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Welcome to NHBT!

During our Regular Program (Sept – May) we offer band and musicianship classes in a range of experience from beginner to advanced – About Us

In addition, we have workshops and our Music for Life series of conversations with distinguished guest speakers  

All class schedules are in local Toronto time

COVID-19 Policy Updates

NHBT policies and safety protocols have been updated as of Nov 28, 2022  

The following safety protocols are in effect:

  • COVID Safety Protocols

    Any member, teacher or visitor to the facility on NHBT business who is feeling unwell or has tested positive for COVID should not attend any in-person classes or enter the NHBT premises.

    If you have tested positive for COVID or exhibit any COVID symptoms, please adhere to the following guidance:

    • Follow local public health guidelines regarding staying home, self-isolating, ending self-isolation and returning to everyday activities.  The Toronto Public Health Guidelines can be found here:   https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-what-you-should-do/
    • To return to in-person classes, you must have two negative Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) taken 24 hours apart. Some people may test positive longer than others; you are still infectious as long as you have a positive RAT result.
    • Please ensure you test properly and follow the test instructions.  For increased efficacy of testing, swabbing inside your cheek and/or back of your throat prior to swabbing the inside of your nose is recommended.

    If you have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID, please adhere to the following guidance:

    • Follow local public health guidelines regarding close contact (use link provided above)
    • You should test prior to your next class and attend only if the results are negative and you are not exhibiting any COVID symptoms
    • If there is a positive case of COVID in your household, you must not attend any in-person classes while the case is still active. You must then have two negative RATs taken 24 hours apart before returning to class in person.

    Notification:

    • If you have tested positive for COVID, share this information with your teacher via email.
    • If a member, teacher or visitor in your class does contract COVID, all class members for that class will be notified by email. Everyone in the impacted class should follow the guidance noted above regarding close contact.

    Members are reminded that virtual class is an option for all registered members. The Zoom link can be found on the members’ page, right above the link for your music.

    NHBT has the following practices in place to protect the health and safety of our in-person members:

    • Air filtration units are in operation during class and breaks to ensure adequate air exchange.
    • Air filtration units are left on in the rehearsal room between classes and/or turned on at least 15 minutes prior to the start of class.
    • Chairs are placed (and must be maintained) at defined distances. 
    • No beverages or snacks are provided during breaks.
    • NHBT provides an ample supply of hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial hand soap and paper towels in the washrooms.
    • Our facility is cleaned by professional cleaners on a weekly basis.

    In-person members follow the protocols below:

    • As per the In-Person Class Vaccination policy, all participants in in-person classes or on the premises for NHBT business must be fully vaccinated.  You can read the details of this policy here: https://newhorizonsbandtoronto.ca/shop/
    • Bell covers on woodwind and brass instruments are mandatory. Participants must provide their own bell covers. Flute players must purchase from NHBT at nominal cost a shield that fits over the head joint.
    • Masks must be worn unless you are playing a woodwind or brass instrument. Masks can be removed only temporarily to drink during break and outside of rehearsal space.
    • Participants must provide their own cloths and ensure no “spit” is left behind on the floors or chairs.
    • Please do not bring or consume any food on the premises.
    • Social distancing must be observed at all times. During break, access to the main door foyer has been granted to minimize congestion in the hall area by the rehearsal room.
    • Please be mindful of social distancing in the washrooms and in the NHBT office space.
    • As the office is no longer available to store instrument cases, small instrument cases (flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet) should be placed directly underneath the member’s chair, together with any bags or purses. There will be designated areas outside the band room for larger instrument cases.
    • Teaching staff remaining on the premises for multiple classes in one day may eat and drink on the premises but must do so in the NHBT office by themselves. All other participants must leave the rehearsal space and move to the foyer by the double doors or exit the building.
    • Please practice good hand hygiene at all times.

 

Anyone planning to attend in-person classes (members, guests, band directors) must be fully vaccinated: proof of vaccination is required. This requirement also extends to any person on the NHBT premises conducting business for NHBT or using the NHBT office space.

If an individual cannot be vaccinated due to valid medical reasons or is exempt on grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code, an accommodation can be requested. To ensure the on-going health and safety of all participants, the accommodation that will be offered will be to participate in the class virtually. Virtual classes are available for all who are unable or unwilling to attend in-person classes.

Partially vaccinated individuals may still register for in-person classes with the assumption that they will be fully vaccinated within 4 weeks of the start of the program. They will be required to participate virtually until they are fully vaccinated.

