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Program Overview


Music education helps develop well-rounded students who are creative thinkers, innovators and problem solvers. Louis St. Laurent is home to one of Edmonton’s most vibrant music programs. As the core to our programming, we embrace the benefits of EAP (Early Years Programming). We encourage our music students to view the world through many lenses and explore creative ways of learning, collaborating and performing their musical ideas. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of ensembles and experiences that are sure to enrich their development.

Program Features


Junior High

Music 7 is an introductory course in instrumental music. Students will play wind and percussion instruments and study musical notation and theory, ear training and sight reading, as well as instrumental and ensemble technique. Students will have the opportunity to perform at the Louis St. Laurent Christmas and Spring concerts. This is a compulsory course for all non academy Grade 7 students. 

Music 8 is a continuation of Music 7, where students were introduced to instrumental music and playing in a concert band. By playing wind and percussion instruments, the students will continue to develop their musical literacy through a variety of music from different genres and historical periods. The ensemble will perform throughout the year at a variety of venues including Christmas and Spring concerts at Louis St. Laurent as well as at Band Share Day at the Winspear. Students will also have the opportunity to experience an overnight band trip.

By playing wind and percussion instruments, the students will continue to develop their musical literacy through a variety of music from different genres and historical periods. The ensemble will perform throughout the year at a variety of venues including the Louis St. Laurent Christmas Concert and Spring Concert, as well as festivals. Students will also have the opportunity to experience an overnight band trip. 

Senior High

Instrumental music 10/20/30 are semestered courses with opportunities to perform and travel throughout the entire school year. This program is designed for students studying Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Upright Bass and Percussion. The program focuses on skill development and understanding through the study of musical literature in a large ensemble setting.

Students perform concerts and compete at Festivals throughout the year, including such venues as the LSL theatre, Myer Horowitz Theatre, the Winspear Centre for Music, Allard Hall, and more.

Prerequisite for Instrumental Music 10 is Music 9, or recommendation of the Fine Arts department.

This program is designed for students studying Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Bass, Drums, Guitar and Piano. Music performance will be studied through the jazz idiom and its various styles, as well as an introduction to jazz improvisation and theoretical knowledge and practical applications of the creative process in a large ensemble setting. Students perform concerts and compete at Festivals throughout the year, including such venues as the LSL Theatre, Yardbird Suite, Alberta International Band Festival, Jazz Works, and more. Instrumental Jazz meets after school. Students must be enrolled in Instrumental Music 10, 20, 30 (instrumental) in order to participate in this course. Registration for this course takes place in September.

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