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The DMCI Music Program is designed for any student in any
grade with a desire to learn more about singing or playing a musical
instrument. The courses are designed to
appeal to a diverse student population.
The program fosters a love of music from many cultures, time periods,
and genres while enabling students to learn and fluently use musical notation,
sight reading, and listening skills. Participation in music courses encourages
leadership, responsibility, teamwork, confidence, inter-personal relationships,
and fosters a sense of community within the school. The mission of the Music Program at DMCI is
to equip students with musical and personal skills that will prepare them for a
productive and fulfilling life.
CHOIR10G, 20G, 30S, 40S | CHOR 1G, 2G, 3S & 4S – 1
Choir rehearsals are scheduled three periods per cycle, and
students must attend both semesters to earn a credit. Students will study
correct breathing and vocal techniques to enable the successful performance of
choral repertoire. A wide variety of musical styles from different cultures,
historical periods and languages will be presented for rehearsal and
performances. Choristers are required to attend all performances.
BAND 10G, 20G, 30S, 40S | BANR 1G, 2G, 3S & 4S – 1
Concert band rehearses every second day throughout the
entire year, and is offered in two different slots to allow for all band
students to make it work in their timetables!
Students will develop their musicianship through rehearsal in an
ensemble setting. Students’ musical
skills and knowledge will grow through performing a variety of concert band
literature, music theory, individual studies and group projects. Members of the band will participate in
school concerts and festivals.
Pre-requisite: Previous experience playing in concert band (or
permission granted by teacher).
CHAMBER CHOIR 20G, 30S, 40S | CHCY 2G, 3S & 4S – 1
DMCI’s Chamber Choir is an auditioned mixed vocal ensemble
with between 16 and 24 singers. Singers in the Chamber Choir are vocally
challenged through advanced level singing and complex harmonies from choral
music from Medieval Period up to Twentieth Century and atonal compositions.
Singers learn to work in small groups (sectionals) and become leaders within
the group. Choristers also get many chances to work with professional
conductors and guest adjudicators from throughout North America and
Europe. Chamber Choir members are also
members of the Concert Choir. Co-requisite: Choir
JAZZ CHOIR 10G, 20G, 30S, 40S | VOJR 1G, 2G, 3S, 4S – 1
Vocal Jazz rehearsals are scheduled three times per week
after school. Enrollment is limited to choir members who pass the entrance
audition in September. Students will learn repertoire representing a variety of
jazz styles, including swing, Latin, ballad and pop, and be required to
demonstrate good microphone technique and dynamic stage presentation. As this
group is in great demand for performances at a variety of functions, students
must be prepared to participate in a busy performance schedule. Co-requisite:
JAZZ BAND 20G, 30S, 40S | JABR 2G, 3S, 4S – 1 CREDIT EACH
This course is for students who like to challenge themselves
and their musical development by playing a variety of jazz repertoire in a big
band ensemble. The jazz band rehearses
twice per week after school and performs in a variety of styles including
swing, Latin, rock, ballads and funk.
Focus will also be placed on learning basic jazz improvisational skills,
collaboration to create original songs and jazz history. Co-requisite:
Registered in Band 10G, 20G, 30S or 40S
JAZZ IMPROVISATION 40G | JAIY 4G – 1 CREDIT
This course is designed as an intensive study in the process
of jazz improvising. Students will learn
the necessary skills to create improvised solos in a variety of jazz
styles. These will include a combination
of jazz theory, ear training, and improvisational techniques and games designed
to allow for spontaneous musical expression. Co-requisite: Registered in Jazz
Band or Vocal Jazz (or permission granted by instructor).
PIANO 20G, 30G, 40G | PIIY 2G, 3G & 4G – 1 CREDIT EACH
This program is designed for students who have little or no
formal training on piano. Students learn basic music notation and the skills
required for playing simple to intermediate level piano repertoire. Home
practice is not required, since students can do all of their practicing at
school. All piano students are required to perform at the final recital. PIIY2G
is a pre-requisite for students with no previous instrumental experience who
wish to join the band program.
GUITAR 20G, 30S, 40S | GUIR 2G, 3S & 4S – 1 CREDIT EACH
This course is designed for students with little or no
formal training on guitar. Students will learn the skills required for playing
simple to intermediate level guitar repertoire and basic accompaniment
styles. These skills will include basic
levels of reading music staff and TAB notation, chord shapes and chord
progressions, strumming patterns, scales and finger picking.
MUSICAL THEATRE 21G, 31G, 41G | PEAY 21G, 31G, 41G – 1
Students involved in the annual school musical may receive a
half credit in Musical Theatre. Vocal, Instrumental, Dance, Drama, Art and
Technical support are the components that make up this program. The program
runs outside the regular timetable, allowing students to maximize their course
options. This is a wonderful opportunity to become actively involved in one of
DMCI’s most exciting events.