Definitions:

In-Person Classes – a class where all participants (students, guests, band directors) are physically in the same band rehearsal space. This may be a music performance class or any other in-person class.

Fully Vaccinated – participant has received their third dose of a 3-dose vaccine series (2 shots plus booster). The participant has also observed the 2-week waiting period after vaccination during which time the body’s immune system mounts a full response to the vaccine. All vaccines must be Health Canada approved.

Partially Vaccinated – participant has not received the full course of vaccination shots including the booster and/or has not observed the 2 week waiting period after their last shot.

Unvaccinated – individual has not received any doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine.

Proof of Vaccination – the Ministry of Health proof of vaccine with QR code is the only valid proof of vaccination for Ontarians.  People from out of province or out of country must show proof of full vaccination along with photo ID.

This updated version of the Vaccination Policy is effective March 21, 2022.

Registration for Regular Program (Sept to May)

Membership and Class Registration for our 2022-2023 Regular Program has started!

Please see Weekly Agenda and Band and Jazz Level Descriptions (below)

NHBT is proud to offer a rich selection of classes offered in different formats  

Our 2022-23 season includes in-person band classes with the option of remote participation as well as online courses

In-person classes take place in our dedicated rehearsal space at 662 Victoria Park Ave (Danforth & Victoria Pk – Victoria Park transit and ample local parking).  

We maintain a large music library as well as an extensive collection of percussion and other shared instruments and equipment. Music stands, chairs designed for musicians and facilities needed for the comfort of our members are provided (including extensive air filtration). 

We celebrate our progress at every level of achievement with concerts for each other and our community.

Online classes are offered using free Zoom conferencing software (hosted by NHBT).  

We livestream all performance classes to allow remote musicians to participate in band rehearsals. 

Access to your membership and class information is made available to you via your account login at our Members page after order completion.

Our regular season runs from September to May over two terms for in-person / virtual (remote) band classes. 

For the 2022-23 season: Term 1 runs from September to December 2022.  Term 2 will run from January to May 2023. 

See the Weekly Agenda below for details

Class Information and Schedule for 2022-2023

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Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

T1

Sep 12, 19, 26, Oct 3,10 (online), 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12

Note: Beginner I classes start Sept 19th

Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4,11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 7, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13

Sep 14, 21, 28, Oct 5,12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 8, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14

Sep 15, 22, 29, Oct 6,13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 9, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15

Note: Beginner I classes start Sept 22nd

10am-12pm

 

B09 T1 22 Symphonic Band Tues. Morn 10:00am-12:00pm ~ Donna

J03 T1 22 Intermediate Big Band Wed. Morn 10:00am-12:00pm ~ Pat

B05 T1 22 Concert Band Thur Morn  10:00am-12:00pm ~ Marianne

1-3 pm

 

B13 T1 22 Wind Ensemble Tues Aft 1:00pm-3:00pm ~ Donna

J05 T1 22 Jazz Orchestra Wed. Aft 1:00pm-3:00pm ~ Pat

B01 T1 22 Beginner I Thur Aft 1:00pm-3:00pm ~ Marianne

7-9 pm

B02 T1 22 Beginner I Mon Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Diane

B11 T1 22 Symphonic Band Tues. Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Donna

B07 T1 22 Concert Band Wed Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Garry

B04 T1 22 Beginner II Thur Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Pat

 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

T2

 Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 Mar 1, 8, 22, 29 Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31Jan 19, 26 Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar 2, 9, 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 May 4, 11, 18, 25 Jun 1Jan 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 Mar 3, 10, 24, 31 Apr 7, 14, 21, 28 May 5, 12, 19, 26 Jun 2

10am-12pm

B09 T2 21 Symphonic Band Tues. Morn 10:00am-12:00pm ~ Donna

J01 T2 21 Beginner Big Band Wed 10:00am-12:00 pm ~ Pat

B05 T2 21 Concert Band Thur Morn  10:00am-12:00pm ~ Marianne

1-3 pm

B13 T2 21 Wind Ensemble Tues Aft 1:00-3:00 pm ~ Donna

J03 T2 21 Intermediate Big Band Wed 1:00-3:00 pm ~ Pat

B03 T2 21 Beginner II Thur Aft 1:00pm-3:00pm ~ Marianne

4-5:30 pm

B02 T2 21 Beginner I Tues Aft  4:00pm-5:30pm

  

7-9 pm

B11 T2 21 Symphonic Band Tues. Eve 7:00-9:00 pm ~ Donna

B07 T2 21 Concert Band Wed Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Garry

