Summer Programs

Founded in 1969, VAM has been spreading a love of learning and musical excellence for generations of aspiring musicians. Sounds Like Summer finds inspiration from the scenic beauty of VAM’s 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 that explores the transformative power of music. Our proven programs and methods have produced some of Canada’s most acclaimed musicians in addition to a 49-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 VAM and prepare to reach unimagined musical heights!

Summer Classes

Summer Music Safari – Level IV

Instructor: Chloe Hurst (Department Head); Adam Junk
Recommended for: Ages 5-7 years
Class Time: Session 1: July 10, 17, 24, 1:30-2:15pm Session 2: Aug 7, 14, 21, 1:30-2:15pm
Class Description: Join your child in their first exploration of the musical world! In Level IV, students will build the essential tools needed musical discovery including reading and ear training while learning about instruments and composers.

Summer Music Safari – Level III

Instructor: Chloe Hurst (Department Head); Adam Junk
Recommended for: Ages 3-4 years
Class Time: Session 1: July 10, 17, 24, 12:30-1:15pm Session 2: Aug 7, 14, 21, 12:30-1:15pm
Class Description: Join your child in their first exploration of the musical world! In Summer Music Safari Level III, students will build the essential tools needed musical discovery including reading and ear training while diving into musicianship skills with elements of the Orff and Kodaly methods.

Summer Music Safari – Level II

Instructor: Chloe Hurst (Department Head); Adam Junk
Recommended for: Ages 18 months - 3 years, with parent/guardian participation
Class Time: Session 1: July 10, 17, 24, 11:00-11:45am Session 2: Aug 7, 14, 21, 11:00-11:45am
Class Description: Join your child in their first exploration of the musical world! In the beginning levels of Summer Music Safari, students will use song and movement to create the foundation of musical training, developing coordination, confidence, and the ability to work with others.

Summer Music Safari – Level I

Instructor: Chloe Hurst (Department Head); Adam Junk
Recommended for: Ages 3-18 months, with parent/guardian participation
Class Time: Session 1: July 10, 17, 24, 10:00-10:45am Session 2: Aug 7, 14, 21, 10:00-10:45am
Class Description: Join your child in their first exploration of the musical world! In the beginning levels of Summer Music Safari, students will use song and movement to create the foundation of musical training, developing coordination, confidence, and the ability to work with others.

Musical Theatre: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Instructor: Alan Corbishley; Frederik Robert
Recommended for: Ages 13-17 (all welcome; audition only required for leading roles)
Class Time: July 16-29
Class Description: Explore your love of theatrical performance in VAM’s summer musical theatre program! Culminating in a full production of The Emperor’s New Clothes in VAM’s beautiful new Koerner Recital Hall, rehearsals will cover principles of acting and movement with a primary focus on essential vocal technique under the guidance of industry professionals. Click here for full audition & scheduling information. 

Musical Theatre: Sondheim’s Side by Side

Instructor: Alan Corbishley; Frederik Robert
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: June 24 - July 8
Class Description: Explore your love of theatrical performance in VAM’s summer musical theatre program! Culminating in a semi-staged production of Side by Side in VAM’s beautiful new Koerner Recital Hall, rehearsals will cover principles of acting and movement with a primary focus on essential vocal technique under the guidance of industry professionals. Click here for full audition & scheduling information. 

Quiring Chamber Music Camp at VAM

Recommended for: Strings & piano students ages 6-20 who have taken private lessons for at least one year
Class Description: Chamber music is the ultimate music educator and at the same time the most fun! In chamber music, small groups of three to five players are formed, each player has a unique part which combines with the others to create a beautiful whole sound. Among regular daily chamber music coachings are art classes, composition classes and guest master classes. The week closes with a concert and reception on Saturday evening.
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Rock Band Glee Camp at VAM

