This registration page is for those who prefer our annual membership option

Online Class Registration for 2020-2021

Membership Has Its Privileges…

Thank you for supporting New Horizons Band of Toronto with your paid membership for the 2020-2021 band year.  Your support allows us to develop our content with the security that we have members like you who believe in the mission and educational vision of our organization. 

As an Annual Member, you are entitled to member pricing on all classes and workshops for 2020-2021 (includes summer 2021)

 

NHBT is proud to offer a rich selection of online classes.  In-person classes will not be scheduled until it is safe to do so. 

Our classes are offered online using free Zoom conferencing software (hosted by NHBT). Links to allow you to join your registered classes will be emailed to you 24-48 hours prior to the start of class. Where other free or subscription software is required, this is described in the class notes.  Click on the class button to get details.

Classes are offered in two 6-week quadmesters: 

(Quadmester Three ~ February 1 – March 15) – Finished

Quadmester Four ~ April 6 – May 17 – Closed

Classes are grouped below by their quadmester under each category:

      • Class Code B ~ Multi-session Concert Band classes with dates/times. These classes require a SmartMusic subscription.  There are daytime and evening options for all levels in both quadmesters.
      • Class Code J ~ Multi-session Jazz classes with dates/times. These classes require a SmartMusic subscription.  There are daytime and evening options for all levels in both quadmesters.
      • Class Code M ~ Multi-session Musicianship classes with dates/times.
      • Class Code W ~ Workshops are single session only. Some workshops are offered more than once, so select the one that is best for you. 
      • Music for Life  ~ opportunities to hear stories, learn from experience and enjoy aspects of the life of professional musicians and teachers
      • Class Code S ~ Software Subscriptions are needed for specific classes, as noted in the detailed class description for that class. Each of these subscriptions is for a full year so you only need to subscribe once per year. 

Membership renewal for 2020-2021.  This is one way for you to tell us that you want  to continue to be a part of NHBT.  We can’t set  a start date for in-person classes, but our About Us page has the proposed schedule of weekly classes. In completing the form, there is now a way for you to indicate the classes of interest so that we can anticipate your return. 

We’d like all members to complete this  level of renewal of your registration but there is no obligation to pay at this time.  

However,  NHBT has ongoing cost obligations.  To keep the organization going, we need those who can do it, to offer to pay the non-refundable membership fee. Those funds will help pay our reduced rent and ongoing music program development while we continue to adapt to the situation.  

When you include membership renewal in your order, and as part of the “checkout” form, you are asked to indicate bands of interest for when we can resume these in-person classes. Once we have a start date you would then return to the store to register for and then pay class fees following our normal process.

Once you place your membership registration order, you will receive an email acknowledgement with the details of your order.  We will be using your information to help us plan for the resumption of classes.  

Inside the checkout form, the first question asks if you are able to pay for membership renewal at this time:  

    • Only those that indicate that you will be paying now will get an updated email regarding payment.  In that confirmation message, we gratefully welcome payment to support NBHT through this difficult time.  
    • For all others, we thank you for showing continued interest in being part of NHBT. Your order will remain “on-hold” until we can provide better information. 

We want to and will play together again! 

Click to toggle open or close the information sections below 
    1. Please place one order per person. Do not combine orders. 
    2. Click on program names to read about them in more detail. If you want to select a program, add it to your shopping cart from either the class summary or the detail. 
    3. Review your shopping cart contents and total fees and adjust as needed by clicking on the Shopping Cart Total value. 
    4. When you’re ready, follow the prompts to checkout.
    5. Items in your shopping cart are checked for consistency – you may find warnings that need to be acknowledged. If there is an error that needs your correction, use your browser page back function to return to the previous page where you can adjust the contents of your cart.
    6. Enter your contact and other information, and place your order. 
    7. You will receive an email acknowledging your requests. 
    8. Your requests are reviewed and, if needed, someone will be in touch with you to discuss potential changes. If necessary, changes will be made by our NHBT volunteers and you will receive a new confirmation email – that is your invoice. 
    9. Wait until you receive confirmation of your band program selections before you pay. You may then pay by the method you selected (eTransfer or cheque)
    10. Once your payment has been received and processed you will get a final “order completed” email.

In the checkout process you are providing the contact and related information that will be used to create or update the NHBT membership records and to generate the class lists.  

The checkout form includes an option to discuss individualized payment options. Answer “yes” if this is an important factor that will make your participation in NHBT possible. 

Fees for classes reflect the break-even costs of operating NHBT which include a portion for class development and administration.

Our Code of Conduct helps us ensure a welcoming environment for all our band members. It is embedded below for ease of reference. All members are obliged to observe the elements of this code.

There are no refunds for online classes once confirmed. 

You have the option of sharing your email address for the class lists that are in the password-protected members area of the website. Addresses and phone numbers are not shared. 

You also have the option of letting us retain your contact information so that we can contact you about events and updates even if you are not currently playing in a band. 

With your authorization, NHBT may use photos or videos that include you during rehearsals, events, and performances on the public portion of our website, on the social networking sites we administer, or similar public outreach. Photos and recordings from band events may also be posted inside the secure members area of the website.

