VCM Summer Academy

COVID-19 Summer Academy Update:
As we move through this unprecedented time, it is our goal to maintain as much of our summer programming as possible while ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and community. To that end, we have been monitoring the advice of BC Ministry of Health and exploring various delivery methods to suit the unique needs of each Academy program. Please see below for further details, and check back regularly for updates as the situation evolves. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

PIANO |  Piano Academy will now be delivered online. Please see Piano tab to the left for more information. Specific daily scheduling information to come.
STRINGS | We are happy to announce that pending lifting of social distancing regulations we will be going ahead with new in-person dates – August 17-28, Re-Boot Camp August 31-September 4. Registration deadline July 15. More information to come.
BAROQUE FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS | In-person program for BC-residents to take place July 13-18, following BC public health guidelines. Application and bursary deadline June 15. 
GUITAR | In person Academy cancelled. Potential online delivery to be confirmed. More information to come.
VOCAL – ADVANCED SINGERS | Advanced Singers Program 2020 is cancelled. Plans for replacement program are pending. More information to come.
THEORY | Most classes are going ahead online! Contact soundadvice@telus.net for more information.
BAROQUE CHAMBER SINGING | Transitioning to online delivery: early August 2020. More information to come.
MUSIC THERAPY SUMMER CAMP | Music Therapy Summer Camp will be running! Please note, the registration form will be available as of June 5, 2020.

 


ACADEMY INFORMATION

Choose from full- and half-day programs, ensembles, classes, and more!

Whether you are a curious beginner, preparing for auditions or exams, or simply looking for a fun and creative way to liven up your summer, there truly is something for everyone.

The summer academy also offers a range of student and faculty performances.

Host a billet! Host families receive $25 per day in VCM tuition credit.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Some bursary assistance will be available. Applicants must comply with all deadlines and requirements. Late applicants will not be considered for financial assistance.

Note: Online registration requires payment in full. Those who wish to attend the Academy but are awaiting the results of their bursary application should register by phone (250.386.5311) or in person.

Bursary application available here.


BILLETING PROGRAM 

VCM offers a space-available billeting program for out-of-town students who are under 19 years of age. Where possible, we will match you with a family of another student participating in the same academy.

If you are interested in being billeted, download and complete our Summer Academy Billeting Application.

Tuition discounts are available for families who host a billet. Billeting students pay $25 per day for their accommodations, 100% of which is remitted to the hosting family in the form of VCM tuition credits. Download and complete our Summer Academy Billet Host Form if you are interested in participating in this program.

For those wishing to make their own accommodation arrangements, we recommend you consult the following websites:
Best Bed & Breakfasts of Victoria
Tourism Victoria.


REFUND POLICY

Summer Academy program viability is based upon minimum enrollment. As such, there are no refunds available after the registration deadline (in most cases, four weeks prior to the program start date), except in cases of injury or illness (for which a Doctor’s note is required), or other exceptional circumstance, such as family re-location.

Prior to the registration deadline, tuition may be refunded, pending the approval of the Artistic Director. Application and transaction fees are non-refundable. Withdrawal requests must be made in writing to the VCM Registrar’s Office. Requests made after the completion of a given Academy will not be considered.

COVID-19 Update: Advanced Singers Program 2020 is cancelled. Plans for replacement program are pending. More information to come.

BAROQUE CHAMBER SINGING

COVID-19 Update: Transitioning to online delivery: early August 2020. More information to come.

 

PIANO PROGRAM | June 29 – July 10, 2020

Please note: private lessons are available throughout the summer if you wish to continue your studies past the Academy end date!

COVID-19 Update: Piano Academy will now be delivered online. Please see below for more information. Specific daily scheduling information to come.


The Victoria Conservatory of Music Piano Academy has become known as a leading centre for summer piano study. In this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome our many former students and new students to our online school. We are supporting the broad spectrum of music lovers; teachers and professionals, adult amateurs, teenagers, juniors, and anyone who has wistfully thought that they would love to return to music studies.

We are scheduling generous amounts of private lesson time, masterclasses for the Young Artists, and performance classes for Seniors through Juniors. Let us help you make music this summer!