Instructor: Rob Kirkham; Mark Osborne
Recommended for: Ages 7-13 (no musical, instrumental or dramatic knowledge necessary to participate)
Class Description: Kick back and enjoy rocking out with Rock Band Glee Camp at VAM! In this camp, students will be introduced to rock band instruments, write and perform their own songs and one-act plays, and create and design their very own band name, t-shirt, and logo.
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RCM Theory & History Intensive: Review & Mock Exam

Instructor: Shirley Lum (Department Head); Rebecca Kelly; Aydan Con
Recommended for: Students wishing to complete RCM August 2018 examinations (subject to admission by teacher)
Class Time: July 30; August 1, 3, 8
Class Description: An intensive culminating with the August 2018 RCM Examination session, this course is designed with maximum flexibility in a modular format: Sessions 1 and 2 offer condensed versions covering the content of each respective level and are followed by an extended period of review and mock examinations. Please choose this option if you want to register for the review & mock exam without Sessions 1 or 2; review and mock exams are included with registration in either content session.

RCM Theory & History Intensive: Session 2 (July 16-27)

Instructor: Shirley Lum (Department Head); Rebecca Kelly; Aydan Con
Recommended for: Students wishing to complete RCM August 2018 examinations (subject to admission by teacher)
Class Time: Grade 9 History: Monday-Friday, 5:00-7:00pm Grade 9 Harmony: Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00pm Grade 10 History: Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00pm Grade 10 Harmony: Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00pm
Class Description: An intensive culminating with the August 2018 RCM Examination session, this course is designed with maximum flexibility in a modular format: Sessions 1 and 2 offer condensed versions covering the content of each respective level and are followed by an extended period of review and mock examinations. Registration for Session 2 includes review & mock exam session July 30-Aug 8. Private and semi-private classes for theory and history available for levels not listed here.

RCM Theory & History Intensive: Session 1 (July 2-13)

Instructor: Shirley Lum (Department Head); Rebecca Kelly; Aydan Con
Recommended for: Students wishing to complete RCM August 2018 examinations (subject to admission by teacher)
Class Time: Grade 9 History: Monday-Friday, 5:00-7:00pm Grade 9 Harmony: Monday-Friday, 5:00-7:00pm Grade 10 Harmony: Monday-Friday, 5:00-7:00pm Grade 10 History: Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00pm
Class Description: An intensive culminating with the August 2018 RCM Examination session, this course is designed with maximum flexibility in a modular format: Sessions 1 and 2 offer condensed versions covering the content of each respective level and are followed by an extended period of review and mock examinations. Registration for Session 1 includes review & mock exam session July 30-Aug 8. Private and semi-private classes for theory and history available for levels not listed here.

Suzuki Summer Sampler

Instructor: Nicki Stieda & Mark Luchkow (violin); Isabelle Roland (viola); Audrey Nodwell (cello); Heather Beaty (flute); Miya Otake (harp); Teresa Ho (piano)
Recommended for: Ages 4-6
Class Time: July 16-20, Monday-Friday, 10:00-11:00am
Class Description: Watch your child discover something new every day as they prepare for the journey of musical instruction! This course will incorporate the Suzuki philosophy of education with a hands-on introduction to a variety of instruments in a sampling of the many opportunities VAM's Suzuki programs have to offer.

Brass Ensemble

Instructor: Ellen Marple
Recommended for: Beginner to Intermediate Brass Players
Class Time: Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm
Class Description: Free for VAM brass students! Discover a vast array of brass music including chamber music, orchestral excerpts, and New Orleans Brass Band Music, with additional opportunities to perform in VAM's orchestral concerts.

RCM Teacher’s Elementary Pedagogy

Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: VAM's private, semi-private, and small group classes in RCM Teacher's Elementary Pedagogy provide an excellent means of learning about issues related to teaching beginning students. VAM shares a close institutional relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that includes our official designation as Vancouver West exam centre. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three or more students (additional material fees apply).

