2023-2024 Registration runs January 16 through February 28, 2023.
Late Registration begins March 10 and ends September 29, 2023.
- $600 fee - The monthly instalment
plan is NOT available for Late Registration.
- Enrolment during Late Registration is based on class size, as well as school site offerings (determined after registration ends on February 28, 2023).
The Elementary Band and Strings Program is a unique instrumental music program that is distinctive to the North Vancouver School District.
The program complements the BC Ministry of Education's Arts Education curriculum and provides school-based instrumental ensemble instruction to students in the intermediate grades (Grades 5 - 7 for Band and Grades 4 - 7 for Strings).
One of the finest instrumental programs in British Columbia, the Elementary Band and Strings Program offers students a wonderful opportunity to receive instrumental instruction in a group setting, and represents the start of an exciting musical journey that students can follow through to the end of their secondary school years.
As decades of research have conclusively revealed, involvement in a music program can benefit children's academic and social-emotional development, providing an opportunity to develop a child's musicianship and creativity (Hallam, S. 2016). Further, there is a strong correlation indicating that music education promotes social skills, teaches discipline, and elevates confidence for our children.
Additionally, research has shared with us that musical training early in life improves how the brain processes sound, and the benefits of early exposure to music education last well into adulthood, years after the training has ceased. With this, the study of music in an ensemble has been shown to increase the capacity of memory, enhance perseverance, and self-expression.
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 students in Grade 6 through 7 who have played their instrument for at least one year.
The NVSD will be offering Band programs at many of our schools*. Programs offered at each school, will only run if there is sufficient enrolment by February 28, 2023. If you have registered your child for a program that is unable to run due to low enrolment, you will receive a full refund.
*The following schools will not be offering registration for a band program for the 2022-2023 school year: Montroyal, Norgate, and Larson.
About the Strings Program
Strings instruction is open to 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.
The NVSD will be offering a Strings Program at Braemar, Canyon Heights, Cleveland, Dorothy Lynas, Highlands, Larson, Montroyal, and Ross Road.
Programs at schools will only run if there is sufficient enrolment by February 28, 2023. If you have registered for a program which is unable to run due to low enrolment, you will receive a full refund.
Band and Strings Program Fee
The Band and Strings
Program is directly funded by registration fees.
During our registration
period, January 16 to February 28, payment for the Band and Strings Program can be
made in a single payment or instalments through School Cash Online. If you
register in January, your payments from February 1 to September 1 will be approximately
$65 per month (8 instalments). The
earlier the payments begin, the lower the monthly fees by instalment. The final installment date is September 1,
Registration fees from January
16 to February 28, 2023: $520
Late Registration* fees
from March 10 to September 29, 2023: $600
*The monthly instalment
plan is NOT available for Late Registration.
For information about Band
and Strings instruments, visit the Instrument Information page.
All requests for refunds must be done in writing by completing a withdrawal form and submitting it to your child’s school office.
Full refunds will be processed until June 15, 2023.
After June 15, a $75 non-refundable fee will be charged. No refunds will be issued after September 29, 2023.
Band and strings withdrawal form
If you have questions or require more information about the Elementary Band and Strings program, please contact