2022 Summer Program Registration
Summer Classes are available to new NHBT members ~ An account will be created for you through your order
If you are a current or recent NHBT member you will have a personal login ~ Be sure to login to your account before selecting classes
- Are you a recent or former member of NHBT and want to find a way to continue learning music during the month of June?
- Have you just learned about our music education program and want to try one or more class during the summer, perhaps in preparation for the Fall where our regular program resumes?
- Just finishing up classes in the regular NHBT season but want more?
If so, we have some great summer classes for you
- Individual classes are either in-person only, online only or as a hybrid of in-person and online virtual (remote) ~ see weekly agenda below for details
- Online / Virtual sessions are hosted on Zoom
- If you register as in-person for a hybrid class and cannot make an occasional class in person, you can use the virtual option to join remotely
- We continue to limit in-person attendance due to our ongoing COVID protocols
- In-person participation in any class is limited to 25 people
- If you don’t see an “Add to cart” note on any item, it means we have either sold out that class, or are not offering it at this time.
- Please place one order per person. Do not combine orders.
- 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.
- Review your shopping cart contents and total fees and adjust as needed by clicking on the Shopping Cart Total value.
- When you’re ready, follow the prompts to checkout.
- 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.
- Enter your contact and other information, and place your order.
- You will receive an email acknowledging your requests.
- 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.
- Wait until you receive confirmation of your class selections before you pay. You may then pay by the method you selected (eTransfer or cheque). Payment is due by start of your first class.
- 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 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.
There are privacy options you can select as part of the checkout process:
- 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.
- 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.
- images or recordings that may include you during Zoom sessions, retained and made available only to class participants.
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.
If you created a personal account with the NHBT online store during a previous registration, please login to enable registration
If you don’t yet have an account with us, skip this login, and an account will be created for you at the Checkout page
A default and very secure password is emailed to you on creation of a new account
Lost your password or wish to reset it? ~ Click”Lost your password?” option
Class Information and Schedule
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- Online classes are available only remotely via Zoom.
- In-person classes are available only in person at the SNI rehearsal site ~ no Zoom
- Hybrid classes are available as two registration options~ either in-person at SNI rehearsal site(with occasional option for online) or always virtual (remote) via Zoom
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).
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.
Jun 6,13, 20, 27
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jun 9, 16, 23, 30
M30 Sight Reading (in-person) Donna
M58 Pop Music (hybrid) Marianne
M56 How to Improv (online) Maggie
NOTE June 16 & 23 only
M34 Intermediate Theory (online) Marianne
B13 Wind Ensemble (hybrid) Donna
M59 Flute Ensemble (hybrid) Marianne
M55 History of the Wind Band (hybrid) Donna
M42 Transposition and Arranging (online) Donna
M57 How to Improv (online) Maggie
NOTE June 16 & 23 only
M26 Repertoire (hybrid) Donna
M34 Su 21 Intermediate Theory – 1:00 – 2:00 – Marianne (ONLINE ONLY)
If you are already comfortable reading notes and rhythms and want to know more about why music is written the way that it is, join us in Intermediate Theory class. We will explore more scales and rhythm conventions. Learn why theory can help you be a better musician too!
M42 Su 21 Transposition and Arranging – 7:00 – 8:00 – Donna (ONLINE ONLY)
Do you want to learn the fundamental principles of arranging music for band or ensemble? Why do some instruments play in different keys that I do? Through practical exercises, you will learn the whys and hows of basic transposition and arranging techniques. A basic knowledge of music notation software is an asset in this course. Understanding of reading notes and rhythms in the treble and bass clefs is required.
M30 Su 21 Sight Reading – 10:00-11:30 a.m. – Donna (IN PERSON ONLY)
There is absolutely NO HOMEWORK in this class! You will learn techniques to become a better sight reader in both band and solo music. We will work on new pieces every single week, progressing from beginner level to the Concert Band level. All players with at least one year of band instruction are welcome.
B13 Su 21 Wind Ensemble (Prep for 2022-2023) – 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Donna (HYBRID)
If you are already in Wind Ensemble and would like to get ahead on all the REALLY challenging pieces that we will be working on next year, this class is for you. If you would like to try out this level of music and potentially move up, we would love to have you join us. We will have some openings in Wind Ensemble next year on clarinet, alto sax, bari sax, trumpet and percussion. Please speak with Donna if you are unsure if this is right for you.
M55 Su 21 History of the Wind Band – 3:00 – 4:00 – Donna (HYBRID)
You have been playing in band all year long, but do you know how band started? Why do we use the instruments that we use? Who invented band? Learn all of this and more in this brief history of the Wind Band. This is mainly an online class, but if you are taking the Wind Ensemble class, you are welcome to stay and participate in person.
M26 Su 21 Repertoire – 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Donna (HYBRID)
This class is one part history and one part performance. In the first half of the class, you will learn the history and theory of amazing pieces from the concert band repertoire. Then you will put what you have learned into practice and PLAY them! This class is suitable for players from Beginner II level and up.
M56 Su 21 How to Improv – 12:00-1:00 p.m. – Maggie (ONLINE ONLY)
This TWO WEEK class will focus on the basics of improvisation and how you can become better at this skill. You will work with recordings in the privacy of your own home to try out the skills that you learn in class. This class is suitable for all players from Beginner II and up. Note: This class is REPEATED in the evening – it is not a different class.
M58 Su 21 Pop Music (B100-B300) – 10:00-11:30 a.m. – Marianne (HYBRID)
There are so many popular songs that have been arranged for band. In this class the repertoire will focus on those familiar tunes that we all know and love. This class is suitable for players from the Beginner II level and up.
M59 Su 21 Flute Ensemble – 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Marianne (HYBRID)
Are you a flutist, flautist or flute player that wants to play in an ensemble just for your instrument? This is the class for you! Join your flute-playing friends in duets, trios, quartets and larger ensembles specifically for flutes. This class is suitable for players from the Beginner II level and up.
M57 Su 21 How to Improv – 7:00-8:00 p.m. – Maggie (ONLINE ONLY)
This TWO WEEK class will focus on the basics of improvisation and how you can become better at this skill. You will work with recordings in the privacy of your own home to try out the skills that you learn in class. This class is suitable for all players from Beginner II and up. Note: This class is REPEATED in the morning – it is not a different class.
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.
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.
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.
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Summer Classes ~ June 2022
For hybrid classes select from in-person or remote option
Some classes are only offered virtually or in-person
In-person attendance is limited to 25 people per class (NHBT COVID protocol)