B04 T2 21 Beginner II Thur Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Donna

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

T2

Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 Mar 6, 20, 27 Apr 3, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22

Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 Mar 7, 21, 28 Apr 4, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23

Jan 18, 25 Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 Mar 1, 8, 22, 29 Apr 5, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24

Jan 19, 26 Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar 2, 9, 23, 30 Apr 6, 20, 27 May 4, 11, 18, 25

 

10am-12pm

 

B09 T2 22 Symphonic Band Tues. Morn 10:00am-12:00pm ~ Donna

J03 T2 22 Intermediate Big Band Wed. Morn 10:00am-12:00pm ~ Pat

B05 T2 22 Concert Band Thur Morn  10:00am-12:00pm ~ Marianne

1-3 pm

 

B13 T2 22 Wind Ensemble Tues Aft 1:00pm-3:00pm ~ Donna

J05 T2 22 Jazz Orchestra Wed. Aft 1:00pm-3:00pm ~ Pat

B03 T2 22 Beginner II Thur Aft 1:00pm-3:00pm ~ Marianne

7-9 pm

B02 T2 22 Beginner I Mon Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Diane

B11 T2 22 Symphonic Band Tues. Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Donna

B07 T2 22 Concert Band Wed Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Garry

B04 T2 22 Beginner II Thur Eve 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Pat

 

Quadmester 1

Quadmester 2

 
 

Sep 13, 20, 27 Oct 4, 18, 25

Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Dec 6

 

10-11am

M51 Q1 21 20th Century Music Mon 10-11:00 am  – Donna

M52 Q2 21 Popular Music History Mon 10:00am-11:00am – Donna

 

12-1 pm

M47 Q1 21 Renaissance History Mon 12:00-1:00 pm – Dan

M50 Q2 21 Romantic History Mon 12:00-1:00 pm – Dan

 

2-3 pm

M09 Q1 21 Beginner Theory Mon 2:00-3:00 pm – Dan

M49 Q2 21 Classical History Mon 2:00-3:00 pm – Dan

 

4-5 pm

M48 Q1 21 Baroque History Mon 4:00-5:00 pm – Garry

M11 Q2 21 Intermediate Theory Mon 4:00-5:00 pm – Marianne  

4-5:30 pm

NOTE Dates and Day

M54 Q1 21 Duets Thurs 4:00-5:30 pm – Maggie and Craig

Sep 23, 30 Oct 7, 14, 21, 28

M54 Q2 21 Duets Thurs 4:00-5:30 pm – Maggie and Craig

Nov 4, 12, 18, 25 Dec 2, 9

 

7-9 pm

Music for Life

Music for Life

 
       
 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

T1

Sep 21, 28 Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec 7

Sep 22, 29 Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov 3,10, 17, 24 Dec 1, 8

Sep 23, 30 Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec 2, 9

10am-12pm

B09 T1 21 Symphonic Band Tues. Morn 10:00am-12:00pm – Donna

J01 T1 21 Beginner Big Band Wed 10:00am-12:00 pm – Pat

B05 T1 21 Concert Band Thur Morn – 10:00am–12:00pm – Marianne

1-3pm

B13 T1 21 Wind Ensemble Tues Aft 1:00-3:00 pm – Donna

J03 T1 21 Intermediate Big Band Wed 1:00-3:00 pm – Pat

B03 T1 21 Beginner II Thur Aft – 1:00pm–3:00pm – Marianne

4-5:30 pm

B02 T1 21 Beginner I Tues Aft – 4:00pm–5:30pm – Donna

   

