Music Programs

Rudiments Complete

This is an accelerated course, designed for students with beginning levels of understanding in music theory and musicianship, but little formal theory background. This course will cover rudiments, ear-training, melody writing, and introductory harmony. We will start at the beginning and work through the material as quickly as possible. The goal will be to be […]

Term 1: Sept 9 - Jan 6 (no class Nov 11, Dec 27, 30)
Term 2: Jan 13 - May 5 (no class Apr 14; 1 week break in Mar)

Fri • 32 weeks x 1.5 hrs • $504/term • Downtown
Contact the instructor for placement soundadvice@telus.net
Class times are arranged by the instructor in consultation with registered participants.
Contact us for scheduling information.

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Crystal Wiksyk

Crystal studied theory and teacher training with Rodney Webster at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Her further theory studies with Dr.Roman Toi of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was trained in piano with David Bulmer and Phylis Shuldt; jazz with George Essihos. Crystal’s piano Teacher Training was with Winifred Wood, and included classes with Dr.Robin Wood and Edward Parker. Crystal is the Co-author of the Sound Advice theory and ear-training program published by Frederick Harris Music.


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Music Theory (Rudiments)

A comprehensive approach to learning Music Theory, as it pertains to RCM Theory levels. (Formerly Sound Advice) Theory 1 – 4 Students learn concepts that correspond to their level of instrumental study while developing a strong theoretical foundation for future studies. Theory 5 Prepares students for the co-requisite of RCM Grade 5 instrumental and vocal […]

Term 1: Week of Sept 12 - Jan 20 (no class Oct 10, Nov 11, Dec 19 - Jan 8)
Term 2: Week of Jan 13 - May 5 (no class Feb 13, Apr 14, 17, May 26; 1 week break in Mar)
$336/term • Downtown

Theory 1 - 4

Level 1: Fri • 4:30 - 5:30 pm • Term 1 only
Level 2: Fri • 4:30 - 5:30 pm • Term 2 only

Level 4: Mon• 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Thu • 4:00 - 5:00 pm


Theory 5
Tue • 4:00 - 5:00 pm OR Thu • 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Theory 6
Tue • 5:00 - 6:00 pm OR Fri • 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Theory 7
Mon • 6:00 - 7:00 pm OR Thu • 5:00 - 6:00 pm

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Crystal Wiksyk

Crystal studied theory and teacher training with Rodney Webster at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Her further theory studies with Dr.Roman Toi of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was trained in piano with David Bulmer and Phylis Shuldt; jazz with George Essihos. Crystal’s piano Teacher Training was with Winifred Wood, and included classes with Dr.Robin Wood and Edward Parker. Crystal is the Co-author of the Sound Advice theory and ear-training program published by Frederick Harris Music.


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Studio Instruction – Advanced Music Theory

Understanding what music is truly all about, starts with learning how it is put together. The VCM’s School of Music Technology and Creativity offers a complete array of advanced music theory subjects through Individual. or through Shared Studio Instruction. Advanced Subjects offered include: Composition, Songwriting, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Analysis, and Score Study.

Harmony 9 or 10
(RCM Basic or Intermediate Harmony)
Crystal Wiksyk, Stephen Brown

Composition
Stephen Brown, VCM Composer in Residence
David Clenman, Jonathan Haek, Liova Bueno, Daniel Brandes, Christopher Reiche, Jan Randall

Songwriting, Arranging
David Clenman, Jan Randall (also teaches at VCM Westhills location)

Counterpoint, Analysis, Score Study
Stephen Brown

All Individual or Shared Studio Instruction for these subjects is based on an $79.80 hourly fee, shared among participants.