Suzuki Violin Performance 1B

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head
Class Time: Tuesdays, 4:45-5:30pm

Suzuki Violin Performance 1A

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head
Class Time: Saturdays, 9:45-10:30am

RCM Voice Exam Preparation – Intensive

Instructor: Joslin Romphf Dennis
Recommended for: Voice students following the RCM curriculum
Class Description: Fine-tune your voice exam skills with a four-day intensive course! Leading up to the RCM Exam Session, emphasis will be placed on a variety of RCM exam components and end with a mock exam. Intensive Dates are as follows: Tuesday, June 13th - Friday, June 16th. To register for the June 2017 session, email [email protected]

RCM Music History

Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: VAM's private, semi-private, and small group classes in RCM History provide an excellent means of enhancing essential musicianship skills that greatly spur progress for instrumental training. VAM shares a close institutional relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that includes our official designation as Vancouver West exam centre. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three or more students (additional material fees apply).

RCM Music Theory

Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: VAM's private, semi-private, and small group classes in RCM Theory provide an excellent means of enhancing essential musicianship skills that greatly spur progress for instrumental training. VAM shares a close institutional relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) that includes our official designation as Vancouver West exam centre. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three or more students (additional material fees apply).

Adult String Ensemble

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Adult string players able to read music
Class Time: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm (10 classes per semester)
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 String Ensemble explores performance practice of seminal string orchestra 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 Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
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. Class fees per student: $27 per hour for ensemble of three students, $20 per hour for ensemble of four or more. Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher. 

Suzuki Viola Performance 6/7

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Viola Department Head
Class Time: Mondays, 6:00-6:45pm

Suzuki Viola Performance 5

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Viola Department Head
Class Time: Mondays, 5:15-6:00pm

Advanced Piano Masterclass

Instructor: Noel McRobbie
Recommended for: RCM 9+; Ages 14+
Class Time: First Wednesday of the month (October - May), 5:30-7:00pm

Intermediate Piano Masterclass

Instructor: Lillian Liu
Recommended for: RCM 6-9; Ages 10-14
Class Time: First Tuesday of the month (October - May), 5:30-7:00pm

RCM Voice Exam Preparation

Instructor: Joslin Romphf Dennis
Recommended for: Voice students following the RCM curriculum
Class Time: Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm (bi-weekly starting September 18)
Class Description: The perfect opportunity to supplement your private lessons with focused studies on the technical requirements of the RCM voice exam, this course will tune up your skills on sight singing, ear training, interval identification, and more. 1st Semester: September 18 (2 hrs), November 6, 20, December 4January 15, 29 (2 hrs) 2nd Semester: February 26, March 12April 16, 30, May 14, 28, June 4, 11.

Young Reading & Writing Circle

Instructor: Lisa Amini
Recommended for: Kindergarten - Grade 2
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: The world of literature is waiting to be discovered by your child in this program that will introduce grammar, reading comprehension and writing.  In addition to fiction reading and writing, students will explore the biographies of different composers and music history to aid in the preparation of RCM music theory and history examinations. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three or more students (additional material fees apply).

Young Professional Voice Audition Preparation

Instructor: Joslin Romphf Dennis, Robyn Driedger-Klassen, and guest professional artists
Recommended for: Recent university graduates in voice; vocalists preparing for Young Artist Programs and/or professional engagements
Class Time: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (starting September 11th)
Class Description:
This class offers a supportive environment to practice and hone voice audition skills. Perform audition repertoire for your peers in an exploration of interpretation and presentation, receive guidance for head shots and resume formats, and obtain feedback on repertoire choice for wide ranges of companies, Young Artist Programs and competitions. Culminating in a live mock audition for a panel of professional musicians, this course will help bridge the gap between graduation and a professional career.
1st Semester
September 11September 25October 2, 16, November 13, 27, December 11 January 8
2nd Semester
January 22February 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 9, 23, May 7

Suzuki Violin Preparatory Class II

Recommended for: Students who have completed the Suzuki Violin Preparatory Class
Class Description: This class is a continuation of the Suzuki Violin Preparatory class, furthermore it is for students who have completed the Suzuki Violin Prep class only.