7-9 pm

B11 T1 21 Symphonic Band Tues. Eve 7:00-9:00 pm – Donna

B07 T1 21 Concert Band Wed Eve – 7:00pm–9:00pm – Garry

B04 T1 21 Beginner II Thur Eve – 7:00pm–9:00pm – Donna

B02 T1 21 Beginner I Tues Aft – 4:00pm–5:30pm – Donna

B03 T1 21 Beginner II Thur Aft – 1:00pm–3:00pm – Marianne

B04 T1 21 Beginner II Thur Eve – 7:00pm–9:00pm – Donna

B05 T1 21 Concert Band Thur Morn – 10:00am–12:00pm – Marianne

B07 T1 21 Concert Band Wed Eve – 7:00pm–9:00pm – Garry

B09 T1 21 Symphonic Band Tues. Morn 10:00am-12:00pm – Donna

B11 T1 21 Symphonic Band Tues. Eve 7:00-9:00 pm – Donna

B13 T1 21 Wind Ensemble Tues Aft 1:00-3:00 pm – Donna

J01 T1 21 Beginner Big Band Wed 10:00am-12:00 pm – Pat

J03 T1 21 Intermediate Big Band Wed 1:00-3:00 pm – Pat

M09 Q1 21 Beginner Theory Mon 2:00-3:00 pm – Dan

M11 Q2 21 Intermediate Theory Mon 4:00-5:00 pm – Marianne

M47 Q1 21 Renaissance History Mon 12:00-1:00 pm – Dan

M48 Q1 21 Baroque History Mon 4:00-5:00 pm – Garry

M49 Q2 21 Classical History Mon 2:00-3:00 pm – Dan

M50 Q2 21 Romantic History Mon 12:00-1:00 pm – Dan

M51 Q1 21 20th Century Music Mon 10-11:00 am – Donna

M52 Q2 21 Popular Music History Mon 10:00am-11:00am – Donna

M54 Q1 21 Duets Thurs 4:00-5:30 pm – Maggie and Craig

M54 Q2 21 Duets Thurs 4:00-5:30 pm – Maggie and Craig

About Our Classes

New Horizons Band of Toronto is a music education and performance program for mature adults who wish to play a concert band instrument in a friendly group setting.  Concert band instruments are:  flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, bells, xylophone, drums & many other percussion instruments.  We offer band classes ranging from absolute beginner to advanced levels, conducted by experienced, professional music directors.  Classes are held once per week in the daytime or evening.  We also offer enrichment classes in jazz performance for members of our regular band classes. All classes are committed to supporting the work of ALL composers, including composers of color, female composers, and Canadian composers. We do not offer keyboard, strings or vocal instruction at this time.

Concert Band Classes

Beginner I

This class is open to new or “newish” woodwind, brass, and percussion players. If you have had one year (or less) experience playing, then this class is for you. This class is also open to anyone who wishes to learn a new concert band instrument.

The Beginner I class teaches instrument technique and basic music reading and rudiments, with a focus on posture, embouchure and getting a good characteristic sound from your instrument. No musical experience is necessary. This class performs at one NHBT concert each term.

Instrument Loaner Program: Each new registrant in the beginners’ program will be provided with a loaner instrument for the first term.  Some conditions may applyThis instrument loan program was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Our instrument petting zoo will take place on Monday September 12th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at our rehearsal location. During this time, you can try out a variety of instruments and our teachers will help you pick the one that is right for you!

Classes for this level begin on Monday, September 19th, 2022.

Beginner II

This welcomes players of any concert woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments with a moderate amount of band experience on their instrument – 1-2 years playing in a concert band setting.

In this class, the focus is on playing together as a group and following the conductor, while exploring a wide range of musical styles. Members of this class will play contemporary music, traditional concert band styles, and holiday-themed songs in a concert band ensemble. This class performs in public at two NHBT concerts per year.

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.

Concert Band

This class welcomes players of any concert woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments with some band experience on their instrument – 2+ years playing in a Concert Band setting is recommended.

In this class, the focus is on performing pieces with dynamics, articulation, and expression, while following the conductor and playing as a group. This band is for those who wish to be challenged on their instrument and explore a wide range of musical styles in traditional concert band instrumentation. This class performs in public at two NHBT concerts per year.

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

Symphonic Band

This class welcomes players of any concert woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Open to anyone who has significant band experience on their instrument – 4+ years playing in a Concert Band setting.

In this class, the focus is on developing a diverse repertoire and moving at a quicker pace while still creating enjoyable musical experiences. The class will perform pieces at tempo with good intonation, style, and expression. This band is for those who wish to be challenged on their instrument and explore a wide range of musical styles in traditional concert band instrumentation. This class performs in public at NHBT concerts and for special events in the community.

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

Wind Ensemble

This class welcomes experienced players of concert woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. This ensemble is limited to players with significant band experience on their instrument – 4+ years playing in a concert band setting. A performance assessment may be required for placement in this class.

The focus of this class is on developing a diverse repertoire for performance and moving at a quicker pace while still creating enjoyable musical experiences. The class aims to perform challenging pieces at tempo with good intonation, style, and expression. This band is for those who wish to be challenged on their instrument and explore a wide range of musical styles in traditional concert band instrumentation. This class performs in public at NHBT concerts and at numerous public events throughout the year. This class also creates reference recordings for other classes.

