Course Outline: AMU2O

The following document is the course outline for the AMU2O course offered by Christian Virtual School. It contains the course description, unit outline, teaching & learning strategies, and the curriculum expectations addressed. This outline can also be viewed as a PDF using the download link provided.

Music, Grade 10, Open

Course Code: AMU2O

Grade: 10

Course Type: Open

Credit Value: 1.0 

Prerequisite(s): None 

Curriculum Document: The Arts, Revised (2010) 

Developed By: Elyse Gosselin

Department: The Arts

Development Date: June 2023

Most Recent Revision Date: June 2023


Chris graduated from Redeemer University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Science and a bachelor’s degree in Education. He completed a double-major in music and mathematics.

After graduating, Chris began his teaching career directing the music program and teaching Biblical Studies at a K-12 school in the Greater Toronto Area. Working with students in Grade 3 through Grade 12 gave him the unique opportunity to develop and implement a wide variety of instructional methods, as well as witness long-term growth and improvement among his students over several years. Giving oversight to junior, intermediate, and senior level classes allowed him to construct a systematic and strategic approach to delivering the curriculum in a co-ordinated and strategic manner across grade levels.

Chris also entered the role of guidance counsellor in 2017, completing his specialist qualification in guidance and career education shortly after. He finds a great deal of satisfaction in equipping and encouraging students to face their current situations with resilience and navigate the roadmap leading to post-secondary education or work.

In addition to teaching, Chris enjoys family time, composing and recording new music in his home studio, playing beach volleyball, skiing, Star Wars, and serving as pianist and accompanist in his local church.

One of his favourite Bible verses is John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (NLT)

Course Description:

This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures.

Overall Curriculum Expectations

Creating and Performing

  1. The Creative Process: apply the stages of the creative process when performing notated and/or improvised music and composing and/or arranging music;
  2. The Elements of Music: apply elements of music when performing notated and improvised music and composing and/or arranging music;
  3. Techniques and Technologies: use a variety of techniques and technological tools when performing music and composing and/or arranging music.

Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing

  1. The Critical Analysis Process: use the critical analysis process when responding to, analysing, reflecting on, and interpreting music;
  2. Music and Society: demonstrate an understanding of how traditional, commercial, and art music reflect the society in which they were created and how they have affected communities and cultures;
  3. Skills and Personal Growth: demonstrate an understanding of how performing, creating, and critically analysing music has affected their skills and personal development;
  4. Connections Beyond the Classroom: identify and describe various opportunities for continued engagement in music.


  1. Theory and Terminology: demonstrate an understanding of music theory with respect to concepts of notation and the elements and other components of music, and use appropriate terminology relating to them;
  2. Characteristics and Development of Music: demonstrate an understanding of the history of various musical forms and of characteristics of music from around the world.
  3. Conventions and Responsible Practices: demonstrate an understanding of responsible practices and performance conventions relating to music.

Resources Required:

This course is entirely online and does not require nor rely on any textbook. The materials required for the course are:

  • A scanner, smart phone camera, or similar device to upload handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A digital video camera, a web camera, or similar device to record and upload video recordings
  • A computer microphone, smart phone microphone, or similar device to record and upload audio recordings
  • Access to an instrument of the student’s choosing (guidance on how to pick an instrument is provided within the course)
  • A method book appropriate for the student’s level (this is done in collaboration with the student’s teacher)
  • Access to MuseScore—a free, downloadable program (instructions for downloading it are available within the course)

Teaching and Learning Strategies:

Education in the arts involves students intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically stimulating a wide variety of learning styles and increasing a student’s learning potential. Hands-on materials and activities challenge students to move from the concrete to the abstract. The arts can be enjoyable and fulfilling, but they are also intellectually rigorous disciplines involving the use of complex symbols to communicate. Arts education provides a way of perceiving, interpreting, organizing, and questioning. Through the arts, we can record, celebrate, and pass on to future generations the personal and collective stories, values, and traditions that make us unique as Canadians.

The arts broaden young minds and exalt our spirits; they help us understand what it is that makes us human by validating our commonalities and celebrating our differences – which is so important in a multicultural society like Canada. Artistic expression involves clarifying and restructuring personal experience. It engages students in perception, production, and reflection. Learning in, through, and about the arts involves using the mind, body, heart, and soul to achieve intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Students will be engaged in reading, writing, viewing and identifying images, watching some drama and dance performances, writing a script, making journal entries, performing a dramatic presentation, listening to music, planning dance steps, accessing print and internet resources, and using self and peer assessments as well engaging in class discussions. Students will have to develop an understanding of the new content and then make their own efforts to apply it.

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies of Student Performance:

Every student attending Christian Virtual School is unique. We believe each student must have the opportunities to achieve success according to their own interests, abilities, and goals. Like the Ministry of Education, we have defined high expectations and standards for graduation, while introducing a range of options that allow students to learn in ways that suit them best and enable them to earn their diplomas. Christian Virtual School’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting Policy is based on seven fundamental principles, as outlined in the Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools document.

When these seven principles are fully understood and observed by all teachers, they guide the collection of meaningful information that helps inform instructional decisions, promote student engagement, and improve student learning. At Christian Virtual School, teachers use practices and procedures that:

  1. are fair, transparent, and equitable for all students;
  2. support all students, including those with special education needs, those who are learning English, and those who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit;
  3. are carefully planned to relate to the curriculum expectations and learning goals and, as much as possible, to the interests, learning styles and preferences, needs, and experiences of all students;
  4. are communicated clearly to students and parents or guardians at the beginning of the school year or course and at other appropriate points throughout the school year or course;
  5. are ongoing, varied in nature, and administered over a period of time to provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the full range of their learning;
  6. provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful, and timely to support improved learning and achievement; and
  7. develop students’ self-assessment skills to enable them to access their own learning, set specific goals, and plan next steps for their learning.

For more information on our assessment and evaluation strategies, refer to Section 6, Student Achievement, in the Course Calendar.

Program Planning Considerations: