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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RCM Music Theory (Online)

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. This is an online subject, offered through live videoconferencing. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click  below to begin the registration process.

RCM Music History (Online)

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. This is an online subject, offered through live videoconferencing. 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 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.

Brain Boosters: Math Wizards (Online)

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. This is an online subject, offered through live videoconferencing. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click below to begin the registration process.

Young Reading & Writing Circle (Online)

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. This is an online subject, offered through live videoconferencing. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click below to begin the registration process.

Reading & Writing Circle (Online)

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. This is an online subject, offered through live videoconferencing.Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click below to begin the registration process.

Composition (Online)

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. This is an online subject, offered through live videoconferencing. 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.