Kindergarten - Zahra Remtula
In Kindergarten students develop an awareness of the elements of music through playful song experiences and creative movement. The Kindergarten music program incorporates playful, interactive, and developmentally appropriate music and movement activities for the boys. Each lesson includes a greeting song, storytime, and instrument play encouraging creative participation from the boys. The boys will gain an opportunity to learn various songs, explore instruments, and movement with music. We will explore musical concepts including beat, rhythm, harmony, melody, tempo, and pitch. Through play and movement the boys will gain an opportunity to fully express themselves.
Grade 1 to 3 - Karen Campbell
Music in the primary grades at St. George’s School incorporates singing, listening, movement, and playing instruments to help create a fun, dynamic musical learning experience. The program, Musicplay, uses the Kodaly and Orff methods to teach young children about music. Students have the opportunity to perform at our annual Winter Concert in December and a Spring Musical in May/June. Grades 3 and 4 boys have the option to join the Junior Choir which runs for two terms during the school year. The Junior Choir performs at the Winter and Spring Concert in addition to some Assemblies throughout the school year.
Grade 4 - Adam Style
In Grade 4, boys connect musical notation to instrument play. They experiment with the recorder and the ukulele, familiarizing themselves with levelled songs to perform. Individual and group performances unit the grade to demonstrate their skills in a multitude of settings. Finally, boys are encouraged to take risks to experiment through the making of their own music using either online platforms or with instruments provided in class. The skills used in Grade 4 are to propel them for success in the Grade 5 Band.
Grade 5 to 7 - Julie Tomljenovic and CJ Colville with Ellery Ferguson
Grade 5 is an opportunity for students to explore even more instrumental music, with the year divided into a term each on clarinet, trumpet and ukulele. This year is an introduction to both a woodwind and brass instrument, as well as an opportunity to expand on ukulele technique. At the end of the year the boys learn about concert band instruments. With great care and consideration, each student is placed on one of twelve different band instruments, which they will learn and perform on during their Grade 6 and 7 years.
In Grade 6, boys have their first concert band experience with regular classes three days a week. During this time, they will also be members of the Grade 6 Beginning Band that meets once a week as a full ensemble, and will have the opportunity to perform at both the Winter and Spring Concerts. Throughout the year students will learn and perform a variety of styles of music and focus on building their individual instrument skills. All new boys are welcomed into the program, and receive specialized instruction to facilitate their smooth transition into the band program.
Grade 7 students expand on the skills they have built in Grade 6 and continue to explore more challenging repertoire. They are featured in both the Winter and Spring Concerts, and also participate in the Kiwanis Festival. Grade 7s have two classes per week, and will also be members of the Grade 7 Advanced Band.