The Corelli Project: Baroque String Ensemble

Instructor: Stefan Hintersteininger; Kathryn Emiko Hintersteininger-Lee
Recommended for: Adult string players able to read music
Class Description: Corelli's concerti for string orchestra are a virtual handbook on how to play a string instrument. Strike up new friendships with a vibrant new ensemble that will help you brush up on your technical skills while acquiring a deeper understanding of the musical significance and historical context of Corelli's masterpieces. Take a journey with works such as Corelli's Christmas Concerto as your musical guide! FALL DATES Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19 Dec. 3 - semester-end concert
SPRING DATES Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Mar. 25, Apr. 8 April 22 - semester-end concert

The Corelli Project: Baroque Scholars

Instructor: Benton Roark
Recommended for: Adults with a basic knowledge of music theory and history
Class Description: Develop a deeper understanding of Corelli, Handel, Bach, and their contemporaries by examining the theoretical and historical context of musical masterworks of the middle to late Baroque.
FALL DATES Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3
SPRING DATES Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Mar. 25, Apr. 8, Apr. 22

Music Theory 101

Instructor: Kathleen Allan
Recommended for: Adult beginners
Class Description: Strengthen your music reading and analysis skills through an introductory study of music theory to develop a solid foundation for the study of a musical instrument.

VAM Schola Cantorum

Instructor: Kathleen Allan (Director of Choral Studies), Caroline Jang (Vocal Coach)
Recommended for: Ages 15+
Class Time: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
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. Free ear training sessions available Tuesdays, 5:00-5:30pm.

Vanier Park Voices

Instructor: Kathleen Allan (Director of Choral Studies), Caroline Jang (Vocal Coach)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
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. Free ear training sessions available Wednesdays, 7:15-7:45pm.

Raincity Chorus

Instructor: Kathleen Allan (Director of Choral Studies), Caroline Jang (Vocal Coach)
Recommended for: Ages 13-18
Class Time: Saturdays, 11:00am-12:30pm
Class Description: Think creatively and work collaboratively with an ensemble of experienced young musicians who wish to push the boundaries of choral performance and explore a vast array of repertoire from around the world and throughout history.

Kits Point Chorale

Instructor: Kathleen Allan (Director of Choral Studies), Caroline Jang (Vocal Coach)
Recommended for: Ages 8-12
Class Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:30am
Class Description: Kits Point Chorale performs repertoire spanning across all cultures and genres. Rehearsals introduce fundamental singing technique, ensemble musicianship, and draw from methods of Orff, Kodaly and RCM ear training.

Navigators

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head); Caroline Jang
Recommended for: Ages 6-7
Class Time: Wednesdays, 5:00-5:45pm Saturdays, 10:15-11:00am
Class Description: Fine-tune those navigation skills and use them to launch into the new journey of private music instruction!

Voyagers

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head), Caroline Jang
Recommended for: Ages 4-5
Class Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45pm Saturdays, 11:15am-12:00pm
Class Description: Build the essential tools needed for musical discovery including reading, ear training, and instrument knowledge.

Jazz and Pop Songwriting

Instructor: Benton Roark
Recommended for: Ages 13+ with a basic knowledge of theory and the ability to play an instrument.
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: Discover text setting, harmony, and storytelling while exploring unique and compelling voices within the popular medium in this introduction to the art and craft of writing songs. The class includes writing exercises, listening, and analysis of songs in addition to ongoing presentation and discussion of students’ work in a supportive class environment. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three or more students. Composition auditing options are available through VAM's S. K. Lee College, subject to course availability; email [email protected] for more details.

Suzuki Harp Performance Class

Instructor: Miya Otake (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 4+
Class Description: This class runs for 45 minutes bi-weekly.

RCM Teacher’s Elementary Pedagogy

Instructor: Rebecca Kelly
Recommended for: Students interested in ARCT and above
Class Description: Students will learn about issues related to teaching beginning students with an emphasis on topics that lend to written discussion and apply the principles in second semester to practical demonstration.