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Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown holds ARCT Diplomas in both Theory and Composition from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is an associate of the Canadian Music Centre. He is a senior theory for the RCM in Toronto and has twice served as a juror for the British Columbia Arts Council. His compositions include a symphony, a piano concerto, three song cycles, two overtures, two suites for orchestra, a missa brevis, a canticle and an elegy for soprano and strings, and many chamber and solo works. Recently, Mr. Brown has completed his second and third suites for solo cello, a woodwind quintet revision, (…)


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Crystal Wiksyk

Crystal studied theory and teacher training with Rodney Webster at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Her further theory studies with Dr.Roman Toi of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was trained in piano with David Bulmer and Phylis Shuldt; jazz with George Essihos. Crystal’s piano Teacher Training was with Winifred Wood, and included classes with Dr.Robin Wood and Edward Parker. Crystal is the Co-author of the Sound Advice theory and ear-training program published by Frederick Harris Music.


Jonathan Haek

Jonathan Haek

Jonathan Haek is a composer and flutist originally from Portland, Oregon. Dr. Haek is the Director of the School of Music Technology and Creativity at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He currently teaches Aural Skills courses for the VCM’s Department of Postsecondary Studies, and is the designer, developer, and instructor of the new postsecondary Certificate of Music Technologies program offered in partnership with Camosun College. Jon’s interests lie at the intersections of music, math, and technology. His projects have involved collaboration with modern dance choreographers, free improvisation, interactive and computer music composition, and Fibonacci numbers as compositional tools. Dedicated to […]


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Liova Bueno

A faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music since 2014, Liova Bueno teaches individual instruction in composition, theory, song-writing, music history and music appreciation, covering a wide variety of musical styles, genres, and time periods. He also teaches postsecondary students in connection with the VCM/Camosun College Diploma in Music Performance Program (Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint).
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Liova Bueno’s music has been performed in concerts and music festivals internationally, from countries in Central and South America to Europe, the United States and across Canada. He has received commissions from and has collaborated with various ensembles, organizations, […]


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Daniel Brandes

Daniel Brandes (b. 1985) is a composer who lives in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife and cat. In 2010, Daniel completed his Masters of Music at the University of Victoria where he studied composition with Christopher Butterfield and Daniel Bíro. In 2012 he founded A Place to Listen — Victoria BC’s only monthly experimental music series — which presents works from members of the Wandelweiser composers collective, and other fringe artists exploring the use(s) of silence in contemporary music. Daniel composes music that walks tight ropes — tight ropes between nothing and something, fragility and fierceness, beauty and ugliness. He likes art (…)


Chris Reiche

Christopher Reiche

CHRISTOPHER REICHE is a performer, composer and instructor. Originally from Ontario, he moved to Victoria British Columbia to pursue a Masters of Music at the University of Victoria. As a composer, his works have been performed by The Vancouver Miniaturist Ensemble, Mark McGregor and Brian Nesselroads, and locally by the Aventa Ensemble. His work The length of this piece is not arbitary – Painting Portrait of Glass has been recorded by Quatuor Bozzini and released on their CD À chacun sa miniature. As a performer, he specializes in contemporary music and free improvisation. In Victoria he has performed with the (…)


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Jan Randall

Jan Randall is a pianist, who played entirely by ear from childhood, started working in blues and pop music bands while still in high school, and after receiving formal classical and jazz training as a composer and arranger went on to spend a decade in theatre before moving on to make a career of composing sound tracks for broadcast. Jan has been the head song writer since 2011 for the hit CBC radio series “The Irrelevant Show.” He wrote songs and doubled as musical director for comedy shows with Second City in the early 80′s, where he collaborated with such (…)


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David Clenman

Private theory and composition studies under full scholarship with Srul Glick; advanced ear training with Robert Mundinger; electronic music studies at the University of Chicago; theory, composition, and conducting studies at the University of Victoria (President’s Scholarship). Compositions and arrangements performed and broadcast in Canada, the United States, and Central America; recorded by Denise Williams, Jacques Lorioz, and the Canadian Tenors. Teaches theory and ear training at the University of Victoria, where he was awarded the Gilian Sherwin Award for Teaching Excellence, Adjudicates many competitions, is a VCM examiner, and has been an examiner for the Royal Canadian College of (…)


