Music Technology Lab

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Knowing how to work creatively with music technology is an essential skill that every 21st century musician needs to own, to ensure that when it comes to writing, recording, or performing music, they are ahead of the curve, and are able to hit the ground running with whatever project or new opportunity comes along, and be successful.  The Victoria Conservatory of Music’s School of Music Technology & Creativity, is now able to provide a more relevant and essential pathway to learning about the newest advances in music technology, by offering hands-on experience and working with professional faculty who are highly experienced in the field.

The VCM’s “Music Tech Lab” is located at the VCM’s downtown location, 900 Johnson Street, in what was formerly a more traditional theory/composition classroom.  State-of-the-art computer workstations (iMacs) and audio equipment now await students, offering many of the industry standard professional software titles, including:

  • Digital Notation Software – Finale, and Sibelius
  • Virtual Instrument Library – Native Instruments Kontakt 11
  • Digital Audio Workstation and Sequencing – Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Digital Performer, Reaper, Max 7, Audacity, and Ableton Live

In addition to the software, the room is outfitted with a multi-channel audio system, to allow students to hear their creations and discuss with their instructor and peers, and the traditional blackboard will be replaced by a large Smart TV that allows the VCM to connect live with industry professionals and mentors anywhere around the globe.

Students also have the opportunity to learn about performing live with electronic and virtual instruments, including polyphonic synthesizers, sequencing, Ableton Live PUSH, electric 4 and 5-string violins, and much more.

It is through the generosity of private donors that the VCM was able to realize this state-of-the-art Music Technology Lab, and we are so very grateful to them!

Learn ABLETON Live 10 & PUSH!

Aug. 6-9

Explore the VCM’s new Music Technology Lab this summer with a 4-day intensive camp about Ableton Live 10 and PUSH!

Daily workshops from 10 am to 1 pm cover these modules :

  • Field Recordings / Sample Import / Playing recorded samples with PUSH
  • Sample Manipulation / Drum Creation / Drum Programming
  • Synthesizer Programming / Writing Melodies and Bass Lines
  • Effects / Mixing / Arrangement / Rendering Final Project

Taught by Ableton specialists Nathan Jonson and Danuel Tate, each day includes students sharing their progress and unique take on what they’ve learned, leading to each student creating their own piece of original electronic music.

For Ages 13 +

Downtown | Music Tech Lab (rm 319) | $168.00

Course Requirements: Headphones and a usb stick



Recording & Production Project Award offered for 2019-2020

Application Deadline is July 29 2019 (see application links below)

Award Description

Newly launched in May 2019, the Recording & Production Project Award is intended to support current students of the VCM, developing as emerging music artists, who aspire to record themselves and/or other emerging music artists, through a personal or collaborative creative and entrepreneurial project.
This new award provides up to a $1200 cash contribution towards the successful applicant’s project.

Rules and Criteria

Applicants must:
a) Be a currently registered Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) student, and remain such for the duration of the proposed project;
b) Have final creative control over the proposed project; and
c) Adhere to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
For the 2019/2020 academic year, the VCM Recording & Production Project Award will be awarded in August 2019 for projects to be completed by May 1st 2020.
Please note: Award recipients will be requested to provide/confirm their date of birth and SIN in order to receive the cash award.
Successful applicants, upon completion of their project, will be requested to submit to the Office of the Dean, a copy of the recording project, and a short (500 word approx.) narrative on successes and challenges encountered during the project work.

Additional Application Requirements

1) Provide a written statement in text boxes below (700 words max) covering the following topics:
a) Description of the project, project objectives, the number of people to be involved, including names, and relationship to the VCM (if any), as well as what their respective roles/tasks will be;
b) A short synopsis about the applicant’s musical training, and knowledge/skills/experience accumulated to date in the area of recording and production;
c) Potential impact the project award will have on the applicant’s development as an Emerging Artist, and how the project might contribute to the Greater Victoria music culture.
2) Provide a project timeline, including anticipated start and completion dates, as well as dates of significant milestones.
3) Provide a project budget, listing anticipated expenses, and sources of revenue beyond the award funding requested.
Note: the amount awarded will be equal to the lesser of 80% of budget expenses or the maximum award amount of $1200.


For more information on Music Technology programs being offered at the VCM, please contact Dr. Jonathan Haek, Director of the School of Music Technology & Creativity:  Dr. Jonathan Haek (Email)