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Each individual class is hosted on Zoom and lasts about one hour in duration
Participation in any class is limited to 25 people
Each class fee incorporates a small membership component that contributes to the overall operating costs for NHBT
This page is not for those members of NHBT registered for any part of our regular program in 2019-2020
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Fees for summer membership reflect the break-even costs of operating NHTB which include paying our professional educators to develop online classes 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.
Your registration is acknowledged automatically on receipt via email but payment is not due until you receive a secondary confirmation email that contains instructions for how to submit payment. There are no refunds for Summer classes once confirmed.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TMS3 ~ Repertoire. Learn the inside scoop on some of the most famous band music ever written in this interactive course. Learn to read a conductor’s score and analyze what you see and hear for better understanding. Anyone taking this course should be able to read music in both treble and bass clefs and have access to a printer or digital device to view scores during class. This is an interactive lecture course delivered on Zoom.
TMS5 ~ Beginner Theory. Learn, develop and enjoy the knowledge of music theory from the very beginning. This course will be good for those with limited knowledge or those students who require a refresher on the basics of reading and understanding music. One-year Breezin’ Thru Theory subscription is included in the course price. This is an interactive lecture course delivered on Zoom.
TMS6 ~ Intermediate Theory. If you understand the basics of music theory but want to take it to the next level, then this course is for you! We will be building upon and extending your current knowledge of music theory in order to enhance your skills as a musician. Anyone taking this course should be able to read music in both treble and bass clefs, understand key signatures and major scales, and time signatures. One-year Breezin’ Thru Theory subscription is included in the course price. This is an interactive lecture course delivered on Zoom.
TMS7 ~ Advanced Theory. Want to know even more about theory? Explore triads, seventh chords, advanced rhythms, and even learn about transposition and brush up on the skills that will make you a better performer. Anyone taking this course should be familiar with major and minor scales, intervals, and simple and compound time signatures. One-year Breezin’ Thru Theory subscription is included in the course price. This is an interactive lecture course delivered on Zoom.
MTS1 ~ Audacity. In this course, you will learn the basics of Audacity: import and play existing audio files, record original audio, perform basic editing tasks like copying and pasting audio and much more. This course is required for those who wish to take composition or arranging courses in the fall. This course requires your registration for free Audacity software (Mac or PC). This course is a workshop delivered on Zoom.
MTS2 ~ MuseScore. In this course, you will learn how to use the free music notation software program called MuseScore to create, play back and print sheet music. This course is required for those who wish to take composition or arranging courses in the fall. This course requires your registration for free MuseScore software (Mac or PC). This course is a workshop delivered on Zoom.
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ITS1 ~ Saxophone Set-Up. Set your saxophone up for success with this fun class with Pat. This workshop will discuss embouchure, air support, intonation and instrument handling. Equipment options as they contribute to reducing physical strain and producing a musical, pleasant sound will also be examined. This class is suitable for saxophone players of all levels and will be delivered as a workshop over Zoom.
ITS2 ~ Warm-Ups for Trumpet. Dan will lead you through putting together a realistic warm-up routine that works for you. He’ll explore breathing, buzzing, lip slurs, scales, Clarke exercises, tonguing, etc. and what he considers important to developing as a solid mature trumpeter. This workshop is for trumpet players of all levels and will be delivered on Zoom.
ITS3 ~ Mute Workshop. Ever wonder where mutes came from and how they have developed? Which mutes to use when? What mutes are essential to the trumpet arsenal and which are secondary? Look no further, sign up now for an entertaining and informative workshop with Dan. This workshop is for trumpet players of all levels and will be delivered on Zoom. Other brass players and those who are interested in composing or arranging for the trumpet are welcome!
ITS4 ~ Metronome. Do you turn on your metronome and ignore it? Are you unsure about how to really use it to enhance your practice? Join Donna for a fun and practical workshop about how to use a metronome to make you a better player. This workshop is open to players of all levels and will be delivered on Zoom. (It will be handy to have your horn with you, but it isn’t essential!)
ITS5 ~ Bassoon for Everyone. This workshop will tell you everything that you have wanted to know about the bassoon and more – history, what all the keys do, why it looks like a rocket launcher… You will also get practical tips on how to set up the instrument, hold it properly, and get a good fundamental sound. This workshop is open to bassoon players and those who have thought about trying it out as a doubling instrument. Those who are interested in composing or arranging for bassoon are also welcome. This will be an interactive workshop delivered on Zoom – a bassoon is always a good idea, but not required.
ITS6 ~ The Clarinet Break – Over Easy! This two-class intensive will offer useful information, tools and tricks for helping to demystify one of our biggest clarinet hurdles, with a side of homefries…(get it? Over Easy??) This class is suitable for clarinet players of all levels and will be delivered as a two-week workshop over Zoom.
ITS7 ~ Clarinet Tone Time. It’s time to have a serious talk about TONE, the MOST important aspect of playing a musical instrument! This two-class intensive will give you exercises and tangible know-how to help you create your most beautiful sound on the clarinet. (And ok, not serious at all…we’ll be sure to have lots of fun!) This class is suitable for clarinet players of all levels and will be delivered as a two-week workshop over Zoom.
ITS8 ~ Flute Warm-ups for Excellent Tone. Join guest instructor Rebecca Cauthron (National Flute Association workshop leader and adjunct professor at Mountainview College) for this workshop. These warm-ups are inspired by lessons with beginners but can be elevated to the professional level; they will provide a reminder that we are never far removed from our beginner-selves during warm-ups. Listen and shape because you are molding a musical future! We will focus on tone production, tone through technique, and tone through the octaves. This workshop is open to flute players of all levels and will be delivered on Zoom. Bring your flute for some fun!
ITS9 ~ Breathe Easy – Brass Technique. Many of the challenges we face on brass instruments are breath related. This one-hour workshop will discuss interesting insights and an opportunity to develop breathing techniques for all brass players. Have your instrument ready to try out some of the techniques. This workshop is open to players of all levels and will be delivered on Zoom.
ITS10 ~ Talking of which… Articulations for Brass. This one-hour workshop will focus on articulation for brass players. Seize the opportunity to gain knowledge and continue to develop your articulation techniques for brass. Have your instrument ready to try out some of the techniques. This workshop is open to brass players of all levels and will be delivered on Zoom.
ITS11 ~ High’s and Low’s… Range Development for Brass. Join Garry for an in depth one-hour workshop focusing on range building and development for brass players. This is your chance to soar and deep ‘C’ dive from your living room! Have your instrument ready to try out some of the techniques. This workshop is open to players of all levels and will be delivered on Zoom.