FACULTY

Susan de Burgh, Artistic Director
Mark Anderson
Anna Cal
Karen Chan (practice supervision)
Kelly Charlton
Edwin Gnandt
Yoomi Kim
Linda Low
Armand Saberi
Bruce Vogt

On sabbatical
Roger Buksa
Georgina Craig
Tzenka Dianova
Michelle Fillion
May Ling Kwok
Ed LeBarron
Michelle Mares


PROGRAMS

Young Artists (by audition) | $480

An accelerated program for advanced students and emerging young professionals. Program includes:

  • Two 1-hour private lessons per week (total 4 hours)
  • 1-hour masterclass per day with Mark Anderson
  • Final student concert

Senior (Grade 9-11) | $334

Program includes:

  • Two 1-hour private lessons per week (total 4 hours)
  • 1-hour performance class with Yoomi Kim per week
  • Final student concert

Intermediate (Grade 5-8) | $261

Program includes:

  • Two 45-minute private lessons per week (total 3 hours)
  • 1-hour performance class with Yoomi Kim per week
  • Final student concert

Junior (Grade 1-4) | $188

Program includes:

  • Two 30-minute private lessons per week (total 2 hours)
  • 1- hour performance class with Yoomi Kim per week
  • Final student concert

Adult (all levels) | $188

Program includes:

  • Two 30-minute private lessons per week (total 2 hours)
  • 1- hour performance class with Yoomi Kim per week
  • Final student concert

Piano in the Time of Pandemic | NEW!

A new course for anyone who has every played the piano in the past, and who has thought “I’d like to play the piano again!“ Take your mind off Covid and move it to Chopin, Bach, and Beethoven, and all the other master composers who have enriched our lives. Instructors will suggest music selections, and train you how to learn efficiently. Levels can be determined by the titles of the music you have learnt in the past. If you are unsure, please email gilker@vcm.bc.ca with past music selections. Don’t worry if it has been forty years since you have had lessons, we can help you!

Level 1-4 | $146

  • 4 x 30-minute private lessons

Level 5 & 6 | $219

  • 4 x 45-minute private lessons

Level 8-10 and ARCT | $292

  • 4 x 1-hour private lessons

Pedagogy Weekend, July 4 and 5  

Full-Weekend | $75

Saturday, July 4 | $40

  • Fingers and feet, fingering and pedaling with Mark Anderson
  • How to Create a Balanced Portfolio with Mark Anderson
  • How to Practice with Kelly Charlton

Sunday, July 5 | $40

  • Performance Anxiety with Mark Anderson
  • Teachers Open Forum for Questions with Mark Anderson

Additional private teacher’s consultation pedagogy lessons are also available – please see below under Optional Classes.


OPTIONAL CLASSES

Piano Music of Spain: Scarlatti, Soler, Alberniz, Granados, Turnina, de Falla and Mompou with Edwin Gnandt (week 2) | $97

Private Lessons | $73/hr
Additional private lessons may be taken in:

  • Piano
  • Teacher’s consultation pedagogy lessons – Sessions may include such topics as how to teach technical or musical problems, style, sight reading, memory, or a review of teaching or personal repertoire. Connect with an experienced pedagogue who can offer new ideas and inspiration.
  • Mock examinations to prepare for August RCM exams – Student will receive a written report and marks to indicate where they are in their preparation at that moment.
  • Exam consultation lessons – Students may have lessons on all or part of their examination material, including technique, etudes, ear training, sight reading, and repertoire. Control of nerves and mental preparation will be part of the instruction

Practice Supervision | $30/hr

Please note: specific instructor requests are encouraged but not guaranteed.


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: extended to June 15, 2020

Please note: all fees must be paid in full by the registration deadline (excluding those waiting on the result of their bursary application).

Online registration requires payment in full. Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register:  250-386-5311 | info@vcm.bc.ca

Non-Refundable Application + Transaction Fees:

There is a $30 non-refundable application fee and $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.

Bursary Donations:

We are very fortunate to have several kind supporters who donate money for student bursaries. Please consider a donation to help needy and talented students attend the Piano Academy. Tax receipts will be issued. Please contact the Artistic Director for details.


CONCERTS + RECITALS

Guest Recital: Noel McRobbie
Time TBD
Davidsbundlertanze by R. Schumann, Barcarolle by F. Chopin, Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach, and Bagatelles by O. Underhill.

Faculty Recital: Karen Chan
Time TBD

Faculty Recital: Armand Saberi
Time TBD

Faculty Recital: Bruce Vogt
Time TBD
Chopin

STRINGS PROGRAM | August 17-28, 2020

COVID-19 Update: We are happy to announce that pending lifting of social distancing regulations we will be going ahead with new in-person dates – August 17-28, Re-Boot Camp August 31-September 4. Registration deadline July 15. More information to come.

The VCM Summer Academy Strings Program brings together young violinists, violists, and cellists in an exciting, immersive one, two, or three week program. The Academies are tailored for all levels of student string players, from the novice in the Junior Strings Academy to intermediate and advanced students in the Senior Strings Academy. The Academies will have an emphasis on both the development of technique, and the cultivation of musicianship and artistry. Through this intensive program, students can expect to significantly improve their overall level of playing in just a couple of weeks!


LOCATION

All programs will take place onsite at the VCM (900 Johnson Street)


FACULTY

Simon MacDonald, Artistic Director
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, Junior Program Coordinator
Müge Büyükçelen, Violin
Brian Yoon, Cello
Paula Kiffner, Cello
Carol MacIsaac, Violin, Junior Program
Raya Fridman, Violin, Junior Program
Robert Holliston, Pianist
Jennifer Mitchell, Pianist

Faculty are subject to change.


PROGRAMS

Senior Strings

  • 1 week  $459
  • 2 weeks  $838

Senior Strings participants will take part daily in technique classes, masterclasses, string orchestra, and chamber music. They will also receive a minimum of three private lessons per week, and two coaching sessions with a professional pianist. Participants are encouraged to attend all concerts that are part of the VCM Summer Academy String programs. Registrants must submit a repertoire list of recently studied and/or performed solo, chamber and orchestral works. Senior Strings students should arrive with one solo work that is prepared, and one that is a “work in progress”. PDFs of chamber music and orchestral repertoire will be sent a few weeks before the beginning of the Academy.

Senior Strings – “Re-Boot Camp”

  • 1 week (August 31 to September 4) $379

This unique end of summer program caters to the serious string student who may have spent the summer tree planting, or serving coffee, or driving Pedi-cabs, and now needs a kick start to the academic year. This program will also appeal to the serious string student who spent the summer playing in orchestral or chamber music festivals, but was not practicing their solo repertoire or technique.

Re-Boot Camp features:

  • Technique classes that cover all scales and arpeggios, 2, 3 and 4 octaves, and all double stop scales
  • Etude classes
  • Excerpt classes
  • Lessons on repertoire
  • A mock audition for the GVYO or your university orchestra

Participants will have private lessons, group technique classes, performance opportunities at the end of the week, and most importantly, time and space to practice.

Junior Strings

  • 1 week  $251.75
  • 2 weeks  $479

In the Junior Strings Academy, Faculty and students collaborate in string orchestra and small chamber ensembles to explore a variety repertoire. In addition, the full ensemble creates and performs an original composition – the outcome of daily composition workshops where students learn to mold musical ideas into workable forms. Students will be notified of their ensemble group placement, chamber, and orchestral repertoire in advance to provide adequate preparation time. Parts will be available for pick up or e-mailed to students a few weeks before the start of the program.

Students are welcome to sign up for one week; tuition is reduced if signing up for two weeks.


HOW TO REGISTER

There are two steps to the registration process for both Senior and Junior Strings:

  1. Please record and submit a brief example of the student playing their instrument; a recording of a piece and scale they are currently working on, taken by cell-phone video, and uploaded to YouTube or attached directly to an email to gilker@vcm.bc.ca. This is not an entrance audition; the recording will be used to place students in chamber ensembles suitable to age and ability.
    *For Senior Strings: if you are a returning student, in lieu of a Video/YouTube submission, please let us know the chamber music repertoire you performed the previous summer at SSA, and the solo and chamber music repertoire on which you are currently working. You will be prompted to answer these questions during the next step. Please do not send a separate email.
  2. Register online by clicking the button below, or phone in at 250-386-5311. Online registration requires payment in full. Those awaiting the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register.


