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Program Pathways

Music courses will count towards your compulsory arts credit for your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

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INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAM

AMU1O3, AMU1O5 and, AMU2O0 are all open level courses, with no pre-requisites. It is recommended however that these courses be taken in sequence for optimal learning. Note that AMU1O3 is our beginner music course (e.g. no prior instrumental music experience required) and AMU1O5 is our experienced music course (e.g. prior instrumental music experience his highly recommended).

AMU3M0 and AMU4M0 are university college preparation courses.  AMU1O3/5 or AMU2O0 are pre-requisites for AMU3M0 (although both are highly recommended).

AMU3M0 is the prerequisite for AMU4M0. It is important to identify post-secondary audition requirements as the learning in the grade 12 course provides excellent content for a variety of college and university entrance audition requirements.

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MUSIC & COMPUTERS

AMM2O0 and AMM3O0 are both open level courses, with no pre-requisites. It is recommended however that these courses be taken in sequence for optimal learning.

AMM3M0 and AMM4M0 are university college preparation courses.  AMU2O0 is the pre-requisites for AMM3M0.

AMM3M0 is the prerequisite for AMM4M0. It is important to identify post-secondary audition requirements as the learning in the grade 12 course provides excellent content for a variety of college and university entrance audition requirements.

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Course Descriptions

Instrumental Music

AMU1O3 – Grade 9 Instrumental Music – Open

Do you love listening to music? This course is open to any student who wants to learn to play an instrument for the first time! Students have an opportunity to explore a variety of David Suzuki Secondary School’s instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, double bass, percussion) through sound and rhythm creation. You will have a chance to work independently and also collaborate with your peers to create and perform a variety of musical compositions and rehearsed pieces.  You will get a chance to learn music and perform as a Grade 9 Band while exploring notated music, theory and music history.  You will also explore musical notation and creation while listening to and exploring a variety of different musical genres.

AMU1O5 – Grade 9 Instrumental Music – Open

Do you love playing music? This course is open to any student who has played a band instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, double bass, percussion) and wants to further explore one of David Suzuki Secondary School’s instruments. Typically, students in this class have studied one of these instruments in middle school. You will have a chance to work independently and also collaborate with your peers to create and perform a variety of musical compositions. You will get a chance to learn music and perform as a Grade 9 Band while exploring notated music, theory and music history.  You will also explore musical notation and creation while listening to and exploring a variety of different musical genres.

AMU2O0 – Grade 10 Instrumental Music – Open

Do you love making music? Grade 10 music further develops students independent and group playing by exploring the variety of David Suzuki Secondary School’s instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, double bass, percussion). You will have an opportunity to further develop your understanding of the elements of music, musical notation, theory and music history through increasingly complex concepts. You will develop as a performer and musician while learning performing as a Grade 10 Band. You will also have a chance to explore a variety of musical genres through a variety of performance opportunities.

AMU3M0 – Grade 11 Instrumental Music – University / College

Do you love making music? Grade 11 music further develops students’ musical literacy through performance and the preparation and presentation of music performances. If you have played a band instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, double bass, percussion) and want to further explore one of David Suzuki Secondary School’s instruments this course is for you!  Building on previously acquired knowledge of music, you will develop as a performer and musician while exploring a variety of musical techniques and genres. You will also have a chance to explore the function of music in society and how you can apply skills you have developed in music to your life and careers.

AMU4M0 – Grade 12 Instrumental Music – University / College

Grade 12 music prepares you for a University or College program in music or the arts and further develops your musical literacy through performance and the preparation and presentation of music performances. If you have played a band instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, double bass, percussion) and want to further explore one of David Suzuki Secondary School’s instruments this course is for you! Developing musicianship skills as a solo and ensemble player are highlighted in this course as you continue to explore the elements of music through a variety of performance opportunities. You will also have a chance to explore musical genres, the function of music in society and how you can apply skills you have developed in music to your life and careers.

Music & Computers 

AMM2O0 – Grade 10 Music & Computers – Open

Have you ever dreamed of creating music for video games or movies? Do you like electronic dance music or dubstep? In Grade 10 Music and Computers, we use Macs to remix, arrange, write and sample music using professional grade computer programs. You will learn keyboarding skills on our MIDI keyboards and will develop musical language by using the creative and critical analysis process. From developing intricate drum beats to soaring melodies, this course will help you to develop as a musician and sound engineer.

AMM3O0 – Grade 11 Music & Computers – Open

Have you ever dreamed of creating music for video games or movies? Do you like electronic dance music or dubstep? In Grade 11 Music and Computers, we use Macs to remix, arrange, write and sample music using professional grade computer programs. Building on previously acquired musical knowledge, you will explore a wide variety of musical genres and sound engineering techniques. Students will develop their musical literacy through performance, preparation and presentation of their compositions.

AMM3M0 – Grade 11 Music & Computers – University / College

Grade 11 Music and Computers builds on the foundations laid in earlier Music and Computers classes and encourages you to increase your confidence and independence in music creation. You will further develop your musical literacy through the creation, application, analysis and presentation of music while exploring a wide variety of musical genres.  You will create more complex renditions of video game and movie music while composing increasingly complex melodies, bass lines, drum beats and remixes. You will also compose music while collaborating with other arts courses.

AMM4M0 – Grade 12 Music & Computers – University / College

Grade 12 Music and Computers prepares you for a University or College program in music or sound engineering. You will further increase your confidence and independence in music creation and will develop as a musician. With great understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves you will create complex pieces that explore and develop through an exploration of the elements of music. Students will also compose music while collaborating with other arts courses with a great level of professionalism and leadership.