Music Programs

Piano for Adult Beginners

An introduction to playing keyboard for adults new to music study, with emphasis on reading musical notation and rhythmic understanding.

Term 1: Sep 19 - Nov 28
(no class Oct 10)

Term 2: Jan 27 - Apr 10
(no class Feb 13; 1 week break in Mar)

New! Summer Session: June 5 - August 21
(no class Jul 3, Aug 7)

Mon • 7:30 - 8:30pm • $210/term • Downtown

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Laura Wood

Laura Wood has played piano since 4 years of age. She studied at the Conservatory beginning at five years of age with Ivy Screech. Starting at nine years old, she studied with Edward Parker obtaining consistently high marks in her exams. She successfully completed the teacher training program with her AVCM and first class honours. She particularly loves teaching children and adult beginners, and in addition to her studio teaching, offers piano group instruction at the VCM.


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BC Fiddle Orchestra

The BC Fiddle Orchestra began with a small group of talented and enthusiastic young violinists from Daniel Lapp’s studio. The first performance, in 1994, was at the Opening Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.

Intro to Fiddle
Ages 5 - 7
Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 15 • $300
Term 2: Jan 12 - Jun 22 • $440
(2 week break in Mar)

Ages 8 - 12
Requires 1 to 2 years experience.
Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 15 • $379.80
Term 2: Jan 12 - Jun 22 • $599.60
 (2 week break in Mar)
Thu • 4:00 - 5:00pm • Downtown

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Old-Time Dance Orchestra (ages 8 - 13)
Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 15
Band $269.80 • Fiddle $379.80

Term 2: Jan 12 - Jun 22 (2 week break in Mar)
Band $379.60 • Fiddle $599.60
Thu • 5:00 - 6:15pm • Downtown

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BCFO (ages 12 - 19)
Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 15
Band $269.80 • Fiddle $379.80

Term 2: Jan 12 - Jun 22 (2 week break in Mar)
Band $379.60 • Fiddle $599.60
Thu • 6:15 - 7:45pm • Downtown

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Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp is a world-renowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher, archivist, band leader, sideman, producer, promoter and – no kidding – the list goes on. And like the true-blue Canadian he is, Daniel does it all with trademark energy and warmth. As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with some of the world’s most renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. Daniel is the winner of the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as (…)


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Folkestra

“I created Folkestra as an opportunity for people to have a fun night out playing music with others looking for the same experience. It’s a way for people to make the transition from listening to playing music in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. We are a band, a community and our own weekly kitchen party!”

Term 1: Sep 14 - Dec 14 • $159.25
Term 2: Jan 11 - May 3 • $183.75
(1 week break in Mar)

Wed • 8:15 - 9:30pm • Downtown
$16.50 per drop-in, $75 for 5-class pass

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Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp is a world-renowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher, archivist, band leader, sideman, producer, promoter and – no kidding – the list goes on. And like the true-blue Canadian he is, Daniel does it all with trademark energy and warmth. As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with some of the world’s most renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. Daniel is the winner of the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as (…)


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First Level String Orchestra

An introduction to ensemble playing an orchestral repertoire. Students in this orchestra should have at least one year playing experience and be comfortable reading music. Performance opportunities include concerts at the VCM and in the community.

Term 1: Sep 13 - Jan 17 (no class Dec 20, 27)

Term 2: Jan 24 - May 30 (1 week break in Mar)

Tue • 6:00 - 7:00pm • Downtown

$135.80/term • VCM $116.93/term

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Tatiana Kostour

Ms. Tatiana Kostour, Moscow born, is a violinist from The Ukraine. In 1991 she graduated from Kiev Conservatory of Music and in 1993 immigrated to Canada. Besides performance, studying pedagogy, method of teaching and practical teaching courses under supervisions of very fine Ukrainian teachers, Tatiana always stood out with the highest marks in performance and teaching. Many years of polishing her teaching techniques brought to Ms. Kostour very successful results. Number of Tatiana’s students received Gold and Silver medals from The Royal Conservatory of Music and first places from The National Canadian Music Competitions. In addition to these awards her (…)


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Ukulele for Beginners: 7 – 14 Years

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 a fun and supportive class environment.

7 - 14 years
Term 1: Sep 13 - Jan 17 (no class Dec 20, 27)

Term 2: Jan 29 - Jun 3 (1 week break Mar)

Tue • 6:00   - 7:00pm • $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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