Music Programs

Composition Clubs

What are Composition Clubs?   Sample Compositions Composition Clubs are classes in which music students can learn what it’s like to be a composer. Activities include: Listening without judging, i.e. listening to music with an open mind, focusing on the sounds we hear rather than on our opinions; Creative exercises which help to prepare our […]

Session 1: Sep 19  -  Nov 21 2020 ONLINE DELIVERY ONLY
Session 2: Jan 9 - Mar 6 • $169.60
Session 3: Apr 10 - May 15 • $127.20

Sat • 4:30 - 5:30pm • Online

Please contact instructor, Christine Donkin, donkinyt@gmail.com, prior to registering.

Christine Donkin

I am a Canadian composer, and I teach theory and composition at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Although my explorations into music composition began as a solitary pursuit, I have in recent years had the honour of collaborating with a wide variety of instrumentalists, vocalists, writers, and fellow composers. I have never specialised: I compose music for students and amateurs as well as for professionals. With the passage of time, my focus is shifting from my own development to that of young people who want to express themselves creatively through music.


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Diploma in Music Performance

The Diploma in Music Performance offers a full-time postsecondary music program with unparalleled access to acclaimed performance and composition faculty. This ground-breaking credential program leads musicians of all genres through a common first year and a specialized second year of hands-on, practical music making and performance. Rounded out with essential theory, history, ear training, workplace, […]

Deadline for early admission is February 28. Applications for the Certificate and Diploma programs include:
VCM Questionnaire
Camosun College Application
Transcripts
Two letters of reference
Application & Assessment Fees
Audition
Auditions take place in late-March and early-April. Live auditions are highly recommended.
If you are an international student, contact Camosun College International Student Services before registering. Before registering, students MUST contact the Postsecondary Registrar: 250.386.5311, ext. 5000
postsecondary@vcm.bc.ca

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Families Making Music (3 - 5 years) Nanaimo

A fun music program for children and their caregiver! This 8-week interactive program is designed for children ages 3-5. You will sing, groove to the beat of the music, engage in movement activities, musical exploration, active music making and fun musical games! We will take care to ensure proper physical distancing. All instruments will be […]

Session 1: Oct 2 - Nov 27
Session 2: Jan 8 - Feb 26
Session 3: Mar 5 - May 7

Fridays • $103.20/session
10:00 - 10:40am OR 11:00 - 11:45am

Graylen Howard, Music Therapy

Graylen Howard

Graylen is a graduate of the Applied Music Advanced Diploma Program at Mohawk College, and Bachelor of Music Therapy and Master of Music Therapy programs at Wilfrid Laurier University. Graylen has extensive clinical experience in paediatric settings, as well as in adolescent mental health, and long-term care residences. He is passionate about using a variety of instruments in his work including the cello, guitar, french horn, and electronic musical instruments. While maintaining a family and client-centered approach, Graylen believes the purposeful use of music helps empower clients to focus on their strengths and help establish and execute aspirations – leading to an improved quality of life.


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Families Making Music (Birth - 4 years)

A fun music program for the whole family! Sing, dance, try new instruments and play fun musical games. Bring the whole brood for an interactive program at a great family rate. All classes at VCM’s Downtown location. *Siblings receive a 20% discount on FMM tuition; siblings under 9 months of age as of the first day of class attend free.

Session 4: Feb 4 - Apr 8 • Thu • 9:00 - 9:30am • $95.40 *In-person!
Session 5: Apr 15 - Jun 17 • Thu • 9:00 - 9:30am • $127.20 *In-person!

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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!”

Session 1: Oct 14 - Dec 16
Session 2: Jan 13 – Mar 10
Session 3: Mar 31 – May 26

Wed • 8:00 - 9:15pm • $119.25/session
Downtown

Daniel Lapp

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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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. Now on Thursdays!

Session 1: Sep 17 - Dec 3 • $318
Session 2: Jan 7 - Apr 1 • $318
Session 3: Apr 1 - Jun 3 • $265

Thu • 7:15 - 8:30pm • Downtown

New Students: Please consult the instructor prior to registering by calling our front desk @ 250-386-5311.

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 Guitar for Adults

An introduction to classical guitar that will allow beginners to develop basic technique and more experienced novices to refine their skills. Sight-reading and the understanding and fingering of basic chords to accompany singing are incorporated into a fluid curriculum, where participants are encouraged to suggest repertoire and topics of guitar methodology about which they are […]

Returning Fall 2021, Registration opens May 2021

Douglas Hensley

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 Piano for Beginners (5-6 years)

These fun-filled lessons will help your child begin their musical education on a positive note. They will participate in a class where they can socialize and encourage one another, all while learning to play the piano.

Term 1: Sep 8/10 - Dec 15/17
Term 2: Jan 26/28 - May 11/13

Tue OR Thu • 4:00 - 5:00pm
$323/term • Downtown

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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Group Ukulele for Adults

Students will learn to strum, fingerpick, and understand chords for accompanying songs, gradually working toward proficient note-reading and fluid musical technique in this fun, relaxed class.

Returning Fall 2021, Registration opens May 2021

Douglas Hensley

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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History

Music History classes are suitable for all students, from school age through to adults and seniors, either as a complement to studio instruction, or simply for music appreciation. Courses offered integrate into all of our theory classes up to level 8. As of level 9, three levels of advanced History classes are offered. All classes align with the RCM’s 2016 theory syllabus and prepare students to write the corresponding History examinations held in May.

Full Year: Sep 16 - May 19
Wed • Online • $688.40

History 9 (RCM History 1) • 6:00 - 7:00pm
History 10 (RCM History 2) • 7:00 - 8:00pm
History ARCT (RCM History 3) • 8:00 - 9:00pm

Tuition is $688.40 or contact us for Pre-Authorized Debit monthly payment plan (8 @ $86.05 + $2.25 fee, Sep 15 - Apr 15)

Robert Holliston

Robert Holliston studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Robin Wood and Winifred Scott Wood, and at the University of British Columbia under Robert Rogers. As an accompanist and chamber player he has performed throughout Canada and the USA, England and New Zealand, and has been heard frequently on CBC-Radio. He has recorded CDs with the popular salon ensemble Viveza, trombonist Ian McDougall, tenor Ken Lavigne, his brother Tom Holliston, Show Business Giants, and members of the Hornby Island Ensemble. Robert has collaborated with many of Canada’s leading singers, including Richard Margison, Benjamin Butterfield, Judith Forst, Nathalie Paulin, Susan (…)


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