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 BC 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
Elementary Band is offered for students in grades 5 to 7 on-site at all elementary schools in North Vancouver, with the exception of Norgate, Queen Mary, and Westview.
Children from all schools are welcome to register for band.
If band is not offered at your child's school, you may choose to attend at another school or receive a full refund
prior to the start of instruction. Transportation to and from band is the responsibility of parents.
About the Strings Program
Strings instruction is open to all students in grades 4-7. Strings classes are offered at the following schools: Braemar, Canyon Heights, Cleveland, Dorothy Lynas, Highlands, Larson, Montroyal, Ross Road and Seymour Heights.
Students from schools other than those listed as providing Strings programs are welcome to join, but will have to travel to one of the schools offering the program.
Transportation to and from strings instruction is the responsibility of parents.
The Elementary Band and Strings Program is not part of the regular school curriculum and is funded by registration fees. Registration for Elementary Band and Strings Program for the 2020/21 school year starts on
January 22, 2020.
Payments & Fees
January 22 – Sept. 30, 2020: $470
Band and Strings fees are due in full prior to September 1, 2020.
Monthly instalments can be set up beginning on the first of the month (in the month following your registration) through SchoolCash Online. If you register in January with the Early Bird rate your payments from February 1- September 1 will be under $60 per month (8 instalments). The earlier the payments begin, the lower the monthly fees by instalment.
The North Vancouver School District has a convenient electronic program for parents/guardians to set up their payment for the Elementary Band and Strings Program. Parents/guardians can set up their personal account with School Cash Online. The step-by-step instructions for setting up an account are available by
To view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding SchoolCash Online, please
Once online payment of registration fees is completed, you can print a receipt for your records. Please retain the receipt for your tax purposes.
If you are not able to pay online, in-person registration must be paid in full. You can drop off cash or a cheque in the full amount to:
Education Services Centre
2nd Floor - Reception
2121 Lonsdale Ave.
North Vancouver, B.C.
Withdrawals & Refunds
All request for refunds must be done in writing by completing a withdrawal form and submitting it to your child's school office. The fees are fully refundable until June 15, 2020. Please note that refunds may not be processed until September. After June 15, 2020, a $75.00 non-refundable fee will be charged.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE OFFERED AFTER SEPTEMBER 30, 2020, as this is a parent-funded program.
Band and Strings Withdrawal Form
FAQ Band and Strings.pdf
Band and Strings registration fees do not include the cost of owning or renting an instrument. A method and practice book will also be required. A limited number of instrument rentals are available at the North Vancouver School District's Instrument Room OR from local music stores. For more information regarding instruments, please
If you have questions or require more information about the Elementary Band and Strings program, please contact