Elementary Music Program
While at RCS students will explore and develop their musical skills through learning how to play pitched and non-pitched instruments. Beginning in grades 1 to 3, students learn about rhythm, melody, notes and note values. As students advance into grades 4 through 8, they focus on learning one specific instrument. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of music fundamentals such as dynamics, notation, and audiation, while working towards performance. In grades 4 and 5, students learn to play the recorder and partake in the “Link Up” Program with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. In Grades 6, students learn the history of the First Nations flute and they are able to build, paint and play their flute. Grade 7 students enjoy learning to play the ukulele while Grade 8’s learn to play the djembe and xylophones.
Elementary Junior Choir is an additional extracurricular activity available to students in grades 2 – 5 and Elementary A cappella Choir is available to students in grades 6 -8. These choirs help students develop their voice, while encouraging them to use their gift of singing to bless others. Both choirs are given many opportunities to perform in various places such as the Rotary Carol Festival, Regina Philharmonic Concert, Regina Music Festival, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Barbershop Concerts, Light the Lights Event, Seniors homes and much more.
High School Music Program
The high school music program is comprised of two elements – choral 9/10/20/30 (a credit class in grades 10, 11 and 12) and an extra-curricular Broadway production. The choral portion of the music program is a class offered by RCS for all those who want to sing. It is a supportive atmosphere for those students who might be new to singing. The high school students are broken into two choirs – grades 9 and 10 and grades 11 and 12. The two choirs go on a five day choir tour at the end of the first semester. The objectives of the choral program are as follows:
- - Aural Skills (singing in tune, inner hearing)
- - Musical Literacy (reading music/symbols)
- - Music Appreciation (cultural music)
- - Vocal Technique (the “how-to’s” of singing)
- - Attitudes/Values (an appreciation of music as a lifelong learner)
RCS does an annual Broadway show as an extracurricular option which students might want to participate in. This combines all of the areas of the arts – dance, music, drama, and visual art. Students may choose to act, sing or dance in the production or play in the orchestra. This is a great opportunity for those who wish to further their musical experiences. RCS has produced many high-quality productions in the past such as Fiddler on the Roof, Anne of Green Gables, Mary Poppins, Annie, etc.
In cooperation with Regina Public Schools, we are blessed to be able to provide Instrumental Band as an optional course offering for students in Grades 6, 7, and 8. Students receive the dedicated instruction of a band teacher at the RCS campus for one period per school day cycle. Additionally, students are bused to another campus once per cycle for area band rehearsal, where they meet with other students of their age from nearby schools. As part of the program, students participate in a number of full band concerts as well as festivals, clinics, and smaller events at RCS. Since this program requires students to be absent from other regularly-scheduled classes, it is an ideal choice for those children who are self-motivated and keen to remain on-track with their peers.