Dates, Fees, & Policies

2023/2024 Important Dates

Tuesday September 5: First Day of Instruction

Saturday September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (building closed)

Monday October 2: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation observed (building open, office closed)

Saturday/Sunday October 7/8: Building open, office closed (lessons/classes run at the teachers’ discretion, please check with them directly)

Monday October 9: Thanksgiving Day Holiday (building closed)

Saturday November 11: Remembrance Day (building open, office closed)

Monday November 13: Remembrance Day observed (building open, office closed)

Sunday December 24 – Sunday January 7: Winter Break

Saturday/Sunday February 17/18: Building open, office closed (lessons/classes run at the teachers’ discretion, please check with them directly)

Monday February 19: Family Day (private lessons only, no classes in session, office closed)

Monday March 18- Thursday March 28: Spring Break (building open)

Friday March 29 – Sunday March 31: Easter Holidays (building closed)

Monday April 1: Easter Monday (private lessons only, no classes in session, office closed)

Saturday/Sunday May 18/19: Building open, office closed (lessons/classes run at the teachers’ discretion, please check with them directly)

Monday May 20: Victoria Day (private lessons only, no classes in session, office closed)

June 30: Academic Year Ends

Summer Closures: VAM is closed (with no access) Sat/Sun/Mon of all long weekends in July & August.

Fees

Registration Fee: $75 per academic year for each student

In addition to covering administrative costs, the registration fee includes 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, otherwise it is expected that a student enroll for the entire year.

Trial Lessons are charged at the per-lesson rate and are non-refundable.

Fees are due within 5 days upon receipt of invoice, prior to the start of the first unpaid lesson.


Fees: 
Lesson Fees: from $86 per hour
Adult Lesson Fees: from $76 per hour
Department Head Lesson Fees: from $90 per hour

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 Class of 2 students: from $48 per hour

Semi-private Class of 3+ students from $32 per hour

 

Small Studio Class (arranged by private teacher) of 4+ or more students: from $24 per hour

 

Chamber Ensemble of 2 students: from $48.00 per hour

Chamber Ensemble of 3 students: from $32.00 per hour

Chamber Ensemble of 4+ students: from $24.00 per hour

 

Fee Deadlines:

Fees are due within 5 days upon receipt of invoice or you risk your registration being removed and spot(s) given to another student.

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

Payment Options

You may choose either of the following payment options:

1. Credit Card – online and at the front office

2. Exact cash or cheque – at the front office

3. Debit Card – at the front office

Cheques may be made payable to VAM.

Financial Aid

 

Bursaries

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: 

Completed bursary applications should be submitted to:
Vancouver Academy of Music
Attn: Nicole Hurst, Director of Enrolment
1270 Chestnut St
Vancouver, BC  V6J 4R9

Scholarships

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

Policies


PRIVATE  LESSONS

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

LESSON ATTENDANCE 

  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.

 

CHANGING INSTRUCTORS

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.

WITHDRAWALS AND REFUNDS

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 Director of Enrolment 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 Director of Enrolment.

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 Director of Enrolment. 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 Director of Enrolment.

If a student’s behaviour is deemed consistently disruptive to a class, the instructor will have the 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 Director of Enrolment: [email protected]