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 50-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

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Summer Popcorn Orchestra: Music from Harry Potter

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy; Esther Hwang
Recommended for: Ages 8-12
Class Time: July 15-19, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Semester Fee:
  • $350
Class Description: Cinematic sounds come to life as VAM’s acclaimed Orchestral Program brings the big screen to the stage. Discover the orchestra’s magical role in storytelling that culminates in a performance of music from the Harry Potter films.

RCM Preview Lessons: Grades 5 & 8 Theory

Class Description: Jump start your music theory studies with classes that will give you a preview of RCM Grades 5 and 8 Theory. Perfect for students considering theory co-requisites for RCM practical examinations, special discounts are available for students who continue their theory studies in the 2019/20 year. Click here for more information and scheduling

Accelerated RCM Grade 9 History

Instructor: Shirley Lum
Class Time: Session 1: July 2nd - 11th, 5:00-6:30pm Session 2: July 15th - 25th, 5:00-6:30pm
Semester Fee:
  • $670
  • $500
Class Description: This course is for students who have successfully completed the RCM Grade 8 Theory Exam; have excellent English reading, writing, and memory skills equivalent or higher than Grade 7 level (BC School Curriculum).

Accelerated RCM Theory 8

Instructor: Shirley Lum (Department Head); Lisa Amini; Aydan Con; Adam Junk; Daniel Marshall
Recommended for: Students wishing to complete RCM August 2019 examinations.
Class Time: July 2-25 (mock exams Aug. 2 and 7)
Semester Fee:
  • $600
Class Description: Accelerated RCM Theory is the fast track to success in RCM Theory Examinations. This intensive is open to any student who achieves a 90% or higher score on VAM’s Basic Music Knowledge examination; no additional theory background required. Click here for more information and scheduling

Accelerated RCM History with Advanced Exam Writing & Study Skills

Recommended for: Students who have successfully completed RCM Grade 8 Theory Examination, with excellent English reading, writing, and memory skills equivalent or higher than Grade 7 level (BC School curriculum).
Class Description: This unique course offers a combination of accelerated studies in RCM History and the development of key studying and test-taking strategies. With the personalized attention of small class sizes, students will develop knowledge of music history following the RCM curriculum in addition to the tools for confidence and optimum performance while writing the examination. Click here for more information and scheduling.

Accelerated Grade 10 History

Instructor: Shirley Lum
Class Time: Session 1: July 2nd - 11th, 6:30-8:00pm Session 2: July 15th - 25th, 6:30-8:00pm
Semester Fee:
  • $500
Class Description: This course is for students who have successfully completed the RCM Grade 8 Theory Exam; have excellent English reading, writing, and memory skills equivalent or higher than Grade 7 level (BC School Curriculum).

Children’s Musical Theatre

Instructor: Alan Corbishley; Frederik Robert
Recommended for: Ages 6-10
Class Time: July 15- 28, 2019
Semester Fee:
  • $600
Class Description: Build vocal confidence and make new friends who love to sing with VAM’s Musical Theatre program for children! The summer 2019 session, taking place July 15-28, will culminate in a semi-staged production of Beauty and the Beast and a Disney Revue concert. Click here for full schedule and program details. A $300 tuition deposit is due May 1.

Baby & Me Musical Yoga

Instructor: Brenlie Nagy
Recommended for: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am
Class Time: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am (session 1) Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am (session 2) Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am (session 3) Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am (session 4) Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am (session 5)
Semester Fee:
  • $145
Class Description: Strengthen the spiritual, emotional and physical bond between you and your baby while gaining the strength, energy and balance that care-giving demands. Under the guidance of a certified yoga instructor Brenlie Nahy, this interactive Hatha-based yoga class is designed to engage you and your baby through developmentally appropriate music and movement activities. This class is for students aged 4 weeks to 1 year. Session Start Dates: September 3rd, October 29th, January 7th, March 3rd and May 12th. $145 per session.

Youth Musical Theatre: Star Performer (non-auditioned)

Instructor: Alan Corbishley, Frederik Robert
Recommended for: Ages 11-17 wanting to build vocal confidence and have fun
Class Time: July 8 - 28, 2019
Semester Fee:
  • $650
Class Description: Explore your love of theatrical performance in VAM’s summer musical theatre program for youth! Taking place July 8-28, the Summer 2019 session will feature a semi-staged production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast and a Disney Revue Concert. $300 non-refundable tuition deposit due May 1, placement interview will be scheduled with the student following registration to determine vocal range and pitch accuracy. Click here for full schedule and program details. 

