Sept. 2019

Dear Canterbury Music Parents, Guardians and Students:

Welcome to a new year at Canterbury High School!  The music department is looking forward to another exciting performance season.  It will be a busy year as always, so please put these dates into your calendar to avoid any possible conflicts.  We want to ensure that you and the students won’t miss out on any of our incredible events!  

Please continue to check our website ( for updates and notices.


1. Music Nights & Special EventsCHS Music Logo.jpeg

Music students must attend all Music Night dress rehearsals and concerts.

Please mark the following dates on your calendar.

Make any necessary transportation arrangements for these times.

Do not schedule medical or other appointments on these dates.

Work and sports commitments must be scheduled around these events.

* Note Dec 6 is a PA Day

* rehearsals        Dec. 2 & 3        (3:30 - 6:00 pm)

* rehearsals        May 25 & 26        (3:30 - 6:00 pm)

4th Stage NAC          (Gr. 11 parents plan to attend; ticket sales will be available on our website)

Chateau Laurier        (Gr. 12 parents plan to attend; ticket sales will be available on our website)

2. Other Important dates 

3. Concert Reviews      Students will be asked to attend specific concerts at the NAC.  Please keep these dates open.

Gr 9        Feb. 14                        Goodyear Cello Concert and tour of NAC (during the school day)

Gr 10        Dec. 1        (7:30 pm)        A Bach Christmas @ Knox Presbyterian Church

Gr 11        Nov. 21 (8:00 pm)        Haydn/Beethoven @ NAC

Gr 12        Sept. 19 (7:00 pm)        Croall’s Zasakwaa: There’s A Heavy Frost @ NAC

4. Uniforms & Music Clothing        

* uniforms will be fitted / assigned at the beginning of September (during school)

        ** payment for dry cleaning and tux shirts will be done through School Cash Online

CHS Golf Shirts:

Shirts for Canterbury Singers:

Shirts/Pants for Male Chorus:

Tuxedos for Senior Concert Band, Senior Strings, and Chamber Choir:

Dresses for Senior Concert Band, Senior Strings, and Vocum/Chamber Choir:

Jazz Bands:

Music Clothing:

5. Supplies

* A replacement copy of all lost / damaged piano books will be provided at a charge of $20 to the student.

6. Changes to REMIND and Communication

Due to changes with the REMIND, teachers are limited to the number of students/parents on an account. We are looking into other options for mass Music Department communications. Until then, please continue to visit our website for updates. Note: Teachers may still use REMIND for their individual classes/ensembles.


7. Evaluation Policy and Arts Certificates

All Music students will be evaluated in their courses using levels (e.g. 3-, 4, 4+)

Canterbury HS Assessment and Evaluation

        Arts Certificates

In order to receive the following certificates upon graduation, Arts Canterbury students must…

Successfully complete the Arts Canterbury programme

Achieve a level 4 or higher in each of their Grades 11 and 12 Arts Canterbury courses

8. Practising and Studying Privately

By creating a consistent and structured practice routine, you can maximize your results, so every practice session shows improvement. Students are highly encouraged to take one-on-one lessons with a qualified teacher.

Why study privately?

The opportunity to sit for 30-60 minutes each week with a master teacher on a specific instrument provides insight and evaluation that cannot be obtained through any other means. The abilities students gain through private study allow them to get beyond the technical challenges and reach the ultimate goal of joyously making music.

Will I have to practice more if I study privately?

No. As your abilities increase, you’ll require less time to master technical aspects and can begin to focus on solos and materials prescribed by your private teacher. Your practice time will become more efficient.

How do I find a good teacher?

Please contact your music teacher for a recommendation. Students may also want to set up a trial lesson with a new teacher before committing to lessons, to make sure that it’s a proper ‘fit’ for both the teacher and the student.

9. Music Parents Support Group

The Canterbury Music Department is pleased to have an active Parents Support Group. The group meets once a month (usually the 1st Thursday of the month @ 7pm in the rm 160) and plays a vital role in assisting with many logistical aspects of our busy and successful program.

An information meeting for parents of music students will be held on Monday, Sep. 16th @ 7:00 pm in the auditorium.

Please come to find out how you can assist our music students and staff by getting involved in Music Parents activities. Music teachers will also present information on the program.

10. Fundraising 

Together, the Canterbury Music Council and Canterbury Music Parent Support Group work hard to organize fundraising events for the students to take part in the program.

A portion of all money raised is reserved in a separate fund for the student to use towards trips, events (recitals/socials), and clothing sanctioned by the Music Dept.

75% of funds raised goes toward the student accounts.

25% goes to the Music Parent Support Group (to support the Music Department in various ways).

Students must spend the funds in their personal account by June 30th of their grade 12 year. Any funds remaining are redirected back into the general music fund for the good of the entire program. For information on the student accounts visit this link on our website.

There are two main fundraising programs that are done each year and are listed below.

For more information on these and other fundraisers, please visit this link on our website:


FundScrip is an online gift card program. You purchase cards online for products / retailers you already use and where you already shop. FundScrip pays you a percentage of the value of the card, which will be deposited into your student’s account at Canterbury. Orders are placed every second Monday. Cards are delivered to the school (for pickup in the office) on Friday.


Every year (from October to November), the Canterbury Music Parent Support Group runs a citrus fruit fundraiser. We offer a 20-pound or 40-pound box of either Florida oranges or pink grapefruit. This year’s campaign will run for three weeks, and final orders must be submitted by the end of Friday’s Music Night in December.

Thank you for all of the support you provide to all of us at Canterbury.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you have any questions.

Yours truly,

The Canterbury Music Department:

Jason Sinkus; James Caswell; Damian McLaughlin; Janice Mah; Beverley Robinson; Grace Vigneron

cc:        Alan Johnson (Principal) and Diane Gillis (Arts Coordinator)