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

Online Class Registration for Term 1 of 2020

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.  In thanks for your support, please accept the following as our gift to you:

      • First chance at registration for all classes and workshops
      • Member pricing on all classes and workshops for 2020-2021 (includes summer 2021)
      • A coupon to cover your registration fees for SmartMusic and Breezin’ thru Theory subscriptions.  The coupon is worth $35 and you can use it toward any classes or workshops that you decide to take.
 

We are adapting to the pandemic by offering a rich selection of online classes.  In-person classes will not be scheduled until it is safe to do so. 

Annual Membership gives you access to preferential pricing for all online classes and the potential to register for in-person classes when these resume. A coupon code will appear in the checkout form if membership renewal is included in this order. If you have previously paid your membership renewal, you can use the coupon code that was sent to you directly. 

All the following 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 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. Please note the many free workshops that will assist in your introduction to and use of online technology. 

      • Class Code B~  Multi-session Concert Band classes with dates noted. These classes require a SmartMusic subscription.
      • Class Code J ~ Multi-session Jazz classes with dates noted. These classes require a SmartMusic subscription.
      • Class Code S ~ Software Subscriptions are needed for specific classes, as noted in the detailed class description for that class. For example, a band or jazz class requires a SmartMusic subscription. A theory class requires a Breezin’ Thru Theory subscription. Each of these subscriptions are for duration of one year so you only need to subscribe once per year.
      • Class Code M ~ Multi-session Musicianship classes are listed along with dates/times. Check alternate dates / times offered for some classes to choose one that fits your schedule. If registering for a Song Writing class, please carefully read the class details to get the technology, and then parts 1 & 2 lined up in your schedule. 
      • Class Code W ~ Workshops are mostly single day – but check carefully for two-day workshop dates. Some workshops are offered on more than one date or time, so select the one that is best for you. Workshops categories:  getting ready for online band, music technology for online band and enhancing musical technique. 
      • Also see Music for Life classes below, also coded as “W”.

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! 

    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, cash 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. 

Being a current member of NHBT allows you to register for one or more online band or jazz classes for the 2020-2021 NHBT year. 

Band and and classes are offered at different levels. Your band teacher or Donna Dupuy, our Head of Education, can give you advice if you are unsure about the right level for you. 

Note that online band and jazz classes are being offered in groups of monthly sessions for budget and schedule flexibility.

Fees for membership and classes reflect the break-even costs of operating NHTB which include class development and administration, renting space, paying our professional educators, buying and maintaining equipment and our music library. 

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.

Refunds for Regular season items are prorated based on the date of the request and subject to a service charge ($15). 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.

B01T120 Concert Band

Members who have previously been in Concert Band or who would like to move up from Beginner II can enroll to play with this group.  This class is suitable for non-members with at least three years of recent playing experience. Group playing will take place using SmartMusic with repertoire at the B200-B300 level.

Course Instructor: Marianne Mondays October 5,19,26, and November 2

10:00-11:15 a.m.

B02T120 Beginner II

Members who have previously been in Beginner II or who would like to move up from Beginner I can enroll to play with this group.  This class is suitable for non-members with at least one year of recent playing experience.  Group playing will take place using SmartMusic with repertoire at the B100-B200 level.

Course Instructor: Marianne Mondays October 5,19,26, and November 2

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

B03T120 Symphonic Band

Members who have previously been in Symphonic Band or who would like to move up from Concert Band can enroll to play with this group.  This class is suitable for non-members with at least four years of playing experience or those who play in a community band.  Group playing will take place using SmartMusic with repertoire at the B300-B400 level.

Course Instructor: Donna Tuesdays October 6,13,20,27

10:00-11:15 a.m.

B04T120 Wind Ensemble

Players who have previously been in Wind Ensemble can enroll to play with this group.  Group playing will take place using SmartMusic with repertoire at the B300-B500 level.  If you are a non-member, please contact Donna to see if this class is right for you.

Course Instructor: Donna Tuesdays October 6,13,20,27

2:00-3:15 p.m.

