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)


Ensembles


The John McCrae Music Department also offers a variety of performance opportunities outside of the regular music classes.  Both Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra are offered as credits during all 4 years.  These credits can count toward either a University or College application.


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)


CONCERT BAND


The John McCrae Concert band is the largest ensemble of the music department at around 70 members and is made up of students from grades 9 to 12. The Concert Band typically performs four school concerts each year (one in October, one in December, one in February, and one in May). The band also performs annually at the Capital Region Musicfest where they earned a gold standard in 2010.

 

Band, Grade 9, Open (AMR1O)

Band, Grade 10, Open (AMR2O)

 

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

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


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