Music Programs

Westhills Cello Choir

This new class will give adult cellists an opportunity to play choral works from around the world. The Westhills Cello Choir will learn arrangements in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony, allowing students to develop their listening skills, learn to blend with different musical lines, and learn how to create a unified sound as a […]

Term 1: Oct 9 - Jan 22 • $222.5
Term 2: Jan 29 - Jun 3 • $254

Wed • 6:15 - 7:30pm • Westhills

Silvina Samuel

Silvina Samuel was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. In 2008, Silvina moved Silvinato Maui and from 2008-2012 she was principle cellist of the Maui Pop’s Orchestra. She played with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theater on Oahu. She is a member of Cellano, with Lotus Dancer, pianist, performing annual recitals on Maui. Her acoustic rock collaboration with singer-songwriter, Jim Major, brought her to the stage opening for such bands as Santana, Mick Fleetwood & Island Rumours, Smashmouth, Train, Huey Lewis and Henry Kapono. While in Hawaii, Silvina recorded for a number of albums including Grammy nominated (…)


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Basic Brass (7-10 years)

Engage your child in the world of brass playing and watch them flourish musically, socially, and academically.

Term 1: Sep 17 - Jan 14
Term 2: Jan - May

Tue • 4:15-5:00pm • $241.25/term • Westhills

Consult the instructor prior to registering. Class schedule to be confirmed through instructor.

Joanne Allers

Joanne Allers, B.Ed, M.Mus, has experienced a rich musical education encompassing mentorship and instruction from musicians and educators in Edmonton and Chicago. After graduating from the U of A, and teaching for the Edmonton Public School Board, Joanne benefited from four years of trumpet study in Chicago, studying primarily with Mr Luther Didrickson (Northwestern University) and Mr Mark Ponzo (Northern Illinois University), but also with William Scarlett (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the late Arnold Jacobs, and Barbara Butler (Rice University). While residing in Calgary for 15 years, Joanne performed with Altius Brass Ensemble, with highlights including performing with the Bach Society (…)


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Sing & Strum Ukulele – Westshore

An New Inter-generational Ukulele Sing & Strum class with Anna Lyman Ukulele players at all levels, from ages 12 to the Golden Years are welcome to join this very stimulating group, where participants come together to play and sing the music they love in a friendly environment. – Beginners: learn basic chords and strumming technique […]

Unit 1: Sep 16 - Dec 2 | $105.00
Unit 2: Jan 06 - Mar 09 | $95.00
Unit 3: Mar 30 - May 25 | $75.00

Mon • 6:30 - 7:30pm • Westhills

Anna Lyman

Anna (Acevedo) Lyman, is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and is a working musician, recording artist and educator, based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Having studied ukulele and Hawaiian music with Ben Chong (Guitar and Ukulele player for Don Ho), among other Hawaiian instructors, Anna is an award-winning ukulele player, and as a now teaching ukulele in both group/ensemble and individual studio lessons at the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s new Westhills location in Langford. […]


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Keyboard for Beginners (5-8 years)

The perfect start for children wishing to learn to play keyboard: Fun and socially engaging groups of up to six, explore music from both the popular and classical styles, while laying the foundation for a solid musical training and growing a lifelong love for music!

Joanne Allers

Joanne Allers, B.Ed, M.Mus, has experienced a rich musical education encompassing mentorship and instruction from musicians and educators in Edmonton and Chicago. After graduating from the U of A, and teaching for the Edmonton Public School Board, Joanne benefited from four years of trumpet study in Chicago, studying primarily with Mr Luther Didrickson (Northwestern University) and Mr Mark Ponzo (Northern Illinois University), but also with William Scarlett (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the late Arnold Jacobs, and Barbara Butler (Rice University). While residing in Calgary for 15 years, Joanne performed with Altius Brass Ensemble, with highlights including performing with the Bach Society (…)


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The Orff Program (Birth – 9 years)

Offered on Tues, Wed, and Fri downtown, and now also on Thursdays at our Westhills location! Involve your children in a creative, multi-sensory experience! Orff music education is conceptual, child-centered, and non-competitive. Classes embrace all facets of music education, including music literacy, in an atmosphere of fun, joy, and discovery.