B05T120 Beginner II

Members who have previously been in Beginner II or who would like to move up from Beginner I can enroll to play with this group.  This class is suitable for non-members with at least one year of recent playing experience.  Group playing will take place using SmartMusic with repertoire at the B100-B200 level.

Course Instructor: Marianne Mondays November 9,16,23,30

7:00-8:15 p.m.

B06T120 Wind Ensemble

Members who have previously been in Wind Ensemble can enroll to play with this group.  Group playing will take place using SmartMusic with repertoire at the B300-B500 level.  If you are a non-member, please contact Donna to see if this class is right for you.

Course Instructor: Donna Tuesdays November 3,10,17,24

2:00-3:15 p.m.

B07T120 Symphonic Band

Members who have previously been in Symphonic Band or who would like to move up from Concert Band can enroll to play with this group.  This class is suitable for non-members with at least four years of playing experience or those who play in a community band.  Group playing will take place using SmartMusic with repertoire at the B300-B400 level.

Course Instructor: Donna Tuesdays November 3,10,17,24

7:00-8:15 p.m.

B08T120 Beginner I

Learn to play a band instrument!  If you are new to band or want to learn a new band instrument, then this is the class for you!  Group playing will take place using SmartMusic and method books.

Course Instructor: Maggie Tuesdays November 3,10,17,24

7:00-8:15 p.m.

B09T120 Concert Band

Members who have previously been in Concert Band or who would like to move up from Beginner II can enroll to play with this group.  This class is suitable for non-members with at least three years of recent playing experience. Group playing will take place using SmartMusic with repertoire at the B200-B300 level.

Course Instructor: Marianne Wednesday November 4,11,18,25

7:00-8:15 p.m.

J01T120 Beginner Big Band

Learn about the jazz idiom and playing as a part of a big band. Players who are comfortable with reading music and playing scales up to two flats and sharps may enroll in this class. If you were previously enrolled in the Beginner Big Band or would like to get started with jazz, this is a great class for you.  All group playing will take place over SmartMusic.

Course Instructor: Pat Mondays October 5,19,26, and November 2

7:00-8:15 p.m.

J02T120 Intermediate Big Band

Continue to learn about the jazz idiom and playing as a part of a big band. If you were previously enrolled in the Intermediate Big Band or Jazz Orchestra, this is a great class for you.  All group playing will take place over SmartMusic.

Course Instructor: Pat Tuesdays November 3,10,17,24

10:00-11:15 a.m.

M01T120 Beginner Theory

Learn more about reading music and understanding what is on the page.  This class is suitable for members at the Beginner I or II level or those who want to brush up on their music rudiments.

Course Instructor: Garry Mondays October 5,19,26, and November 2

4:00-5:00 p.m.

M02T120 Music Appreciation

Learn more about music history and some of the major works in Western Art Music in this fun and interactive class.

Course Instructor: Garry Mondays October 5,19,26, and November 2

7:00-8:15 p.m.

M03T120 Repertoire

Learn the history and background of standard concert band literature in this engaging seminar.  Analyze scores, learn critical listening skills, and improve your understanding of the music that you play!

Course Instructor: Donna Tuesdays October 6,13,20,27

7:00-8:15 p.m.

M04T120 Playing Duets

Using a variety of free software programs, participants in this course will learn to play together in the online environment.

Course Instructor: Maggie Tuesdays October 6,13,20,27

7:00-8:15 p.m.

M05T120 Song Writing – Part 1

Learn how to create your own songs from inspiration to instrumentation in this interactive and fun workshop.  Understanding of basic rudiments and the ability to read in treble and bass clef is required.

Course Instructor: Pat Wednesdays October 7,14,21,28

2:00-3:15 p.m.

M06T120 Song Writing – Part 1

Learn how to create your own songs from inspiration to instrumentation in this interactive and fun workshop.  Understanding of basic rudiments and the ability to read in treble and bass clef is required.

Course Instructor: Pat Wednesdays October 7,14,21,28

7:00-8:15 p.m.

M07T120 Music Appreciation

Learn more about music history and some of the major works in Western Art Music in this fun and interactive class.

Course Instructor: Garry Mondays November 9,16,23,30

2:00-3:15 p.m.

