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Music Courses

AMI1O1: Music, Instrumental, Open
Would you like to learn how to play a band instrument, or do you already have some musical experience? This course gives you beginning instruction along with the study of theory, listening and creative exercises. This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life. 

AMV1O1: Vocal/Choral, Open
Everyone can sing! This course helps you make the most of your voice and serves as an introduction to all vocal courses offered in the school. While learning reading and music listening skills, the emphasis is on developing confidence using your voice and singing with others in a choral setting. Students will be invited to perform with the Jazz or Concert choir, which rehearses once a week. This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life.  

AMI2O1: Instrumental Music, Band, Open
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures. Recommendation: Grade 9 Instrumental Music 

AMM2O1: Music and Computers, Open
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures. This course is designed to explore composition, arranging and recording through the use of current computer and synthesizer technology.  

AMV2O1: Music, Vocal/Choral, Open 
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures. Note: For those who took vocal in grade nine, you will work on duets, trios, quartets and more solo songs. You will be given the opportunity to join the Concert or Jazz Choir, which rehearses one hour per week, participates in festivals and sings locally. Recommendation: Grade 9 Vocal/Choral music

AMI3M1: Instrumental Music, Band, University /College Preparation
This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers. Emphasis: Students will continue to increase their understanding of the elements of music while developing their instrumental technique and their imaginative abilities. All students are encouraged to participate in a performing group. Prerequisite: Instrumental Music, Grade 9 or Grade 10, Open 

AMR3M1: Music, Repertoire, Grade 11, University/College Preparation 
The Music Repertoire Course (AMR 3M1) is an optional co-requisite with AMI 3M1. (ie. AMI 3M1 may be selected alone, but students may not select AMR 3M1 alone, it must be selected in conjunction with AMI 3M1). Students will examine a variety of different repertoire through participation in various ensembles within the school music program. Students will also have the opportunity to gain leadership knowledge and experience through a variety of means as a part of the course. Prerequisite: Instrumental Music, Grade 9 or Grade 10, Open 

AMV3M1: Vocal/Choral Music, University /College Preparation  
This course builds on the skills of the grade 10 vocal course. More challenging choral work and vocal techniques are taught as greater reading skills are developed. It is designed to broaden the student’s knowledge and skills in performance, composing, arranging, listening and analysis, music in society, and music and technology. It emphasizes the appreciation, analysis and performance of various kinds of music including baroque, classical, popular, Canadian and non-western music. This course is suitable preparation for college or university courses in music. Solo singing, small ensembles and choral singing are regular activities. Prerequisite: Vocal/Choral Music, Grade 9 or Grade 10, Open 

AMI4M1: Instrumental Music, Band, University/ College Preparation
This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers. Prerequisite: Instrumental Music, Grade 11, University/ College Preparation 

AMV4M1: Music: Vocal/Choral, University/College Preparation 
This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society.and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed I music to their life and careers. Note: Solo singing, small ensembles and choral singing are regular activities. More challenging choral work and vocal techniques are taught as greater reading skills are developed. Prerequisite: Vocal/Choral Music, Grade 11, University/College

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.