About VAM

Founded in 1969, the Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM) is a non-profit institution spreading a love of learning and musical excellence. Minutes away from downtown in a traffic-calmed location, VAM’s spacious facilities offer a home for music-making against the scenic backdrop of Vancouver’s waterfront and the fields of Vanier Park.

Let Music Be Your Journey

VAM’s purpose is to serve as a platform for lifelong personal development by advancing the transformative power of music. With programs ranging from Early Childhood to Adult Learning and students ranging from aficionados to emerging professionals, VAM welcomes through its doors those in all stages of enriching their lives through the study of music. Click to view our programs. 

A View from the Stage

Mounting more than 50 public concerts each year, VAM offers students numerous opportunities to take the stage in performances and competitions. Public concerts, masterclasses with world-renowned visiting artists, and exchanges with national and international partners enhance the educational experience and bring music to the community. VAM’s flagship event series features VAM Symphony Orchestra in the world-class Orpheum Theatre and West Vancouver’s state-of-the-art Kay Meek Arts Centre. Click to view our events. 

Excellence in Music Education
Our Faculty

VAM has proudly set the standard of excellence for fifty years, with diverse programming fostering imagination and artistry guided by the expertise of its distinguished faculty. Click to view our faculty roster.

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that VAM is located within the unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.