Session 1: Sept 12/13 - Nov 28/29
Session 2: Dec 5/6 - Dec 19/20
Session 3: Jan 9/10 - Mar 12/13
Session 4: Apr 2/3 - Jun 18/19

Downtown Classes | Fridays
Birth - 12 mos • 12:30 - 1:00pm | S1 $126 S2 $31.50 S3 $105 S4 $115.50
1 - 2 yrs • 9:30 - 10:00am | S1 $126 S2 $31.50 S3 $105 S4 $115.50
2 - 3 yrs • 10:05 - 10:45am | S1 $168 S2 $42 S3 $140 S4 $154
3 - 4 yrs • 10:50 - 11:35am | S1 $194 S2 $52.50 S3 $162.50 S4 $178.25
4+ yrs • 11:40am - 12:25pm | S1 $194 S2 $52.50 S3 $162.50 S4 $178.25

Westhills Classes | Thursdays
Birth - 12 mos • 9:15 - 9:45am | S1 $126 S2 $31.50 S3 $105 S4 $126
1 - 2 yrs • 9:50 - 10:20am | S1 $126 S2 $31.50 S3 $105 S4 $126
2 - 3 yrs • 10:25 - 11:05am | S1 $168 S2 $42 S3 $140 S4 $168
3 - 4 yrs • 11:10 - 11:55am | S1 $194 S2 $52.50 S3 $162.50 S4 $194
4+ years • 12:00 - 12:45pm | S1 $194 S2 $52.50 S3 $162.50 S4 $194

Georgina Craig

Georgina Craig graduated from Christ Church University in Canterbury, England; undertook postgraduate vocal studies at Trinity College of Music in London, teacher training at Reading University and Orff training in Calgary. She brings to the VCM a wealth of experience working with students of all ages both in a class setting and on a one to one basis. In addition to her community outreach work at the VCM, Georgina is the conductor for the Concerto group of Viva Youth Voices. Georgina enjoys performing music of all genres and is a member of Ensemble Laude here in Victoria. She also sings (…)


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Children’s Music Journey (Outreach Only)

One of the newest and most innovative approaches to learning music is made possible through the Children’s Music Journey. Award-winning computer software flips the traditional approach to learning music and puts the student in the composer’s chair from the first lesson. Famous composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Joplin come to life through animation, and lead children through creative music lessons that teach all the fundamentals of music through fun musical games and activities, including playing together as an ensemble using virtual instruments.

Children's Music Journey is currently serving over 350 Elementary school students this year, through VCM Outreach, thanks to our funders. The following schools are participating during the 2019-2020 Academic Year:

Victoria West Elementary; Tillicum Elementary; Macaulay Elementary; Colwood Elementary; and Millstream Elementary.

José Vieira

Bringing a modern sound to VCM this year, José has experience with a variety of music styles including jazz, rock, latin, folk, funk, reggae, and more. José is a very patient guitar teacher, who teaches with enthusiasm and friendliness.  José is teaching electric guitar for the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music, and the VCM’s Westhills location in Langford. He enjoys teaching people of all ages and abilities. José has shared the stage with David Vest, Daniel Lapp, Joey Smith, Daniel Tate, Adam Dobres, Kelby MacNayr, and many other incredible musicians! […]


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Simple Trumpet Tunes (6 – 9 years)

Engage your child in the world of brass playing at a young age and watch them flourish musically, socially, and academically. This active group class introduces young students to trumpet, rhythm using a variety of drums, interactive games and activities that foster music reading and writing. Playing in a supportive environment is a primary benefit of choosing a group class to start (or continue) your child on a vibrant musical journey with others.

Term 1: Sep 17 - Jan 14
Term 2: Jan - May

Westhills: Tue • 3:30-4:15pm • $241.25/term
Downtown: TBA

Consult the instructor prior to registering. Class schedule to be confirmed through instructor.