Violin Technique Masterclass

Instructor: Lawrie Hill (Violin Department Head)
Recommended for: RCM 7-9; Ages 10-14
Class Time: Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm
Class Description: Formerly the Intermediate Violin Masterclass, this class is made up two components: a technique class featuring: scales/appregios, etudes and orchestral excerpts, and a master class conducted by Lawrie Hill, featuring topics such as: discussion of musical style, interpretation and performance techniques. Accompanist provided.

Guitar Ensemble

Instructor: Hanh Nguyen
Class Time: Class time to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of students and teacher. Class fees per student: $27 per hour for ensemble of three students, $20 per hour for ensemble of four or more. Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher.
Class Description: From Flamenco to The Beatles, explore a wide range of musical repertoire that accommodates varying playing levels and ensemble experience, all delivered in a fun and supportive environment.

Conducting

Recommended for: Advanced instrumentalists with a solid music theory/history foundation.
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: A perfect opportunity for aspiring conductors or for those interested in enhancing their current skills. This class will focus on baton technique, score reading, orchestration and choral/orchestral conducting styles. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three or more students. Auditing options are available through VAM's S. K. Lee College, subject to course availability; email [email protected] for more details.

Composition

Recommended for: RCM Intermediate Rudiments +; Ages 12+
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: Combine your knowledge of music theory with your desire to create! Feel the support and camaraderie of fellow aspiring composers in a small group environment where compositional ideas, techniques and styles are discussed and applied. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three or more students. Composition auditing options are available through VAM's S. K. Lee College, subject to course availability; email [email protected] for more details.

Suzuki Viola Performance 5-6

Instructor: Manti Poon

Leaps & Bounds Group Piano

Instructor: Rebecca Kelly
Recommended for: Ages 5-8 with previous piano experience
Class Time: Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Class Description: Now that the basics of note reading and keyboard geography have been covered, it’s time to coordinate hands-together and playing/recognizing chords.

First Steps Group Piano

Instructor: Rebecca Kelly
Recommended for: Ages 4-7 starting piano
Class Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00pm Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm
Class Description: Learn with your child in a supportive group setting that enables parents to support their child’s learning at home while making music a shared family experience.

Chamber Music

Recommended for: Ages 10+; Suzuki 4+/RCM 6+
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: VAM's chamber music program is the perfect opportunity for young musicians to experience the communal nature of making music, developing the essential skills of communication and collaboration. Class time to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of students and teacher. Class fees per student: $27 per hour for ensemble of three students, $20 per hour for ensemble of four or more. Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher. 

Mozart Mites

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 18 months - 3 years
Class Time: Tuesdays, 10:00-10:45am (1st semester) Tuesdays, 10:00-10:45am (2nd semester) Thursdays, 1:30-2:15pm (1st semester) Thursdays, 1:30-2:15pm (2nd semester) Fridays, 3:00-3:45pm (1st semester) Fridays, 3:00-3:45pm (2nd semester)
Class Description: Watch your child develop coordination, confidence in solo performance, and the ability to work with others through singing, playing, and movement.

Bach Babies

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 3-18 months
Class Time: Tuesdays, 9:00-9:45am (2nd semester) Thursdays, 12:30-1:15pm (1st semester) Thursdays, 12:30-1:15pm (2nd semester) Fridays, 2:00-2:45pm (1st semester) Fridays, 2:00-2:45pm (2nd semester)
Class Description: Join your child in their first explorations of the musical world! Sing interactive songs with the help of an animal friend, learn to play an instrument, and use dance to feel the music in your body in this introduction to the benefits music has to offer you and your child.

Learning Mandarin Through Music

Instructor: Suzanne Su
Recommended for: Ages 3-6 (no prior Mandarin knowledge required)
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: Fun-filled music and language games will introduce essential Mandarin language skills by speaking in correct tones, recognizing graphic symbols, and analyzing speech patterns in a class that incorporates rhythm, song, expressive movement, and instrument playing. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three; $25 per hour for class of four or more.

