Welcome everyone. Hope you are all making the best of the current situation and staying well. This is where you will find assignments and information for Music Credit Classes.

Fall 2020

While the itinerant music and band programs are on pause please continue to play and keep in contact. Please find the following pieces of music/projects to work on that we can potentially use for a Winter performance. (Stay tuned for more info)

Duet/Small ensemble project

Band Piece to rehearse and record

June 15-19th

The final week is upon us. If anyone has any work to submit, please do so by the end of the week.

  • June 19th Jamming Friday and Year End Celebration 10-11:30am – Come join us for a celebration of our musical year, some optional jamming, hanging out and year end awards for supplemental learning. All welcome! Here is the link to join the jam Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

To be completed

June 8-12th

Attend Jamming Fridays this Friday and the primer session of how to transpose on sight on Thursday at 10am. More details to be mailed to you.

May 25-June 5th

Grade 10-12 – NO LESSON PLANS THESE WEEKS – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – Remember to report back to which sessions you attended.

May 19-22nd

Hope you had a fantastic long weekend. Resonate:Online is just over a week away. Please all sign up to attend whatever you are able. We have some truly incredible artists working with you online including award winning Canadian composer Allan Gilliland, Conductor and percussionist Matt Abraham and Grammy nominated artist Jacob Faithful of the Young Spirit Singers.

Sign up HERE (you do not have to attend the full day but you need to sign up – You can also sign up on multiple days to see different artists)

Current Artists HERE (more names to be announced)

Groundhog Day' Is Now A Musical, And Here Are The Songs : NPR
“It’s GroundHog Day!

This Weeks Assignments

It’s DeJaVu.

May 11th-16th

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel

Hoping you had a great week. Thank you to those that got in touch with your teachers. For those that haven’t had the chance yet please check in this week with your teacher so we can see how you’re doing, if there is anything we can do to assist or helping you through the current situation.

We are also excited to announce “Resonate” will be taking place this year but online. Spread over 4 days May 27/28 and June 3/4, you can attend as much as you want this year. We have some amazing artists to work with. Please register here.

This weeks assignments:

Ongoing Coursework – Submit at any time (See last weeks post below for a full list of links)

May 4th-8th

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest.” – Henry David Thoreau

Another week rolls by, I hope you are managing to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Everything seems a bit better with nicer weather! We miss you all!

This weeks assignments:

  • CHECK INPlease take time this week to check in with your teacher through one of the following methods.
    • Email
    • Phone
    • Message on Teams
    • Log in to Drop-in Thursdays (11am-12pm) on Teams
  • History/Culture Study.com Music History 101 – Complete lesson 1
  • Perform Create a video or recording of your playing either for Music Monday or our Friday Concert Series and submit to your teacher.
  • Create Breezin thru Composition – Complete lesson 1 and 3 Set up link here
  • Learn Breezin thru Theory – Complete lesson 1 and 3. Set up link here

Ongoing Coursework – Submit at any time (See last weeks post below for a full list of links)

April 27th-May 1st

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”― Charles Darwin

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I managed to take in the StrongerTogether concert last night which was a fantastic spotlight on our frontline workers featuring some Canada’s greatest artists. Full replay on CTV or playlists like this on youtube.

While we all go through these uncertain times and juggle different challenges and subjects I thank you and hope you can continue to find time to keep listening and performing music and other creative releases.

Drop-in Online: All seniors are invited to join Mrs. Ayres, Mr. Martin and Mr. Ward in Microsoft Teams for a group video/audio chat on Thursday from 11am-12pm. This will be a weekly optional drop in time to connect not just with teachers but each other. You can use this time to get one on ones or just join in on discussion as a group.

This week we will continue on with studies in Music Theory, History/Culture and Composition. For those that want to delve into some music history we have set up a class with study.com which has some fantastic bite sized videos.

Take care in there and be well.

Thought of the Week: Has the Global Pandemic inspired and created more music or a greater focus and reliance on the arts and their importance?

This weeks assignments:

Ongoing Coursework – Submit at any time (See last weeks post below for a full list of links)


April 20th-24th Activities/Assignments

*Grade 10-12 Check-in Day is Thursdays. If you want to connect with a. teacher you can set up a time by emailing them*

All of these tasks are optional unless you are working towards improving grades

For this week

  • Explore: Visit Soul Rock Studio and see if there is anything on there that you are interested in work on.
  • Learn: Get logged into Breezin Thru Theory and Breezin Thru Composition. follow the instructions here. Then get started on the chapters on each site.
  • Create an account or join the Smart music class. To join the class, go to https://admin.smartmusic.com/join, enter an email address and the following class code. 2HFA7-RQUUZ
  • Away from the computer: Do some playing or creating (songwriting/composing) Pick a solo piece to work on (Check Smart Music/searching online if you don’t have any at home)

 Ongoing coursework:

  • Skills list (technique) 10 per term – 30 total for the school year
  • Concert Reviews (use NPR, One World Together Concert or other online concert sources)
  • Music History Project (Music Eras)
  • Solo Performance – Find a solo on Smart Music or pick a solo and let your teacher know which solo you have picked
  • Breezin Thru Theory lessons
  • Breezin Thru Composition lessons

April 6th-10th Activities/Assignments

This week we will be hoping to touch base with all students/families that need more information and also those that have already confirmed they will be continuing. Through this correspondence we will form a better idea of where students interest areas and time availability are, which will better guide each students individual plan going forward.

In addition there is one fun Challenge and an invitation to both Explore and Create this week through the following avenues:.


Escape the Band Room – Band Escape Room – Follow the instructions in the link.

Explore: Use some time this week to explore some/all of the following websites: (Click on the name)

Breezin Thru Theory/Breezin Thru Composition: Music Theory program and Music Composition program.

Site Reading Factory: Explore this website and press the try for free to test it out.

Smart Music Virtual Conductor – Play along the music of Brian Balmages as he acts as a virtual conductor. You can sign up a free account to access more.

Create/Perform: Keep playing! There are lots of things you can do to keep your muscles and instrument fitness levels up. Work out your favourite songs for your instrument, have a house concert, play on your porch for neighbours, write a song and perform it.

Here are some easy pop/film themes if you want to do a mini performance. Feel free to email recordings if you want!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions will.martin@spiritsd.ca


Here are some more things to explore if you are bored!

Be well. Speak soon.