M08T120 Intermediate Theory

Continue to expand your understanding of music and learn about intervals and minor scales. This class is suitable for players who have completed Beginner Theory or have some background in music rudiments.

Course Instructor: Marianne Mondays November 9,16,23,30

4:00-5:00 p.m.

M09T120 Transposition and Arranging

Learn to transpose and arrange music so that you can create your own versions of pieces that you enjoy.  A basic understanding of intervals and chords is required.

Course Instructor: Donna Tuesdays November 3,10,17,24

12:00-1:00 p.m.

M10T120 Song Writing – Part 2

Continue to work on the skills that you learned in Song Writing – Part 1 and complete your composition!

Course Instructor: Pat Wednesday November 4,11,18,25

2:00-3:15 p.m.

M11T120 Song Writing – Part 2

Continue to work on the skills that you learned in Song Writing – Part 1 and complete your composition!

Course Instructor: Pat Wednesday November 4,11,18,25

7:00-8:15 p.m.

S01T120 SmartMusic

This music software is required for all participants in performance classes. You only need one subscription to participate in any classes.  If you participated in Summer Sight Reading Class, you already have this.

S02T120 Breezin’ Thru Theory

This online theory textbook is required for all participants in Beginner and Intermediate Theory.  If you participated in a Summer Theory Classes, you already have this.

W01T120 How to Zoom

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

Course Instructor: Dave Wednesday

16 September – 2:00 p.m.

W02T120 How to Zoom

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

Course Instructor: Dave Wednesday 16 September – 7:30 p.m.

W25T120 Talk About Tech

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

Hosted by: Randy and Donna Thursday 24 September – 2:00 p.m.

W04T120 Audacity 101

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

Course Instructor: Maggie Monday 21 September – 2:00 p.m.

W05T120 SmartMusic Introduction for NHBT

SmartMusic will be used for our band performance classes this year.  Learn how to navigate it for class and for personal practice. There is no cost for this class, but you must have a new or existing SmartMusic subscription.

Course Instructor: Donna Monday 21 September – 7:30 p.m.

W06T120 SmartMusic Introduction for NHBT

SmartMusic will be used for our band performance classes this year.  Learn how to navigate it for class and for personal practice.  There is no cost for this class, but you must have a new or existing SmartMusic subscription.

Course Instructor: Donna Tuesday 22 September – 2:00 p.m.

W07T120 How Does Online Band Work?

All band classes will be offered virtually for Fall 2020.  Learn how classes will run and how you will take part.  You will get to play in this class!  There is no cost for this class, but you must be enrolled in a band class and have a SmartMusic subscription.

Course Instructor(s): Donna/Maggie/Pat/Marianne Tuesday 22 September – 7:30 p.m.

W08T120 SmartMusic Introduction for NHBT

SmartMusic will be used for our band performance classes this year.  Learn how to navigate it for class and for personal practice.  There is no cost for this class, but you must have a new or existing SmartMusic subscription.

Course Instructor: Donna Wednesday 23 September – 5:00 p.m.

W09T120 MuseScore 101

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

Course Instructor: Maggie Wednesday 23 September – 7:30 p.m.

W10T120 How Does Online Band Work?

All band classes will be offered virtually for Fall 2020.  Learn how classes will run and how you will take part.  You will get to play in this class!  There is no cost for this class, but you must be enrolled in a band class and have a SmartMusic subscription.

Course Instructor(s): Donna/Maggie/Pat/Marianne Thursday 24 September – 7:30 p.m.

W11T120 How Does Online Band Work?

All band classes will be offered virtually for Fall 2020.  Learn how classes will run and how you will take part.  You will get to play in this class!  There is no cost for this class, but you must be enrolled in a band class and have a SmartMusic subscription.

Course Instructor(s): Donna/Maggie/Pat/Marianne Monday 28 September – 2:00 p.m.

W12T120 Audacity 101

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

Course Instructor: Maggie Monday 28 September – 7:30 p.m.

W13T120 Metronome Class

Learn the basics of practicing with a metronome and how to use it to your best advantage.

Course Instructor: Donna Tuesday 29 September – 7:30 p.m.

W14T120 How Does Online Band Work?

