Band Courses

AMI 1OI – Instrumental Music, Open – EXPERIENCED PLAYERS (Gr 9)
Ideal for students who are experienced players on woodwind, brass or percussion instruments that you will play in class.  Develop your instrumental performance skills; you will play your instrument every day.  Learn to read and write standard music notation and complete listening and composition activities.  Play as a class and in small groups, you will be encouraged to perform in the Junior Band.
Preparation: Grade 8 instrumental music or private lessons on the class instrument

AMI 1OX Instrumental Music, Open – Beginning Players (Gr 9)
Ideal for students with no experience on a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.  Starting as a beginner, you will learn to play an instrument.  Develop your instrumental performance skills; you will play your instrument every day.  Learn to read and write standard music notation while completing listening and composition activities.  Play as a class and in small groups, you will be encouraged to perform in the Grade 9 Band. Students require NO previous instrumental music experience.

AMI 2OI Instrumental Music – Open (Gr 10)
The grade 10 course builds on the skills that you developed in grade 9, as you play more complex rhythms and in more metres and keys. You will continue to spend most of the class time playing your instrument, with written and listening activities supporting your performance work. Performing as a full class remains the focus of the course, but you will have added opportunities for small ensemble work. You will be encouraged to join an extra-curricular group such as the Junior Band or Senior Band.  Prerequisite:  AMI1OI or AMI1OX.

AMI 3MI – Instrumental Music, University/College (Gr 11)
In grade 11 you will continue to build on the skills from your previous music courses as you refine your performance and musicianship skills.  Your knowledge of musical harmony and texture will be extended, and you will study, listen to and perform the music of the Baroque era.  Playing as a class will be balanced with extended opportunities for small group and solo playing, and you will be encouraged to gain added performance experience extra-curricularly in the Senior Band.  Prerequisite:  AMI 1OX or AMI 1OX; AMI 2OI is strongly recommended.

AMI 4MI – Instrumental Music – University/College (Gr 12)
Your performance, analysis and theoretical skills are integrated in a more sophisticated way in this course.  You will perform more complex works, compose and arrange in a variety of styles, and learn about several types of Classical and Modern music.  Small ensemble and solo performance work have increased importance in this course, but you will still perform as a full class.  The added performance experience from being a member of the Senior Band is strongly recommended for students in this course.  Prerequisite:  AMI3MI.

AMH 4MI – Instrumental Music – Jazz, University/College (Gr 12)
This course is for players on any band instrument who wish learn to play, compose, arrange and improvise in a variety of jazz styles.  Performing on your instrument in class, small group and solo situations will be balanced with the study of jazz history and harmonic analysis.  It is strongly recommended that students in this course perform in the Senior Band and/or Sr. Jazz Band for added performance experience.  Prerequisite:  AMI3MI.