The students at TIS have exceptional musical talents!
In the elementary grades (Grade 1-6), music education encourages students’ creative and self-expression through performance, listening and composition and enhances their appreciation and awareness of a variety of music. In Elementary, students are taught the basics of music theory. In music we focus on moving, singing, creating and playing instruments . In Grade 2, the students learn how to play African drums, while in Grade 3 they take on the ukulele. The Grade 4 students start learning how to play the recorder and progress to duets in Grade 5. This prepares them for Recorder Ensemble in Grade 6.
All middle school students are required to learn wind instruments in music. Flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone and euphonium etc. are the instrument choices available for grade 7 students at the beginning of the academic year. Students will continue to develop their playing technique with these wind instruments in their middle school years.
Students are also able to join large and small music ensembles such as the TIS Concert Band, TIS Symphonic Band, TIS Jazz Band, TIS Flute Choir, TIS Low Brass Ensemble, TIS Clarinet Ensemble, TIS Brass Quintet and the TIS String Quartet. Students are expected to participate in the above band(s) or/and ensemble(s) in order to fulfill all of the expectations of the Alberta instrumental music curriculum. Music rehearsals take place in the mornings and after school.
Upon entering Grade 10, music becomes an elective course. Students may continue to take instrumental music if they are interested.
We showcase our young talented musicians at our music concerts annually. Students can further enhance their performance ability through performing at different school events. With the support of the TIS community, the TIS music program has witnessed rapid growth over the years.