We offer in-school classes and after school bands for the following instruments:
Trumpet: Highest sounds in the brass family, bright and clear. Plays lots of melody in the band.
French Horn: Rich, beautiful sound. More difficult to start on than the other brass instruments.
Trombone: Fun instrument that is very important in concert and jazz band.
Baritone Horn: Maybe the easiest of the brass to begin on. Has a big, full sound.
Euphonium: Very similar to the baritone horn.
Tuba: Big instrument that adds the low foundation notes in a band.
Flute: Like the trumpet, the flute gets to play lots of melody in a band. It takes a couple weeks for some students to get a clear sound, but after the initial hurdle is a fun and easy instrument to play.
Clarinet: Great starter instrument. For most students this is the easiest instrument initially to play. A nice mellow sound.
Alto Saxophone: Very popular instrument as it is so versatile. Also a great starter instrument.
Tenor Saxophone: A bigger sax than the alto so has a lower pitch.
Oboe: Also gets quite a bit of melody but uses a double reed that is expensive (around $15). The first one the student gets for free but after that you must purchase. Usually students go through 4 or 5 a year.
Bassoon: Has a nice, rich low sound but also uses a double reed that is expensive (around $15). The first one the student gets for free but after that you must purchase.
Violin: Highest sounding of the string instruments. Plays mainly the melody sections in an orchestra. A very popular instrument.
Viola: Has a rich, beautiful sound. Is played similar to a violin but has lower sounds.
Cello: Sounds an octave lower than the viola. Has a bigger sound and as you sit with it resting on the ground has a more natural feel to start with than the violin.
Double Bass: Very large instrument that you stand to play with it resting on the ground beside you. Adds the foundation notes to an orchestra.
Percussion & Auxiliary Percussion
Percussion students play on the whole family of percussion not just drums so they will learn to play Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Orchestra Bells, Xylophone, Timpani and a variety of hand held, auxiliary percussion instruments. They learn the fundamentals of rhythm reading and playing, skills that lead to a wide range of options for success in music.
In-school classes run the 3rd week of September - Victoria Day weekend in May, with instructors coming to the student's school. The program is open to all students Grade 3 & above.
*There are also after-school bands, ensembles and groups that are open to all students within NEIM. These groups have many opportunities to travel and perform throughout the year:
- Beginner Strings
- Intermediate Strings
- Advanced Strings
- Beginner Percussion Ensemble
- Beginner Band
- Intermediate Band
- Advanced Band
- Flute/Clarinet Ensemble
- Jazz Band