Dal Richards School of Swing Jazz Orchestra

Instructor: Ellen Marple
Recommended for: Ages 12+
Class Time: Sundays, 2:00-5:00pm
Class Description: Named in honour of Vancouver’s very own ‘King of Swing’ and VAM supporter, Mr. Dal Richards, School of Swing students perform classic repertoire from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington libraries while learning the fundamentals of improvisation and the Swinging style led by some of the industry’s most respected names.

Brain Boosters: Math Wizards

Instructor: Lisa Amini
Recommended for: Ages 8-13
Class Description: Math Wizards utilizes self-motivational tools and materials that will strengthen comprehension of math and logic. Weekly assigned work and follow-up corrections ensure a strong foundation for future learning progress. Math Wizards instills an enjoyment of learning math based on a personalized system of learning that motivates children to independently develop analytical skills.

VAM Pre-Junior Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Suzuki 2-3/RCM 1-3
Class Time: Saturdays, 9:45-10:30am
Class Description: Pre-Junior Strings offers the first level of orchestral training. It is ideal for string students with no prior ensemble experience beginning to learn sight-reading skills. Repertoire includes arrangements of familiar music ranging from popular songs to movie soundtracks.

Suzuki Cello Performance 7

Instructor: Mary Thomson
Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Cello Department Head
Class Time: Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Suzuki Violin Preparatory Class

Instructor: DeAnne Eisch (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 4-6
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:45-2:30pm Tuesdays, 4:45-5:30pm

Cello Ensemble

Instructor: Lee Duckles
Recommended for: Ages 10+, Suzuki 7+/RCM 8+
Class Description: Intermediate to advanced players come together and explore the diverse range of music composed and arranged for cello choir while enhancing their technical and ensemble skills.

Reading & Writing Circle

Instructor: Lisa Amini
Recommended for: Grades 3-7
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: Reading & Writing Circle continues to build on students’ knowledge of the different genres of fiction and also explores non-fiction works. Students will research composers and music history to further their creative literacy while acquiring a deeper understanding of music and literature. RWC provides practical skills to help master the music history and writing components of RCM examination requirements. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three or more students (material fees included).

Suzuki Viola Performance 4

Instructor: Mark Luchkow

Suzuki Cello Performance 8

Instructor: Audrey Nodwell (Department Head)

Rossini Rascals

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 3-4
Class Time: Tuesdays, 11:00-11:45am (full year) Fridays, 4:00-4:45pm (full year) Saturdays, 1:15-2:00pm (full year) Saturdays, 9:15-10:00am (2nd Term Only) Thursdays, 10:00-10:45am (2nd Term Only)
Class Description: Dive into musicianship skills with elements of the Orff and Kodaly methods with the exploration of several different percussive instruments.

Suzuki Violin Performance 10

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head

Suzuki Violin Performance 9

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head

Suzuki Violin Performance 7

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head

Suzuki Ensemble Class

Recommended for: Suzuki violin, viola, and cello students recommended by Suzuki Department Heads
Class Time: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Suzuki Violin Performance 5

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head
Class Time: Thursdays, 4:45-5:30pm

Suzuki Violin Performance 4

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head
Class Time: Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30pm

Suzuki Violin Performance 3

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head
Class Time: Tuesdays, 4:45-5:30pm

Suzuki Violin Performance 2

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head
Class Time: Saturdays, 9:45-10:30am

Suzuki Violin Performance 1

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Violin Department Head

Brain Boosters

Instructor: Lisa Amini
Recommended for: Ages 4-7
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: This popular program exclusive to VAM engages both sides of the brain through a combination of music and math activities that develop cognitive and rational thinking while fostering natural curiosity for discovery and creativity. Private, semi-private, and small group options available at the following rates per student: $60 per hour for class of one student; $40 per hour for class of two students; $30 per hour for class of three or more students (additional material fees apply).

