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Music Appreciation, Band, Guitar & Dance - Mr. Vander Hout

​Isaac Newton has a full time Music Teacher, Mr. P. Vander Hout.  Students have the opportunity to play in Band, learn guitar, sing in choir and dance!  Mr. Vander Hout teaches Grade 7, 8 & 9 Band, Music Appreciation, Grade 8 & 9 Guitar and Grade 9 Dance. He can be reached at 586-9606 or by email at  Below are his course outlines.

Music Appreciation Class

Class meets 3 times per cycle.

Areas covered in class:

Music History, Singing/choral studies.  Karaoke, intro to dance including Bollywood, Hip Hop, Krump, ballet, Lyrical and contemporary dancing, deejaying, performing in groups, Music from around the world, computer related musical websites with virtual piano and DJ cubes. How to make a pop song.  "Just Dance"- video game. ,


Willingness to try at any activity regardless of talent.  Be polite and support classmates. Be respectful of people's space.  No pop, gum or candy 

Grading scale:   80 - 100 - A

                           70 - 79 – B

                           60 - 69 – C

                           50 - 59- D

                           Below 50 Fail


Grade 7 Band

Students will begin learning rhythm, technique, and basic embouchure, as well as starting to develop repertoire.  Instruments such as trumpet, flute, clarinet and trombone will be available.


Grade 8 Band

Grade 8 band will be for students involved in grade 7 band last year.  The focus this year will be mastering new rhythms, honing technique, strengthening embouchure and building an ensemble.  New, more difficult repertoire will be introduced and different instruments will be added, such as the alto saxophone and percussion.  Band festivals, retreats, camps and competitions may be made available to students as part of grade 8 band.


Grade 9 Band

This course is for students who have previous experience playing in a band, Isaac Newton or elsewhere. Students will play harder repertoire and have a chance to audition for our new Jazz Band.  We may play everything from Marches to Michael Jackson, Star Wars to Sousa.  Different playing opportunities such as music festivals and an overnight trip are in the works for this year!

Jazz Band

Jazz band is for auditioned students in grade 9 (possibly some advanced grade 8’s).  This will be a smaller band with different repertoire.  It will be comprised of electric guitar, bass guitar, full set of drums, saxes, trumpets, trombones, piano and other rhythm section players.  We will be playing music dating back to the 1940’s through current jazz trends.  A trip to the Brandon Jazz Festival as well as other competitions and other playing opportunities may be scheduled! Jazz Band practice is in the morning and lunch hours.

Grade 9 Guitar Option

Students get a chance to learn to play like their favourite rock stars!  But first they have to learn theory, chords, tablature, finger plucking technique, strumming patterns and other aspects of playing guitar.  They will study famous guitarists throughout history and learn to play their favourite songs as well as some classics.

Grade 9 Dance Option

Students will be able to learn various types of dancing such as Krump, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Modern, Tap, Ballet, Swing, and Jigging, as well as learn how to tumble roll and backflip!  Bring your favourite songs in and we’ll work out a dance routine to it.  You’ve seen us perform at assemblies, now come be part of the action.


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