NEW HORIZONS BAND OF TORONTO (By-Law Number 1, Appendix “A”)Members’ Code of Conduct

The following information is provided to inform members of their responsibilities as committed members of the New Horizons Band of Toronto. This policy and practices outlined applies to behaviour during large band classes, sectionals or small ensemble rehearsals, concerts social events, or any other gathering of members participating in and/or representing New Horizons Band of Toronto.

If a member behaves in an objectionable manner, creates disharmony with other band members or with teacher-conductors or coaches during any related New Horizons Band of Toronto activity, then that member’smembership in the New Horizons Band of Toronto may be revoked without remuneration. The Board of Directors will review such situations, on a case-by-case basis and if necessary, ensure that appropriate action is implemented; whether that be remediation or to revoke membership.

Attendance

In fairness to other band members and New Horizons Band of Toronto’s desire to produce high quality performances, please make every effort to attend all classes/rehearsals. Individuals who miss numerous practices prior to a concert are to speak to the teacher-conductor involved to get their approval to play in any upcoming concerts.

If a member must take a leave of absence or is otherwise unable to perform, they are to make best efforts to inform the teacher-conductor(s) of their absence in advance.

Class/Rehearsal Decorum

Please observe appropriate and respectful class/rehearsal decorum, giving the teacher-conductor your full attention and avoiding conversation which is distracting to others. Save conversation for the break. If you need help, ask the teacher-conductor. If you ask your neighbour for help, do so quietly and not while the teacher-conductor is talking.

Playing your instrument when the teacher-conductor has stopped conducting is discourteous to the teacher- conductor and to those around you.

You are asked to refrain from using personal electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, iPads, etc.) for communication and/or entertainment purposes during classes and/or rehearsals. If you must absolutely use these devices, you are asked to leave the classroom/studio to do so. This activity is a distraction to you and to those around you.

Concert Decorum

Please conduct yourself in an appropriate manner at all times while at the concert venue. Remember that the performance begins when the band or ensemble walks on the stage. The audience will judge your performance from this point until you leave the stage at the conclusion of the presentation.

Distracting behaviours such as talking and excessive body and foot movements should be kept to a minimum.

Members are expected do their fair share in assisting with any needed set-up before a concert and clean-up after a concert. This could be in the form of stacking chairs, taking down stands, returning music, loading trucks, etc.

Members are to adhere to the then current concert dress code.

Music Management

As well as your prime resource during a class/rehearsal or performance, sheet music represents a significant cost to the band. Because of this, it is important that you take full responsibility for any original sheet music entrusted to you.

All original sheet music must be returned by the end of each class. Original music should only leave the classroom/rehearsal space with the permission of the teacher-conductor and must be signed out. This also applies to original scores.

When original sheet music is entrusted to you, it is to be returned to the librarian or your teacher-conductor in the same condition as it was received (i.e. no permanent markings, no holes punched, no highlighter, no tears, etc.). If the music is not returned in acceptable condition, you may be charged a fee to replace that part.

Equipment Management

New Horizons Band of Toronto’s equipment (i.e. percussion, instruments, stands, sound, amps, accessories,social, etc.) represents another significant cost to the band. Because of this, it is important that you take full responsibility for any equipment that is entrusted to you; whether borrowed or used.

If you borrow New Horizons Band of Toronto’s equipment, an Equipment Management Form must be completedand approved by your teacher-conductor and submitted to the Asset Officer.

The equipment must be returned to the Asset Officer at the agreed upon time or as requested. Should the equipment not be returned in the same condition as it was when you signed it out, other than normal wear and tear, you may be charged for the repair or replacement of that equipment.

Beginner I 

Woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments welcome
Open to anyone who wishes to learn a new instrument

What this band does: Basic instrument technique and music reading instruction are the focus of this group

Prerequisites: Willingness to learn both an instrument and notation. Rent/own an instrument or purchase a stick/mallet kit if playing percussion
No experience necessary

All group playing will take place over SmartMusic

Beginner II 

Woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments welcome
Open to anyone who has a moderate amount of band experience on their instrument – 1-2 years playing in a Concert Band setting

What this band does:
The focus is on playing together as a group and following the conductor
A wide range of musical styles are explored in traditional concert band instrumentation.

Prerequisites: Rent/own an instrument or purchase a stick/mallet kit if playing percussion
Be able to read notes in the clef of your instrument, including above and below the staff.
Play the Concert B-flat Major scale, one octave
Read rhythms in 3/4, 2/4, and 4/4 time including whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes
Should not be writing in note names, fingerings, slide positions
For percussion: Vic Firth rudiments – single stroke roll, flam, paradiddle (both hands), scales as above on mallet instruments

All group playing will take place over SmartMusic

Concert Band 

Woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments welcome
Open to anyone who has some band experience on their instrument – 2+ years playing in a Concert Band setting

What this band does:
The focus is on performing pieces with dynamics, articulation, and expression
This band is for those who wish to be challenged on their instrument
A wide range of musical styles are explored in traditional concert band instrumentation

Prerequisites: Rent/own an instrument or purchase a stick/mallet kit if playing percussion
Be able to read notes in the clef of your instrument, including up to two ledger lines above and below the staff
Be able to follow a conductor
Play the Concert B-flat Major scale, two octaves
Play Concert C, F, and E-flat Major scales (one or two octaves)
Play Concert g minor scale – all three forms
Read rhythms in 3/4, 2/4, 4/4, and 6/8 time including whole, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes and dotted rhythms
For percussion: Vic Firth rudiments – double stroke roll, ratamacue, paradiddle (both hands), scales as above on mallet instruments

