Adult Learning

VAM is a place of inspiration and exhilaration for adult learners. Whether you are rediscovering the trumpet ‘under the bed’ or are taking on a new challenge, VAM’s diverse faculty has the expertise to support your musical journey.

Adult Learning Program

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Adult Beginner Strings

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Adult beginners
Class Time: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (13 weeks per semester)
Semester Fee:
  • $245
Class Description: This class gives adult beginners the opportunity to experience playing in a string ensemble with a focus on developing technique and the foundation for basic music reading skills. Minimal string playing experience required; varying levels of music-reading skills are welcome.  

Adult Group Cello

Instructor: Alex Cheung
Recommended for: Beginner adult cello students (little to no experience)
Class Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm (2nd Term)
Semester Fee:
  • $315
Class Description: If you are curious and interested in learning how to play an instrument, come join VAM’s adult group classes! In this introduction to the cello, you will be introduced to the instrument and receive support in developing proper technique and ensemble playing skills in a small group setting. Beginners welcome! This is a 13-week in-person class, with a Fall 2021 start date scheduled for September 7th. Click here to read COVID-19 updates and safety information. 

Adult Group Violin

Instructor: Kimi Hamaguchi
Recommended for: Beginner adult violin students (little to no experience)
Class Time: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Semester Fee:
  • $315
Class Description: If you are curious and interested in learning how to play an instrument, come join VAM’s adult group classes! In this introduction to the violin, you will be introduced to the instrument and receive support in developing proper technique and ensemble playing skills in a small group setting. Beginners welcome! This is a 13-week in-person class, with a Fall 2021 start date scheduled for September 7th. Click here to read COVID-19 updates and safety information. 

Adult Group Piano

Instructor: Teresa Bowes
Recommended for: Beginner adult piano students (little to no experience)
Class Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm (2nd semester)
Semester Fee:
  • $315
Class Description: If you are curious and interested in learning how to play an instrument, come join VAM’s adult group classes! In this introduction to the piano, you will be introduced to the instrument and receive support in developing proper technique and ensemble playing skills in a small group setting. Beginners welcome! This is a 13-week in-person class, with a Fall 2021 start date scheduled for September 14th. Due to popular demand, we will also have a class starting in January. Click here to read COVID-19 updates and safety information.  

Adult Theory and Ear Training

Instructor: Taka Shimojima
Recommended for: Adults with little to no experience reading music
Class Time: Saturdays, 12:30-1:15pm
Semester Fee:
  • $235
Class Description: Designed for adults who are interested in developing a strong foundation of musicianship, Adult Theory & Ear Training introduces students to the fundamental skills of music theory, ear training, and appreciation.  

Vanier Park Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced adult string and wind players (no audition required)
Class Time: Session 1: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm (Sept-Nov, 7 weeks) Session 2: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm (Jan-Mar, 7 weeks) Session 3: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm (Apr-May, 7 weeks)
Semester Fee:
  • $185
Class Description: Strike up new friendships with a vibrant ensemble that will help you brush up on your technical skills in a supportive group environment! VAM's adult orchestra explores performance practice of seminal masterpieces while acquiring a deeper understanding of their musical significance and historical context.

Adult Chamber Music: Play with the Pros

Recommended for: Adult learners
Class Description: A unique ensemble experience, each chamber group in Play with the Pros will consist of one member of VAM's faculty, where you can enjoy the benefits of mentorship and collegiality that come from performing with a professional musician. Class time to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of students and teacher.  Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher.  Click below to begin the registration process.

Vanier Park Voices

Instructor: Cassie Luftspring (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Thursdays, 7:15-8:45pm
Annual Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: VAM's adult choir is for those who wish to pursue their love of choral music with an open mind and a desire for challenge. The choir will perform diverse repertoire while developing vocal technique and musicianship in an encouraging and convivial setting. While some music experience is an asset, we welcome singers with varying degrees of music-reading ability.  
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VAM Schola Cantorum

Instructor: Cassie Luftspring (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm
Annual Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: This elite chamber ensemble performs challenging repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in addition to 20th- and 21st-century compositions. With fast-paced, challenging rehearsals, Schola Cantorum is perfect for the experienced chorister who seeks the highest standard of excellence.  
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