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Music

At Sir John Thompson our music program is an integral part of our Fine Arts program.  for more information please see below for our 'Why Fine Arts?' information.

Music instruction at Sir John Thompson takes place in a wind ensemble setting. This is an activity-oriented class whereby students explore music through the use of modern-day concert-band instruments. These instruments are separated into three distinct categories: woodwind, brass, and percussion. Students also explore a variety of musical styles ranging from Classical and Baroque through Latin American and into Pop and Rock genres of music.

The most exciting aspect of instrumental music at the junior high level is that it is a new experience for most students. Learning a musical instrument with the extracurricular opportunities such as Grade 7 Honour Band, Jazz Band, and Grade 8/9 Tour Band offers a wide variety of unique opportunities for the students to enjoy including performances and field trips.

With the chance to gain new confidence by learning these instruments and performing in public, Music is an essential component of a well-rounded and balanced education.

Click below to see our Tour Band competing in a music festival at the Winspear Center.

Tour Band at the Winspear Center

Why fine arts?  Fine arts are essential to the human experience! Almost as soon as motor skills are developed, children communicate through artistic expression. The arts challenge us with different points of view, compel us to empathize with others, and give us the opportunity to reflect on the human condition. In education, when students are introduced to and exposed to fine arts, they can experience many benefits not only in school but also in life including… 

  • Creativity—The arts allow students to express themselves better than the core subjects. When students have practice thinking creatively, it will come to them more naturally as they get older. 
  • Improved Academic Performance—The arts don’t just develop a child’s creativity—the skills they learn spill over into academic achievement. Students who participate in the arts regularly are more likely receive academic achievement awards than students who do not. 
  • Confidence—The arts give students a chance to step outside their comfort zone. As they master a technique or skill, their self-confidence grows. 
  • Decision Making—The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students learn how to make choices and decisions as they work through the different projects and skills they learn in fine arts classes. 
  • Perseverance—The arts can be challenging, and there are many times when students may become frustrated or discouraged, but with practice and hard work, students quickly overcome obstacles. This creates a mindset in students that with hard work and perseverance, they can work through and succeed in other difficult situations. 
  • Focus—Being able to focus is imperative and vital for studying and learning many subjects. The arts can develop that increased focus needed for success in school. As students work through a variety of art projects or a musical piece in individual practice, they develop the ability to ignore distractions around them and focus on the task only. 

Upcoming Events in 2020.
Band Share Day @ Oscar Romero – January 27th (Tour Band) 

Grade 6 Orientation – February 14th (Tour Band) 

Open House – February 20th (Tour Band) 

Band Share Day @ Winspear Centre – March 10th (Honour Band & Tour Band) 

Alberta International Band Festival – March 13th (Grade 9 Bands) 

Kiwanis Music Festival – April, Exact Date TBA (Grade 8 Bands) 

Edmonton Symphony Field Trip – April 24th (All Music Students) 

Banff Trip – May 21st – 24th (Tour Band & Jazz Band) 
Spring Concert – May 28th