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Group Cello for Adult Beginners

Learn to play the cello in a fun, social environment, starting with the basics. No musical experience is necessary. Textbook: All for Strings, Book 1

Term 1: Sep 12 - Dec 7 (no class Oct 12)

Term 2: Jan 25 - May 9 (no class Feb 15, Mar 21)
Mon • 7:15 - 8:30pm • $315/term

Downtown

Start date subject to change. Consult the instructor prior to registering for appropriate placement.

Laura Backstrom

Laura Backstrom

Laura Backstrom began her musical life as a pianist, switching over to cello in her teens. She studied cello at the University of Alberta with the renowned pedagogue Claude Kenneson, and participated in summer programs in Banff and Victoria. Upon graduation from the U of A with a Bachelor of Music, Laura was invited, with a full scholarship, to study with the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin. Her next few years were spent pursuing studies in Toronto with cellist Daniel Domb. While there, Laura completed two intensive training courses: the Orchestral Training Program, and the Musical Performance (…)


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Cello Orchestras

Develop better intonation and learn to play more musically with the rich, warm tone of a cello ensemble. Repertoire consists of high-quality transcriptions of great music.

Term 1: Sep 15/16 - Jan 12/20 (no class Nov 11, Dec 27/24, 30/31)
Term 2: Jan 26/27 - May 18/26
 (no class Apr 14; 1 week break in Mar)

Thu • 7:30 - 8:45pm OR Fri • 10:30 - 11:45am

$178.46/term • Downtown

Start date subject to change. Late registrations permitted; consult instructor.

Laura Backstrom

Laura Backstrom

Laura Backstrom began her musical life as a pianist, switching over to cello in her teens. She studied cello at the University of Alberta with the renowned pedagogue Claude Kenneson, and participated in summer programs in Banff and Victoria. Upon graduation from the U of A with a Bachelor of Music, Laura was invited, with a full scholarship, to study with the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin. Her next few years were spent pursuing studies in Toronto with cellist Daniel Domb. While there, Laura completed two intensive training courses: the Orchestral Training Program, and the Musical Performance (…)


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Group Ukulele for Adults

An introduction to Hawaii’s small but mighty musical export! Students will learn to strum chords and accompany songs, gradually working toward proficient note-reading in this fun, relaxed class.

Term 1: Sep 13 - Jan 17 (no class Dec 20, 27)
Term 2: Jan 24 - May 27 (1 week break in Mar)

Tue • 7:00 - 8:00pm • $362/term • Downtown

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Douglas Hensley

Douglas Hensley is an ecclectic and versatile musician who enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages, helping them develop a solid technique which will enable them to play whatever kind of music they choose. Since 2001, he has served with the Victoria Symphony on guitar, lute, mandolin, and banjo, and in 2008 joined Pacific Opera Victoria in Regina. As co-founder and co-director of the Continuum Consort, he explores a repertoire from 12th century Cantigas de Santa Maria to 21st century works written for the ensemble (including commissions funded by the B.C. Arts Council and the Canada Council), on a (…)


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Group Guitar for Adults

A course designed both for beginners to develop basic technique and for novice players to refine their skills.

Term 1: Sep 13 - Jan 17 (no class Dec 20, 27)
Term 2: Jan 24 - May 27 (1 week break in Mar)

Tue • 8:00 - 9:00pm • $362/term • Downtown

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Douglas Hensley

Douglas Hensley is an ecclectic and versatile musician who enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages, helping them develop a solid technique which will enable them to play whatever kind of music they choose. Since 2001, he has served with the Victoria Symphony on guitar, lute, mandolin, and banjo, and in 2008 joined Pacific Opera Victoria in Regina. As co-founder and co-director of the Continuum Consort, he explores a repertoire from 12th century Cantigas de Santa Maria to 21st century works written for the ensemble (including commissions funded by the B.C. Arts Council and the Canada Council), on a (…)


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Classical Guitar Orchestra

Classical guitarists of all ages develop strong ensemble and sight-reading skills under the direction of a conductor. Repertoire ranges from music of the 16th through to the 20th centuries. All levels welcome from beginner to intermediate.

