About

Prairie Spirit (East) Music Program…

The PSSD East Music Program is a curricular accredited music program available to any student in Grades 5-12. The Program brings together students from schools across the East side of Prairie Spirit School Division, including; Aberdeen, Allan, Clavet, Colonsay, Dundurn, Hanley, South Corman Park.

Instruction is given in-school once or twice Monday to Friday (please see your schools page for more information). In addition all students in Grade 7-12 come together bi-weekly to combine in 5 different streamed groups to accommodate different skill levels of musicians.

Grade 5 Music Education

  • From September through to December, we will take time to build foundational skills through delivery of a General Music Program. In these first months students will learn the basics of note reading and writing as well as pitch relation and other important music concepts required to play a musical instrument through multiple avenues of learning. We have carefully created programs that will allow students access to many different types of music education such as, but not limited to Boomwhackers, Bucket Drumming, and P Buzz. 
  • Last spring, in your child’s Grade 4 year – we had professionals come in to lead students through an “Instrument Petting Zoo” and allow them to choose three instruments they would like to play. We will re-introduce your child to the instruments again through the same “Instrument Petting Zoo” process in January in order to make a more educated choice based on their time in the General Music Program. Instruments will then be obtained for your students use either through the school division or through the rental process at St. John’s Music in Saskatoon. More information regarding this process will come to you at a later date. The Instrumental Music Program will run from January – June and will be continued through your students Grade 6 school year.  Activities your child will participate in through the Instrumental Music Program are as follows, but not limited to:
    • Music Retreat in January. Students will have the opportunity to work with professionals on their instrument to establish the fundamentals in a fun and comprehensive field trip. Students at the same level across Prairie Spirit School Division will gather together for this event!
    • Spring In School Performances. As students progress on their instruments, they will have the opportunity to showcase what they have learned in small in school music celebrations.
    • Band Karate is a music program divided into 10 levels labeled as Karate Belts. To earn a belt, the student must perform each piece, or complete each task with minimal mistakes.

 

Grade 6 Music Education

Our goal as a Music Education team in Prairie Spirit School Division is to make music meaningful. We program our classroom time to build on this goal through the following ways in Grade 6:

  • From September through to December, we will take time to build and revisit foundational skills all while working toward performance opportunities through delivery of a Band Karate Program. At the heart of this method is a positive reward system in which students receive coloured “karate belts” to hang from their instrument for each progressively more difficult level. Throughout the school year we will also be working towards learning music that over 300 other students at the same level in the division will be working on, so we can come together and create something on a much broader level, and to connect students from across the division.
  • Instrumental Music Program: Instruments will then be obtained for your students use either through the school division or through the rental process at St. John’s Music in Saskatoon (see attached file). Please contact Ms. Thompson via email as soon as possible if you require an instrument from the division. 
    •  Activities your child will participate in through the Instrumental Music Program are as follows, but not limited to:
      • Watrous Music Festival participation, as part of an authentic learning experience. Students will have the option to attend a day trip with other Grade 6 students from across the division to perform, and to listen to other groups perform. This trip will be tentative based on registration numbers and parent volunteers to chaperone, and will be a day trip during the week of April 1-5,2019. More information to come. 
      • Spring In School Performances. As students progress on their instruments, they will have the opportunity to showcase what they have learned in small in school music celebrations.
      • Band Karate is a music program divided into 10 levels labeled as Karate Belts. To earn a belt, the student must perform each piece, or complete each task with minimal mistakes.

Grade 7-12 Music Education – Every Other Wednesday @ Allan 1:00pm-4:30pm  

The Senior Band is a higher level ensemble for players that have been playing three years or more and concentrates on a higher standard of repertoire. The Senior Band takes part in music festivals, retreats and tours across the Prairies and beyond.

Our program is constantly growing and is made up of over 200 students, who participate in a wide variety of musical areas. Our performance-based program in Concert Band are intended as introductions to the skills and concepts needed to experiment and learn in the various musical genres. Students are trained in not only the technical skills needed for music performance but as well receive requisite training in music theory and historical/cultural perspectives as it relates to the repertoire.

Each ensemble faces many challenges at the beginning of each new school year. Most groups are made up of students who come from varying backgrounds musically, and have completely different levels of experience and ability. For many of them, it is their first time in a large ensemble or their first time on a new instrument.

…leadership by example…

Our Program Philosophy…

The single biggest emphasis in our program is placed on the development within each student, a mature sense of team, and an awareness of each student’s responsibility to our musical community.

Improving their individual skills obviously requires each student to develop good habits and a strong sense of self-discipline through individual practice. Students are expected to work together at all levels of the learning process.

A musical ensemble relies on the contributions of all the individuals within it, and it is assumed that all members accept the responsibilities which come as being an essential member of a team.   Students in our program are expected to display a commitment to the music program and to the “team”, and a desire for striving to attain the highest standards possible on behalf of the ensemble. An ensemble cannot function otherwise.

Our collective goal is to provide a learning environment which is safe, supportive, and which allows our students build the confidence to take the risks necessary to realize their potential.

“It takes a whole community to create a true musician. It takes a whole musician to understand the true meaning of community”