All group playing will take place over SmartMusic

Symphonic Band 

Woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments welcome
The focus is on developing a diverse repertoire and moving at a quicker pace while still creating enjoyable musical experiences
Open to anyone who has significant band experience on their instrument – 4+ years playing in a Concert Band setting

What this band does:
The focus is on performing pieces at tempo with good intonation, style, and expression
This band is for those who wish to be challenged on their instrument
A wide range of musical styles are explored in traditional concert band instrumentation

Prerequisites:
Rent/own an instrument or purchase a stick/mallet kit if playing percussion
Play with a characteristic tone.
Play the Concert B-flat Major scale and Concert g minor scale (all three forms) two octaves, from memory
Play Concert C, F, and E-flat Major scales (one or two octaves), and their relative minor scales
Read rhythms in simple, compound, and cut time. Mixed meter is used frequently
For percussion: Vic Firth rudiments – double stroke roll, ratamacue, paradiddle (both hands), scales as above on mallet instruments, timpani skills

All group playing will take place over SmartMusic

Wind Ensemble 

Woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments welcome
The focus is on developing a diverse repertoire for performance and moving at a quicker pace while still creating enjoyable musical experiences
This ensemble is limited to players with significant band experience on their instrument – 4+ years playing in a concert band setting


What this band does:
The focus is on performing pieces at tempo with good intonation, style, and expression
This band is for those who wish to be challenged on their instrument
A wide range of musical styles are explored in traditional concert band instrumentation

Prerequisites:
Rent/own an instrument or purchase a stick/mallet kit if playing percussion
Play with a characteristic tone
Play Concert Major and minor scales from five flats to three sharps – two octaves where possible, minor all three forms – from memory
Read rhythms in simple, compound, and cut time. Mixed meter is used frequently 
For percussion: Vic Firth rudiments – double stroke roll, ratamacue, paradiddle (both hands), scales as above on mallet instruments, timpani skills

All group playing will take place over SmartMusic

Beginner Big Band 

The ensemble is open to woodwind and brass musicians from the Beginner II through Symphonic Bands who would like to begin their exploration of the jazz idiom. 
Beginner II musicians who wish to participate are encouraged to contact Patricia Wheeler in order to discuss comfort levels. 

What this band does:  
This class introduces and develops rhythms, styles, and repertoire endemic to the jazz tradition, in a concert band setting, and is open to the full range of instruments found in a concert band.   
Material consists of studies, drills, games, and repertoire modelled after swing and dance band literature, such as that found in the Essential Elements Jazz Ensemble series.  
The class does not require improvisation, but notated solos will be played by the willing, not the forced.

Prerequisites:
Rent/own an instrument or purchase a stick/mallet kit if playing percussion. 
Play with a characteristic tone. 
Play Concert Major scales from three flats to three sharps. 
Read rhythms in simple and compound time signatures

All group playing will take place over SmartMusic

Intermediate Jazz 

The ensemble has (must have) a rhythm section (piano and/or guitar, 2+bassists, drum kit, percussion) and is open to 30 woodwind and brass musicians from the Beginner II through Symphonic Bands who would like to begin their exploration of the jazz idiom 
Beginner II musicians who wish to participate are encouraged to contact Patricia Wheeler in order to discuss comfort levels 

What this band does:  
This class continues to develop rhythms, styles, and repertoire endemic to the jazz tradition, in a concert band setting, and is open to the full range of instruments found in a concert band 
Those who participated in the Big Band in the past may find this a fun and challenging next step   
Material consists of studies, drills, games, and repertoire modelled after swing and dance band literature, such as that found in the Essential Elements Jazz Ensemble series  
Notated solos are encouraged from all players 
This class will also encourage improvisation

Prerequisites: Rent/own an instrument or purchase a stick/mallet kit if playing percussion 
Play with a characteristic tone 
Play Concert Major scales from four flats to four sharps 
Read rhythms in simple and compound time signatures

All group playing will take place over SmartMusic

Donna Dupuy is thrilled to be a part of the leadership team at New Horizons Band of Toronto in the role of Head of Education.  Donna has taught university, high school and New Horizons classes for over 27 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas with a double major in music performance and theory.  Donna is a bassoonist!  She has performed with the San Angelo Symphony and the University of North Texas Faculty Winds. 

Dan Kapp passionately oversaw the implementation and development of the New Horizons Band of Toronto program for its first 8 years as it grew from one band of 17 members to 13 band classes with 250+ members. He now serves as Director Emeritus, as well as teacher, to NHBT. Dan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. He also holds a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and has studied at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Marianne Spilberg is a retired teacher from the York Region District School Board. She holds an Honours Music Degree from Western University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. During her 32 years as a professional educator, she had the opportunity to teach all grade levels, kindergarten to grade 12; and has taught band, vocal, guitar, recorder and piano. She enjoys teaching students of all ages. 

Craig Thompson has recently retired after having taught instrumental music at Fairbank Middle School and De La Salle College Oaklands for over 27 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree, a Bachelor of Education and an Honours Specialist in Music Education at Western University. He is a brass specialist and freelance trumpet player and has been on the faculty for the National Music Camp of Canada since 2001.

