Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music

Offering opportunities to learn and perform a wide range of musical genres from the traditional Folk through everything the past century has given us from Jazz to Rock, R&B, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Fusion, Indie, Electronica, and more.


The first of its kind in Canada, the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music transformed what began as a traditional conservatory with classical roots into a hub of music education with a truly contemporary scope. This is reflected not only through the many diverse musical genres and instruments available for study, but also through the flexibility our faculty have to accommodate many styles of learning, including those learning exclusively by ear, the self-taught, and the “lone wolves”, to name a few.

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Our professional coaches and mentors work together with students to help them develop their own unique relationship with music, be it through jazz, rock, folk, bluegrass, indie, R&B, funk, soul, electronica, and something entirely new. Disciplines include acoustic and electric guitar, electric and upright bass, fiddle, keys and synths, drums and percussion, DJ, vocals, band-building, and stage presence.

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What We Offer

Special Award: The Henwood Family Prize for Emerging Artists

Launched in 2023, this generous prize is intended to celebrate and discover young emerging contemporary songwriters and performers. Open to any youth between 12 and 21 years of age as of the application deadline (May 15, 2024), residing on Vancouver Island South-Island area (up to and including Nanaimo and the Gulf Islands).

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We are thrilled to offer instruction in a wide range of musical genres for all members of the community. It has been the joy of my life to explore music in many forms and genres in a great variety of contexts, and we are happy to offer these opportunities to you!

Daniel Lapp, Artistic Director, Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music


Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp

Artistic Director

Joshua Amendt – Moylan

Joshua Amendt – Moylan


Cari Burdett

Cari Burdett


Stephanie Cadman

Stephanie Cadman


Notice: All programs within the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music do not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training and as such have not been reviewed.