The Elementary Band and Strings
program 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
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 is offered for students in grades 5 to 7 on-site at all elementary
schools in North Vancouver, with the exception of Norgate and Westview
due to insufficient program enrolment at those locations.
from all schools are welcome to register for band.
If band is not offered at your child's school due
to low enrollment 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.
note that students enrolled in the Band Program at Lynnmour Elementary
have one lesson per week on site and one lesson per week at Seymour
About the Strings Program
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.
(Seymour Heights strings students currently have one class per week at
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.
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 2019/20 school year starts on February 20, 2019.
Payments & Fees
Early Bird (February 20 - April 19, 2019): $450
Full Fees (April 20, 2019 - onward): $480
Band and Strings fees are due in full prior to September 1st,
Monthly installments can be set up beginning on the first of the
month, in the month following your registration, through SchoolCash
The North Vancouver School District has a
convenient electronic program for parents/guardians to setup their
payment for the Elementary Band and Strings Program. Parents/guardians
can setup their personal account with School Cash Online. The step-by-step instructions for setting up an account are available by clicking here. To view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding SchoolCash Online, please click here.
online payment of registration fees is completed, you can print a
receipt for your records. Please retain the receipt for your tax
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 Avenue
North Vancouver BC
Withdrawals & Refunds
request for refunds must be done in writing by completing a withdrawal
form and submitting it to your child's school office. Withdrawal forms
are available on the school district website. The fees are fully refundable until June 15th, 2019 and will be paid in full for the 2019-2020 school year by September. After June 15, a $75.00 non-refundable fee will be charged.
Please note: NO REFUNDS WILL BE OFFERED AFTER SEPTEMBER 30th, 2019 as this is a parent funded program.
and Strings registration fees do not include the cost of owning or
renting an instrument. A method and practice book will also be required.
Instrument rentals are available at the North Vancouver School
District's Instrument Room OR from local music stores. For more
information regarding instruments, please click here.
Information for Continuing Band & Strings Students
For Continuing Band and Strings students, NVSD Instrument user fees can be paid using the SchoolCash online system in July.
will be available for pick up after school start up in September 2019. Beginning Band and Strings students will also be able to arrange for instruments in
September and pay the user fees and deposit through SchoolCash online
If you have questions or require more information about the Elementary Band and Strings program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.