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Music

Music

Vision

Our vision is based on our conviction that learning music works best when our students are creating music, and when their passion for it is revealed and built-upon in the classroom.

 

Time: long term future

Music at Sagesse High School will be recognized for its students’ outstanding performing musical skills/knowledge, and particularly for promoting awareness of music’s impact on student’s emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth, achievements and wellbeing!

Function: where the department sees itself years from now

Music education is involving many challenges. As pedagogies, technologies and media are developing, we aim to have a big impact on all areas of our students’ growth and to keep up with the fast changes using these pedagogies and technologies!

Goal: state short- and long-term goals

Short term goals:

  • Enjoy singing, dancing, playing instruments and creating music;
  • Improve listening skills;
  • Develop discipline and perseverance through practicing on the instruments;
  • Develop self-confidence;
  • Develop a sense of music appreciation; and
  • Maintain and enhance wellbeing and psychological balance.

Long term goals:

  • Build musical skills. (Performance);
  • Build musical concepts (Theory);
  • Build the sense of curiosity towards musical styles and cultures;
  • Develop the sense of creativity in composing and performing music; and
  • Promote high levels of aspiration, self-esteem and artistic integrity through both composition and performance.

 

Mission

Music Education comprehends the musical intelligence as one of the most vital “multiple intelligences.” Therefore, SHS Music Education department has developed  its curriculum to fit each one of our music learners, providing various enriched educational opportunities (cultural, social and intellectual diversity) to create a musical community based on Catholic beliefs and values, motivating our students to become more aware of their emotions and talents, as well as to acquire the sense of discipline, by exploring and performing on instruments in order to develop their skills and achieve their highest potentials for lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of music.

 

 

Course Description

 

Preschool Division AP/LP

Our Music Education program in the Preschool Division contributes to a multi-disciplinary, interrelated school curriculum. While being engaged in music activities, students learn more than music content and skills, they will express themselves through singing, dancing and moving, playing simple percussion instruments and body percussion exercises. Like other art forms, music offers unique experiences from which a better understanding of the world and of oneself can emerge through: Creating, Making and Presenting.

During music classes, our preschoolers will explore, challenge, develop, and express ideas, using the skills, language, techniques and processes of the arts:

 

  1. Experience beat and rhythm, and distinguish between fast/slow, higher/lower, loud/soft, the speaking voice, and the singing voice
  2.  Explore a range of ways of expressing thoughts, experiences, and feelings through music, with emphasis on sound sources
  3.  Explore rhythm, dynamics, and pitch to communicate thoughts, experiences, and feelings
  4.  Participate in activities that explore a variety of sound sources.
  5. Record simple rhythmic patterns, record up and down motion of melodies using contour mapping
  6. Perform simple rhythmic patterns
  7. Explore improvising answers in the style similar to a given rhythmic and melodic phrase
  8. Combine music and movement in their music making
  9. Explore songs about celebration and family

 

Lower Elementary Division AP/LP

 

Our Music Education program for the Lower Elementary Division contributes to a multi-disciplinary, interrelated school curriculum. While being engaged in music activities, students learn more than music content and skills, they will express themselves through singing, dancing and moving, playing simple percussion instruments and body percussion exercises. Like other art forms, music offers unique experiences from which a better understanding of the world and of oneself can emerge through: Creating, Making and Presenting.

 

Teaching music at the Lower Elementary level at SHS leads to a general education that awakens all senses and is based on three main axes;

  1. voice awakeness (singing, pantomining etc.),
  2. ear awakeness (listening etc.),
  3. body awakeness (rhythmics, pulses etc.)
  4. percussion exploration

 

Through  active learning, students  are able to use a variety of experiences and  they “learn by doing” in a pleasing way in a process that prepare them to many modes of performance:

  • Singing: an activity that involves both rhythmic and tonal elements of music;
  • Moving: an activity that prepares students to understand the rhythm and the style of music;
  • Chanting: a vocal rhythmic performance where students can apply what they have aurally learned;
  • Playing instruments: students apply and explore on Karl Orff instruments what they have aurally learned;
  • Reading notations (rhythmic solfeggio): students will learn how to read and write music, using the specific vocabulary and music notations depending on each class level topics; and
  • Listening: students learn to listen and perceive different musical models.