Suzuki Flute Performance 3

Instructor: Heather Beaty (Department Head)
Class Time: Thursdays, 4:45-5:30pm

Suzuki Flute Performance 2

Instructor: Heather Beaty (Department Head)
Class Time: Mondays, 5:45-6:30pm

Suzuki Flute Preparation/Performance 1

Instructor: Heather Beaty (Department Head)
Class Time: Mondays, 6:15-7:00pm

Suzuki Group Piano

Instructor: Teresa Ho (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 4+ (following completion of Suzuki Prep Class)
Class Time: Fridays, 4:00-4:45pm (2nd semester only) Fridays, 4:45-5:30pm (2nd semester only) Saturdays, 10:15-11:00am (2nd semester only) Saturdays, 2:30-3:15pm (2nd semester only)

Suzuki Piano Preparatory Class

Instructor: Joan Hurst
Recommended for: Ages 3.5-4.5

Suzuki Cello Performance 6

Instructor: Audrey Nodwell
Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Cello Department Head
Class Time: Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45pm

Suzuki Cello Performance 5

Instructor: Cyrena Huang
Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Cello Department Head
Class Time: Mondays, 4:00-4:45pm

Suzuki Cello Performance 4

Instructor: Cyrena Huang
Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Cello Department Head
Class Time: Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30pm

Suzuki Cello Performance 3

Instructor: Kristl Armstrong
Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Cello Department Head
Class Time: Mondays, 4:45-5:30pm

Suzuki Cello Performance 2

Instructor: Mary Thomson
Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Cello Department Head
Class Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-4:45pm

Suzuki Cello Performance 1

Instructor: Kristl Armstrong
Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Cello Department Head
Class Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-4:45pm

Suzuki Cello Preparatory Class

Instructor: Audrey Nodwell (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 4-6
Class Time: Thursdays, 4:00-4:45pm (1st semester only)

Suzuki Viola Performance 3

Instructor: Mark Luchkow
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:00-1:45pm

Suzuki Viola Performance 2

Instructor: Isabelle Roland (Department Head)

Suzuki Viola Performance 1

Recommended for: Students recommended by Suzuki Viola Department Head
Class Time: Saturdays, 12:00-12:45pm

Suzuki Viola Preparatory Class

Instructor: Isabelle Roland (Department Head), Mark Luchkow
Recommended for: Ages 4-6
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:00-1:45pm

VAM Junior Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Suzuki 3-4/RCM 4-6
Class Time: Saturdays, 11:00am-12:15pm
Class Description: Junior Symphony focuses on repertoire from the Baroque and Classical periods. Fundamental orchestral skills such as bow techniques, phrasing, musical terms and creating a blended orchestral sound are explored.

VAM Intermediate Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Suzuki 4-7/RCM 7-9
Class Time: Saturdays, 12:30-2:15pm
Class Description: Intermediate Symphony performs a diverse range of repertoire spanning Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Independent preparation is highly emphasized as chair assignments are based on seating auditions at the beginning of each semester.

VAM Symphony Orchestra

Instructor: Leslie Dala (conductor), Kathleen Allan (associate conductor)
Recommended for: Suzuki 7+/RCM 10+
Class Time: Saturdays, 2:30-5:00pm
Class Description: VAMSO performs four times a year at the Orpheum Theatre, performing seminal masterpieces from symphonic repertoire in frequent collaboration with the Vancouver Bach Choir. Independent preparation is mandatory as chair assignments are based on seating auditions at the beginning of each assigned concert program. Recent repertoire includes Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Mozart's Requiem, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Music History III

Instructor: Edward Top
Recommended for: Ages 12+ (must have completed Music History II)
Class Description: Students will investigate the music of the 19th and 20th centuries including Canadian music. Topics include popular music and jazz in addition to traditional Western music.

RCM History: Music History II

Instructor: Ruth Enns
Recommended for: Ages 12+ (must have completed Music History I)
Class Description: Students will investigate the music of the 19th and 20th centuries including Canadian music. Topics include popular music and jazz in addition to traditional Western music.

RCM History: Music History I

Instructor: Ruth Enns
Recommended for: Ages 12+
Class Description: An introduction to the study of music history through an overview of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th-Century periods.