Youth Musical Theatre: Front & Center Performer (auditioned)

Instructor: Alan Corbishley, Frederik Robert
Recommended for: Ages 11-17 ready for solo roles
Class Time: July 8 - 28, 2019
Semester Fee:
  • $800
Class Description: Explore your love of theatrical performance in VAM’s summer musical theatre program for youth! Taking place July 8-28, the Summer 2019 session will feature a semi-staged production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast and a Disney Revue Concert. $300 non-refundable tuition deposit due May 1. Click here for full schedule and program details. 
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Adult Musical Theatre: Star Performer (non-auditioned)

Instructor: Alan Corbishley; Frederik Robert
Recommended for: Ages 18+ wanting to build vocal confidence and have fun
Class Time: May 7 - May 29, 2019
Semester Fee:
  • $550
Class Description: Take part in VAM Musical Theatre's Music of the Night revue! Culminating in a concert performance of music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, rehearsals will focus on vocal technique, the foundation of healthy singing, private and group voice lessons, masterclasses with industry professionals, entrepreneurial strategy sessions for the 21st century performing artist. A $300 non-refundable tuition deposit is due April1, placement interview will be scheduled with the student following registration to determine vocal range and pitch accuracy. Click here for full schedule and program details. 

Adult Musical Theatre: Front & Center Performer (auditioned)

Instructor: Alan Corbishley; Frederik Robert
Recommended for: Ages 18+ ready for solo roles
Class Time: May 7 - 29, 2019
Semester Fee:
  • $750
Class Description: Take part in VAM Musical Theatre's Music of the Night revue! Culminating in a concert performance of music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, rehearsals will focus on vocal technique, the foundation of healthy singing, private and group voice lessons, masterclasses with industry professionals, entrepreneurial strategy sessions for the 21st century performing artist. A $300 non-refundable tuition deposit is due April1. Click here for full schedule and program details. 
Book an Audition *
* required before registration

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 8, 15, 22, 10:00-10:45am Session 2: August 12, 19, 26, 10:00-10:45am
Semester Fee:
  • $50
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 II

Instructor: Chloe Hurst (Department Head); Adam Junk
Recommended for: Ages 18 months - 3 years, with parent/guardian participation
Class Time: Session 1: July 8, 15, 22, 11:00-11:45am Session 2: August 12, 19, 26, 11:00-11:45am
Semester Fee:
  • $50
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 III

Instructor: Chloe Hurst (Department Head); Adam Junk
Recommended for: Ages 3-4 years, with parent/guardian participation
Class Time: Session 1: July 8, 15, 22, 12:30-1:15pm Session 2: Aug 12, 19, 26, 12:30-1:15pm
Semester Fee:
  • $50
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 for musical discovery including reading and ear training while diving into musicianship skills with elements of the Orff and Kodaly methods.

Summer Music Safari – Level IV

Instructor: Chloe Hurst (Department Head); Adam Junk
Recommended for: Ages 5-7 years
Class Time: Session 1: July 8, 15, 22, 1:30-2:15pm Session 2: Aug 12, 19, 26, 1:30-2:15pm
Semester Fee:
  • $50
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.

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. This course is offered in collaboration with Quiring Chamber Music Camp. To register, visit the Camp website by clicking the button below. 
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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. This course is offered in collaboration with Kirkham Rock Band Glee Camp. To register, complete the form by clicking the button below. 

Suzuki Summer Sampler

Instructor: Nicki Stieda & Mark Luchkow (violin); Isabelle Roland (viola); Cyrena Huang (cello); Heather Beaty (flute); Miya Otake (harp); Teresa Ho (piano)
Recommended for: Ages 4-6
Class Time: August 19-23, Monday-Friday, 10:00-11:00am August 19-23, Monday-Friday, 11:30am-12:30pm
Semester Fee:
  • $90
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.

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; click  below to begin the registration process.

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; click  below to begin the registration process.

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; click below to begin the registration process.

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.

Brain Boosters

Instructor: Lisa Amini
Recommended for: Ages 4-7
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; click below to begin the registration process.

Young Reading & Writing Circle

Instructor: Lisa Amini
Recommended for: Kindergarten - Grade 2
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; click below to begin the registration process.

Reading & Writing Circle

Instructor: Lisa Amini
Recommended for: Grades 3-7
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; click below to begin the registration process.

Chamber Music

Recommended for: Ages 10+; Suzuki 4+/RCM 6+
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. Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher. Click below to begin the registration process.

Composition

Recommended for: RCM Intermediate Rudiments +; Ages 12+
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; click below to begin the registration process. Composition auditing options are available through VAM's S. K. Lee College, subject to course availability; email [email protected] for more details.