Maggie Thompson retired from classroom teaching and is proud to have taught Music at St. Clement’s School and for the Toronto District School Board.  She holds an Honours Music Education Degree and Bachelor of Education from Western University. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Music Educators’ Association and has been part of the National Music Camp of Canada family since 1981 as a camper, staff and faculty member.

Patricia Wheeler has performed throughout North America with artists that include Michael Burgess, Patty Page and Regis Philbin.  Patricia holds a B.F.A. (Honours), M.A. and a PhD in music and teaches at Centennial College and Ryerson University. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by big bands, concert bands, choirs and soloists.

Garry Page is on leave from NHBT this term.  We hope he will return in the near future.

B17 Q3 20 Beginner Band I Wed 2-3:15 pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10 – Craig

B17 Q4 20 Beginner Band I Wed 2-3:15 pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12 – Craig

B18 Q3 20 Beginner Band I Wed 7-8:15 pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10 – Maggie

B18 Q4 20 Beginner Band I Wed 7-8:15 pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12 – Maggie

B19 Q3 20 Beginner Band II Mon 2-3:15 pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Marianne

B19 Q4 20 Beginner Band II Mon 2-3:15 pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Marianne

B20 Q3 20 Beginner Band II Mon 7-8:15 pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Craig

B20 Q4 20 Beginner Band II Mon 7-8:15 pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Craig

B21 Q3 20 Concert Band Mon 10-11:15 am Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Marianne

B21 Q4 20 Concert Band Mon 10-11:15 am Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Marianne

B23 Q3 20 Concert Band Mon 7-8:15 pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Dan

B23 Q4 20 Concert Band Mon 7-8:15 pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Marianne

B25 Q3 20 Symphonic Band Tue 10-11:15 am Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Donna

B25 Q4 20 Symphonic Band Tue 10-11:15 am Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Donna

B27 Q3 20 Symphonic Band Tue 7-8:15 pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Donna

B27 Q4 20 Symphonic Band Tue 7-8:15 pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Donna

B29 Q3 20 Wind Ensemble Tue 2-3:15 pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Donna

B29 Q4 20 Wind Ensemble Tue 2-3:15 pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Donna

J09 Q3 20 Beginner Big Band Wed 10-11:15 am Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10 – Pat

J09 Q4 20 Beginner Big Band Wed 10-11:15 am Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12 – Pat

J10 Q3 20 Beginner Big Band Tue 7-8:15 pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Pat

J10 Q4 20 Beginner Big Band Tue 7-8:15 pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Pat

J11 Q3 20 Intermediate Jazz Wed 2-3:15 pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10 – Pat

J11 Q4 20 Intermediate Jazz Wed 2-3:15 pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12 – Pat

J12 Q3 20 Intermediate Jazz Wed 7-8:15 pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10 – Pat

J12 Q4 20 Intermediate Jazz Wed 7-8:15 pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12 – Pat

M26 Q4 20 Repertoire Wed 4-5:00 pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12 – Donna

M32 Q3 20 Theory – Beginner Mon 4-5:00 pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Dan

M34 Q3 20 Theory – Intermediate Wed 4-5:00 pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10 – Marianne

M34 Q4 20 Theory – Intermediate Mon 4-5:00 pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Marianne

M36 Q3 20 Theory – Advanced Tue 4-5:00 pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Donna

M38 Q3 20 Song Writing I Wed 12-1:00 pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10 – Pat

M42 Q4 20 Transposition and Arranging Tue 4-5:00 pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Donna

M44 Q4 20 Jazz Composition and Arranging Wed 12-1:00 pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12 – Pat

M47 Q3 20 Renaissance Music History Mon 12-1:00 pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Dan

M48 Q3 20 Baroque Music History Thu 12-1:00 pm Feb 4,11,18,25 Mar 4,11 – Maggie

M49 Q4 20 Classical Music Mon 12-1:00 pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Dan

M50 Q4 20 Romantic Music Thu 12-1:00 pm Apr 8,15,22,29 May 6,13 – Dan

M51 Q3 20 20th Century Music Tue 12-1:00 pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Donna

M52 Q4 20 Pop Music Tue 12-1:00 pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Donna

M53 Q3 20 Duets – Beginner Tue 2-3:15 pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Craig

M53 Q4 20 Duets – Beginner Tue 2-3:15 pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Craig

M54 Q3 20 Duets – Intermediate Mon 2-3:15 pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Maggie

M54 Q4 20 Duets – Intermediate Mon 2-3:15 pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Maggie

S01 T2 20 ~ SmartMusic yearly software subscription

S01N T2 20 ~ SmartMusic yearly software subscription

S02 T2 20 ~ Breezin’ Thu Theory – yearly software subscription

S02N T2 20 ~ Breezin’ Thu Theory – yearly software subscription

W01 Q3 20 ~ How to Zoom

W03 Q3 20 ~ SmartMusic Class Intro for NHBT Tue Jan 26 – 2-3:00 or 7-8:00 pm 

Thu Jan 28 – 2-3:00 pm or 7-8:00 pm – Donna

W05 Q3 20 ~ How Does Online Band Work?

