Music

Preparing young musicians for the joy of performance

PREPARING YOUNG MUSICIANS FOR THE JOY OF PERFORMANCE

ES & MS MUSIC AT CIS

In addition to covering curriculum expectations, students are encouraged, trained and assisted in showcasing their creativity and talents at different times throughout the course of the academic year.The music program embodies this by teaching the following:

  • Creating and performing music
  • Forms and cultural contexts
  • Music in advertising (jingles)
  • Reflecting on, responding to and analyzing music

MUSIC FOR DIFFERENT GRADES

Students from Grades 1-3 work with percussion instruments to harness their rhythm skills, in addition to exploring other areas of music. They learn to sing confidently in unison, to a prescribed pitch, and while maintaining a steady rhythm.

Students from Grades 4-5 learn how to sight-read music on the piano, in addition to exploring music from different cultures and historical periods. Across all grade levels, we explore, learn, create and grow in confidence.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do we need to know how to play an instrument for Music Spectrum?

It does not matter if students enter the program not knowing how to play an instrument. We cover:

  • Vocal music
  • Music history
  • Multicultural music
  • Instrumental music –piano/guitar
  • Musical composition

What instruments do you cover in ES Music?

Students in Grades 1-3 work with a variety of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. Students in Grades 4-5 have piano study as a compulsory program.

How often are music classes?

Each grade is covered twice in a cycle (between Day 1 & Day 6).

Are there musical performances?

Students get many opportunities during the course of the academic year to showcase their talents. However, the three main events are:

  • Winter Show
  • Talent Show
  • Music Cauldron (year-end show)

Are musical lessons available after school?

After-school musical lessons are not available at CIS.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

MS Music Band: Students choose an orchestra instrument and learn to perform with the orchestra.
MS Music Spectrum: Named so because the program is divided into 3 parts.
Term 1: Vocal Music & Music History
Term 2: Instrumental Music (Piano/Guitar)
Term 3: Creative work & preparing for The Music Cauldron (year-end concert)

CIS CHOIR

The choir performs a wide variety of music in three-piece harmony. Impressive song selection, energetic stage presence, great voice quality, and precise harmony are some of the features that allow the CIS choir to deliver memorable performances, time after time.

EXPLORING MUSIC

Students will explore the evolution of music, as well as the characteristics of different eras.

  • Baroque period (1600 –1750)
  • Classical period (1750 – 1825)
  • Romantic period (late 18th century)
  • Modern era

VOCAL MUSIC

In the vocal music module, students will learn to sing:

  • Independently, on pitch and in rhythm with appropriate timbre, diction and posture
  • Expressively, with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and interpretation
  • From memory, a varied repertoire of songs representing genres and styles from diverse cultures
  • In groups, blending vocal timbres, matching dynamic levels, and responding to the cues of a conductor
  • Accurately and with good breath control throughout their singing ranges
  • Alone, as well as in small and large ensembles
  • Music written in two and three parts (harmony)

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

In this module, students will gain proficiency with various instruments.
Piano Study:

  • Reading standard notation in the treble and bass clefs
  • Interpreting sharps, flats, ledger lines, etc.
  • Playing a variety of major and minor scales
  • Reading familiar and unfamiliar music containing semi-breves, minims, crotchets, quavers and semiquavers, and their corresponding rests
  • Maintaining correct posture and hand position

Guitar Study:

  • Rhythm guitar – acoustic/electric
  • Chord formation and chord cycles
  • Accompanying others, and playing and singing along

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