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Elementary Band and Strings


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Registration is now closed but will resume in January for the 2021-2022 school year.


With a focus on the health and safety of our students, their families and our staff, the Band and Strings program offering for the 2020/21 school year has been adjusted.
 
Due to a shift in enrolment, not all schools will have the site-based programming that students typically participate in.
 
In accordance with the Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings, we have had to once again adapt our Band and Strings program offerings. The changes are necessary to ensure students continue to benefit from a rich musical experience while also keeping safe and healthy.

What this means is that at this time, our district will not be offering programming to students who had requested taking lessons at a neighbouring school. Furthermore, our HUB school model will not be offered this year.

We are deeply aware that this news will be disappointing for many children and families. We thank you for your understanding and support, and we are hopeful that at some point in the future, we can return our programming to the level of robustness our students, families and staff have come to expect and enjoy.

 



Overview


Elementary Band and Strings is a unique instrumental music program that is distinct to the North Vancouver School District. The program provides school-based instrumental instruction to students in the intermediate grades (Grades 5 - 7 for Band and Grades 4 - 7 for Strings).

The Elementary Band and Strings program is one of the finest instrumental programs in British Columbia and complements the B.C. Ministry of Education's Arts Education curriculum.

Involvement in a music program can benefit children’s academic and social-emotional development, and provides an opportunity to develop a child’s musicianship and creativity (Hallam, S. 2016).


 



About the Band Program


Band instruction is open to all students in grades 5 to 7.

  • The Beginning Band Program is available to students in Grades 5 through 7, who are new to the Band Program.
  • The Continuing Band Program is offered to Grade 5 through 7 students, who have played their instrument for at least one year. Band classes are offered on-site at many of our schools within our district. 

At this time, our district will not be offering programming to students who had requested taking lessons at a neighbouring school. Furthermore, our Hub School model will be not be offered this year.

The following elementary schools will not be offering on-site band classes for the 2020/21 school year: 
 
  • Larson,  
  • Carisbrooke,  
  • Highlands,  
  • Montroyal,  
  • Seymour Heights,  
  • Queen Mary and  
  • Westview
Please check our SCHEDULE to see if a program is offered at your school.

 

About the Strings Program


Strings instruction is open to all students in grades 4 to 7.

  • The Beginning String Program is available to students in grades 4 to 7, who are new to the String Program.
  • The Continuing String Program is available to students in grades 5 to 7, who have played their instrument for at least one year.
String classes are offered on-site at many of our schools within our district. 

Please check our SCHEDULE to see if a program is offered at your school.
 

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Please see our curated FAQ regarding the band and strings program.


Withdrawals


All requests for refunds must be done in writing by completing a withdrawal form and submitting it to your child’s school office.

Band and strings withdrawal form.pdf


Other Questions?


If you have questions or require more information about the Elementary Band and Strings program, please contact bandandstring@sd44.ca.


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