Dates, Fees, & Policies

2018/19 Important Dates

September 4: First Day of Instruction
October 8: Thanksgiving Day Holiday
November 12: Remembrance Day Observed
December 23 – January 5: Winter Break
February 18: Family Day (private lessons only)
March 18-31: Spring Break
April 19-21: Easter Holidays
April 22: Easter Monday (private lessons only)
May 20: Victoria Day (private lessons only)
June 30: Academic Year Ends


Registration fee: $75 per academic year for each student

In addition to covering administrative costs, the registration fee includes free admission to all VAM events for students and their families as well as membership in the Vancouver Academy of Music Society with eligibility to vote in the Annual General Meeting.

Private lessons:

VAM’s lesson packages include 18 lessons each semester (36 per academic year).  Flexible options are available at the teacher’s discretion, and must be sanctioned by the instructor prior to registration.

Trial Lessons are charged at the per-lesson rate.

2018/19 Fees:
Lesson Fees: $82 per hour; $61.50 per 45 min; $41 per 30 min
Adult Lesson Fees: $72 per hour; $54 per 45 min; $36 per 30 min
Department Head Lesson Fees: $90 per hour; $67.50 per 45 min; $45 per 30 min

Private, Semi-Private, and Small Group Classes: (select subjects only)

VAM’s private, semi-private, and small group class packages include 16 lessons each semester (32 per academic year).  Flexible options are available at the teacher’s discretion.

2018/19 Semi-Private Rates:
Semi-private class of two students: $45 per hour
Small group class of three or more students: $30 per hour
(Chamber music only) Chamber ensemble of three students: $28 per hour
(Chamber music only) Chamber ensemble of four or more students: $21 per hour

Group classes:

Group class fees vary; view our registration page for full details.  Discounts are available for students wishing to take classes in addition to their private instruction at VAM.

Fee deadlines:

Fall semester lessons and classes: September 1
Spring semester lessons and classes: January 15
Summer semester lessons and classes: one week before the start of instruction

Payment plan options via post-dated cheques are assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Payment Options

You may choose either of the following payment options:

1. Credit Card (via PayPal) – online only

If you would like to pay from the comfort of your home, you may use the PayPal option.

TIP: PayPal charges a 3% service fee for online transactions.  This fee is not applied to payments received at the front office (below).

2. Cash or cheque – at the front office

You may also choose to come to the front office to pay in cash or cheque.  Cheques may be made payable to VAM.

Financial Aid



Bursary applications are due to the front office September 30 of each academic year and will be subject to the evaluation of a committee.  If accepted, funds will be applied to the second term.

A complete bursary application will consist of the following two forms:

1. Completed bursary application

To be completed by the student and parent(s)

2. Completed evaluation form

To be completed by a professional musician (e.g., teacher or performer).  Only one evaluation form is required.


VAM offers scholarships in the form of competition prizes.  For information on how to enter VAM competitions, click here.



Lessons are offered:

  • During the full academic year (36 weeks)
  • Private lessons are scheduled at the mutual convenience of the teacher and student
  • A trial lesson may scheduled based on the hourly lesson fee rates


  1. Student Absences

Missed lessons by the student will only be made up under special circumstances at the discretion of the teacher.

  1. Instructor Absences

If an instructor is absent, every effort will be made to reschedule the lesson at a time that is suitable for both the instructor and student. If the instructor is unable to make up a lesson, the student will receive a refund or credit to be applied to future lessons or classes.



It is highly recommended that students do not change instructors during the middle of a term. In such cases, approval must be granted by the Executive Director before any transfer can be made.


No refunds will be issued after the fourth week of class instruction.  To withdraw from private lessons, two weeks’ notice is required to both the instructor and the registrar.

If a student’s behaviour is deemed consistently disruptive to a class, the instructor will have right to deny entry into the class after consultation with the parents.

For detailed information regarding withdrawals, refunds & credits, please contact the registrar: [email protected]