Faculty of Music

Young Winds Program

Young Winds Program 2014

The Young Winds program offers instruction for instrumental students in grades seven, eight, or nine studying woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.

The program focuses on small group lessons (organized by instrument family) as well as a full band experience. On occasion, students may receive individual instruction. All activities will serve the purpose of strengthening students’ musicianship in a safe and positive environment.

Who can participate?

The program serves to provide supplementary instruction to that provided by the students' school band program. Students who are already studying one of the traditional concert band instruments but may not have the opportunity to participate in a formal ensemble at their school are also welcome to participate. Students who have studied one of these instruments for at least 6 months would be eligible to participate in the program.

When and where does it meet?

The Western Young Winds program will meet on Saturdays from 9am to 11am at Althouse College (Faculty of Education), located at 1137 Western Road, on the campus of Western University.


January 11, (2014) February 15
January 18 March 1
January 25 March 8
February 1 March 22
February 8 March 29  (Final Concert)


Cost To parents

The tuition fee is $60, which includes staffing, materials, and administrative costs.
Note: This includes a $15 non-refundable registration fee.

Instruments accepted

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet (all types)
  • Saxophone (all types)
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Baritone Horn/Euphonium
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

There will be teachers involved in this program who are experts on each of these instruments. If registration permits, students may be grouped into two ensembles according to ability and/or years of playing experience so that instruction can be geared specifically to the level of your student’s performance. Each band will perform several full band pieces on the last day of the program. 

Program Coordinators

Kevin Watson
Dr. Kevin Watson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, as well as directs the Western University Jazz Ensemble.
Colleen Richardson 
Dr. Colleen Richardson teaches undergraduate courses and graduate courses in music education, directs the Western University Wind Ensemble, and is Coordinator of Bands.
Instrumental Teachers The primary teachers of the Young Winds program are a select group of students from the Western University instrumental music teacher program. Each of these teachers is a specialist on his or her instrument. These teachers are young, enthusiastic and excited about working with kids.
Registration Please mail a $60.00 cheque or money order payable to Western University by December 6th, 2013 in order to assure a spot for your child. However, students may be accepted into the program up until the first day of class depending on enrolment.
registration form  Registration Form

Contact Dr. Kevin Watson Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University Talbot College, Room 122 1151 Richmond Street London, Ontario N6A 3K7 519-661-2111, ext. 85896 kwatso54@uwo.ca