THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY AS PLANS DEVELOP!
2020 FALL PROGRAMS will be providing you with new and different musical experiences, modified in our current COVID-19 environment to provide maximum safety to our members. Most will be online playing you can do from home.
In addition to playing music for 1 hour, programs will have time for a social component so you can keep connected with your fellow band members.
Since online programs are new to us, they have been priced at an introductory price of $90 for 10 weeks. This is introductory pricing subject to change in the next term once we get a handle on enrolment and costs to run the program
Popular Music Ensemble - Online Jamulus & Zoom - Tuesday Mornings 10 Weeks - $90 Introductory offer
- The focus will be on playing popular music (eg. Broadway show tunes) with a diverse instrumentation. We will learn how to set up the optimal hardware and software needed for a successful online experience.
- Explore the following links for examples of how Zoom and Jamulus can be used synchronously in a remote (online) environment. Jamulus Choral Festival WorldJam 22 - Groovy Gecko Sessions
A few examples of the styles of music that may be explored. The Golden Age of Broadway Pixar Movie Favourites
Disney Film Favourites
Zoom Concert Band - Online Zoom - Thursday Mornings 10 Weeks - $90 Introductory Offer
A wide variety of musical styles will be explored. Grade 2-4 level. Members will play along with a recording of the song while watching the conductor. Sections of each song can be isolated and slowed down to help everyone learn their part. We will all learn together without hearing each other’s progress so play as hard or soft as you like!
Green Band - Grade 0-1.5 (Beginner) - Zoom - Thursday Mornings - 10 Weeks - $90 Introductory Offer
- Woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments welcome, open to anyone who wishes to learn a new instrument. Basic instrument technique and music reading instruction are the focus of this group. No experience necessary.
Jazz Improvisation I/II - Zoom and Jamulus - Monday Mornings - 10 Weeks - $90 Introductory Offer
- Learn how to improvise in a jazz setting. The focus is on playing jazz blues tunes and learning how to interact with others to create a jazz solo. Using blues scales and reading chord changes are taught while learning some basic fun jazz tunes. Any level of experience is welcome but an introductory level of music theory would be beneficial. The level of music reading is not a challenge; more emphasis is placed on listening and creating a musical reaction to what you hear.
"HOW TO" Workshops will be offered in advance of the program startup to help you learn to set up and use the technology that will be used in your program.
Tuesday September 22nd and 29th - 10:30-11:30am (Same workshop repeated)
Learn how to download, instal, set up and use Jamulus. We will walk through all the steps right from the beginning so we all get connected. Here are some very helpful videos to help with the set up https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWKkfa4PvoTx-e3FkCacB22E6zzfcuACp We will start with a Zoom meeting.
Thursday September 24th and October 1st - 10:30-11:30am (Same workshop repeated)
Learn how to download, instal, set up and use the latest version of Zoom. We will walk through all the steps right from the beginning so we all get connected. You may use a PC or Mac laptop, desktop (with microphone), smart phone or tablet. We will optimize your settings for playing and listening to music. You will need to download the free Zoom App to your computer / device for this workshop at https://zoom.us/
IN PERSON PROGRAMS
Funk Bucket Percussion Ensemble - Guelph Youth Music Centre - Friday Mornings - 10 weeks - $130
- Do you have a heartbeat? Can you hit a bucket with a stick? Then you are OVER-qualified to join Adam for an exploration of rhythm reading, groove, time and fun! Enjoy the connection of group drumming, on buckets of course. All are welcome.
- This program will follow NHB Guelph and GYMC Covid -19 protocols to ensure participant safety.
(For our Protocols for safe gathering, CLICK HERE)
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS about NHB Guelph Fall 2020 Programs
Why can’t we rehearse at GYMC? or Three Willows? or some other venue?
Many of these venues are not open for wind instruments. In addition, Stage 3 Public Health Guidelines for wind musicians are quite restrictive and lack clarity - eg must have a physical barrier between musicians. We were unable to find an in-person option that was practical, safe, and met the Public Heath guidelines.
However, because percussion does not have the potential to broadcast aerosols, we are able to offer FunkBucket at GYMC following distancing and masking protocols.
In all our offerings, we are following the principle that no one should contact COVID from NHB activity.
What are the concerns and restrictions about playing together with wind instruments?
This is a question that a number of performing arts organization have decided to study. Specifically, the question has to do with the “aerosol rates” produced by people playing instruments, singing, acting, etc., and how quickly aerosolized particles, like the COVID-19 virus, can accumulate in a closed space like a rehearsal hall or classroom. By rehearsing together, are we creating a virtual cloud of potentially dangerous particles? Is the risk so small that it shouldn’t affect our rehearsing together? Or something in between?
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are determined to find out with a new study entitled, Aerosol Generation from Playing Band Instruments and Risk of Infectious Disease Transmission. The study will take place during the 2020 summer months with availability of (preliminary) results towards the new academic 2020/2021year.
The New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA) believes this study will provide much needed information about the safety of making music in ensembles such as ours, and has decided to financially support the research study. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, click the link below for further information.
Could we do other ensembles (Brass, Woodwind, Little Big Band, etc.) using Jamulus and/or Zoom?
The technology can work for these ensembles as well. Since this is all new to us, we decided to start with the current programs, get some experience and learnings, and consider other offerings in the winter term
How can I learn how to use Jamulus and/or Zoom?
For the Online programs, we will be offering “HOW TO” Workshops in advance of the program startup to help you learn to set up and learn the technology that will be used in your program.
What equipment do i need for online programs?
You would need a computer / laptop / tablet that is connected to the Internet, and your computer device needs to play audio.
- For Zoom, having a computer camera is desirable.
- For Jamulus, you will need earbuds / headphones and a microphone (a built in computer mic is OK)
- For both Zoom and Jamulus, you will need to download some software. This will be covered in the “HOW TO” workshops.
What if I’m just not sure if this will work for me?
You can give it a try for a couple of weeks before making payment to see if you want to continue. No risk!
How did you arrive at the pricing for the programs?
We are in all new territory here and have wrestled with this question. We are trying to find a balance between pricing the programs at a level that will attract members and also cover expenses of instructors and fixed costs. Further, we don’t know how many members will sign up this year.
The online programs have been priced at an introductory price of $90 for the 10 week programs. This is introductory pricing subject to change in the next term once we get a handle on enrolment and costs to run the program
For those who would find this out of reach, we have the Music For All program that can provide a confidential subsidy. We want to encourage everyone to join in!
The Funk Bucket Program is priced the same as last year at $130 as there is space rental involved.
Why are the online sessions 60 minutes of playing plus some social time?
Experience has shown that after more than 60 minutes playing on a screen, the practice time becomes less productive - screen fatigue sets in.
We also know that many NHB members value some social time to connect with fellow members, so sessions will allow for that. In some of the larger sessions, we will experiment with breakout rooms for smaller groups.