courses, this strand is focused on the development of performance skills and the practical application of knowledge of theoretical elements as they relate to the performance medium, as well as composition. Students will perform individually and in ensembles, using the voice, band instruments, string instruments, guitar, keyboards, or other performance media. They will improvise, interpret, and compose music, using a variety of media, including computers. In the open course, this strand is focused on development of performance skills and on the creation of musical productions.

Analysis. This strand is focused on analysis of music, mainly through listening to live or recorded performances. Students will also examine the music they are studying in its historical and cultural context, and determine how effectively the composers and performers communicate to their audience. The music analyzed will be drawn from a range of cultures.

The importance of listening cannot be emphasized enough. Several expectations expressly require students to demonstrate understanding of musical concepts through listening and to analyze music through listening. Listening to a variety of musical works must be a part of all music courses.