All band classes will be offered virtually for Fall 2020.  Learn how classes will run and how you will take part.  You will get to play in this class! There is no cost for this class, but you must be enrolled in a band class and have a SmartMusic subscription.

Course Instructor(s): Donna/Maggie/Pat/Marianne Wednesday 30 September – 2:00 p.m.

W15T120 MuseScore 101

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

Course Instructor: Maggie Wednesday 30 September – 7:30 p.m.

W16T120 Get Geared Up

Learn about the instruments and equipment that will make you a better clarinet player.

Course Instructor: Michelle Jacot

Check out Michele’s bio here: https://www.michelejacot.com/ Thursday 1 October 2020

7:30-8:30 p.m.

W17T120 Music for Life with Marshall Chasin

Learn about caring for your hearing as a musician from audiologist and musician Marshall Chasin.

This workshop is presented for free with the joint support of NHBT and Resa’s Pieces. Thursday 8 October – 7:30-8:30 p.m.

W18T120 Musicology for Diversity – the Music of Florence Price

This interactive workshop will take you into the mind and work of a musicologist and show you how an inspiration is translated into final edited score and recordings.

Dr. Michael Cooper will facilitate this session. Check out his bio here: https://www.southwestern.edu/live/profiles/25802-michael-cooper Thursday 15 October – 7:30-8:45 p.m.

W19T120 Music for Life with Vince Gassi

Take a look into the world of composing with GTA-based composer and educator Vince Gassi.  Learn how he starts a composition, the implications, interpretations, and creative process of composing music from words.

Check out Vince’s bio here: http://www.vincegassi.com/

This workshop is presented for free with the joint support of NHBT and Resa’s Pieces. Thursday 22 October – 7:30-8:30 p.m.

W20T120 “Improvising – from my Perspective”

For all musicians who want to learn more about improvisation, Brad Leali will present a masterclass that will educate and enlighten. As one of the most influential saxophonists in the world, Brad brings his knowledge and talent to NHBT. Check out his bio here: http://bradleali.com/ Thursday 29 October – 2:00-3:00 p.m.

W21T120 Clarinet Articulation

Extend your technique by learning about articulation on the clarinet.  This TWO-WEEK session will include exercises to practice and interactive learning.

Course Instructor: Michelle Jacot

Check out Michele’s bio here: https://www.michelejacot.com/ Thursdays 29 October and 5 November – 7:30-8:30 p.m.

W22T120 Music for Life with Melanie Leonard

Canadian conductor Melanie Leonard will speak about experiences, challenges, and approach when conducting TBSO and symphonic bands.  She will talk about her philosophy of life and how it motivates her continual learning.

Check out Melanie’s bio here: https://www.melanieleonard.ca/biography

This workshop is presented for free with the joint support of NHBT and Resa’s Pieces. Thursday 12 November – 7:30-8:30 p.m.

W23T120 Warmup and Cool Down for LOW Brass

If you are a tubist or euphonium player, this workshop will teach you how to warm up and cool down on your instrument.  Learn practical tips and tricks for making your instruments sound the best they can.  Charles Ortega is the principal tubist for the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra.

Check out Charles’ bio here: https://csphilharmonic.org/about/musicians/charles-ortega/ Thursday 19 November – 7:30-8:30 p.m.

W24T120 Music for Life with Jim Wallenberg

Learn about the life of a professional musician from TSO violinist Jim Wallenberg.  Jim will talk about performing under different conductors and the challenges and pressures of performance and how to deal with it.

Check out Jim’s bio here: https://www.tso.ca/performer/james-wallenberg

This workshop is presented for free with the joint support of NHBT and Resa’s Pieces. Thursday 26 November – 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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If you would like to listen to any of these Zoom presentations, you must first register even though there is no cost involved. Select each class for a detailed description and then add to your cart when ready.  Combine this with other online classes, if you would like, to accomplish this all with a single registration!

All registrants will receive a Zoom invitation one week prior to the date the event takes place.

In addition to your registration, you may also submit questions for any of our speakers to Randy Kligerman until one week prior to the event, and our guest will try to answer them as time allows. Randy will be in touch with you via email. 

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