Music Teachers will be heading to four communities this week to touch base with any students in grade 6-12 interested in studying music this year. Two more communities will be added the following week. The Teachers will call interested students in cohort groups to discuss music options in the afternoon.
We are committed to finding a pathway for studying music this year that can fit students/teachers schedule the best.
Tuesday – Clavet/Delisle
Thursday – Hanley/Allan
For all students outside of these communities the Music Education Team are available to set up online lesson opportunities that fit the student/teachers schedules best. Please contact your music teacher if you wish to have 1-1 or small group private lessons.
Monday Afternoon drop in classes
From 1-3pm every Monday afternoon the Music Education Team will be hosting optional drop in Music Classes for any students that are willing and able to attend (Grade 6-12). There will be time for instrument specific instruction, group opportunities, listening activities and more, based on who is in attendance each Monday.
These classes will take place through Google Classroom. Please contact one of the music staff to be added to the classroom if you are interested. If you are added into the classroom you are NOT expected to be there every week, so even if you think you might only make one Monday for 10 mins, don’t let that stop you being involved.
Provincial Guidelines for Music Classes (from the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association – STF Professional Growth Network)
I hope you are doing well on this day of Remembrance and we wish you and your loved ones well in this crazy week of snow.
The Music Ed team will be returning, to begin with, to the communities where students expressed the most interest starting next Tuesday (Nov 17th) and Thursday (Nov (19th). Any students interested in exploring options for studying music will be called to speak with one of our staff to work out a path forward that works best for them.
There will be no Division Band time on Monday afternoons, in lieu this time will be open for students to set up online 1 on 1 or small group lesson on their instrument with a member of staff, providing they have a safe space and fall under provincial guidelines to do so.
We will post an update this Friday the schools and times staff members will be visiting for in person lessons once we have confirmed.
In the meantime be safe, be well and take care of each other.
Please find the latest IMPORTANT updates and information regarding music classes below. We are in the process of returning into schools for onsite instructions but need to survey student interest and availability. PLEASE click on the links below to read and respond.
Take part in a virtual full band experience and learn one band piece which will form part of a Winter Showcase concert. This is free and endorsed by the music team, please take part. It is free and easy!
Just sending out a few updates. Have a fantastic weekend.
Wenjack Walk this Sunday – For anyone wanting to join us, we will be meeting at Kinsmen Park Car Park at 9am and walking up the river to Wanuskewin as part of the Secret Path Week. You can donate to the fundraiser here if you wish: –> HERE
Schedule for Google Classroom events next week. Students in grade 7-12 can sign up for any or all of the sessions. Please register with Mr. Martin
October 20th *click on the blue hyperlinks for session info ·
We have started planning the return to weekly in school instruction with instruments under provincial guidelines and recommendations and will be giving an update to restarting classes next week. Ahead of returning to classes from the week of October 26th.
Division Hub Classes will remain bi-weekly combined with assigned asynchronous classes or in person classes where it is possible.
The PSSD Music Education Team are incredibly proud to be a Legacy School for the The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. We are excited to invite students, families and teachers from across Prairie Spirit School Division to join us for a series of event’s from October 17th-22nd as part of the Secret Path Week, a national movement commemorating the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack and promoting conversations and action for Reconciliation.
We will be hosting live streaming events, discussions and activities on October 20th and 22nd for students in grades 7-12 from 9am to 12pm on Google Classroom.
We also invite anyone to Walk for Wenjack on the 22nd or at any time during the Secret Path Week. The Music Education Team will be taking part in a socially distanced walk on Sunday October 18th from the Kinsmen Park car park to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, anyone is welcome to join. Please contact email@example.com to sign up to take part in either event.
Walk for Wenjack
Everybody has their own reason to Walk for Wenjack. For some, it may be a moment to honour Chanie. For others, it may be an opportunity to raise awareness of the true history of Residential Schools. Each Walk for Wenjack is unique.
The first Walk for Wenjack took place in 2016 and retraced the steps of Chanie Wenjack. It started at the Cecillia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, ON, and continued to Redditt, ON for a ceremony representing Chanie’s final resting spot near Farlane, ON. Since then, people across the country have hosted their own walk to educate and raise awareness of the true history and impact of Residential Schools
We encourage all students/teachers/family members to walk for Chanie Wenjack and his family on October 22, the day Chanie succumbed to the elements as he was trying to get home. Walks can also be organized on other dates during Secret Path Week (Oct. 17-22).
