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49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472

E-Mail:

 sydacademy@gnspes.ca

 

 


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Verne Lorway

Welcome to Dr. Verne Helene Lorway's Webpage

 

The students and I conducted research into youth music making, and music education in general.  We found that the individual musical cultures of students needed to be better reflected in music class, which extended to the voicing of youthful ideas in school and society more generally.  The students led this research process and formed an after school club at which time they participated in reading, writing, recording, and performing music.  This work was published on a website and you can read about it and listen to student work by following the link below:

http://saswclub.wix.com/saswclub

Following this research, one of the Club member, Violet Ross was interviewed by CBC Radio as an inductee of the CB Information Morning Honor Roll. Violet discussed the research from her point of view during this interview, and sang a song she had recorded at Sydney Acaedmy.  You can listen to Violet's interview and song here:

CBC 2015 Violet Ross

 

The ideas discussed by these young research participants have had a major impact on teaching and learning of music at Sydney Academy.  I have had the dual role as researcher and teacher and have worked with students each year to continue to develop youth-attuned practices in the school music program.  Improvising, song writing, and diverse musical genres have been infused into all facets of the music program, and lend themselves well to authentic collaborations among students, staff members, parents, and members of the community at large.  To date, I have mentored many students to continue their musical work after high school whether in industry, post-secondary studies, audio recording, teaching, and recreationally. 

 

The program is extensive, and I teach classes in Instrumental Band, Choir, General Music, and IB Music.  My own background as a musician is in Piano, Voice, and Flute.  My formal teacher training was in Instrumental Band, and Choral conducting at the University of Calgary. For me, it is fun to teach so many different musical contexts!  It is also very, very busy :-)

Here is a summary of the music courses I teach at Sydney Academy.  These are the communication plans for the courses.  Please see me if you would like a hard copy for yourself:

 

 

Music 9-12 Band Communication Plan

 

           

 

Goals:

Performing To discover, develop, and evaluation student ability relative to their instrument. To establish and reinforce correct technique.

Reading To correctly interpret rhythm, melody, harmony, form and expression as they appear in musical notation.

Listening To develop the ability to make aesthetic decisions based on listening and analysis.

Creating To develop an avenue of self-expression by interpreting music.

Valuing: To make aware the implications and value of music in society and to grow in the appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of music as a source of personal fulfillment.

Technical Requirements:

Scales All major scales played 2 octaves where applicable for instrument, all relative minor at increased tempi, all chromatic at increased tempi, introduction of non major and minor patterns (ex. modes, whole tone, pentatonic).

Arpeggios All major and minor at increased tempi.

Articulation All standard articulations, continuation of contemporary idioms (ex. jazz styles).

Rhythm Mastery of simple meter, cut time, and compound meter. Introduction of mixed meter.

It is expected that student technique will strengthen from one year to the next, with the aim being to reach a high level of professionalism by the end of grade 12.

Assessment:

Assessment will be ongoing, authentic, and rubric-based. The rubrics will be given to students in advance and will include a variety of strategies includ ing self, peer, and teacher led assessments. The breakdown for assessment is as follows:

15% Comprehensive assessments during the midterm assessment period

55% Short performances, presentations, and assignments completed in class

30% Final comprehensive assessment

Please note: Students and parents must be aware that teachers will not be required to do make-up tests or assignments for missed components of the assessment due to an excused absence. Instead the value of other assessment pieces may be pro-rated to determine the assessment mark. Students who miss assessment pieces due to an unexcused absence will be given a mark of zero (All excused absences must be reported within five days of the absence to be excused).

 

 

Music 10-12 Choir Communication Plan

 

Overview:

Choir 10-12 is a study of vocal music across the ages through ensemble performance in a choral setting. In the school choir, students have the opportunity to read, write, improvise, and perform a diverse collection of musical works in a variety of school and community contexts. Students will enhance their understanding of music theory as it pertains to vocal production and in order to determine the correct technique needed to produce quality vocal sound as part of the choir. A component of the course also looks at solo production, and students will have the opportunity to study and prepare a solo work for presentation later in the course.

