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The Performing Arts Department at Tec-Voc High School is
recognized as one of the preeminent programs in the province.
Courses include: Concert Band, Concert, Choir, Dance, Drama,
Guitar, History of Rock, Jazz Band, Piano, Recording, Technology/
Composition, and Vocal Jazz. The layout of the Performing
Arts Department includes multiple rehearsal areas for all instrumental
and vocal ensembles, studios for dance and recording,
as well as a 450-seat theatre. Activities include participation in
music and dance festivals/concerts, rock shows, musical and dramatic
Concert Band (BANR1G, 2G, 3S, 4S): This group explores various styles of music in the concert band spectrum while realizing musical elements through performance. This course focuses on aural and artistic interpretations, musical knowledge, individual skill development and performance. This group performs at events in and outside Tec-Voc including the possibility of travel to festivals and concerts. Prerequisite: A minimum of one year playing experience at the Middle Years level. 1 Credit
Jazz Band (JABR2G, 3S, 4S): This auditioned group explores elements of jazz music with a focus on soloing, rhythm proficiency and accompaniment techniques. This group performs at various school performances including festivals and concerts with the possibility of travel throughout the year. Prerequisite: Students must already be enrolled in Concert Band 2G, 3G, or 4S.
Concert Choir (CHOR1G, 2G, 3S, 4S): An unauditioned group which offers all students the opportunity to learn various styles of music while exploring
the elements of choral singing. This group participates in school performances in addition to choral festivals and workshops with the possibility of travel during the year. No previous singing experience required. 1 Credit
Vocal Jazz (JACR2G, 3S, 4S): This auditioned group focuses on elements of vocal jazz such as solo singing, scatting, rhythm proficiency, and microphone technique. Stylistic explorations include swing, blues, funk, and R&B. This ensemble also delves into group arranging. This group participates in school
performances, vocal jazz festivals and workshops, and special performances throughout the city. Note: Students must already be enrolled in Concert Choir 2G, 3S, or 4S. 1 Credit
Recording Technology (RETY1G, 2G, 3G, 4G): An introduction/exploration of music technology using state of the art equipment including Macintosh Computers equipped with software such as GarageBand, Logic Pro, and Finale. Students also study the fascinating world of music composition/song writing.
Guitar (GUIR1G, 2G, 3G, 4G): Students are given group instruction in a variety of genres including rock, blues, classical, and metal. They participate in music festivals and also form bands, which perform in rock shows throughout the year. 1 Credit
Piano/Keyboard (PIIY2G, 3G, 4G): An introduction to piano skills through group and individualized instruction. Students progress at their own speed, with exposure to different playing styles and repertoire. Emphasis is on performance and accompaniment skills, sight-reading and music theory. No previous piano experience required. 1 Credit
Drama 20G, 30S, 40S (DMAR2G,3S,4S): Be trained to get work in this industry NOW, and get ready for post secondary studies too! In this course, students learn audition skills, acting for the stage and camera, the business of “the business”, set etiquette, voice over, drama, comedy, improv, playwriting, directing, script analysis, and more. Students will develop confidence and poise while gaining professional skills. 1 Credit
(DNCY1G, 2G, 3G, 4G): A course which introduces a variety of disciplines including jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, ballroom and musical theatre. The course is offered from beginning through advanced levels. Performance is an essential element of the program. 1 Credit
Dance Tec Company–DTC (JADY1G, 2G, 3G, 4G): A performance based course providing numerous opportunities for the group to represent the school in festivals, competitions and other community programs. A variety of dance disciplines will be studied. Auditions are required and will be held at the beginning and end of the school year. 1 Credit