W09 Q3 20 ~ Audacity 101 Wed 4-5:00 pm Jan 20 – Maggie

W10 Q3 20 ~ Audacity 101 Wed 7-8:00 pm Jan 27 – Maggie

W11 Q3 20 ~ MuseScore 101 Wed 7-8:00 pm Jan 20 – Maggie

W12 Q3 20 ~ MuseScore 101 Wed 4-5:00 pm Jan 27 – Maggie

W13 Q3 20 ~ Talk About Tech with Long & McQuade

W17 Q3 20 Music for Life ~ Canadian Brass sponsored by Conn-Selmer Thu Feb 4 7-8:00 pm

W18 Q3 20 Rebecca Grimes, Flute Thu Feb 18 7-8:00 pm

W20 Q3 20 Jennifer Buchanan – Music Therapy Thu Mar 11 7-8:00 pm

W22 Q4 20 Colleen Allen Thu Apr 22 7-8:00 pm

CANCELLED W23 Q4 20 Fearless Performance ~ Jeff Nelsen Thu Apr 29 7-8:00 pm

W24 Q4 20 Low Brass Technical Fluency ~ Charles Ortega Thu May 6 7-8:00 pm

W25 Q4 20 Music for Life ~ NHBT Teachers Thu May 13 7-8:00 pm

M26 Q4 20 Repertoire Wed 4-5:00 pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12 – Donna

Repertoire –

Take a musical journey with us as we explore wind band literature from the 20th and 21st Century. Learn who the composer is, how they write, and why their music is unique and idiomatic to the wind band.\n\nExplore the conductor’s score to learn more about how and why music sounds the way that it does.

This term we will focus on music written for wind band by Canadian composers, female composers, and BIPOC composers.

The ability to read music in the treble and bass clef is an asset.

No Prerequistes.

M32 Q3 20 Theory – Beginner Mon 4-5:00 pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Dan

Beginner Theory ~
Who this class is best for: Any members who have an interest in learning more about how music is created. 
Open to anyone from any band level. 
Ideal for those who are just learning how to read music (Beginner I and Beginner II). 

What this class does: This class will teach members about the staff, note values and rhythms, time signatures, and the construction of Major scales.   

This is a non-performance course.

Prerequisites: Have writing materials, including staff paper. \nNo experience necessary.

Any Software Requirements? Breezin’ Thru Theory

M34 Q3 20 Theory – Intermediate Wed 4-5:00 pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10 – Marianne

Intermediate Theory ~

Who this class is best for: Any members who have an interest in learning more about how music is created.

Open to anyone from any band level.

Ideal for those who can read music and want to learn more about the notes on the page (Concert Band and up).

What this class does: This class will teach members about the intervals, chords, the minor scales, modes. Ear training is also a part of this course This is a non-performance course. 

Prerequisites: Have writing materials, including staff paper. Have taken Beginner Theory or have a good understanding of music rudiments\nMust be able to read in treble and bass clef

Any Software Requirements? Breezin’ Thru Theory

M34 Q4 20 Theory – Intermediate Mon 4-5:00 pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Marianne

Intermediate Theory ~

Who this class is best for: Any members who have an interest in learning more about how music is created. Open to anyone from any band level. Ideal for those who can read music and want to learn more about the notes on the page (Concert Band and up).

What this class does: This class will teach members about the intervals, chords, the minor scales, modes. Ear training is also a part of this course. This is a non-performance course. 

Prerequisites: Have writing materials, including staff paper. Have taken Beginner Theory or have a good understanding of music rudiments. Must be able to read in treble and bass clef

Any Software Requirements? Breezin’ Thru Theory

M36 Q3 20 Theory – Advanced Tue 4-5:00 pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Donna

Advanced Theory ~

Who this class is best for: Any members who have an interest in learning more about how music is created. Open to anyone from any band level. Ideal for those who can read music and want to learn more about how the notes were arranged on the page by the composer (Concert Band and up). 

What this class does: This class will teach members about the three and four note chords, figured bass, chord inversions, and basic part-writing.Ear training is also a part of this course This is a non-performance course.

Prerequisites: Have writing materials, including staff paper. Have taken Intermediate Theory or have a good understanding of intervals and scales. Must be able to read and write in treble and bass clef. Knowledge of music notation software (e.g. MuseScore) is an asset

Any Software Requirements? Breezin’ Thru Theory

M38 Q3 20 Song Writing I Wed 12-1:00 pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10 – Pat

Song Writing I –

This course seeks to inspire musical creativity and direct its manifestation in the compositional form of The Song. A song is a short piece of music combining text with melody, rhythm and harmony.

Students will examine the work of popular songwriters such as Lennon and McCartney, Carol King, Gil Scott-Heron, and Cole Porter. Concepts such as word imagery, syllabic rhythms and placement, rhyme patterns, as well as melodic construction for singing applications, harmonic accompaniment, and song form will be included in this “hands-on” study. The role that various instruments can play in the construction of a vocal-driven song will also be considered.

Weekly exercises will be assigned, each exercise designed as a “building block” which can contribute to the realisation of a completed piece of music, performable by a vocalist and small accompanying ensemble.

Pre-Requisites: A basic knowledge of music theory, including major/minor scale construction, major/minor triad construction, and the ability to notate rhythms within the most common time signatures, is strongly recommended. Practical facility with the “Musescore” notation platform, and a fundamental ability with piano, guitar, ukulele, or any chord-playing instrument will also be an asset to the songwriting student.

