What do Students Learn in SD60 Band?

2020/2021 Program Highlights & Recruitment Video

2015/2016 Program Overview

What do students learn in the SD60 Band?

From the BC Ministry of Education: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies

The core competencies along with literacy and numeracy foundations and essential content and concepts are at the centre of the redesign of curriculum and assessment.

Core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep learning and lifelong learning. Through provincial consultation, three core competencies were identified.

Communication The communication competency encompasses the set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media.

Thinking The thinking competency encompasses the knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development. It is through their competency as thinkers that students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. Thinking competence includes specific thinking skills as well as habits of mind, and metacognitive awareness.

Personal and Social Personal and social competency is the set of abilities that relate to students’ identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society. Personal and social competency encompasses the abilities students need to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world.

Participation in the SD60 Band Program covers all of these core competencies and more.

The two main goals in our SD60 Achievement Contract:

  1. Develop socially responsible citizens who are “Best FOR the World”, and
  2. Improve academic achievement through increased student engagement.

Participation in the SD60 Band Program helps achieve these goals:

  1. Band is a group activity that requires all students to work as individuals to achieve a collective goal; this is the definition of social responsibility.
  2. Playing in a band requires students to be constantly engaged in a dynamic process that uses the full brain in a social context.

Music and Social Emotional Learning

Participating in consistent and quality Music Education leads to:

  • Increased emotional regulation
  • Resilience
  • Pro-Social Behaviour

For more information, read the full study: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2059204318815421

The overall curriculum for the SD60 Band Program is downloadable by clicking on this text.

For more detailed learning outcomes, please ask your child’s teacher as we do have specific learning outcomes for each level of the band program. However, this document is meant to provide a general overview.