RCM Theory: Analysis

Instructor: Edward Top
Class Description: Building on the basic analytical skills developed in Rudiments and Harmony, students will explore art song, small and large instrumental forms, the fugal style of J. S. Bach, and important 20th-century compositional techniques.

RCM Theory: Counterpoint

Instructor: Edward Top
Recommended for: Ages 11+ (must have completed Intermediate Harmony)
Class Description: Materials learned in Harmony are applied to two-part contrapuntal writing in the style of the Baroque period. Introductory fugal analysis included.

RCM Theory: Advanced Harmony

Instructor: Edward Top
Recommended for: Ages 11+ (must have completed Intermediate Harmony; previous or concurrent completion of Counterpoint highly recommended)
Class Description: Advanced chromatic harmony and modulation to remote keys. Contrapuntal two-part writing covered in Counterpoint is extended to create compositions in the Baroque style.

RCM Theory: Intermediate Harmony

Instructor: Edward Top
Recommended for: Ages 11+ (must have completed Basic Harmony)
Class Description: A continuation of Basic Harmony including modulation, applied dominant and leading-note chords, and structural analysis of larger forms.

RCM Theory: Basic Harmony

Instructor: Edward Top
Recommended for: Ages 10+ (must have completed Advanced Rudiments or equivalent on Music Rudiments Placement Test)
Class Description: The basics of four-part chorale writing in the style of Bach, structural analysis, and melody writing.

RCM Theory: Advanced Rudiments

Instructor: Kathleen Allan; Heather Beaty; Chloé Hurst
Recommended for: Ages 9+, Suzuki 5+/RCM 6+ (must have completed Intermediate Rudiments or equivalent on Music Rudiments Placement Test)
Class Description: A continuation of Intermediate Rudiments, including cadences, transposition of some orchestral instruments, and melody writing. Note: this course may be taken as either a single-semester or full-year course. Students may start single-semester classes in September or January.

RCM Theory: Intermediate Rudiments

Instructor: Kathleen Allan, Heather Beaty, Chloé Hurst
Recommended for: Ages 9+, Suzuki 4+/RCM 5+ (must have completed Basic Rudiments or equivalent on Music Rudiments Placement Test)
Class Description: A continuation of Basic Rudiments, including all key signatures, triads, and extended terminology. Note: this course may be taken as either a single-semester or full-year course. Students may start single-semester classes in September or January.

RCM Theory: Basic Rudiments

Instructor: Kathleen Allan, Heather Beaty, Chloé Hurst
Recommended for: Ages 8+, Suzuki 3+/RCM 4+ (must have completed Musicianship or equivalent on Music Rudiments Placement Test)
Class Description: Learn the basic elements of music notation including pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals, triads, transposition, analysis, and musical terms.Note: this course may be taken as either a single-semester or full-year course. Students may start single-semester classes in September or January.

Musicianship

Instructor: Heather Beaty, Chloé Hurst
Recommended for: Ages 7+, Suzuki 2+/RCM 2+
Class Description: Students will cover the basics of intervals, triads, basic key signatures, and terminology to improve their music reading proficiency.

Guitar Performance Practice

Instructor: Hanh Nguyen
Class Time: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
Class Description: This class runs the last Wednesday of each month.

Performer’s Certificate Program

Class Description: At their teacher’s recommendation advanced students may participate in a graded diploma program designed to prepare the students to continue their studies to a professional level. There are four grade levels in music performance and music theory, and examinations will be given at the end of each grade level. In order to receive a Performer’s Certificate from the Vancouver Academy of Music a student must be enrolled at the Academy for no less than two years, must achieve grade four level in performance and theory, and must perform a recital to be graded by three members of the faculty.

Thomson Cello Group

Instructor: Mary Thomson
Recommended for: Students recommended by the instructor.
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of students and teacher
Class Description: Class fees per student: $27 per hour for ensemble of three students, $20 per hour for ensemble of four or more. Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher.