Introductory Music Classes for Adults

Program Outline

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The Victoria Conservatory of Music now offers a new series of Introductory Music Classes for Adults, that promote a healthy life style, offering participants the opportunity to wade into the world of music at their own pace, while benefiting from the many “Wellness” aspects  engaging actively with music has to offer.

Presented in partnership with PARC Retirement Living, the new Centre for Music Wellness at the VCM, highlights the many benefits inherent in music, especially for adults, as proven through decades of research.  These benefits include: strengthening mind and body, developing better self-balance, breathing, and an ability to multi-task.

Introductory Music Classes for Adults provide an easily accessible way to tap into these many benefits, while also enjoying a chance to socialize and make new friends!


Orff for Adults


Discover music in a fun and non-threatening way through an introduction to the basic musical concepts, that includes ensemble playing, singing and movement to music. Participants may learn how to play on recorders as well as on pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. Although primarily aimed at those who have always wanted to play music but have never had the opportunity or courage, students of any ability will be welcomed and accommodated.

Instructor:  Georgina Craig



Hawaiian Music Adventures


Start off the new year with light exercise, while experiencing and learning Hawaiian Hula music at a gentle island pace. Participants in this Music Wellness class will have the opportunity to sing along to traditional Hawaiian songs, learn to play simple island tunes on the ukulele, and explore the traditional hand and arm gestures used to tell ancient island stories. No experience necessary!

Helping participants explore the musical skills they often believe they never had, while gently strengthening and enhancing coordination, breathing capacity, and ability to keep a steady beat, are just a few of the “aloha factors” VCM Ukulele and Hawaiian music specialist Anna Lyman brings to each class.

Hawaiian music offers the island values of “Aina” (the land – our beautiful island), “Ohana” (family), and “Aloha” (extending into the community). Many of the geographical locations in Hawaii will be discovered and learnt about, as the class celebrates the beauty of the island environment through song.

Instructor:  Anna Lyman

 For more information, please contact Stephen Green, Dean and Chief Academic Officer via email,  phone 250-386-5311, or by visiting in person.

Program Details


60-minute classes offered in 6-week sessions:
Session 3 - Apr 3 to May 8
Cost $84 / 6-week session
Day/Time:  Wed 2:15 – 3:15 pm

60-minute classes offered in 6-week sessions:
Session 1 – Jan 30 to Mar 6
Session 2 – Apr 3 to May 8
Day/Time: Wed 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
Cost: $84 / 6-week session



Georgina Craig

Georgina Craig graduated from Christ Church University in Canterbury, England; undertook postgraduate vocal studies at Trinity College of Music in London, teacher training at Reading University and Orff training in Calgary. She brings to the VCM a wealth of experience working with students of all ages both in a class setting and on a one to one basis. In addition to her community outreach work at the VCM, Georgina is the conductor for the Concerto group of Viva Youth Voices. Georgina enjoys performing music of all genres and is a member of Ensemble Laude here in Victoria. She also sings (…)

Anna Lyman

Anna (Acevedo) Lyman, is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and is a working musician, recording artist and educator, based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Having studied ukulele and Hawaiian music with Ben Chong (Guitar and Ukulele player for Don Ho), among other Hawaiian instructors, Anna is an award-winning ukulele player, and as a now teaching ukulele in both group/ensemble and individual studio lessons at the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s new Westhills location in Langford. […]