Dates, Fees, & Policies

2021/2022 Important Dates

September 7: First Day of Instruction
September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (no lessons or classes)
October 11: Thanksgiving Day Holiday (no lessons or classes)
November 11: Remembrance Day (no lessons or classes)
December 20 – January 3: Winter Break
February 21: Family Day (private lessons only, no classes in session)
March 14-27: Spring Break
April 15-17: Easter Holidays (no lessons or classes)
April 18: Easter Monday (private lessons only, no classes in session)
May 23: Victoria Day (private lessons only, no classes in session)
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.

The Registration Fee is non-refundable or transferable.

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 and are non-refundable.

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.

Semi-Private Rates Per Student:
Semi-private class of two students: $45 per hour
Small group class or chamber ensemble of three or more students: $30 per hour
Chamber ensemble of four or more students: $22.50 per hour

Group classes:

Group class fees vary; view our registration page for full details.

Fee deadlines:

Fall semester lessons and classes: September 1 (unless otherwise mentioned by the Registrar)
Spring semester lessons and classes: January 15 (unless otherwise mentioned by the Registrar)
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 – online only

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

TIP: credit card companies (not VAM) charge a 3.5% 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 accepted on an ongoing basis and are dependent on the amount of funding available at the time the application is received.

A complete bursary application consists of the following: 

  • A complete bursary application form
  • A pending invoice in the VAM account
  • Tax documentation
  • Optional: Record of Employment or comparable document demonstrating loss of work (see note below)
  • Student evaluation form, to be submitted by a professional musician (e.g., teacher or performer)


Supporting documentation accepted due to COVID-19 outbreak

VAM recognizes that the COVID-19 public health crisis has created a sudden financial impact on many of our families that will not be reflected in the most current tax documentation available. As a temporary measure, applicants may submit a Record of Employment or comparable document that demonstrates loss of work in addition to their tax documentation.

Completed bursary applications should be submitted to:
Vancouver Academy of Music
Attn: Daniel Marshall, Director of Programs
1270 Chestnut St
Vancouver, BC  V6J 4R9


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 be scheduled based on the hourly lesson fee rate


  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 President & CEO before any transfer can be made.


Fall/Spring Classes: No refunds will be issued after the fourth week of class instruction. All notices of withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the registrar within the first four weeks of the term.

No refunds or credits will be issued for classes missed during the term for any reason. Proration for late-entry to be discussed with the Registrar.

Summer Classes: A full refund/credit will be granted when withdrawing prior to the start of the program. There will be no refunds/credits granted for those withdrawing after the start of class.

To withdraw from private lessons, two weeks’ notice is required in writing, to both the instructor and the registrar. The student may either take the two weeks worth of lessons, or forfeit them. Remaining lessons can be credited or refunded after being discussed with 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.

The Registration Fee is non-refundable or transferable.

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