BSS Music Program

Our band teacher, Mr. Turi, also teaches band at Brookswood Secondary.  The Alice Brown band students have many opportunities to further their music education, as they progress through grades 8-12 (see description below).

There is also an opportunity for students to explore Music Composition and Technology (see a description below).

And for the future guitarists, there are three levels of guitar courses offered (see description below).

The following is an outline of what is offered in the music department

Intermediate Concert Band 9 (IMCB 9) and Concert Band 8
Objectives of the course are the same as Junior Concert Band 8 but to a higher degree of difficulty. More emphasis is placed on furthering the knowledge of reading music, scales, rhythm, instrumental technique and music history. Participation in field trips, concerts and festivals is a course requirement.
Students may be invited to participate in a spring music trip.

Senior Concert Band 10-12 (IMCB 9)
Prerequisite: Concert Band 9, or audition and director’s permission
Objectives of the course are the same as Intermediate Concert Band 9 but to a higher degree of difficulty.
Continued emphasis is placed on furthering the knowledge of reading music, scales, rhythm, instrumental technique and music history. Participation in field trips, concerts and festivals is a course requirement.
Students may be invited to participate in a spring music trip.

Junior Jazz Band 8/9 (IMJB 8/9)
Co-requisite: Junior Concert Band 8 or Intermediate Concert Band 9
Instrumentation for the class is limited to E-flat alto sax, E-flat baritone sax, B-flat trumpet, trombone, percussion, electric/acoustic bass, electric guitar, piano, percussion and drums. If you are not playing one of these instruments but would still like to play in the jazz band, please see the director.

The course will emphasize knowledge of the various forms and periods of the jazz idiom. Students will become aware of the importance of jazz music to music history in general. Students will be able to perform the idiosyncrasies of jazz music, explore the fundamentals of improvisation and the specialized techniques required in this idiom; understand the theory of jazz, blues and hybrid styles; perform jazz big band and stage band repertoire, as well as combo arrangements. Attendance at before and after school rehearsals and participation in field trips, concerts and festivals are part of course requirements.

Senior Jazz Band 10-12 (JB 10-12)
Prerequisite: audition and director’s permission. Co-requisite: Senior Concert Band 10-12
Objectives of the course are the same as Junior Jazz Band but to a higher degree of difficulty. Continued emphasis is placed on the performance and preparation of jazz music and improvisation. Attendance at before and after school rehearsals and participation in field trips, concerts and festivals are part of course requirements.

Music Composition and Technology 11/12 (MCT 11/12)
This course will focus on developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students need to compose music using traditional and contemporary technologies. The student will become   acquainted with the design of music theory and rudiments; understand form and structure; arrange and compose short musical compositions for various instruments; conducting and rehearsal techniques; recording and mixing their own compositions. Students will understand the basic forms and compositional techniques used throughout history, up to and including the present, and will incorporate them into their own compositions. All composition assignments will use the professional level music notation program Sibelius 5. This program also incorporates the use of video so composters can write their own soundtrack to a film.

Guitar 10 (MGR 10)
Guitar 10 is an entry-level course for players with little or no experience on the instrument. You will learn the fundamentals of playing technique, including good posture, correct placement of the freeboard hand, and flatpicking, strumming and finger style playing in the other hand. We will examine the basic elements of music theory, including note reading, melody, harmony and rhythm. This course will help you improve as a player and will lead you to think about the music you play and hear in a brand new way.

Guitar 11 (MGR 11)
In Guitar 11 we continue to build on the fundamentals of guitar playing and music theory. Students will develop ensemble-playing skills throughout the year, and will perform in duets and trios. You will learn the chords and other harmonies necessary to accompany soloists and singers. Students will be encouraged to apply their theory knowledge and playing skills to pieces of their own selection. The basics of arranging written music to performance situations will also be examined. At the end of this year, students should be able to jam with friends, play in a band, and even perform live for audiences.

Guitar 12 (MGR 12)
This course is the final phase of the three-year Guitar program. Students will continue to develop their theoretical knowledge and technical skills on the guitar, but will also be encouraged to apply them in creative situations.
Some students will apply their musical tools to songwriting and composition. Everyone will build on their ensemble skills, both arranging and performing. In addition to rock and pop music, we will explore a broad range of styles including jazz, blues, R&B, and others depending on student interest. Guitar 12 provides an excellent opportunity for the aspiring performer to prepare for future playing situations in the world of music.

Guitar 10 (MGR 10)
Guitar 10 is an entry-level course for players with little or no experience on the instrument. You will learn the fundamentals of playing technique, including good posture, correct placement of the freeboard hand, and flatpicking, strumming and finger style playing in the other hand. We will examine the basic elements of music theory, including note reading, melody, harmony and rhythm. This course will help you improve as a player and will lead you to think about the music you play and hear in a brand new way.

Guitar 11 (MGR 11)
In Guitar 11 we continue to build on the fundamentals of guitar playing and music theory. Students will develop ensemble-playing skills throughout the year, and will perform in duets and trios. You will learn the chords and other harmonies necessary to accompany soloists and singers. Students will be encouraged to apply their theory knowledge and playing skills to pieces of their own selection. The basics of arranging written music to performance situations will also be examined. At the end of this year, students should be able to jam with friends, play in a band, and even perform live for audiences.

Guitar 12 (MGR 12)
This course is the final phase of the three-year Guitar program. Students will continue to develop their theoretical knowledge and technical skills on the guitar, but will also be encouraged to apply them in creative situations.
Some students will apply their musical tools to songwriting and composition. Everyone will build on their ensemble skills, both arranging and performing. In addition to rock and pop music, we will explore a broad range of styles including jazz, blues, R&B, and others depending on student interest. Guitar 12 provides an excellent opportunity for the aspiring performer to prepare for future playing situations in the world of music.

Descriptions of the above programs are courtesy of the BSS website.  Information on other fine arts programs is available on their website under their Fine Arts section.

Fine Arts

 

Alice Brown Elementary

20011 - 44 Avenue, Langley
BC, V3A 6L8
Phone: 604-534-0744
Fax: 604-534-8854