Registration: Now OPEN

Registration for the 2019/2020 Season is now: OPEN

We welcome you to sign-up for:

The NHMNY Concert Band
Mondays: 7:00 to 9:15 PM
Willowdale Middle School
225 Senlac Road
North York
Teacher/Conductor: Susan Baskin

Intensive Band Class
Wednesday: 6:45 to 8:45PM
Long and McQuade North York
2777 Steeles Ave W. Lesson Centre
North York
Teacher/Conductor: Ari Skulko

‘You Can Ukulele’
Thursdays: 2:00 to 3:30PM
Long and McQuade North York
2777 Steeles Ave W. Lesson Centre
North York
Teacher: Susan Baskin

 

To register and learn full details about our class times and fees please see our registration booklet. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Questions?

Feel free to contact us, if not see below for some common questions and answers:

1. Do you have auditions?

NO! There are no auditions. Participants can pick the group that is the best fit. If you aren’t sure which group is right for you the director will be happy to help you with your decision.

2. I used to play a band instrument, but I haven’t played in a long time. Does that matter?

New Horizons Music is committed to bringing adults back into music. Our Wednesday evening INTENSIVE BAND CLASS is PERFECT for people who need a refresher course to get back to playing.

3. I have never played an instrument before. Can I start with NHMNY?

AT this time, NHMNY is not offering a program for total beginners. We suggest that you work with a private teacher at Long and McQuade, and once you have learned the basics of sound production and reading music, and can play some simple tunes, that you join our Wednesday night INTENSIVE BAND CLASS or our Thursday afternoon UKULELE ENSEMBLE, where you can continue to build your technical skills and learn to play in an ensemble.

4. What is the Level of the Monday Night Concert Band?

The NHMNY Concert Band plays at Level 200-300. Participants need to have technical and reading skills consistent with the completion of the second book in any standard Band Method Program (ie Essential Elements, Best in Class, etc….) If you are unsure what level you are at speak to Susan Baskin, the director.

5. Can I Play in More Than One Class?

Yes! Several of our Concert Band members also attend the Intensive Band Class (see the special rate offered), and some also participate in the Ukulele Ensemble.

6. Does NHMNY supply instruments and music stands or do I need to bring my own?

Participants will need to bring their own instrument, a portable music stand and the instructional method book used for the ensemble they play in. Most sheet music will be provided, although participants may be asked to buy their own copy of some repertoire collections (IE A Beatles collection for approximately $10).

If you need an instrument, you can rent from Long and McQuade. The retail store is across from the Lesson Centre where we rehearse.

7. Who chooses the music?

The director chooses a wide variety of music for the ensembles, including: pop, traditional, classical, jazz, folk, and movie/show selections. Suggestions are always welcome.

8. Is there a social aspect to the group?

One of the important goals of New Horizons Music is to create a vibrant and caring social group. We always set aside time during our rehearsals for socializing.

9. Do we pay by the rehearsal or for a period like a semester or quarter?

Participants pay for the entire year. The cost per class is extremely reasonable. (Snowbirds see below).

10. I go South for the winter. Is that a problem?

NHMNY offers a special rate for Snow Birds who will miss at least six consecutive sessions mid-winter.

11. Do you have public performances?

Yes! Performance is an integral part of the program. We hold a holiday concert in December and a year-end concert in June. This year we are considering holding a chamber-music concert in March for partipants who enjoy playing in duest, trios, quartets and quintets.