Information for Grade 8 Students

Grade 8 Course Selection

Note: Please also consult the general course information page for more information.

Most of the grade 8 music courses run on-timetable (during regular class hours):

  • Beginner Band 8: This class is for those who have no experience playing a band instrument. You will receive help choosing an instrument in the first few classes (possible choices are listed under “Concert Band Level 1” on this page).
  • Intermediate Band 8: This class is for anyone who played a band instrument in elementary school.
  • Beginner/Intermediate Strings 8: This class is for beginners and for people who have played a string instrument before.
  • Choir 8: This class is for beginner and experienced singers. It can also be taken off-timetable (see below).

There are two grade 8 courses that run outside the timetable (before and/or after regular class hours):

  • Jazz Band 8: You must be enrolled in Beginner Band 8, Intermediate Band 8, or Strings 8 in order to take Jazz Band 8. It runs before school 1 day per week and after school 1 day per week.
  • Choir 8 off-timetable: You can choose to take Choir 8 outside of timetable, which gives you an extra elective. On the course selection sheet you need to indicate which section of the class you want: off-timetable or on-timetable. Off-timetable meets before school 1 day per week and after school 1 day per week.

To summarize, if you are coming into grade 8 and you want to participate in:

  • Band, then choose either Beginner Band 8 or Intermediate Band 8.
  • Choir, then choose either Choir 8 or Choir 8 off-timetable.
  • Strings, then choose Strings 8.
  • Band and Choir, then choose:
    • Either Beginner Band 8 or Intermediate Band 8
    • and Choir 8 off-timetable.
  • Band and Jazz Band, then choose:
    • Either Beginner Band 8 or Intermediate Band 8
    • and Jazz Band 8.
  • Choir and Strings, then choose:
    • Strings 8
    • and Choir 8 off-timetable.
  • Strings and Jazz Band, then choose:
    • Choose Strings 8
    • and Jazz Band 8

Get Involved: The Music Student’s Executive

The music students’ executive organizes fund-raising events for students, plans the Jazz Night, helps with preparation and backstage management at concerts, and works on other projects. The music executive is a great way to get involved with other music students, learn to work in a team, and get some experience in a leadership capacity. Involvement is voluntary and we encourage all interested students to come out and see what we’re about.