The three-year SGCHS music program emphasizes competency in performance skills through exploration of a chosen instrument, reading & writing musical notation and development of an appreciation for music as a process and art form. Students will work in a supportive and challenging environment, exploring technical performance, instrumental competency, improvisation, and personal practice skills; all while exploring classical, jazz and contemporary music.
Students will gain experience in working within a group setting and learn how to balance, tune and combine their individual sound into a large ensemble. Under the guidance of dedicated instructors and visiting artists, students will develop the practical skills, techniques and approaches that will ensure their musical success.
For smaller instruments, students will be provided the opportunity to “rent to own” their instrument. This program is offered through The Bandstand Ltd., an Edmonton-based company. Larger, more expensive instruments will be rented from SGCHS for a $65.00 instrument rental fee. The SGCHS rental fee is used for general upkeep and repair of school owned instruments.
Any major damage to school-owned instruments caused by the student are the responsibility of that student. The fee for repairing student damaged instruments will be determined by the repair shop at The Bandstand Ltd.
Students will be offered unique learning experiences throughout the school year, such as band camps, field trips, offsite performances and guest clinician workshops. These opportunities may involve additional fees if band members wish to participate.
Concert Band (Instrumental Music 10-20-30)
Concert Band is the primary music course at SGCHS and is open to all students in Grades 10-12. It is a full year course. Previous musical experience is an asset but is not required.
This course focuses on developing musical skills on an instrument in a large ensemble. Throughout the school year, students focus on learning and developing the correct technique and music reading skills on a concert band instrument of their choosing in order to successfully perform at a high school level.
Concert band instruments include:
- Bass Clarinet
- Alto Saxophone
- Tenor Saxophone
- Baritone Saxophone
- French Horn
Lessons start at the beginning with developing the proper technique and the basics of musical notation, and gradually become more complex as the band works towards higher level music.
One-on-one lessons are available during seminar for students who have no prior experience but wish to learn an instrument.
Jazz Band (Instrumental Jazz 15-25-35)
Please note: Students wishing to play in the rhythm section must have some previous musical experience on their instrument.
Jazz Band is a full-year supplementary music course where students gain knowledge in playing and performing jazz and contemporary music on an instrument of their choosing.
Standard jazz instruments include:
- Rhythm Section
Rehearsals will focus on the development of each student as a well-rounded musician. This will include learning jazz technique, theory, listening, music appreciation, rhythm section foundations and large ensemble performance.
Students will build upon skills learned in Concert Band and focus on specific jazz skills including various styles and forms, improvisation, jazz articulations and extended technique. The development of teamwork, individual practice, creativity and complex thinking skills are also of great importance.
Chamber Ensembles and/or Drumline (General Music 10-20-30)
Please note: Students are allowed to register as part of both Drumline AND Chamber Ensembles, but credit can only be given for one of those courses per year.
The Chamber Ensembles program is a full-year course that takes place after school or during seminar. Students are required to rehearse at minimum twice a week at a time of their choosing.
The Chamber Ensembles program is a student-directed course which emphasizes the importance of teamwork and leadership within a musical setting. Students are grouped into small ensembles where they build on basic musical skills. Each ensemble is responsible for choosing their own music, running rehearsals, and preparing for performances. Collaboration, critical-thinking, problem solving and creativity skills are of great importance in this course.
Panther Drumline is the newest music option at SGCHS and allows students the opportunity to learn advanced percussion skills, play marching percussion instruments (snare drum, bass drum and tenor drums) and work collaboratively with each other in a musical setting. Drumline rehearses twice a week after school and no previous musical experience is required.