Music

The central goal of this program is to broaden horizons. Student improve not only their musical ability, but also their understanding of the role music plays in society. By playing and studying music, learners relate the art form to the world around them, and incorporate it into their daily lives.

The cornerstone of music education is instrumental performance. Seventh graders begin their career on guitar. In the higher grades, students play a woodwind, brass, or rhythm section instrument in a cohesive ensemble. As performing musicians, WHS students play rock, jazz, blues, and hip-hop in addition to classical and band pieces. Band members improvise in addition to reading notation, and create their own compositions in a variety of genres. Musicians have a great deal of input into the selection of class material.

 

The first half of the school year emphasizes performance skills such as theory, literacy, and musicianship, culminating in winter exams. Spring classes are far more student-driven, featuring research, discussion, creative projects, and so on.

Throughout the year, band members aquire music business and technology skills. Students operate sound recording equipment, audio software, and public address systems. They are involved in all aspects of musical productions at school, learning how to plan, promote and manage the events.

In these explorations, students are preparing for a lifelong relationship with music, be it as a performer, a supporter, or a listener.

For further information on the music program, including student recordings and sample lessons, please visit : https://sites.google.com/site/westmountmusic/

 -S. Incze

 August 2013