Senior High Band
Hi everyone. We are now at the start of the second semester and we are still not operating the way we hoped. However, we are allowed to meet in person now (with the AHS restrictions) so we can do way more with ensemble work. The requirements are the same but the way we accomplish them will look quite different from even the first semester. Please take a look through the class expectations to note the differences. I am very thankful that we can change things up and I really look forward to working with you this semester.
Because of restrictions to the music program due to COVID 19 precautions, there are no in-person concerts planned for this school year. However, we will do virtual ensemble concerts as we are able.
Music is a gift from God given to ALL His created beings to create and share, thereby giving Him honor and praise, joy to those around us and opportunities to express our faith (Psalm 33, 44,150). Because of sin, we often fail to do this. But since we are God’s children redeemed through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we can be a light to the world. It is here, through our work in this class and our performances in public, we seek to restore God’s original intent for music.
You are a unique image-bearer of Christ and this class is designed to help you develop your gift in music so that you can discover, celebrate, and proclaim, both as an individual and as a group the restorative power of God’s work. This class will provide you with knowledge, insight, and skills in making music so that you can use music as an expressive of your faith and a faithful and joyful service to God and neighbor.
The music program also allows you to learn how to work together as a group. Your role in the band is important, and you must produce in order for the whole group to improve and do the best it can. This is a valuable tool that will be used by you long after you leave the school.
There is a pre-requisite for this class. You are expected to have successfully completed the previous level with a 75% average. If you do not have this, you will need to contact me and audition to ensure that you are able to meet the level of performance in this class.
The class will not be part of the regular schedule this year until the second semester and only then if all restrictions are lifted. We will meet informally in cohort groups once a week and all the work will take place at home and virtually. This course is set up as a 5 credit class only this year and will run all year.
LEARN, to Shape God’s World though Music
There are three qualities that determine a person’s success – talent, good attitude and hard work. This is not only true of music but of all areas of life. Not all of these are in our control. Good musicians have two of these qualities happening, great musicians have all three.
Image Reflectors: God gave you music abilities. Your job here is to develop them to the best of your ability even though it may be less or more than your neighbors. Think about the parable of the talents.
Community Builders: There are several ways in which a good attitude can be communicated in class and in rehearsals:
- be prepared for class by doing the regular practice at home
- participate enthusiastically in class, rehearsals, and concerts
- be positive: talk to me privately if you have concerns
- be interested and open to new ideas and different ways of doing things
Beauty Creators: practice and master your parts and your instrument.
As a band, we need time to develop into a group that plays technically correct and sounds great. You practice time and online instruction therefore is not merely the rehearsal of band music but will include:
- Sound production
- Technique – Scales (Concert Bb, Eb, Ab, F, C, G, D, g, c, f, d, a, e, b and chromatic scale)
- Range (see handout)
- Sight reading – Level 2 and 3 pieces
- Ear Training
- Theory - Rudiments of Music
- Listening (critical listening, elements of music, all styles of music in history)
The emphasis of this class this year is improving your individual music and ensemble skills through lessons and virtual performances.
Service through Community Building and Image reflecting
50% - Ensemble Concerts
We will be recording our concert repertoire together in our class time. Once we are happy with the take, it will serve as our virtual performance. For those online, we have upgraded the audio quality and you will be able to record yourself on your own device while playing with us in class, and then submit your recording.
Service by developing your gifts for Beauty Creating
40% - Playing Tests We will be recording our concert repertoire together in our class time. Once we are happy with the take, it will serve as the foundation of our singing test. You will receive a rubric and feedback based on that rubric. You can also use this as a self-evaluation.
10% - Theory Levels (This is an individualized theory program covering the rudiments of music. You are expected to complete 3 units for each semester (6 units for the year). You will start where you left off from the previous year or at the level of your ability. If you are doing a theory program through the Royal Conservatory, we can discuss how to incorporate that program. There are theory sheets to work through for each unit which will help you prepare for the online test (NEW), which will be recorded as your mark.
Bonus Marks (up to 9% of total grade/report card period) will be given for participation in:
- other co-curricular activities at school (musicals, membership meetings, etc.)
- church services as soloist or choir member
- musical activities outside of school (other choirs, private lessons, honor choirs)
- extra festival participation (solos, ensembles)
You are responsible for their music and a music folder will be provided for you. All lost or damaged music can be replaced by paying Calgary Christian High School’s music department $5 per title.
All students also need to have a book call “Foundations for Superior Performance.” This will be a book used by all students in the band program at CCHS and will be yours to keep. They are available at the school from Mr. Vander Woude.
The school has a sizable collection of instruments to help with supplying instruments for students. Except for the percussion, large brass and woodwind instruments, the instruments are prioritized for the MS band students. We will do our utmost to provide an instrument for your student or present alternatives so that you will be able to participate in the class.
The school instruments are available for a subsidized fee of $110 for the year unless the student already has an instrument at his/her disposal. You will need to fill out a rental form (which has the conditions for the rental) and return it to the school with the yearly rental fee before the instrument is allowed to go home. All school instruments will include a reed guard and one reed for saxophones and clarinets, slide oil and valve oil for brass instruments (this should last you all year), and percussion bags for the percussionists ($55 for the year). If you will be playing a reed instrument, the school will have reeds available for $1 a reed throughout the year. This is the cheapest price in the city.
Take care and clean your instruments regularly - you are responsible for it. Also ensure that you have valve oil, slide grease, and functional reeds at all rehearsals. If your instrument is not working, please tell Mr Vander Woude. It often is a minor adjustment that can save you a lot of grief.
Mondays After School
For students that would like some extra help on their instrument (voluntary) and for those who are not keeping up with the class (I will ask them to come), I will be available in the music room or online from 3:30 to 4:30 every Monday afternoon.
Concert Dress (waived during COVID restrictions)
In order to look as good as we will sound, all music students in Senior high will need the following formal clothes for concerts and festivals:
- Green fitted shirts - You will buy this through the school and is yours to keep ($30)
- School tie provided by the school for guys (optional for the girls)
- Your own black pants (both guys and girls)
- Your own black socks and black shoes.
- There will also be a casual dress: blue jeans and the school issued t-shirt.
If you have any questions, please ask. Find a good time and talk to me if you are having difficulties, or if you have any concerns. You will be amazed at your progress this semester if you follow these guidelines. Remember, have fun and praise our Lord through your music.