Joanne Allers

Joanne Allers, B.Ed, M.Mus, has experienced a rich musical education encompassing mentorship and instruction from musicians and educators in Edmonton and Chicago. After graduating from the U of A, and teaching for the Edmonton Public School Board, Joanne benefited from four years of trumpet study in Chicago, studying primarily with Mr Luther Didrickson (Northwestern University) and Mr Mark Ponzo (Northern Illinois University), but also with William Scarlett (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the late Arnold Jacobs, and Barbara Butler (Rice University). While residing in Calgary for 15 years, Joanne performed with Altius Brass Ensemble, with highlights including performing with the Bach Society (…)


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Suzuki Violin and Cello (3+ years)

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki developed his program after realizing that every child learns to speak through listening, repetition, positive reinforcement and gentle yet specific guidance. In music, this approach allows anyone to play with skill, beauty and confidence. Dr. Suzuki strove to create impeccable musicians but considered creating a beautiful heart in others of foremost importance. […]

Suzuki Violin - Group Schedule
Term 1: Sep 12/14 - Jan 9/11
Term 2: Jan 30/Feb 1 - May 14/16

Suzuki Prep Class (Studio instruction not required)
Downtown (Ages 3+)
Term 1 & 2: Sat • 10:15  - 11:00am • $262 /term

Westhills (Ages 4  - 7)
Term 1: Sat • 10:15  - 11:00am • $268
Term 2: Sat • 9:30 - 10:15am • $284

Group Classes • Downtown
Pre-Twinkle: Sat • 11:45am - 12:30pm
Level 1: Sat • 1:00  - 1:45pm
Level 2: Sat • 11:00  -  11:45pm
Level 3: Sat • 1:45  -  2:30pm
Level 4: Thu • 4:45  -  5:30pm
Level 5: Thu • 5:30  -  6:15pm
30 min lessons + group: $957.75/term
45 min lessons + group: $1,304.50/term
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Suzuki Cello - Group Schedule
Term 1: Sep 14/15 - Jan 11/12
Term 2: Feb 1/2 - May 30/31

Prep Class - Ages 3+ (Studio instruction not required)
Sat • 11:00  - 11:45am • $262/term • Downtown

Group Classes • Downtown
Books 1-2: Sat • 12:15 - 1:00pm
Books 3-4: Sun • 3:30 - 4:15pm
30 min lessons + group: $862.75/term

Raya Fridman

Raya Fridman is a dedicated and fully trained Suzuki violin teacher at the VCM. She believes that every child can succeed in life if she/he has support of the family; music will be one of the many achievements. Raya holds a College Diploma in Orchestra/Music Education from Russia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, as well as a Master in Music from the University of Victoria. Her performing experiences include the Chamber Orchestra of Leningrad, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, various theatre companies such as Victoria Operatic Society and Gilbert and Sullivan. She has also enjoyed masterclasses with Pinkas Zukerman, Eleonora and Yuli Turovski, Richard Roberts, Thomas Williams and workshops with “I Musici” and “Quador Bozzini”. Raya has been leading the Civic Orchestra of Victoria since 2006. She is conversant in Russian, French, and English.


Karen Whyte

Upon hearing the legendary Jacqueline Du Pre perform in Vancouver, Karen became enthralled with the cello. Lessons with Judith Fraser and Ian and Colin Hampton preceded a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance of the Cello, completed in 1985. Since then, Karen has gone on to complete a Professional Teaching Certificate, the Camosun College/Victoria Conservatory of Music Strings Diploma and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Education. Karen has also participated in six sessions of the Montreal Suzuki Institute, completing Suzuki Cello Books 1 – 8.
Karen teaches Suzuki Cello at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Strings in the Greater Victoria School District. She enjoys performing with the Victoria Civic Orchestra and the Sooke Philharmonic. Karen plays a cello dated 2002 by Gregory Walke of Paisley, Ontario.


Dexine Wallbank

DEXINE WALLBANK was a member of The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and also played with the National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, both in Toronto. Apart from the years she spent in eastern Canada, Dexine has played with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra since she was twenty years old. Over the years she has also played with various chamber groups including the early music group, Victoria Festival Consort. Dexine received Suzuki teacher training form the Suzuki Kingston institute as well as the Guelph Suzuki institute. In addition to many years of giving lessons privately from her home, she has also taught at (…)


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