Founded in 1969, VAM has been spreading a love of learning and musical excellence for generations of aspiring musicians. Discover your passion for music and performance at VAM’s inspiring location at Vanier Park, minutes from downtown Vancouver but steps away from the ocean!

From early childhood to adult learning, VAM is an inclusive learning environment where the transformative power of music is explored. Our proven programs and methods have produced some of Canada’s most acclaimed musicians in addition to a 48-year alumni database filled with music lovers.

VAM’s hand-selected faculty is comprised of Vancouver’s finest musicians and educators from organizations such as Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera and UBC School of Music.

Come experience the legacy of excellence at Vancouver’s first community music school and prepare to reach unimagined musical heights!

  • Numerous performance and competition opportunities
  • Masterclasses and workshops with world-renowned musicians
  • Flexible payment options and bursary support
  • Free parking in a traffic-calmed location
  • Innovative programs and exchanges with national and international partners

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Summer School of Swing

Instructor: Ellen Marple
Recommended for: Ages 10+ with at least one year of playing experience
Class Times: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Per Lesson Fee: $20.00 per class
Class Description:
The Dal Richard's School of Swing is a unique and welcoming program that brings together young to young-at-heart musicians, as well as new to experienced players, to explore classic big band repertoire.
Over five weeks the Summer School of Swing will explore a variety of accessible repertoire for a small big band, focusing on various big band styles and an introduction to improv.

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