M42 Q4 20 Transposition and Arranging Tue 4-5:00 pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Donna

Transposition and Arranging –

This course will focus on the basics of arranging existing music so that you can play with your family and friends. Weekly lessons and exercises focus on transposition (both on the page and at sight), basic SATB texture and chord voicings, and developing musical color through instrumentation and texture.

Using simple tunes, practical skills will be developed.

A basic knowledge of music theory, including major/minor scale construction, major/minor triad construction, and the ability to notate rhythms within the most common time signatures, is strongly recommended.

Practical facility with the “Musescore” notation platform, or any reputable notation software such as Sibelius or Finale is required.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of and use of MuseScore or other notation software

M44 Q4 20 Jazz Composition and Arranging Wed 12-1:00 pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12 – Pat

Jazz Composition and Arranging –

This course will focus on composing and arranging within the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic traditions of the instrumental jazz format. Weekly “hands on” exercises focused on transposition, pitch ranges, playability and blending characteristics of the instruments involved in the brass, woodwind, and rhythm sections of the traditional big band ensemble will propel the student to eventually realising a performable, original piece.

The work of iconic jazz composer/arrangers such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sammy Nestico, and Gil Evans will be examined as a way of instructing and inspiring the beginning jazz composer and arranger.

A familiarity with the characteristics of Jazz, and a basic knowledge of music theory, including major/minor scale and 5-note chord construction/interpretation, as well as the ability to notate rhythms within the most common time signatures, is necessary to enjoying and benefitting from this course.

Practical facility with the “Musescore” notation platform, or any reputable notation software such as Sibelius or Finale, as well as a basic ability with piano, guitar, or an (extended) chord-playing instrument will also be an asset to anyone taking this course.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of and use of MuseScore or other notation software

M47 Q3 20 Renaissance Music History Mon 12-1:00 pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Dan

Renaissance Music History –

Learning more about the music of any time period also includes learning about the social, cultural, and historical aspects of that time as well. In this course, you will learn about the characteristic music styles, important composers, and musical trends of the Renaissance period. The course includes listening to recordings, and learning in a non-performance setting with your instructor.

Open to all. No prerequisites.

M48 Q3 20 Baroque Music History Thu 12-1:00 pm Feb 4,11,18,25 Mar 4,11 – Maggie

Baroque Music History –

Learning more about the music of any time period also includes learning about the social, cultural, and historical aspects of that time as well. In this course, you will learn about the characteristic music styles, important composers, and musical trends of the Baroque period. The course includes listening to recordings, and learning in a non-performance setting with your instructor.

Open to all. No prerequisites.

M49 Q4 20 Classical Music Mon 12-1:00 pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Dan

Classical Music –

Learning more about the music of any time period also includes learning about the social, cultural, and historical aspects of that time as well. In this course, you will learn about the characteristic music styles, important composers, and musical trends of the Classical period. The course includes listening to recordings, and learning in a non-performance setting with your instructor.

Open to all. No prerequisites.

M50 Q4 20 Romantic Music Thu 12-1:00 pm Apr 8,15,22,29 May 6,13 – Dan

Romantic Music –

Learning more about the music of any time period also includes learning about the social, cultural, and historical aspects of that time as well. In this course, you will learn about the characteristic music styles, important composers, and musical trends of the Romantic period. The course includes listening to recordings, and learning in a non-performance setting with your instructor.

Open to all. No prerequisites.

M51 Q3 20 20th Century Music Tue 12-1:00 pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Donna

20th Century Music –

Learning more about the music of any time period also includes learning about the social, cultural, and historical aspects of that time as well. In this course, you will learn about the characteristic music styles, important composers, and musical trends of the 20th Century. This includes an exploration of the development of band music during this time and an introduction to the different non-traditional harmonic systems that were developed in this time. The course includes listening to recordings, and learning in a non-performance setting with your instructor.

Open to all. No prerequisites.

M52 Q4 20 Pop Music Tue 12-1:00 pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Donna

Pop Music –

POPULAR! You will be in the know about what is fab and hip and rad and cool in the music world from 1900-NOW! Take a trip through time as we explore the music that was made for the people, by the people. Each week will focus on a different 20 year period with lots of recordings, links and fun facts about this history of popular music.

Open to all. No prerequisites.

M53 Q3 20 Duets – Beginner Tue 2-3:15 pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9 – Craig

Duets – Beginner –

Do you miss performing with another person? I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t! In this course, you will have the opportunity to play duets with Craig Thompson (trumpet). Each week, you will explore new pieces from various genres. Craig will take you through a comprehensive warm-up routine, share interesting facts about the music and offer suggestions for further practice and listening throughout the week. The music will be sent to you in advance should you wish to practise ahead of time.

Best suited to Beginner II or Concert Band members

M53 Q4 20 Duets – Beginner Tue 2-3:15 pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11 – Craig

Duets – Beginner –

Do you miss performing with another person? I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t! In this course, you will have the opportunity to play duets with Craig Thompson (trumpet). Each week, you will explore new pieces from various genres. Craig will take you through a comprehensive warm-up routine, share interesting facts about the music and offer suggestions for further practice and listening throughout the week. The music will be sent to you in advance should you wish to practise ahead of time.

