Courses

Instrumental Music

The objective of this course is to prepare students for the demands of a University Music Program. This means that by the end of grade 12, most students will be playing their instruments either close to, or beyond a grade 8 conservatory level. This is achieved by cumulative skill development over the four years, where students will have an opportunity to perform various types of music in numerous different settings. Over a 4 year period, music students at John McCrae also develop a theoretical understanding of music. This involves preparation aiming at the core elements of the grade 2 conservatory theory exam, as well as ear training studies. An emphasis is also placed on the understanding of different styles of music. This is achieved through the performance of music, as well as numerous listening activities. Students also have an opportunity to develop their skills as composers over the four years, based on the analysis of music and recordings.

Music, Grade 9, Open (AMU1O)

Music, Grade 10, Open (AMU2O)

Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AMU3M)Prerequisite: Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open

Music, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AMU4M)Prerequisite: Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation or Open


GUITAR

The objective of this course is to prepare students for the demands of a University Music Program. This means that by the end of grade 12, most students will be playing various styles of music on the guitar proficiently enough to apply to a University Music Program. This is achieved by cumulative skill development over the four years, where students will have an opportunity to perform various types of music in numerous different settings. Over a 4 year period, music students at John McCrae also develop a theoretical understanding of music. This involves preparation aiming at the core elements of the grade 2 conservatory theory exam, as well as ear training studies. An emphasis is also placed on the understanding of different styles of music. This is achieved through the performance of music, as well as numerous listening activities. Students also have an opportunity to develop their skills as composers over the four years, based on the analysis of music and recordings.

Guitar, Grade 9, Open (AMG1O)

Guitar, Grade 10, Open (AMG2O)

Guitar, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AMG3M)

Guitar, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AMG4M)


JOHN MCCRAE VOCAL PROGRAM

The John McCrae Choral program is an ever expanding and newest program. Featuring credits over 4 years, the choral program focuses on a credited course first semester with an optional choral ensemble for the remainder of the year. Strong development of vocal technique, understanding of purpose and importance of choral music build the critical thinking and ensemble work required for this course.

Vocal, Grade 9, Open (AMV1O)

Vocal, Grade 10, Open (AMV2O)

Vocal, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AMV3M)

Vocal, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AMV4M)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLES FOR CREDIT

The courses below are credited courses that will obtain a student a credit in the course. Please note that there are prerequisites of taking a music class in the timetable to qualify for these courses. The reason for this is to ensure students have fundamentals in knowledge, theory, performance ability, etc and can get the most out of a peformance credit.


CONCERT BAND

Students at John McCrae have an opportunity to get a high school credit by being a part of the John McCrae Concert program. The students who sign up for this course will be part of the Junior Concert Band (consisting of grade 9's, some grade 10's and senior students who may be new to an instrument) and the Senior Concert Band (consisting of Grade 10-12 students with experience in complex concert music). The group performs regularly and competes at festivals at high levels. The time commitment is two mornings a week plus an additional two independent practice sessions by the student (assignments and classwork are found on a google classroom page). Students in this course apply their skills developed in the class to perform a wide variety of contemporary to classical styles of music. From Whitacre to Mozart to Balmage to Beethoven, with a dash of pops music thrown in, students enjoy an experience of new music, working with others to form bonds and understanding how to become part of a team that develops for 4 years together. A great opportunity for every student in the music program. Note: Students MUST take concert band (AMR) to be eligible for Jazz Band (AMH).

Concert Band, Grade 9, Open (AMR1O)

Concert Band, Grade 10, Open (AMR2O)

Concert Band, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AMR3M)

Concert Band, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AMR4M)


JAZZ BAND

Students at John McCrae have an opportunity to get a high school credit by being a part of the John McCrae Jazz program. The students who sign up for this course make up the John McCrae Jazz Orchestra, and each student is also a part of a smaller fusion combo. The ensemble performs a variety of material ranging from big band to funk, and typically performs four school concerts each year (one in October, one in December, one in February, and one in May). The band also hosts the annual Barrhaven Jazz Summit with guests from Cedarview Middle School and the Ottawa Junior Jazz Band. The band also performs annually at the Capital Region Musicfest where they earned a Gold standard in 2009 and 2010. As a result of their success, the Jazz Orchestra performed at Musicfest Nationals in May 2010 where they earned a Silver standard!

Jazz, Grade 9, Open (AMH1O)

Jazz, Grade 10, Open (AMH2O)

Jazz, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AMH3M)

Jazz, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AMH4M)


CHOIR ENSEMBLE

Brand new for the 2019 year, students will be able to participate in a performance choir for credit. The course will focus on exploring all the styles, genres and artistry of vocal music. From different, eras, styles and cultures, students will learn to sing and work as an ensemble to develop a high level choral group. The choir will rehearse twice a week and perform often. Students will be expected to have understandings of reading rhythm and notes and must be able to practice individually.


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Ensembles

The John McCrae Music Department also offers a variety of performance opportunities outside of the regular music classes (these are not credit). Some of the ensembles available this year are:

      • Combo (both Jr. and Sr.)
      • Woodwind ensemble
      • Brass ensemble
      • Flute Ensemble
      • Chamber choir