Hope everyone had a great Spring Break and are staying well. Thank you to all the students currently taking classes and we look forward to sharing more of our class work soon. A few updates below:
In Person classes for Instrumental Music are taking place at the following schools:
Clavet/Delisle (comp only) – Tuesdays
Allan/Hanley/Langham (ww brown only) – Thursdays
Please contact us if you are in grade 6-12 and want to join a class, get music instruction or want more information.
Students in all other schools can do online lessons with our staff through Google Classroom/Teams. Again please get in touch if we can help with resources to keep playing or lessons.
Current Instrumental Covid Guidelines
· Woodwind and brass players must maintain a 3 metre distance from other musicians. For those who play non-wind or non-brass instruments, players can practice and perform at two metres apart. All band and orchestra members must be four metres from those in the audience.
· People playing woodwind or brass instruments are required to wear a mask but are able to remove it prior to playing the instrument. Slit masks are not permitted. Instrument bell covers are not mandatory, but they are recommended.
Mark the Date – Resonate Online 2021 – April 22nd/23rd
Resonate will again be taking pace online through microsoft teams on Thursday April 22nd and Friday April 23rd. More information and registration will be coming soon!
Hello, please feel free to join us this morning at 11am for the Great Big Christmas Sing: Christmas edition. We will be streaming live from 11am on youtube with some festive songs. Download the songbooks below to join in.
Happy last week of School before the holidays. Hope you have been keeping safe, well and warm now Winter is staring to truly hit us with those cold temperatures!
Join us this Wednesday December 16th from 11am-12pm as we invite anyone to tune into the Great Big Sing: Christmas edition. A live streamed Sing-Along of Seasonal tunes performed by our PSSD House Band beaming out from Division Office will be available to watch and take part with on our Youtube Channel. You can sing or play along from your school/home/office or anywhere with reception!
The live stream will be found on below on the music team Youtube Channel.
Also on our Youtube Channel we have been featuring students from across the division as part of the 12 (school) Days ‘Til Christmas Series. Student performances are being released every day leading up to the Winter Break. Take a look here –> PSSD Music Youtube Channel
While music staff are visiting a limited amount of schools please get in touch if you want to check in for a lesson online with any of our music staff and we will do our best to help you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more questions if you are in grade 7-9.
For grade 6 (and Waldheim, Hepburn, Laird) support contact email@example.com
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!