Best suited to Beginner II or Concert Band members

M54 Q3 20 Duets – Intermediate Mon 2-3:15 pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15 – Maggie

Duets – Intermediate –

If you have missed performing live with other musicians, this is your chance! In this course, you will have the opportunity to play duets with Maggie Thompson (alto saxophone). Each week, you will explore new pieces from various genres. Maggie will take you through a comprehensive warm-up routine, share interesting facts about the music and offer suggestions for further practice and listening throughout the week. The music will be sent to you in advance should you wish to practise ahead of time.

Best suited to Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble members

M54 Q4 20 Duets – Intermediate Mon 2-3:15 pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17 – Maggie

Duets – Intermediate –

If you have missed performing live with other musicians, this is your chance! In this course, you will have the opportunity to play duets with Maggie Thompson (alto saxophone). Each week, you will explore new pieces from various genres. Maggie will take you through a comprehensive warm-up routine, share interesting facts about the music and offer suggestions for further practice and listening throughout the week. The music will be sent to you in advance should you wish to practise ahead of time.

Best suited to Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble members

W01 Q3 20 ~ How to Zoom

How to Zoom
Learn how to use Zoom for classes and personal meetings with family and friends.

W03 Q3 20 ~ SmartMusic Class Intro for NHBT Tue Jan 26 – 2-3:00 or 7-8:00 pm Thu Jan 28 – 2-3:00 pm or 7-8:00 pm – Donna

Intro to SmartMusic

SmartMusic is an online music practice software tool that NHBT uses for our online performance classes.  This class will teach you how to navigate the software for class and for personal practice.  (SmartMusic subscription is required for this class.)

W05 Q3 20 ~ How Does Online Band Work?

How Does Online Band Work?
How does online band work?  In this class you will learn how classes run using Zoom and SmartMusic at the same time.  If you are not sure if online band is right for you, join this class to find out what it is like.  You will get to play in this class.

W09 Q3 20 ~ Audacity 101 Wed 4-5:00 pm Jan 20 – Maggie

Audacity 101
Learn how to use the free recording software Audacity for basic recording and mixing.

W10 Q3 20 ~ Audacity 101 Wed 7-8:00 pm Jan 27 – Maggie

Audacity 101
Learn how to use the free recording software Audacity for basic recording and mixing.

W11 Q3 20 ~ MuseScore 101 Wed 7-8:00 pm Jan 20 – Maggie

MuseScore 101
Learn how to use the free notation software MuseScore for musicianship classes or for your own personal use.

W12 Q3 20 ~ MuseScore 101 Wed 4-5:00 pm Jan 27 – Maggie

MuseScore 101
Learn how to use the free notation software MuseScore for musicianship classes or for your own personal use.

W13 Q3 20 ~ Talk About Tech with Long & McQuade

Talk About Tech

Join experts from Long and McQuade as they explain which headphones, microphones, and cameras are best suited for online learning.

W17 Q3 20 Canadian Brass sponsored by Conn-Selmer Thu Feb 4 7-8:00 pm

Canadian Brass – Chuck Daellenbach and Jeff Nelson from the Canadian Brass, will talk about some of their experiences, challenges and demands of being part of  an international acclaimed brass ensemble.

W18 Q3 20 Rebecca Grimes, Flute Thu Feb 18 7-8:00 pm

Rebecca Grimes, flute, will focus this workshop on development of tone and intonation for flute and piccolo players.  The workshop is open to all and everyone is encouraged to bring their flute and be ready to try the activities.

W20 Q3 20 Jennifer Buchanan – Music Therapy Thu Mar 11 7-8:00 pm

Jennifer Buchanan – President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, will discuss how music therapists use music to help support development, health and well-being within our community. Topics such as cognitive, communicative, emotional.  physical and social needs will be discussed.

W21 Q4 20 Colleen Allen Thu Apr 22 7-8:00 pm

Colleen Allen, one of Canada’s eminent jazz composers, multi-instrumentalists, band leader and producer, will share some of her musical life experiences, challenges and rewards.

CANCELLED

W23 Q4 20 Fearless Performance ~ Jeff Nelsen Thu Apr 29 7-8:00 pm

Fearless Performance by Jeff Nelsen.  Join us for a training seminar that teaches the mental skills, preparation and philosphy that will enhance and support your instrumental performance.

W24 Q4 20 Low Brass Technical Fluency ~ Charles Ortega Thu May 6 7-8:00 pm

Charles Ortega, tuba, will focus this workshop on developing technical fluency on low brass instruments.  Participants in this workshop are ideally playing at the Beginner II level and above.

W25 Q4 20 Music for Life ~ NHBT Teachers Thu May 13 7-8:00 pm

NHBT Teachers – So what makes our teachers tick? Join us, as each of our beloved teachers will share some of their musical passions, and answer a few  skill testing questions.

Q3
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

10:00 a.m.

B21 Q3 20 Concert Band – Marianne
Monday 10-11:15am Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15

B25 Q3 20 Symphonic Band – Donna
Tuesday 10-11:15am Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9

J09 Q3 20 Beginner Big Band – Pat
Wednesday 10-11:15am Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10

 

12:00 p.m.