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: July 15, 2020

Please note: all fees must be paid in full by the registration deadline (excluding those waiting on the result  of their bursary application).

Online registration requires payment in full. Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register:  250-386-5311 | info@vcm.bc.ca

Non-Refundable Application + Transaction Fees:

  • Before July 15 – $30
  • After July 15 – $55

Please note: after July 15, dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.

Orientation + Schedule Information:

There will be a short orientation for Week 1 Senior students at 8:30am and Junior students at 9:30am on Monday, August 17 and for Week 2 (only) students on Monday, August 24.  Further details will be sent to participants by email prior to Academy start date.


CONCERTS

Concert information TBD.

 


COVID-19 Update:
In person Academy cancelled. Potential online delivery to be confirmed. More information to come.

BAROQUE FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS | July 13-18, 2020

COVID-19 Update: In-person program for BC-residents to take place July 13-18, following BC public health guidelines. Application and bursary deadline June 15. Please see below for more information, as well as a Health and Safety Statement.

     

This course is presented with the support of Victoria Baroque and Early Music Vancouver

An intensive training program in period instrument performance, led by members of the Victoria Baroque and Pacific Baroque Orchestra. This course is for players already experienced in baroque instruments, as well as those with no prior experience. The program welcomes music students, professional musicians and advanced amateurs. Instruction is available for strings, woodwinds, and harpsichord. Ensembles are formed according to the students’ level.

The Baroque Academy is an exciting opportunity to immerse oneself in baroque instrument performance, and develop one’s technical and stylistic understanding and ensemble skills in a focused and friendly environment. The course offers a generous amount of one-to-one instruction and small group and orchestral coaching by leading West Coast early music specialists.


LOCATION

All programs will take place onsite at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (900 Johnson Street).


FACULTY

Soile Stratkauskas, Artistic Director
Chloe Meyers; violin
Christi Meyers; violin
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith; violin
Mieka Michaux; viola
Martin Bonham; cello, viol
Christina Hutten; harpsichord
Soile Stratkauskas, flute
Katrina Russell; bassoon

Guest Faculty:
Jeanne Lamon, violin
Christina Mahler, cello
Curtis Foster (online only); oboe and recorder


PROGRAM

  • July 13-18 $500*

This course includes:

  • Ensembles and chamber music
  • Private and group lessons
  • Lectures
  • Masterclasses
  • In-house performance opportunities

Program start: Monday July 13, 1pm

Classes run daily 9am-5:30pm
(Individual schedules may start later or finish earlier)

The number of participants is limited to 25.
Due to the BC government’s recommendation against inter-provincial and international travel, this year’s program is only available for participants currently residing in BC.

*The course fees only cover c.60% of this Program; through the generous support of the Victoria Baroque and Early Music Vancouver the fees are kept as low as possible to make this course affordable to all students.


INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS

Strings:
Baroque instruments are encouraged but not required. Those using modern instruments will need baroque bows, gut strings on the top two strings, and to tune to A=415.

Flutes, oboes, recorders, bassoons:
Baroque instruments are required and must be pitched at A=415.

There are some baroque instruments and bows available for loan.
For inquiries about instruments and gut strings, email: victoria-baroque@shaw.ca


HOW TO REGISTER

Application deadline: extended to June 15, 2020.

To register, please fill in the application form. Once we have reviewed your application we will get back to you and you may pay your registration fees at that time.

If you have submitted a bursary application, you may pay your fees upon receiving notice of your bursary results.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Some bursary assistance will be available. Applicants must comply with all deadlines and requirements. Late applicants will not be considered for financial assistance.

Note: Online registration requires payment in full. Those who wish to attend the Academy but are awaiting the results of their bursary application should register by phone (250.386.5311) or in person.

Bursary application deadline for Baroque for Instrumentalists Academy is extended to June 15, 2020.

Bursary application available here.


HEALTH AND SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. The Academy follows all the current BC government Covid-19 safety protocols. All lessons and classes will take place in the spacious Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Wood Hall, Metro Theater, and large classrooms allowing for appropriate distancing between the participants. In the unlikely event the Academy is cancelled due to changes in the government recommendations or other unprecedented factors, tuition fees will be refunded in full.