The PSSD Music Education Team has set up a fundraising page – Here– Which anyone can join the team and contribute to, feel free to donate or join the group. You do not have to fundraise to do a walk. Here are some ideas for a walk.
Online 10/20/30 Music Credit options through Spirit eLearning school (Term 2, T3, T4, T5)
The Music Ed team are excited to be a part of the Spirit eLearning School and are offering an all new online music credit class starting in Term 2 (October 23rd) for students in grade 9-12. This class will take place as a timetabled option, in the mornings, where students will work for a complete credit per term. Students from any part of the division are welcome to sign up. In addition to daily large group topics, discussions and activities, students can pick from the following areas of specialization:
Jazz (Term 3)
East/WestDivision Band Credit Class – Pullout Year long program on Monday afternoons (Online)
We will be resuming online Division Band classes on Monday afternoons in Term 2 (October 26th) from 1-3pm with one hour assigned work during the week in addition. This afternoon class will enable any students able to return home at lunch to do so and log on able to play their instruments from home. Division band online with mix music concepts, playing, listening performance assignments and group projects until we are able to meet again in person.
More information to follow – contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to sign up for classes.
You need to sign up in advance to attend both courses (email Mr. Martin).
The Monday Division Band is all year round.
The in Timetabled credit class is per term. You can work towards multiple credits over separate terms or just study one term.
Students in grade 7-9 will be able to also take part in the division band classes if their situation allows. There will be a different expectation on coursework and the division band class will be split down to reflect age group and ability.
More information to follow
Contact email@example.com for more questions if you are in grade 7-9.
For grade 6 (and Waldheim, Hepburn, Laird) support contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you all had a great weekend and are getting back to new normal.
We will continue to be publishing supplementary materials on the blog site while Band/Itinerant Music is on pause. Update is coming this week. Just click on your relevant band assignments tab (beginning band, 7-9 or 10-12 etc.) Unfortunately at this time we cannot do the lunch time check in’s on teams but PLEASE email us and stay in contact, we miss our music students and families.
In the meantime check out this fantastic series of short classes on balancing the untold and ignored parts of Music History, in particular the role of women, by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Join Saskatoon composer Kendra Harder in this six week course exploring the Herstory you need to know.
“Women have been writing and performing music for as long as men have; so how come we don’t know about very many women composers? In this class we’ll explore the socio-historical reasons behind the absence of women from textbooks while exploring their music and their lives.”
Try mastering this round the dinner table – send us videos if you master it!
Hoping you had as great a summer as you could. We are excited to connect with students and families again and catch up. We have missed you!
We are sad to say farewell and wish Mrs. Ayers goodbye and good luck on her maternity leave. At the same time we would like to welcome Ms. Ylioja to join the team this year!
Under current provincial and division guidelines, at this time, there is a pause on elementary band and the use of wind and brass instruments in the school setting. The Music Ed Team is also unable to visit schools.
We will be providing supplemental material/projects for interested students to keep playing and interacting with the rest of the band. These will appear next week on the blogsite which will take students to a google classroom to find activities. As with the spring, we will also continue some drop in times over the lunch hour for each age group. The online drop in will take place from 12pm-1pm to avoid students having to be pulled from their in person classes. (see below)
We hope that the formal in person classes will start later in the school year. We are currently planning 7 weeks ahead but as with everything else, the plans are liable to change.
More information about the google classroom/activities and drop in chats will be posted here on the blogsite next week. In the meantime please feel free to connect with us with any questions or thoughts.
Lunch time connects
Tuesday:Drop in for Students in 9-12
Wednesday:Drop in for Students in grade 6
Thursday:Drop in for Students in grade 7/8
Fridays: Munch – Social hangout, group games and chat for all ages
Hello, hope you are enjoying the summer! With those of you missing summer band camps or looking for some amazing music to listen to or talks to inspire you, check out Prairie Music Residency this week. Some of the worlds best brass, percussion and woodwind artists are putting on sessions for advancing players, musicians and community members. See the information below and be well!
