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Youth Jazz: ages 12-18

Want to learn to play music in a band?

The Community Music School offers three distinct levels of study, each designed to respond to today’s music student: Early Childhood Music, Children’s Music and Youth Jazz.

The program embraces the philosophy that children learn best when learning is fun.

Humber’s unique curriculum is based on the Orff and Kodaly methods of Early Childhood Music Education in the early levels, offering children a creative and improvisatory approach to learning music.

This training leads directly into our highly successful Youth Jazz program.

Practice and perform both solo and in small groups

In the Youth Jazz Level, students explore and develop small group jazz performance skills with an emphasis on improvisation and ensemble playing. Students participate in weekly 90-minute combos comprised of rhythm section and one to three horns. This level features placement and performance opportunities for students with beginning to advanced performance skills and experience.

The program is a natural progression from the Children’s Orff Ensemble program. Placement auditions are required for all students new to the program as we strive to place each student in a performance environment that is challenging but not overwhelming.

For more information on the program, course descriptions and registration, please email

How to Register

Find your appropriate course link under “Current Course Offerings” below. This will redirect you to a description of the course. Click the words below that say “Registration Options” to go to Humber’s Flexible Registration (FlexReg) program and follow the prompts.

New Students

Students registering in the program for the first time should check courses for audition requirements.

If the course you have registered in does not require an audition, you should be contacted at least one week prior to the start of classes to confirm your child's lesson time, room, and instructor. If you have registered in a course and have not been contacted a week before classes are due to begin, please please email

If the course you wish to register in requires an audition/interview, please please email to arrange an interview before registering in the course.

Returning Students

All returning students will receive registration packages in the mail towards the end of each semester. The package will provide information on registration dates and deadlines for the next semester.

Please be reminded that to keep the same lesson time for your child from one semester to another, you must register by the early registration deadline. The school cannot hold lesson times past the early registration deadline.

Current Course Offerings

Please note that times listed in the registration system (FlexReg) are placeholders only. The schedule of lessons will be determined at the end of December/early January and emailed to the student.

Students beyond the preschool levels are interviewed after registration and placed according to their abilities. The school can accommodate the novice musician through the preprofessional.


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