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

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Musical Theatre: Les Miserables

Instructor: Alan Corbishley, Frederik Robert
Recommended for: students admitted by faculty recommendation
Class Time: August 20-30: Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm
Semester Fee:
  • $450

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
Semester Fee:
  • $45
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 10, 17, 24, 11:00-11:45am Session 2: Aug 7, 14, 21, 11:00-11:45am
Semester Fee:
  • $45
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 10, 17, 24, 12:30-1:15pm Session 2: Aug 7, 14, 21, 12:30-1:15pm
Semester Fee:
  • $45
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 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
Semester Fee:
  • $45
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.

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
Semester Fee:
  • $850
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. 
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Musical Theatre: Sondheim’s Side by Side

Instructor: Alan Corbishley; Frederik Robert
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: June 24 - July 8
Semester Fee:
  • $850
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. 
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* required before registration

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 3, 7, 9
Semester Fee:
  • $150
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, 7:00-9:00pm Grade 8 Theory: Monday-Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Semester Fee:
  • $755
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 3-13)

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, 4:30-6:45pm Grade 10 History: Monday-Friday, 6:45-9:00pm
Semester Fee:
  • $755
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
Semester Fee:
  • $85
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 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.  Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher.  Click below to begin the registration process.

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; click below to begin the registration process.

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).

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; 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 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. Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher. Click below to begin the registration process.

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; 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.

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; 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.

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; click below to begin the registration process. Auditing options are available through VAM's S. K. Lee College, subject to course availability; email [email protected] for more details.