Music Class options resuming in Term 2

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:

  • Band
  • Choral
  • Jazz (Term 3)
  • General Music
  • Garage Band
  • Guitar

East/West Division 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 will.martin@spiritsd.ca 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.

East/West Grade 7-9

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 alexander.ward@spiritsd.ca for more questions if you are in grade 7-9.

For grade 6 (and Waldheim, Hepburn, Laird) support contact janna.ylioja@spiritsd.ca

Happy Monday

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.”

Click the link above to get more information and sign up for the Thursday night classes

Weekly Challenge:

Try mastering this round the dinner table – send us videos if you master it!

Happy New Year!

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