Moving lessons online

Posted April 2, 2020

Moving Lessons Online

With recommendations of B.C. Public Health officials, the VCM closed its doors to the public on March 17, 2020, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

During this unprecedented time, the Victoria Conservatory of Music has ventured into new territory and been moving lessons online! We are fortunate to have extremely dedicated, passionate, and creative faculty and administrative staff working to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19.


Online Private Lessons

Over the last 2 weeks , nearly 90% of private lesson instructors have moved their lessons online. Working to support the individual needs of both students and instructors, instructors have used online platforms such as  Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, and Google Hangouts.

Because our focus is on teaching music, quality of sound is very important. Although we know that even the best online technology is no replacement for lessons taught in person in an instructor’s studio, continuing lessons online creates a unique opportunity for students to explore various areas of music learning in more depth with their instructor, such as technical exercises, discussions around repertoire, and accuracy of pitch, rhythm, and tempo, to name a few.

Most importantly though, we believe that staying connected through music will give us the emotional strength needed while we all make our way through this time of crisis.


Other New Initiatives

Additionally, other faculty are exploring new initiatives during this time including:

  • Online Musical Storytime for kids! 4 years and under with Georgina Craig
  • Collegium online private classes as well as group classes on Facebook
  • Music therapy– Emphasizing social distancing requirements we are staying in touch with clients to see how we can best creatively support them such as through online sessions or in some instances, have a therapist connecting with elderly clients, by playing for them in a courtyard so that they can hear the music through their open window while under isolation up in their rooms.


It is a new adventure for us but we are excited to explore these new initiatives together!


Wondering what it is like to transition to online music lessons?


Enjoy this week 3, working from home update from Robert Holliston, Head of Keyboards!

He shares how the transition to teaching online is going for him and his students, and the aspirational goals he has for growing out his beard during this time.


2 responses to “Moving lessons online”

  1. Wayne Locke says:

    HI Robert
    I am interested in having lessons on line. What is my next step?

    • Erin Fraser says:

      Hi Wayne, thank you for your question! You should fill out the Referral Form under the Students tab at the top of our website; even though we are only teaching online at the moment, in the Additional Notes section just add that you would like online lessons. An appropriate instructor will get in touch with you about setting them up. Let us know if you have further questions!

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