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Music

MUSIC

Strength of character is cultivated through independence, self-motivation, discipline, confidence, cooperation, critical thinking, and literacy in music. Communicating music integrates diverse worldviews through individual and collective expression in a meaningful context. Creativity, innovation, artistic interpretation, and technical capacity in music are all transferable skills in other areas of life. Students learning music develop a strong sense of community and leadership as members of a performing organization. U Hill’s high-powered Music program attends district concerts, local festivals and performs on tour internationally as well as doing school and community concerts, workshops, and weekend retreats throughout the year!


MUSIC 8: CHOIR 8
MMU--08CC1
Prerequisites: none
Students in grade eight get an opportunity to sing in the Fine Arts 8 Concert Choir during
their 3-month rotation focusing on music. Students learn self-communication through effective vocal technique, ear training, and sight reading. This class introduces the concept of responsibility as a member of a performing organization. The class surveys and studies all aspects of serious choral literature in all styles. Concert and sectional attendance are part of the course. This experience is open to all grade eight students


CONCERT CHOIR
MMU--09CC1/ MMUCC10/ MCMCC11/ MCMCC12
Grades: 9 to 12
*Pre-Requisite: motivation and interest in singing
Students choosing to sing in Concert Choir work together as a community to learn self-communication, discipline and cooperation through musicianship, effective vocal production, ear training, and sight reading. The class surveys and studies all aspects of serious choral literature in all styles. Concert and sectional attendance are part of the course. This experience is open to any student who wishes to be part of a singing ensemble at the school. Leadership opportunities exist for advanced singers. Students are expected to wear uniforms for performance and attend yearly events such as retreats, workshops, and performance tours.


CHAMBER CHOIR
MMU--09CH1/MMUCH10/MMUCH11/MMUCH12
Grades: 9 to 12
*Recommended: previous choral singing experience strongly recommended
*Pre-Requisite: Audition required or permission of teacher
Please Note: This is an off-timetable class.
In this ensemble, students focus on advanced musicianship and develop confidence through performance, community through cooperation and independence through leadership. Students engage in a serious study of acappella literature from a variety of periods and styles. Students learn advanced ear training, correct vocal production, and style. Students wear a uniform for performance and attend an annual performance tour. The tour will include workshops, adjudications and performances at universities or festivals and will rotate from local to international. Please be prepared to make a time commitment if you choose to take this class. Concert and sectional attendance are part of the course. Chamber Choir students are also required to concurrently enroll in Concert Choir on-timetable.


SENIOR STRING ORCHESTRA
MMU--09OS1/MMUOR10/MMUOR11/MMUOR12
Grades: 9 to 12
Pre-Requisite: beginning to intermediate experience on a string instrument
*Pre-Requisite: Audition required or permission of teacher
* Please Note: This class will meet on-timetable
In this ensemble, students focus on advanced musicianship and develop confidence through performance, community through cooperation and critical thinking through musical excellence. Students learn advanced ear training, varied string techniques, and style. Students wear a uniform for performance and attend an annual performance tour. The course will act as an opportunity to focus on repertoire unique to string instruments such as symphonic excerpts. There will be an emphasis on ear training to assist in learning varied tonalities, meters, and rhythmic patterns. The Senior String Orchestra will participate in school concerts as well as retreats and local festivals. Concert and sectional attendance are part of the course.


INTERMEDIATE BAND
MMU--08BA1/MMU--09BA1/MMUCB10/MIMCB11/MIMCB12
Grades: 8 to 12
*Strongly recommended: previous experience reading music notation and on an instrument.
* Please Note: This is an off-timetable class.
This course is open to beginning to intermediate level players with experience reading music notation. Students will learn the fundamentals of musicianship in a performing ensemble. Students can play an instrument from one of the following categories: brass, woodwind, percussion, or double bass. Violin, cello, and viola players are also welcome, but should already have experience. People with previous experience reading music notation on a different instrument or playing piano may choose from several instruments. Students in the Intermediate Band work together as a community to learn self-communication, discipline and cooperation through instrumental musicianship, ear training, and sight reading. Students are expected to wear uniforms for performance and attend a yearly retreat. Concert and sectional attendance are part of the course.


SENIOR WIND ENSEMBLE
MMU--09BA2/MMUCB10--1/MIMCB11--1/MIMCB12--1
Grades: 9 to 12
*Strongly recommended: Intermediate to advanced musicianship skills on woodwind, brass, or percussion
*Pre-Requisite: Audition required or permission of teacher
* Please Note: This may be an off-timetable class.
In this ensemble, students focus on advanced musicianship and develop confidence through performance, community through cooperation and critical thinking through musical excellence. Students learn advanced ear training, varied instrumental techniques, and style. The Senior Wind Ensemble is designed for serious music students who will be challenged by advanced musical repertoire. Students are expected to wear a uniform for performance and attend an annual performance tour. The tour will include performances, adjudications and workshops at universities or festivals, and will rotate semi-local to international locations from year to year. Please be prepared to make a time commitment if you choose to take this class. Concert and sectional attendance are part of the course.

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