Adult Learning Program

Adult Group Cello

Instructor: Alex Cheung
Recommended for: Beginner adult cello students (little to no experience)
Class Time: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm (January intake)
Semester Fee:
  • $315
Class Description: If you are curious and interested in learning how to play an instrument, come join VAM’s adult group classes! In this introduction to the cello, you will be introduced to the instrument and receive support in developing proper technique and ensemble playing skills in a small group setting. Beginners welcome! This is a 26-week in-person class (13 classes per term, with a Fall 2022 start date scheduled for September 6th.  Due to popular demand, we have opened a half-year class starting in January 2023.

VAM Adult Harp Ensemble

Instructor: Rosanna Chiu
Recommended for: Harp students of all levels
Class Time: Thursdays, 7:15-9:15pm, 3 classes per term Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm, 3 classes per term
Semester Fee:
  • $110
Class Description: Join VAM's Harp Ensemble for adults and explore classical and popular arrangements of Puccini, Canon in D, Can't help falling in love, Over the Rainbow and more.  The ensemble will participate in events such as the Harp Extravaganza at the VAM and the Adult Learning Program Soirée Concert.
Director/Instructor: Rosanna Chiu
Co-Director: Joy Yeh
2022/2023 Class Dates:
Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Concert Nov 19
March 30, April 20, May 11, 25, Concert May 29

Adult Theory and Ear Training II

Instructor: Taka Shimojima
Recommended for: Adults who have completed Adult Theory & Ear Training, or those with basic knowledge
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:15-2:00pm Saturdays, 1:15-2:00pm (January intake)
Semester Fee:
  • $235
Class Description: Designed for adults with continued interested in developing a strong foundation of musicianship, Adult Theory & Ear Training further introducing students to the fundamental skills of music theory, ear training, and appreciation.  This class runs for 13 weeks. There is a September and January intake for this class.

Adult Group Violin II

Instructor: Jonathan Na
Recommended for: Continuing students of the Adult Group Violin Program
Class Time: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Semester Fee:
  • $315
Class Description: This class is a continuation of the Adult Violin class for Beginners. This is a 13-week in-person class with a Spring 2023 start date scheduled for January 17th.

Adult Beginner Strings

Instructor: Tawnya Popoff
Recommended for: Adult beginners with some experience
Class Time: Session 1: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (Sept-Nov, 7 weeks) Session 2: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (Jan-Mar, 7 weeks) Session 3: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (April-May, 7 weeks)
Semester Fee:
  • $125
Class Description: This class gives adult beginners the opportunity to experience playing in a string ensemble with a focus on developing technique and the foundation for basic music reading skills. Minimal string playing experience required; varying levels of music-reading skills are welcome.  

Adult Group Cello Level II

Instructor: Alex Cheung
Recommended for: Continuing students of the Adult Group Cello Program
Class Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (2nd Term)
Semester Fee:
  • $315
Class Description: This class is a continuation of the Adult Group Cello class for Beginners. This is a 13-week in-person class with a Fall 2022 start date scheduled for September 6th.  

Adult Group Violin

Instructor: Jonathan Na
Recommended for: Beginner adult violin students (little to no experience)
Class Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm (January intake)
Semester Fee:
  • $315
Class Description: If you are curious and interested in learning how to play an instrument, come join VAM’s adult group classes! In this introduction to the violin, you will be introduced to the instrument and receive support in developing proper technique and ensemble playing skills in a small group setting. Beginners welcome! This is a 13-week in-person class, with a Fall 2022 start date scheduled for September 6th. Due to popular demand, there will be a January intake for new students scheduled to start January 17th, 2023.  

Adult Group Piano

Instructor: Teresa Bowes
Recommended for: Beginner adult piano students (little to no experience)
Class Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm (January intake) Fridays, 6:30-7:30pm (2nd semester) Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm
Semester Fee:
  • $315
Class Description: If you are curious and interested in learning how to play an instrument, come join VAM’s adult group classes! In this introduction to the piano, you will be introduced to the instrument and receive support in developing proper technique and ensemble playing skills in a small group setting. Beginners welcome! This is a 13-week in-person class, with a Fall 2022 start date scheduled for September 6th. Due to popular demand, there is also a January 2023 intake.

Adult Theory and Ear Training

Instructor: Taka Shimojima
Recommended for: Adults with little to no experience reading music
Class Time: Saturdays, 12:30-1:15pm Saturdays, 12:30-1:15pm (January intake)
Semester Fee:
  • $235
Class Description: Designed for adults who are interested in developing a strong foundation of musicianship, Adult Theory & Ear Training introduces students to the fundamental skills of music theory, ear training, and appreciation.  This class runs for 13 weeks. There is a September and January intake for this class.

Vanier Park Symphony

Instructor: Ian Parker
Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced adult string and wind players (no audition required)
Class Time: Session 2: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (Jan-Mar, 7 weeks) Session 3: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (Apr-May, 7 weeks) Session 1: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (Sept-Nov, 7 weeks) Session 2: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (Jan-Mar, 7 weeks) Session 3: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (Apr-May, 7 weeks)
Semester Fee:
  • $250
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 orchestra explores performance practice of seminal masterpieces while acquiring a deeper understanding of their musical significance and historical context.