Students have the opportunity to extend their musical interests through the integration of audio and sound technology in their work. Those students who have developed their abilities at a high level and who wish to extend their interests into music and music related careers will receive direction and information during the course.

Assessment:

Assessment ongoing and authentic. Students will perform and present their work as members of the choir and soloists in a variety of school and community settings. Assessment will be achieved through a variety of strategies including self, peer, and teacher led assessments. The assessment breakdown is as follows:

15% - Comprehensive assessments during the mid-term assessment period

55% - Short performances, presentations, assignments over the duration of the course

30% - Final comprehensive assessment

 

Please note: Students and parents must be aware that teachers will not be required to do make-up tests or assignments for missed components of the assessment due to an excused absence. Instead the value of other assessment pieces may be pro-rated to determine the assessment mark. Students who miss assessment pieces may be pro-rated to determine the assessment mark. Students who miss assessment pieces due to an unexcused absence will be given a mark of zero. (All excused absences must be reported within five days of the absence to be excused.)

 

Music 10-12 C (General Music) Communication Plan

 

 

 

 

Overview:

This is a course which starts out at the grade 10 level as a beginner course, although students with prior musical experience and training may also be included in the class. Students begin with the rudiments of guitar and keyboard through a variety of notational systems, as well as basics in improvisation and aural perception across a wide range of musical cultures. These theoretical understandings will be enhanced through various classroom activities such as song writing, instrumental and vocal performances and demonstrations, and various forms of reading, writing, and performing of music. Students are encouraged to enhance their learning through the use of technology. Students are encouraged to extend their learning to small group and individual music making which may extend to school and community settings.

It is expected that students will strengthen their musical abilities from one year to the next.

Students will be introduced to various career choices available through music during the course. Students interested in possibly pursuing careers in music and music related fields will be given direction and information to begin preparing to pursue such a path.

Assessment:

This is a project-based course in which the students must demonstrate a depth and breadth of musical knowledge acquired during the course. Assessment is authentic and ongoing through a variety of strategies including self, peer, and teacher led assessments. The assessment breakdown is as follows:

15% Comprehensive assessments during the midterm assessment period

55% Short performances, presentations, and assignments completed in class

30% Final comprehensive assessment

Please note: Students and parents must be aware that teachers will not be required to do make-up tests or assignments for missed components of the assessment due to an excused absence. Instead the value of other assessment pieces may be pro-rated to determine the assessment mark. Students who miss assessment pieces due to an unexcused absence will be given a mark of zero (All excused absences must be reported within five days of the absence to be excused).

 

Music 11-12 IB Communication Plan

This is an advanced course which follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum. It includes the study of music theory, history, and performance in solo and group settings at an advanced level. Music 12 IB is an excellent preparation for post-secondary studies in music. Students must be able to read standard notation at an advanced level to take this course, complete a music course at Sydney Academy, and have the permission of Ms. Lorway to take the course. Students are encouraged to develop as independent learners in Music 12 IB, and will complete a portfolio of recorded live musical performances and a musical investigation by the end of the course.

 

Assessment:
50%-Taped musical performances
20% - Musical Investigation Paper
30% - Final Exam


Please note: Students and parents must be aware that teachers will not be required to do
make-up tests or assignments for missed components of the assessment due to an
excused absence. Instead the value of other assessment pieces may be pro-rated to
determine the assessment mark. Students who miss assessment pieces may be pro-rated
to determine the assessment mark. Students who miss assessment pieces due to an
unexcused absence will be given a mark of zero. (All excused absences must be
reported within five days of the absence to be excused.)

 

Please feel free to contact me with further questions about the music program at Sydney Academy.  The number at the school is 902-562-5464.