Online Learning

Welcome to VAM’s Online Learning page. You will find a myriad of classes suitable for early years all the way to adulthood.

In this unprecedented time of physical distancing, music is a gift that can uplift and rejuvenate our spirits, and offers that opportunity to engage and learn. VAM’s online learning is designed to open new channels of innovation and enrichment, fostering a love of music that knows no bounds.

Online Learning

Adult Theory & Ear Training (Online)

Instructor: Daniel Marshall, Taka Shimojima
Recommended for: Adults with little to no experience reading music
Class Time: Arranged at the mutual convenience of student and teacher (13 total classes per semester) Private lesson option, arranged at the mutual convenience of student and instructor
Semester Fee:
  • $235
  • $468
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 program consists of 7 online theory classes and 6 online ear training lessons. This is an online course offered through live video conferencing. The next program intake is schedule for September, 2021. The private lesson option is available year-round, comprising 7 theory lessons and 6 ear training lessons (30 min each). 

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: 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.

Vanier Park Voices

Instructor: Cassie Luftspring (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Thursdays, 7:15-8:00pm
Semester Fee:
  • $75
Class Description: VAM's adult choir is for those who wish to pursue their love of choral music with an open mind and a desire for challenge. The choir will perform diverse repertoire while developing vocal technique and musicianship in an encouraging and convivial setting. While some music experience is an asset, we welcome singers with varying degrees of music-reading ability. Fall 2020 Choirs will take place online with an adjusted tuition fee (regular fee $150 per semester); click here for more details.    
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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.