Young Winds

Mentoring your middle school instrumentalist

In Young Winds, we provide small-group lessons and full band experience to Middle school-age students who have already begun playing woodwind, brass, electric bass, or percussion instruments. We supplement the instruction your child receives in school band programs, strengthening their musicianship in a safe and positive environment.

Our students are generally separated into two ensembles—a beginner band and an advanced band, according to ability and/or years of playing experience. Each ensemble performs several full band pieces as well as a section feature on the last day of the program.

Younger players 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. (Note: Young Winds does not start students on instruments.)

Instruments Accepted

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

There will be teachers involved in this program who are experts on each of these instruments.

Program faculty

Faculty advisor: Dr. Peter Miksza
Peter Miksza is an associate professor of music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses with emphases on instrumental music teacher preparation, psychological dimensions of music teaching and learning, assessment, and research methods.

Program coordinator: Ms. Jen Christensen 
Jennifer Christensen is currently a PhD student at IU studying Music Education where she is an Associate Instructor for the undergraduate course Methods and Materials for Teaching Instrumental Music.

Instrumental teachers
The primary teachers of the Young Winds program are music education undergraduate students at Indiana University. Each of these teachers is a specialist on his or her instrument, as well as young, enthusiastic and excited about working with kids. 

Cooperating Bloomington area public school teachers
Mr. Joe Donnelley of Jackson Creek Middle School, Mr. Michael Ahearn of Tri-North Middle School, Mr. Joel Brainard and Mrs. Erin Thompson of Batchelor Middle School, Mr. Stephen Lucaites of St. Charles Catholic School, Ms. Amy Smith of Brown County Middle School, Mr. Curt Koehler, and Mr. August Merback of Bedford Middle School.

Location and cost

Young Winds meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Musical Arts Center (MAC) on the IU campus. The MAC is located on Jordan Avenue, one block north of 3rd Street.

Program cost

Non-refundable registration fee: $15 - must be paid at time of enrollment
Tuition fee: $60

Important parking information

Much of the parking at Indiana University is by permit only. If you are parked illegally you will be ticketed and towed. 

If your child attends classes after 5 p.m. on weekdays or on the weekends, you can take advantage of a number free parking options. For the most parking flexibility, though, you should purchase a permit—which you can get for as little as $27.

Contact us

Dr. Peter Miksza, Faculty Advisor, 812-855-7253

Ms. Jen Christensen, Program Coordinator:

For questions about applications, fees, and any other administrative issues, please contact the Office of Pre-college and Summer Programs:

Pre-College Programs:
Phone: 812-855-6025