The Austin O’Brien Music Program features a wide variety of curricular and extra-curricular music and performance opportunities including our Senior and Junior Jazz Bands, Jazz/Funk Combos, Rock Bands, Senior and Junior Concert Bands, Wind Ensembles, Percussion and Guitar Ensembles, Choirs, the AOB Blues/Ska Band, Rock Bands and our Theatre Pit Bands.
These performance groups allow our students the outlet to experience, through study and exploration of their more artistic and creative side, a great spectrum of music from around the world and from many different periods. The music program incorporates a flexible scheduling pattern in order to allow students the opportunity to tailor their timetable to meet their own particular needs. Please feel free to visit our website at: www.aobmusic.ca for more details.
Music: Band 10 (5 credits)
Music 10 involves ear training, theory, and continued instrumental instruction as well as a focus on a variety of musical forms and styles.
Prerequisite: Music 9 or audition.
Music: Band 20 (5 credits)
Music 20 provides ear training, theory, technical development, sight reading, and a focus on the refinement of aspects such as tone, tuning, balance and blending within an ensemble.
Prerequisite: Music 10 or audition.
Music: Band 30 (5 credits)
Music 30 offers theory, composition, continued instruction on band music and technique as well as a focus on solo and small ensemble repertoire.
Music 30 may be used as a University of Alberta entrance course in some faculties.
Prerequisite: Music 20 or audition.
Music: Choral 10, 20, 30 (3/5 credits)
These courses provide components of vocal, aural theory, practical composition and interpretive skills. Since these components are part of a continuous development pattern, entry into a high school choral program can occur at the teacher’s/administrator’s discretion.
Instrumental Jazz 15, 25, 35 (5 credits)
Instrumental Jazz offers exploration in jazz music through the study of history as well as through listening, improvisation and performance.
Guitar 15, 25, 35 (3 credits)
Beginner to advanced courses are offered.