 

 

Upper Elementary Division AP/LP:

Our Music Education program for the Upper Elementary Division contributes to a multi-disciplinary, interrelated school curriculum. While being engaged in music activities, students learn more than music content and skills, they will express themselves through singing, dancing and moving, playing simple percussion instruments and body percussion exercises. Like other art forms, music offers unique experiences from which a better understanding of the world and of oneself can emerge through: Creating, Making and Presenting.

 

Learning music at the Upper Elementary level at Sagesse High School has three main purposes:

 

  • Experience the music; during the classroom activity, students will experience the music in its whole. They will react to the songs through dancing, singing, listening … and they will find out the tonality, the meters, the styles and the timbres;
  • Study the music; once they have experienced the song, the students will study the parts of the music and they will learn a specific vocabulary of tonal and rhythm patterns. In this stage, they will start their music reading (rhythmic and tonal); and
  • Understand the music; when the experience and the study merge together, students will understand the music. They will sing the song and they will read its musical parts. Understanding music will be more observable when they can improvise and create new patterns, or when they can start playing on Karl Orff instruments and apply their information.

 

Learning music in the Upper Elementary Division prepares the students to many modes of performance:

  • Singing: an activity that involves both rhythmic and tonal elements of music;
  • Moving: an activity that prepares students to understand the rhythm and the style of music;
  • Chanting: a vocal rhythmic performance where students can apply what they have aurally learned;
  • Playing instruments: students will apply and explore on instruments what they have aurally learned;
  • Reading notations (solfeggio): students will learn how to read and write music, using the specific vocabulary and music notations depending on each class level topics; and
  • Listening: students learn to listen and observe different musical models.

 

Intermediate Division AP/LP:

Our Music Education program for the Intermediate Division contributes to a multi-disciplinary, interrelated school curriculum. While being engaged in music activities, students learn more than music content and skills, they will express themselves through singing, dancing and playing Woodwind and Brass instruments. Like other art forms, music offers unique experiences from which a better understanding of the world and of oneself can emerge through: Creating, Making and Presenting.

 

Learning music in the Intermediate division prepares the students to many modes of performance:

  • Singing: an activity that involves both rhythmic and tonal elements of music;
  • Moving: an activity that prepares students to understand the rhythm and the style of music;
  • Chanting: a vocal rhythmic performance where students can apply what they have aurally learned;
  • Playing Brass and Woodwind instruments (Band program): students will apply and explore on instruments what they have aurally learned;
  • Reading notations (solfeggio): students will learn how to read and write music, using the specific vocabulary and music notations depending on each class level topics;
  • Listening: students learn to listen and perceive different musical models;
  • Creating music (composition and improvisation); and
  • Research and Power point presentations done by the students (Collection of information about all genres of music, composers, Musical eras…).

 

Secondary Division AP:

Our Music Education program for the Secondary Division contributes to a multi-disciplinary, interrelated school curriculum. While being engaged in music activities, students learn more than music content and skills, they will express themselves through musical activities that helps in enhancing their wellbeing in general and their modes of life. Like other art forms, music offers unique experiences from which a better understanding of the world and of oneself can emerge through: Creating, Making, Presenting and Analyzing.

 

Learning music in the Secondary division prepares the students to many modes of performance:

  • Singing: an activity that involves both rhythmic and tonal elements of music;
  • Chanting: a vocal rhythmic performance where students can apply what they have aurally learned;
  • Reading notations (solfeggio): students will learn how to read and write music, using the specific vocabulary and music notations depending on each class level topics;
  • Listening: students learn to listen and perceive different musical models;
  • Creating music (composition and improvisation);
  • Research and Power point presentations done by the students (Collection of information about all genres of music, composers, Musical eras…) ;
  • Analyzing musical styles and their effects on the human brain;
  • Learning about Music Therapy and its applications; and

Learning how to get all the benefits that music can give to the individuals.