August 6 – 9, 2020 Online Delivery featuring: Amazing Clinicians covering: Brass, Percussion & Woodwind Timely Band Topics Incredibly Low Cost 4 Days … Over 35 Presenters … Networking & MORE The Saskatoon Brass Band, in association with the SBA, is blasting its highly-rated Prairie Music Residency into Cyberspace for four days of performances, masterclasses, interactive discussions, daily hang outs with national and international level clinicians.
PMR Online is open to musicians and music lovers of all ages, abilities with sessions on brass/woodwind/percussion and as well as special overall band topics! Each day includes Artist Spotlight Sessions featuring Brass, Woodwind and Percussion faculty; Centre Stage Sessions for topics of broad interest and additional content including daily hang out chats.
Cost (includes post-event access to session recordings until August 30 for all registrants): $25 for SBA Members $35 for non-membersRegister NOW Artist Spotlight Sessions
Artist Spotlight Sessions are instrument specific sessions, featuring some of the world’s finest Brass, Woodwind and Percussion performers and educators.
The spotlight sessions include performances, masterclasses and live interactive Q and A sessions.
Check out the national and international clinicians:
The SBA is pleased to support PMR each year. For this year, we are also proud to welcome of the Woodwind Faculty below as a special feature for PMR2020:Centre Stage Sessions – SpecialPresentationTopics
Community Music and Mental Health – Tabby Kerwin Join published writer, performance coach, mental health advocate and trainer Tabby Kerwin for a session on her research, importance of putting good support measures into and open discussion on Mental Health in music. Improve your Intonation – Dr. Shelley JagowA session to help improve you and your bands intonation with acclaimed educator, Professor of Music at Wright State University School of Music and author of Tuning for Wind Instruments: A Roadmap to Successful Intonation Dr. Shelley Jagow. Beyond the Notes, a journey in Musicianship – Joseph ParisiProfessor at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and Director of Fountain City Brass Band takes you on an inspiring journey to become a greater musician.
Panel Discussion: Diversity in MusicHosted by President of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Joanna Ross Hersey. The first of a two part discussion (Part two in the fall) on diversity in music. An All Star, all female panel will discuss their backgrounds, challenges and experiences in music. Staying Engaged – Dean McNeillDean presents a session to help all band musicians stay engaged both mentally and physically, during times that we can’t play as an ensemble or maybe get motivated to play by ourselves at home. History of Brass– Tom DavorenCharting the start of the brass banding movement and phenomenon, Tom Davoren takes us through the history of Brass Banding from the industrial revolution through the 20th Century. Improvisation – Allan MolnarAn interactive session on improvisation for all levels and experience in improvisation. Bring your instruments and play along as Allan Molnar gives you an introduction and building blocks to further your improvisation skills. Grooversity: Samba Rhythm 101 – Marcus SantosBring a practice pad/snare drum and sticks or hand drum (djembe/conga) and headphones, or just join in with body percussion, or your pots and pans to learn as many of the parts and rhythms all together, in a virtual samba drum and percussion ensemble! There will be something for everyone to learn to play and explore to improve your rhythmic skills or learn something new! For all ages, all levels, no experience necessary. “From a Distance”… Band Music Technology DiscussionAn open discussion with special guests on music technology that has worked and hasn’t. Hints, tips and links to software and resources that will help enhance your playing, practice or social distancing within ensembles. Open to all and no experience necessary! Building and Sustaining Community in our Ensembles Dr. Peter Meechan & Jeff W. BallJeff W. Ball and host Dr. Peter Meechan will guide an interactive discussion on building community within ensembles, taking a look at the huge success of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony and its subsequent ensembles. Discussion will also cover where our community ensembles might go under the current world climate and what we can do to sustain community band music.
To view the entire PMR Schedule at a Glance visit:
DON’T MISS OUT … An amazing, accessible and affordable opportunity!
All of the Centre Stage and Spotlight Sessions PLUS opportunities to connect and hang out with other band musicians. Not available all 4 days? Not a problem – remember registrants have access to ALL sessions until August 30!
Reminder: SBA Members must log in to access the member discounted pricing… 4 days of sessions, only $25 for SBA Members!