Term 1: Sep 17 - Jan 21 (no class Dec 24, 31)

Term 2: Jan 30 - May 28 (1 week break in Mar)

Sat • 9:00am - 10:30am • Downtown
$164.75/term • VCM $130.80/term

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Douglas Hensley

Douglas Hensley is an ecclectic and versatile musician who enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages, helping them develop a solid technique which will enable them to play whatever kind of music they choose. Since 2001, he has served with the Victoria Symphony on guitar, lute, mandolin, and banjo, and in 2008 joined Pacific Opera Victoria in Regina. As co-founder and co-director of the Continuum Consort, he explores a repertoire from 12th century Cantigas de Santa Maria to 21st century works written for the ensemble (including commissions funded by the B.C. Arts Council and the Canada Council), on a (…)


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Brass Choir

This group will draw on the rich traditions of music for brass and is open to players of all ages and abilities. Repertoire ranges from simple brass quintet arrangements to pieces for brass choir and full brass band.

Term 1: Sep 13 - Dec 13

Term 2: Jan 10 - Apr 18 (1 week break in Mar)

Tue • 7:00 - 8:30pm • $139.50/term (VCM $120.08/term) • Downtown

Scott MacInnes

Scott MacInnes

Scott MacInnes has become a leader in the musical community as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger and clinician. In the fall of 2005 Scott moved to British Columbia to play bass trombone for a season with the Victoria Symphony. The following year he joined both the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra (VISO). As a member of the VISO for the past 10 years he has held the position of Principal Bass Trombone. In addition to his studio teaching and leading the Brass Choir at the VCM, Scott teaches private trombone lessons as well as conducts the brass (…)


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Rock Band (Teen/Youth to Adult)

On stage in the VCM’s Metro Theatre, the Rock Band program creates new and welcomes existing bands to develop the chops needed to bring it live on stage as rock musicians.

Youth Rock Band
Session 1: Sep 12/21 - Nov 7/9 

(no class Oct 10)

Session 2: Nov 14/16 - Jan 16/18 

(no class Dec 19/21, 26/28, Jan 2)

Session 3: Jan 27/25 - Mar 13/15 

(no class Feb 13)

Session 4: Apr 3/5 - Jun 5/May 24
(no class Apr 17, May 22)

Mon • 6:00 - 7:30pm • Downtown
Wed • 4:00 - 5:30pm • Westhills
$204/session

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Adult Rock Band
Session 1: Sep 19/21 - Nov 7/9 

(no class Oct 10)

Session 2: Nov 14/16 - Jan 16/18 

(no class Dec 19/21, 26/28, Jan 2)

Session 3: Jan 27/25 - Mar 13/15 

(no class Feb 13)

Session 4: Mar 20/29 - May 8/17
(no class Apr 17)


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Kelly Nordstrom

Kelly Avril Nordstrom is native to Canada’s West Coast and is well known as a gifted producer and educator. Most recently, Kelly celebrated the award winning debut release of his studio collaboration with the band “Sound of Contact”, featuring Simon Collins, Dave Kerzner and Matt Dorsey entitled “Dimensionaut”. SoC (Sound of Contact) was mixed by Producer Nick Davis (Genesis, Tony Banks, Mike + the Mechanics, XTC, Marillion…) and received the prestigious “Limelight Award” at the “Progressive Music Awards 2013” held in the UK, marking an important touchstone of Kelly’s musical and technical abilities. Co-creator of the concept behind the “Dimensionaut” (…)


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