A Note from the Artistic Director

After a spring of Covid-19 turmoil and self-isolation, we are delighted to still be able to offer our Instrumental Baroque Academy this summer. We have adjusted the program in order to be able to follow the current health and safety-regulations: This year’s baroque academy will be smaller in number of participants, and only available for BC residents. We will focus on chamber music in varied combinations and delving deeper into baroque performance style and technique. Being the only program at the VCM that week, we will have the luxury of ample space to make music together whilst still keeping with the distancing measures. Faculty members will be playing with most of the student ensembles: this master-apprentice style is one of the most effective and inspiring ways to absorb new skills and ideas!

This summer we are especially excited to welcome Tafelmusik’s Director Emerita, violinist Jeanne Lamon, and Tafelmusik’s long-time cellist, Christina Mahler as guest faculty.

I’ll look forward to a beautiful week of baroque music!

Warm wishes,
Soile Stratkauskas


THE FINE PRINT

Transaction Fees:
There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.


 

 

THEORY PROGRAM | July 6 – August 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Most classes are going ahead online! Contact soundadvice@telus.net for more information.


FACULTY

Crystal Wiksyk, Artistc Director – soundadvice@telus.net
Daniel Brandes
Anna Cal
David Clenman
Rachel Hill (Westhills)
Christine Donkin
Nicholas Fairbank
Robert Holliston


PROGRAMS

Prior to registering, please contact the Artistic Director (soundadvice@telus.net) with any questions and to be placed in the appropriate class.

We offer classes, private and semi-private lessons for all ages and all levels of Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training (Levels 1 – 8), Composition Clubs, Sight-Singing, and Music History classes. Private and shared private lessons are available for Rudiments, Harmony & Counterpoint, Keyboard Harmony, and Composition.

New this summer! Sight Singing for Choristers with Nicholas Fairbank! Please note: This course has been cancelled until the fall.

Composition ClubsSound Advice Theory & Ear-Training ClassesSound Advice for AdultsSight-Singing for Choristers
History ClassesExamination InformationHarmony and CounterpointPrivate Instruction

COMPOSITION WITH CHRISTINE DONKIN – The Composition Clubs will be on site pending provincial regulations.

Composer Christine Donkin will be offering Composition Clubs again this summer! Christine is an educator as well as a composer, working with students and teachers across the country to encourage musical creativity and versatility at all levels of development.

See her full bio here: www.christinedonkin.com

Composition Clubs are classes in which music students learn what it is like to be a composer.

The Clubs focus on:

  • process and product in equal measure – as well as learning how to compose music, students cultivate cognate skills such as open-minded listening and creative thinking;
  • collaboration rather than competition – with an emphasis on teamwork, and all participants contributing as they are able;
  • education through experience – students’ understanding of the composition process expands through level-appropriate challenges as well as teacher demonstration;
  • connections and communities – students compose music that is performed locally or farther afield.

Composition Clubs
July 27 – 31
9:00am -11:00am (Monday-Friday)
Room 319 (technology lab)5x2hr sessions | $210
This camp is designed for students with a solid theoretical background (pre-requisite Level 5) who have an interest in composition. Students will meet for 2 hours per day from Monday to Friday to work on group compositions as well as individual projects. The group composition will be premiered by students or professional musicians in the following academic year. Contact instructor for placement prior to registering:  soundadvice@telus.net.

Check this out – Composition Club in action!
The following work was composed by Composition Club students at the VCM, for students in the VCM Collegium program, spearheaded by Canadian composer and VCM faculty Christine Donkin. Performed by de la Haye Trio: Maï, viola  |  Camilo, clarinet  |  Keisha, piano | Coach: Patricia Kostek | Video editor: Karl McKay
Yāna (यान) – Journey, VCM Composition Club: Anders, Atticus, Houtian, Jian, Samuel

Private Composition Lessons
Private theory/composition lessons are available with Christine!

SOUND ADVICE THEORY AND EAR-TRAINING CLASSES – All theory classes and private lessons will be held online.

Christine Donkin, Crystal Wiksyk and Rachel Hill

Sound Advice theory and ear-training classes are designed to encourage students to relate theoretical concepts to the actual sound of the music. Music listening, history and musical style is an integral part of our theory classes and students and melody writing and composition are introduced at every level.

