Apply the techniques and interpretive ideas discussed in your lesson to the masterclass stage, where you will receive constructive feedback from expert faculty and supportive colleagues. The masterclass format includes an assigned piano accompanist and provides an excellent avenue for students to enhance their performance skills and stage deportment.


Piano Drills

Instructor: Teresa Bowes
Recommended for: Piano students wanting to supplement and reinforce their private lesson curriculum and to prepare for RCM exam sessions
Class Time: Beginner Drills: Sundays, 10:00-11:00am Intermediate Drills: Sundays, 11:00am-12:00pm Advanced Drills: Sundays, 12:00-1:00pm
Semester Fee:
  • $100
Class Description: In this class, students will build their ear training, note reading, and technical skills through fun activities and drills in the motivating peer environment of VAM’s digital piano lab. This class runs the first Sunday of every month from October - May and has a maximum of 13 students per level due to the number of digital pianos available. Beginners (RCM 1-3) Intermediate (RCM 4-7) Advanced (RCM 8-10)

Viola Studio Class 3A

Instructor: Sarah Kwok

Viola Studio Class 1

Instructor: Sarah Kwok

Viola Studio Class 2

Instructor: Isabelle Roland, Department Head

Viola Studio Class 3B

Instructor: Tawnya Popoff

Advanced Viola Ensemble

Instructor: Isabelle Roland (Viola Department Head)
Recommended for: Students recommended by VAM viola faculty
Class Description: This class runs on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 4:30-6:30pm (Sept - Dec & Jan - Apr).

Intermediate & Advanced Piano Masterclass

Instructor: Noel McRobbie
Recommended for: RCM 9+; Ages 14+

Intermediate & Advanced Violin Technique

Instructor: Lawrie Hill (Violin Department Head)
Recommended for: RCM 9+; Ages 12-16
Class Description: This is a fast-paced advanced technique class for 12- to 16-year-old violinists that will incorporate fun repetition of technical building blocks such as scales, arpeggios, and double-stops, incorporating sight reading, brain games, bowing patterns and techniques, and in-class performances.

Senior Viola Masterclass and Ensemble

Instructor: Jacob Vandersloot, Tawnya Popoff
Class Time: Mondays, 5:00-7:00 pm bi-weekly
Annual Fee:
  • $760
Class Description: For the 23/24 Academic Year, this class runs bi-weekly on Mondays, 8 classes per semester.

Junior Violin Technique Class

Instructor: Evelyn Creaser