Music Technology Workshops

Program Outline

New series of workshop modules for beginners starting week of April 29! See below for details.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is proud to present, through the School of Music Technology and Creativity, a new series of Introductory Workshops that focus on being creative with Music Technology.  All workshops consist of 6 90-minute classes for $126, and take place in the VCM’s new Music Technology Lab (room 319).

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from our highly experienced VCM Faculty, and register today online!

“Create a professional Music Score using Sibelius”

– a step by step introduction to learning how to use the Digital Notation Software “Sibelius”, to create professional music scores and sheet music for live performance.

  • Participants learn how to go beyond the traditional approach to writing a song using pencil and paper, and discover how using modern notation software (Sibelius) is standard for preparing and printing music for finishing original music ideas.
  • Classes include instruction on instrumentation setup, note entry, page layout, dynamics, articulations, lyrics, chord symbols, transposition, special notations, and part creation.

New Module for Beginners starting April 29 2019 | Weekly classes from 6 – 7:30 pm | No class April 22 and May 20 2019

6 90-minute classes: $126

Instructor:  Jan Randall

“Write Songs using Logic Pro”

Learning how to use the powerful Digital Audio Workstation “Logic Pro X” to inspire and deepen songwriting (For both the novice and experienced songwriter).

  • Participants explore the many creative possibilities there are to creating and developing songs with computer, using Logic Pro X as a songwriting tool.
  • From making beats to writing hooks and using creative vocal effects, classes cover a wide range of useful computer-based creative approaches.
  • Classes are taught using Logic Pro X on current iMac workstations; participants should have basic computer proficiency and knowledge of basic music theory.

New Module for Beginners starting April 30 2019 | Weekly classes from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

6 90-minute classes: $126

Instructor:  Wynn Gogol


“Let’s Make Beats!”

An introduction to using electronic and virtual instruments in live performance.

  • Participants will gain hands-on experience exploring influential instruments that span decades of electronic Dance Music history.
  • Weekly workshops include self-directed time, during which participants can record and create their own compositions using Ableton Live
  • Emphasis is on Popular-Contemporary Music Styles, including House, Techno, Trap, Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Electro, and Hip-Hop.

Note to Students: Please bring your own headphones and a USB stick or SD card to each class.

New Module for Beginners starting May 2 2019 | Weekly classes from 7 – 8:30 pm

6 90-minute classes: $126

Instructor:  Danuel Tate


Program Details

Create a Professional Music Score using Sibelius:
Starts Monday February 25 | Weekly classes from 6 – 7:30 pm | No class March 18 and 25
6 90-minute classes: $126

Write Songs using Logic Pro:
Starts Tuesday February 26 | Weekly classes from 4:00 – 5:30 pm | No class March 19 and 26
6 90-minute classes: $126

Let's Make Beats:
Starts Thursday February 28 | Weekly classes from 7 – 8:30 pm | No class March 21 and 28
6 90-minute classes: $126 


Jan Randall

Jan Randall is a pianist, who played entirely by ear from childhood, started working in blues and pop music bands while still in high school, and after receiving formal classical and jazz training as a composer and arranger went on to spend a decade in theatre before moving on to make a career of composing sound tracks for broadcast. Jan has been the head song writer since 2011 for the hit CBC radio series “The Irrelevant Show.” He wrote songs and doubled as musical director for comedy shows with Second City in the early 80′s, where he collaborated with such (…)

Wynn Gogol

Wynn Gogol is a music producer, mixer, educator and author who enjoys working in a wide range of genres and styles. With more than twenty years of experience, his work has received Juno nominations, a Maple Blues Award and a Canadian Folk Award. Wynn joined the VCM in 2017 to teach the newly developed postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance course “Composing as Singer-Songwriter”. As a faculty member of the VCM’s School of Music Technology & Creativity, Wynn has since expanded his involvement with the VCM to include teaching digital school notation, as well as recording, mixing, and editing, as part of the VCM’s new Music Technology Lab programming currently under development. […]

Danuel Tate

Danuel Tate is a keyboard player and composer of electronic music. He has been writing electronic music for the past 18 years, and his work with the group “Cobblestone Jazz” has given him international acclaim. He has performed extensively at many of the world’s largest music festivals, including three times at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In between touring he teaches piano to a range of students. Trained as a jazz pianist, improvising is a large component of his lesson set. He prefers to teach the fundamentals of music theory aurally, and then progresses to reading and writing. Danuel […]