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

Jazz Classes

To join a jazz class in person, members must also be enrolled in a concert band class. Those who wish to join online only do not have a co-requisite.

Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved in advance by the class teacher and the Head of Education. No exceptions will be granted until after 1 September 2022 and only apply for the term of registration.

A playing assessment may be required for jazz class enrollment

Intermediate Big Band – Course Description

This class will incorporate playing and listening to music of the jazz and Big Band era, examining classic models such as Les Brown and his orchestra, Benny Carter, and The Dorsey Brothers. It is open to all concert band instruments, but a musically balanced ensemble in the “live” format is to the advantage of all participants. 

Members will develop facility with swing rhythms and style patterns, participate in weekly studies and exercises geared toward achieving technical and creative proficiency within the idiom, and play arrangements that utilize the full sound spectrum available to the ensemble, all while encouraging independence between the woodwind, brass and rhythm sections.

Improvisation will be a component of the class, but within a nurturing, supportive, and fun environment.

Jazz and Swing are musical genres that require a certain amount of technical proficiency. This is not music that one learns how to play an instrument with. Members should be playing at the NHBT Concert Band level or above to benefit most from this class. For this ensemble, the drummer must be able to work 4 limbs independently and in time, and pitch players must be able to play, from the bottommost to topmost note on their instrument, the scales of concert Bb, Eb, Ab, C, F, G, D, A and their relative harmonic minor scales.

To join a jazz class in person, members must also be enrolled in a concert band class. Those who wish to join online only do not have a co-requisite.

Jazz Orchestra – Course Description

This ensemble is open to advanced rhythm section players – bass, drum kit, piano, guitar, vibraphone – and saxophones, trombones and trumpets, coalescing in an instrumentally balanced band that can take advantage of the wealth of good material available to the large jazz ensembles of today. 

Classes will consist of skill building exercises related to the genre, and as much repertoire as possible. Improvisation is expected of those who may have a solo appear in their part in any given piece, at any given time.

Participants who have completed at least one season of Intermediate Big Band and are playing at the NHBT Symphonic Band level or above will benefit most from this class. Wind players who can play all major and minor scales and arpeggios, covering the full range of their instruments, will be most comfortable in this group.

To join a jazz class in person, members must also be enrolled in a concert band class. Those who wish to join online only do not have a co-requisite.

M09 Q1 21 Beginner Theory – Mon 2:00-3:00 pm Sept 13, 20, 27 Oct 4, 18, 25 – 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. No experience necessary.
Any Software Requirements? Breezin’ Thru Theory – access provided
M11 Q2 21 Intermediate Theory – Mon 2:00-3:00 pm Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Dec 6 – 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 – access provided
M47 Q1 21 Renaissance History Mon 12-1:00 pm Sept 13, 20, 27 Oct 4, 18, 25 – Dan
Renaissance 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 Q1 21 Baroque History Mon 4:00-5:00 pm Sept 13, 20, 27 Oct 4, 18, 25 – Garry
Baroque 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 Q2 21 Classical History Mon 4:00-5:00 pm Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Dec 6 – Garry
Classical 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 Classical period. The course includes listening to recordings, and learning in a non-performance setting with your instructor.
Open to all. No prerequisites.
M50 Q2 21 Romantic Music Mon 12-1:00 pm Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Dec 6 – Dan
Romantic 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 Romantic period. The course includes listening to recordings, and learning in a non-performance setting with your instructor.
Open to all. No prerequisites.
M51 Q1 21 20th Century History Mon 10:00-11:00 am Sept 13, 20, 27 Oct 4, 18, 25  – Donna
20th Century 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 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 Q2 21 Popular Music History Mon 10:00-11:00 am Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Dec 6 – Donna
Popular Music History –
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.
M54 Q1 21 Duets – Thur 4:00-5:30 pm – Maggie and Craig
Duets –
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 Q2 21 Duets – Thur 4:00-5:30 pm – Maggie and Craig
Duets –
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

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. 

Garry Page holds Honours music degrees in Trumpet Performance, Academics and Teaching from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England. He immigrated to Canada in 1997 at which point he became a member of the Stratford Festival Orchestra. Garry is active as a freelance performer, teacher, adjudicator, clinician, university lecturer, and examiner

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. 

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.

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.

Garry Page holds Honours music degrees in Trumpet Performance, Academics and Teaching from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England. He immigrated to Canada in 1997 at which point he became a member of the Stratford Festival Orchestra. Garry is active as a freelance performer, teacher, adjudicator, clinician, university lecturer, and examiner

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.

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