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Music Program

We offer an exclusive strings program

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One of three Ottawa schools to offer strings

The Alta Vista Strings Program is a two year grades 7 & 8 program where students are introduced to basics of string music ensemble playing and exposure to string music repertoire.

Alta Vista is one of only three schools in the Ottawa region that offers a strings music program.

Alta Vista is unique in the sense that all students from every walk of life and every socioeconomic background have the opportunity to experience playing a stringed instrument. They also have the opportunity to perform in various ensembles which range from String Orchestra to String Quartets and Quintets.

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Students use computer software

Not only does Alta Vista offer a great strings program, but we also offer students the opportunities to compose, and record their own music using various computer programs such as inale and Pro Tools.

Drumming Program

Alta Vista also offers a drumming program for all students in grades 7 & 8 who are not taking strings.

Music teacher Michael Yates directs Alta Vista's full orchestra

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FIRST YEAR OF STUDY

  • Introduction to String Basics (Bowing, Posture, Rhythm, Sound)

  • Rudimentary Music Reading and Notation

  • Music Dictation

  • Ear Training (Chords, Intervals)

  • Music Theory (Clef Reading, Rhythm, Dynamics, Terminology)

  • Critical Listening and Analysis

  • Attending Music performances

  • Studying Composers, Music Literature, and Various Styles of Music

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SECOND YEAR OF STUDY

  • Continuation of Bowing Styles and String Techniques

  • Introduction to Vibrato

  • A look at performing more complex music

  • Music Dictation

  • Ear Training (Chords, Intervals)

  • Critical Listening and Analysis

  • Composition and Arranging

 




 

 

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