Music at Ashbury

In the Grade 4 Music program, students are introduced to the rudiments of theory, basic ear training, critical listening, and elements of music. Students spend time learning about the function of different instruments, their history, and how to play them. Instruments include: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion; students choose an instrument to play. Students learn to play both by ear, and by reading and writing standard notation. Students are able to play basic melodies in an ensemble with performance opportunities at an annual in-house music competition, and two school concerts.

In the Grade 5 Music program, students play the instruments they chose in Grade 4. Students learn basic theory, ear training, and improvisation. They read standard notation in 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 time signatures. Grade 5 students are introduced to level 100 ensemble music. Participation in morning concert and jazz band rehearsals are strongly encouraged in order to prepare with other grades for the Capital Region Musicfest. Performance opportunities include an annual in-house music competition, two school concerts, and local music festivals.

In the Grade 6 Music program, students continue to focus on concert band instruments. In band class, students learn a variety of musical styles that include marches, ballads, jazz, and classical. Other components include an introduction to improvisation over a blues progression, ear training, basic theory, critical listening, and music appreciation. Participation in morning concert and jazz band rehearsals are strongly encouraged in order to prepare with other grades for the Capital Region Musicfest. Performance opportunities include all house music competitions, musical productions, school concerts, special events, and local music festivals.

In the Grade 7 Music program, students are streamed according to musical experience and ability. Beginner level students follow the Grade 4 outline. The intermediate level follows the Grade 6 outline. The advanced level is required to learn scales up to two sharps and flats, and students are introduced to level 200 music. Participation in morning concert and jazz band rehearsals are strongly encouraged in order to prepare with other grades for the Capital Region Musicfest. Performance opportunities include all ensembles, house music competition, musical productions, school concerts, special events, and local music festivals.

The Grade 8 Music program emphasizes performance of band instruments in a variety of styles and ensembles. Students are expected to participate in at least one ensemble outside of regular class time. Elementary rudiments, ear training, improvisation, music history, and critical listening are studied in depth. Advanced Grade 8 students are allowed to play with the Grade 9s in concert band at level 300. Students are required to easily identify the seven elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, tone colour, texture, and form. Performance opportunities include concert band, jazz band, house music competition, musical productions, school concerts, special events, and local music festivals.

Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
Phone: +1 (613) 749-5954 | Fax: (613) 749-9724
info@ashbury.ca