M47 Q3 20 Renaissance Music History – Dan
Monday 12-1:00pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15

M51 Q3 20  20th Century Music – Donna
Tuesday 12-1:00pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9

M38 Q3 20 Song Writing I – Pat
Wednesday 12-1:00pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10

M48 Q3 20 Baroque Music History – Maggie
Thursday 12-1:00pm Feb 4,11,18,25 Mar 4,11

2:00 p.m.

B19 Q3 20 Beginner II – Marianne
Monday 2-3:15pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15

B29 Q3 20 Wind Ensemble – Donna
Tuesday 2-3:15pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9

J11 Q3 20 Intermediate Jazz – Pat
Wednesday 2-3:15pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10

 

2:00 p.m.

M54 Q3 20 Duets

(Intermediate) – Maggie
Monday 2-3:15pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15

M53 Q3 20 Duets (Beginner) – Craig
Tuesday 2-3:15pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9

B17 Q3 20 Beginner I – Craig
Wednesday 2-3:15pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10

 

4:00 p.m.

M32 Q3 20 Beginner Theory – Dan
Monday 4-5:00pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15

M36 Q3 20 Advanced Theory – Donna
Tuesday 4-5:00pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9

M34 Q3 20 Intermediate Theory – Marianne
Wednesday 4-5:00pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10

 

7:00 pm.

B20 Q3 20 Beginner II – Craig
Monday 7-8:15pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15

B27 Q3 20 Symphonic Band – Donna
Tuesday 7-8:15pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9

J12 Q3 20 Intermediate Jazz – Pat
Wednesday 7-8:15pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10

W17 Q3 20 Music for Life ~ Canadian Brass sponsored by Conn-Selmer
Thursday Feb 4 7-8:00 pm

W18 Q3 20 Rebecca Grimes, Flute Thursday Feb 18 7-8:00 pm

W20 Q3 20 Jennifer Buchanan – Music Therapy
Thursday Mar 11 7-8:00 pm

7:00 pm.

B23 Q3 20 Concert Band- Dan
Monday 7-8:15pm Feb 1,8,22 Mar 1,8,15

J10 Q3 20 Beginner Big Band – Pat
Tuesday 7-8:15pm Feb 2,9,16,23 Mar 2,9

B18 Q3 20 Beginner I – Maggie
Wednesday 7-8:15pm Feb 3,10,17,24 Mar 3,10

 
Q4
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

10:00 a.m.

B21 Q4 20 Concert Band – Marianne
Monday 10-11:15am Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17

B25 Q4 20 Symphonic Band – Donna
Tuesday 10-11:15am Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11

J09 Q4 20 Beginner Big Band – Pat
Wednesday 10-11:15am Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12

 

12:00 p.m.

M49 Q4 20 Classical Music – Dan
Monday 12-1:00pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17

M52 Q4 20 Pop Music – Donna
Tuesday 12-1:00pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11

M44 Q4 20 Jazz Composition and Arranging – Pat
Wednesday 12-1:00pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12

M50 Q4 20 Romantic Music – Dan
Thursday 12-1:00pm Apr 8,15,22,29 May 6,13

2:00 p.m.

B19 Q4 20 Beginner II – Marianne
Monday 2-3:15pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17

B29 Q4 20 Wind Ensemble – Donna
Tuesday 2-3:15pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11

J11 Q4 20 Intermediate Jazz – Pat
Wednesday 2-3:15pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12

 

2:00 p.m.

M54 Q4 20 Duets

(Intermediate) – Maggie
Monday 2-3:15pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17

M53 Q4 20 Duets (Beginner) – Craig
Tuesday 2-3:15pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11

B17 Q4 20 Beginner I – Craig
Wednesday 2-3:15pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12

 

4:00 p.m.

M34 Q4 20 Intermediate Theory – Marianne
Monday 4-5:00pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17

M42 Q4 20 Transposition and Arranging – Donna
Tuesday 4-5:00pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11

M26 Q4 20 Repertoire – Donna
Wednesday 4-5:00pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12

 

7:00 pm.

B20 Q4 20 Beginner II – Craig
Monday 7-8:15pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17

B27 Q4 20 Symphonic Band – Donna
Tuesday 7-8:15pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11

B18 Q4 20 Beginner I – Maggie
Wednesday 7-8:15pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12

W22 Q4 20 Colleen Allen Thursday Apr 22 7-8:00 pm

W24 Q4 20 Low Brass Technical Fluency ~ Charles Ortega Thursday May 6 7-8:00 pm

W25 Q4 20 Music for Life ~ NHBT Teachers
Thursday May 13 7-8:00 pm

7:00 pm.

B23 Q4 20 Concert Band – Marianne
Monday 7-8:15pm Apr 12,19,26 May 3,10,17

J10 Q4 20 Beginner Big Band – Pat
Tuesday 7-8:15pm Apr 6,13,20,27 May 4,11

J12 Q4 20 Intermediate Jazz – Pat
Wednesday 7-8:15pm Apr 7,14,21,28 May 5,12

 

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Q4 ~ Quadmester Four – April 6 – May 17

Online Jazz Classes

Q3 ~ Quadmester Three – February 1 – March 15

Q4 ~ Quadmester Four – April 6 – May 17

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Q3 ~ Quadmester Three – February 1 – March 15

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