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.