Our classes offer an innovative and fun approach to integrating ear training and theory into music study. Students gain an enriched understanding and appreciation of music that will last a lifetime!

The Sound Advice program prepares students for the theory co-requisites for instrumental and vocal examinations, high school credits, and postsecondary theory placement but the main reason to study Sound Advice is to become a well-rounded musician.

Please contact the theory coordinator regarding placement before registering for classes. Classes, private and shared private lessons can often be arranged to suit the student’s needs. If you are planning to write an RCM examination in August, confirm your placement in a class before registering for an examination.

See Examination Details

Field trip to our Alix Goolden Hall to learn about the organ!

Sound Advice for Beginners (Levels 1A or Level 1B) (parents welcome)
$210 per weekly session – 2hrs/day for 1 week
Using material from the Sound Advice program, students learn to read music and/or improve their reading and aural skills, laying the foundation for further studies of any instrument and enriching early music studies. Topics include ear-training and listening to and learning about various instruments and compositions. These classes provide an excellent foundation for future or current instrumental studies and enrich early music training. Parents are encouraged to participate and often enjoy the classes as much as their children! The Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training book is included for both sessions.

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Levels 2, 3 or 4
Two week sessions from July 6 – 17 OR from July 20 – 31
Contact soundadvice@telus.net for more information.
Students continue to build their theory & ear-training skills and apply them to pieces they are learning to sing or play by learning to compose their own music.
Prerequisite: Previous level or equivalent music study
July 6 – 17, 10am – 12pm (weekdays)
July 20 – 31, 1pm– 3pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Required text: Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Levels 2, 3 or 4 (2nd Editions)

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training – Level 5
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk, Rachel Hill
July 6 – 17
10:00pm – 12:00pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Level 4 covers the theory & ear-training requirements for Grade 5 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 4 or equivalent.
Required text and sound files: Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Level 5 (2nd Edition)

Sound Advice Theory and Ear-Training – Level 6
Instructors: Christine Donkin, Rachel Hill
July 20-31
1:00pm – 3:00pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Level 6 covers the theory & ear-training requirements for RCM Grade 6 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 5 or equivalent.
Required text and sound files: Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Level 6 (2nd Edition)

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training – Level 7
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk, Rachel Hill
July 6 – 17
3pm -5pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Level 7 covers the theory & ear-training requirements for Grade 7 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 6 or equivalent
Required text and sound files: Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Level 7 (2nd Edition)

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training – Level 8
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk, Rachel Hill
July 20 – 31
3pm – 5:30pm (weekdays)
10 x 2.5hr sessions | $525.00
Level 8 covers the theory & ear-training requirements for Grade 8 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 7 or equivalent. Students in this class will be writing the RCM grade 8 theory examination on August 7th or 8th and must confirm registration in the class prior to registering for the examination.
Required text and sound files: Sound Advice Level 8 Theory and Ear-Training (2nd Edition)

Sound Advice for Adults
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk, Rachel Hill
Sound Advice for Adults Level One (Beginner):
July 6 – 10 – (Mon – Fri) 5 x 2hr sessions | $210
Sound Advice for adults Level Four (Experienced):
July 13 – 17 – (Mon – Fri) 5 x 2hr sessions | $210

Using material from the Sound Advice program, students learn to read music and/or improve their reading and aural skills, laying the foundation for further studies and enriching early music studies. These classes provide an excellent foundation for future or current instrumental studies and enrich early music training. The courses are designed to make all of your musical involvements more enjoyable, as your increased knowledge provides new levels of understanding and musical independence.

Two levels are offered to accommodate varying levels of backgrounds. Contact the theory coordinator to be placed in the appropriate level and arrange schedules.

SIGHT-SINGING FOR CHORISTERS Please note: This course has been cancelled until the fall.

Sight-Singing for Choristers
Instructor: Nicholas Fairbank
July 13 – 31
9am – 10am (Mon, Wed, and Fri)
9 x 1hr sessions/$189+$5 material fee

Do you sing in a choir or are you a voice student who needs to work on music-reading skills? This is the course for you! Using the movable Do system, and through the study of keys and interval recognition, this course will train you to sing at sight from written scores, using repertoire from all periods and all styles.

