Individual Lessons

Individual and Shared Studio Instruction

Private instruction is one of the most popular things we offer. Regardless of your age, level, or instrument, we can find you a teacher that will inspire you to unleash your creativity. With approximately 110 faculty members, the VCM will have you playing your best in no time!

The first step is to tell us a bit about yourself and your musical goals. To do this, we ask that you fill out a referral form. It takes about five minutes to complete the form, which you can do online Referral Form, by phone, or in person. We’ll ask you some basic information, including your contact details, availability, musical experience and the instrument you are hoping to study. This will help us to match you with the teacher who is best suited to your individual needs. Your new teacher will contact you to arrange your first lesson.

Typically, students register for 38 lessons per year (19 each term). However, in consultation with your teacher, you may register for as many, or as few, lessons as you wish. While our academic terms begin in September and late January respectively, you may begin lessons at any time throughout the year. Lessons are also available through the summer.

Cost for individual lessons falls into four Fee Groups, and is dependent upon the instructor.

FG 1 FG 2 FG 3 FG 4
Per lesson: 30 min. $27.50 $32.50 $37.50 $42.50
Per lesson: 45 min. $41.25 $48.75 $56.25 $63.75
Per lesson: 60 min. $55.00 $65.00 $75.00 $85.00

2022-23 Fee Groups, effective September 6, 2022:

FG 1 FG 2 FG 3 FG 4
Per lesson: 30 min. $29.50 $34.50 $39.50 $44.50
Per lesson: 45 min. $44.25 $51.75 $59.25 $66.75
Per lesson: 60 min. $59.00 $69.00 $79.00 $89.00

Payment Options
For all details and policies, see The Fine Print. We also offer Scholarships and Bursaries to new and returning students; click here for more information.


Studio Instruction is available in practically all subject areas and disciplines. Although most students will prefer individual studio lessons (one on one), the VCM offers students the possibility to “build your own group”, and share the hourly cost of studio instruction. Shared studio instruction is an ideal and economical way for 2 to 3 beginners to try out lessons in music. If this is your preference, please indicate the number of students and their names on your referral form (each involved student must also fill out a referral).

Click to view Faculty Members available for studio Instruction


The Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music

Keyboard Piano, pipe organ, harpsichord
Strings Violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, lute, harp
Voice All voice types (song, opera, and musical theatre)
Winds & Brass Flute, piccolo, fife, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, oboe,
bassoon, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba/euphonium
Classical Music Theory Rudiments, Harmony, History, Counterpoint, Analysis,
Ear-Training, Composition Club


School of Music Technology and Creativity

Writing and Arranging Popular/Contemporary genres and styles; song writing,
writing for comedy, scoring for film and gaming
Music Technology Digital Score Notation, Recording and Production, Electronic Music,
Sequencing, Digital Audio Workstation, Virtual Instruments


The Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music

Contemporary & Folk Strings Fiddle, cello, acoustic guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo
Jazz Piano, upright bass, violin, sax, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, drums
Rock/Pop Keys/synthesizer, organ, Hammond organ, electric guitar,
electric bass, rock drums/percussion
Vocals Jazz, pop, contemporary
Other Accordion/musette, Ableton PUSH, Drumpad, e-violin (4 and 5-string)



A well-trained musical ear is one of the most important assets any musician can have, and goes far beyond the first basic lesson of learning that there is a difference between “hearing” music, and “listening to” music.  Ear-training is an integral part of learning music from the very beginning. The skills developed will make the learning and performing of music much easier, faster, and more enjoyable.

Students enrolled in studio instruction are encouraged to add Ear-Training and theory instruction, as complementary classes that perfectly integrate with weekly instrumental or vocal lessons.

Students preparing for RCM exams, may require extra help setting up a practice regime for their ear-training component, or need “fine tuning” to help ensure they do well on their exam.  The VCM offers short upgrading courses during its Summer Academy as well as Individual Studio Instruction. Students learn how to effectively practice intervals, chords, chord progressions, play-backs, rhythm clap-backs, and rhythmic reading to match their instrumental level.

For more information on Ear-Training Studio Instruction, please contact Crystal Wiksyk, Theory Program Coordinator,  Conservatory School of Classical Music.  Email Crystal Wiksyk

Chamber Music, Jazz Combos, and Pop/Rock Bands

If you are interested in playing in small ensembles, the VCM offers a variety of options. Whether you have a pre-formed ensemble or are hoping to find like-minded players, we can help!  Many of our highly qualified faculty offer coaching in a shared lesson setting.  We’ll help organize groups where necessary, arrange a coach, and provide rehearsal and practice space.

For more information, email [email protected] 

VCM also offers many performance opportunities for students, both within the VCM, and out in the community:

See the VCM Adult Performance Class