Secret Path Week

Secret Path Week

October 17-22nd

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 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.

  • Walk with a musical instrument.
  • Create a banner or sign to walk with.
  • Join in with the fundraising for your walk –
  • Remember to take pictures/videos and use social media to chart your walks
  • 60km over the week – Channie Wenjack was found over 60 km from Cecillia Jeffrey Indian Residential School. Spread your walk over the week or join with friends to collectively walk 60km over the week.
  • Join the Music Ed Team on a socially distanced walk from Kinsmen Park to Wanuskewin Heritage Park on Sunday October 18th @9am. (bring an instrument!)

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 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 for more questions if you are in grade 7-9.

For grade 6 (and Waldheim, Hepburn, Laird) support contact

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

Prairie Music Residency Online Sessions

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:

Brass Faculty
Woodwind Faculty
Percussion Faculty

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!

 Register NOW – Don’t Miss Out!

Final Week and Year End Celebration

We are in our final week of supplemental learning. If you have anything to submit to your teachers please do so by the end of the week.

This Friday we will be hosting a year end Celebration and Jamming session on microsoft teams. Please feel free to join us, bring and instrument or just hang out.

  • 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! 

If you need help getting into microsoft teams just contact your teacher.

June 8-12th

Reflecting back on an amazing past two weeks. If you attended Resonate please send in the sessions you attended, your thoughts and take aways from each!

This weeks activities are found below. Including two interactive live sessions with the Music Team on Microsoft Teams this Thursday and Friday. These events are open to any students of any ability to interact with other musicians/students and staff. Links will be emailed out and posted here on Thursday/Friday.

Thursday Concept Sessions:

  • Road to Jamming (Transposing) 10-11am – Join the PSSD Music team for an intro, hints and tips for how to transpose on sight when Jamming. Then join us on Friday to Jam.
  • Pick your poison – 11-12am – Is there is a burning topic you want to talk about or something you would like to learn? pick the music teams brains.

Jamming Friday: 10-11:30am Bring an instrument, your voice, a box of dried pasta or some old pots n’ pans and join us for Jamming Friday. All ages and abilities welcome.

This weeks activities

Happy Friday

Resonate 2020 is finished and what an incredible 5 days of sessions connecting students and teachers from across Canada and the U.S.

A HUGE thank you to those that took part and our incredible faculty. In tribute todays listening is a playlist of songs from our artists.

Have a great weekend!

This weeks activities


Hope you had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed the amazing weather. We are into our second week and final two days of Resonate:Online this Wednesday June 3rd and Thursday June 4th. There is still time for students to sign up and take part. Please spread the word and help connect students together and with these great artists. There is no cost.

  • Any student in grade 7-12 can attend whether they are currently studying music or not
  • Students can attend as much or as little as they are able over the two days
  • Sessions Artist’s include Tania Miller, Brian BalmagesJeffery StrakerPeter MeechanMegan NashCrock & Brooks(Rowloff Percussion), Andrew LittlefordJoel JeschkeBrendan Friesen and Saskatoon Jazz Jams live
  • Students can sign up here: Register Here
  • More information here:    Artist Profiles here


Please let me know if you need more information or have questions we want as many students to take advantage of this opportunity as possible!

This weeks activities

  • Grade 5/6
  • Grade 7-9 – NO LESSON PLANS THIS WEEK – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – SIGN UP HERE
  • Grade 10-12 – NO LESSON PLANS THIS WEEK – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – SIGN UP HERE
  • Jazz – NO LESSON PLANS THIS WEEK – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – SIGN UP HERE