Nicholas Fairbank has been teaching music theory and training choirs for over 40 years. He currently conducts three Victoria choirs and has a wide musical experience as both a teacher and a performer.

HISTORY CLASSES – History classes will be online!

Do students love Robert’s classes? Students in this Camosun History class showed up in “Robert” tee-shirts for his birthday 🙂

Instructor: Robert Holliston
Robert Holliston is the head of keyboard and the lead History Teacher at the VCM. Through his unique teaching style and true passion for each topic, Robert brings each historical era to life. You won’t want to miss these very exciting classes!

Grade 9 History
July 6 – August 6
8:45am – 10:00am (weekdays)
30 hours of class time plus 2 hours of exam preparation (TBA) | $672.00
Robert will guide you through an overview of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras. This course covers the lives and musical contributions of a wide range of composers, the development of musical genres and forms, and representative works from each era are studied and discussed. Grade 9 History is a co-requisite for grade 9 instrumental and vocal examinations.

Grade 10 History
July 6 – August 6
4:45pm- 6:00pm (weekdays)
30 hours of class time plus 2 hours of exam preparation (TBA) | $672.00
History 2 concentrates on the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras with an emphasis on the development of musical genres and forms. You will hear the development of music through the centuries. History 10 is a co-requisite for grade 10 instrumental and vocal examinations.

ARCT History
Class dates/times to be arranged – Contact Artistic Director
32 hours | $672.00
These classes are based on the music of the Romantic and Modern eras. North American composers and several contemporary performing artists are included in the curriculum. History 3 is a co-requisite for the A.R.C.T. in performance and pedagogy.

THEORY EXAMINATION INFORMATION

Royal Conservatory of Music History examinations (9, 10 and ARCT) need to be written to complete the requirements for the corresponding RCM instrumental/vocal level. Theory 8 is a co-requisite for grade 8 instrumental/vocal examinations and the Grade 8 Theory examination can be used to fulfill the theory requirements for lower instrumental/vocal levels. As long as you start your theory studies to correspond with your instrumental level it may not be necessary to write each theory examination depending on your circumstances. Your teacher can guide you. However, Grade 8 is a pre-requisite for higher levels of study and it is recommended that you write the Grade 8 theory examination upon completion of the course. If you are planning to write an RCM examination in August, confirm your placement in a class before registering for an examination.

RCM theory examinations will be held on August 7 and 8, 2020. The deadline to apply for RCM online examinations has been extended until June 9 but class sizes are limited so register for classes early. 

HARMONY & COUNTERPOINT

Introductory Harmony, Harmony 9, or Harmony & Counterpoint 10
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk & Nicholas Fairbank
July 6 – 31, Dates/times to be arranged with instructors; contact soundadvice@telus.net
Private and shared private lessons are available on limited basis – please contact the artistic
director for placement. Topics include melody writing, harmonization in four parts, counterpoint, harmonic and structural analysis, modulation and form as required for RCM Level 9 or 10 Harmony and Counterpoint examinations.

Advanced Harmony and Counterpoint
Instructors: David Clenman & Nicholas Fairbank
Private and shared private lessons are available on a limited basis for all levels of Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition, Advanced Aural Skills and Sight-Singing.

Keyboard Harmony
Instructor: Anna Cal
Senior piano faculty member, Anna Cal, is offering keyboard harmony lessons again this summer! Private and shared private lessons are available.
Contact the theory coordinator for scheduling information: soundadvice@telus.net

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Private and shared private lessons are available:

  • Theory and Ear-Training 1 – 8:
    Private: $63/hr Shared: $73/hr
  • Composition: $63/hr-$83/hr
  • Harmony and Counterpoint 9 and 10: $73/hr-$83/hr
  • Keyboard Harmony: $83/hr
  • Advanced Harmony & Counterpoint: $83/hr

THE FINE PRINT

Transaction Fees:

There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.


 

MUSIC THERAPY SUMMER CAMP

COVID-19 Update:Music Therapy Summer Camp will be running! Please note, the registration form will be available as of June 5, 2020.

This camp is for children with special needs (e.g: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, etc.)