Music Technology Lab

School of Music Technology and Creativity:

The Pitt and Sheila Linder Music Technology and Creativity Lab

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 Pitt and Sheila Linder Music Technology and Creativity 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 await students, offering many of the industry standard professional software titles, including:

  • Digital Notation Software – Finale, and Sibelius;
  • Virtual Instrument Library – Native Instruments KOMPLETE 13;
  • Digital Audio Workstation and Sequencing – Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Digital Performer, Reaper, Max 7, and Ableton Live and PUSH

The lab offers school-age students the opportunity to learn hands-on how by building their own midi-controller using Playtronic Snap Circuitry, and by exploring Sound Design through coding with SonicPi!

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 instead of a traditional blackboard, there is a state-of-the-art ActivPanel full-size touch screen display that allows instructor and students to make use of a broad range of functions, while also connecting 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 only through the generosity of Pitt and Sheila Linder, that the VCM was able to realize this wonder new Music Technology Lab, and we are so very grateful to them!

Recording & Production Project Award


Please direct any questions about the award to the Office of the Dean

Award Description

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.

* A current student is defined as being registered during the year of application and continuing until project completion, for regularly occurring classes, ensembles, or lessons with a member of VCM Faculty.

The cash award will be the lesser of 80% of the proposed budget, or a maximum award amount of $1200.

Rules and Criteria

  • Applicants must:
    • Be a currently registered Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) student, and remain such for the duration of the proposed project (as defined above *);
    • Have final creative control over the proposed project; and
    • Adhere to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
  • To be submitted to the Office of the Dean at end of project: A copy of the recording project, and a short (approx. 500 words) narrative on successes and challenges encountered during the project work.
  • Award Recipients may be requested to provide/confirm their date of birth and SIN in order to receive the cash award.

 Additional Application Requirements

  • Provide a written statement in text boxes below (700 words max) covering the following topics:
    • Description of the project, including 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;
    • A short synopsis about the applicant’s musical training, and knowledge/skills/experience accumulated to date in the area of recording and production;
    • Comment on the 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.
  • Provide a project timeline, including anticipated start and completion dates, as well as dates of significant milestones
  • 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 the budget expenses, or the maximum award amount of $1200.


  • Alyra Myrkwood (2019)
  • Michael Wilford (2020)
  • Max Francis (2021)
  • Ethan Schultz-Anderson (2022)

We have very exciting learning opportunities for students from school-age through to adults of all ages!  Check out our current offerings HERE