Music Courses Offered at G.W. Graham

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 9-12 (Concert Band 9-12)

Prerequisite: Band 8, 10 and/or 11, or permission of instructor

Band is a performance course for students who would like to continue to develop their abilities on their chosen instrument. The ensemble will work on a wide variety of music to help expand the skills and concepts learned in previous levels. Students will work toward mastering and performing challenging band music. Home practice is required. Students will be assessed through performance tests, class performance, class participation, attendance, concerts, assignments, practicing, and general effort. All performances are mandatory.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 9-12 (Jazz Band 9-12)

Prerequisite: Application and audition. This course must be taken concurrently with Concert Band.

Jazz Band is a performance course with the students developing skills in the jazz idiom. The ensemble will study a wide variety of music including swing, funk, Latin, rock, pop, etc. Students will be assessed through performance tests, class participation, concerts, assignments, practicing, attendance and general effort. Some co-curricular rehearsals may be required. All performances are mandatory.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC 10 / 11 / 12 (Pep Band)

Prerequisite: This course must be taken concurrently with Concert Band 10-12

This is a performance based course where students will perform at athletic events (football game, basketball games, tournaments, etc), school functions and community events (parades, etc). Students will perform a variety of rock and pop music and will have an opportunity to arrange their music for the ensemble. Students will be assessed through in class playing, performances, assignments, musicianship and general effort. This class will meet outside of the time table. (Time TBA).

CHORAL MUSIC 9-12 (Choir 9-12)

Prerequisite: Vocal experience is an asset, but not required.

Choir is a performance course that will aid students in developing proper singing habits. Students will work toward mastering and performing a wide variety of challenging vocal music. Home practice is required. Students learning will be assessed through participation, class performance, concert performances, assignments, and overall effort. All performances are mandatory.

CHORAL Music 9-12 (Vocal Jazz 9-12)

Prerequisite: Application and audition.

Vocal Jazz is a performance course with students developing their vocal skills in predominantly the jazz idiom. The ensemble will study a wide variety of music including swing, Latin, rock, pop and musical theatre. Home practice is required. This course is held outside the timetable one day a week from 2:40 – 4:15 pm. and during Tutorial. Evaluation will be assessed through class participation, attendance, concerts, assignments, performance testing and general effort. All performances are mandatory.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 9-12 (Orchestra 9-12)

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to introduce students to the orchestral strings (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) and to enhance the skills of students who have previous experience with orchestral strings. Students will develop their skills on their chosen string instrument while learning to read music notation and participating in a String Orchestra. Home practice is required. Students will be assessed through attendance, class participation, performance tests, and assignments. All performances are mandatory

INSTRUMENTAL SURVEY 11 / 12

Prerequisite: Band 10/11 and permission of the instructor. This course must be taken concurrently with Concert Band.

Students will be enrolled in a junior band class, learning new instruments of their choice and working with junior students. Students may also assume a teaching role. Students will be assessed through performance tests, class participation, concerts, practicing, and general effort. All performances are mandatory.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 10-12 (Guitar 10-12)

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed for those who are beginners on the guitar or have some experience. There are no prerequisites—beginners and advanced are welcome. Students should bring their own guitars to school (a hard shell case is recommended), but a few school guitars are available for those who are unable to bring their own. Course will include chording, strumming patterns and learning notation (standard and tabs). Students need to be prepared to do at least a little singing as well.