If you or your child plans to register for individual lessons for the first time, you may pay for an individual lesson with no obligation to register for more classes. Prospective students also may audit one group class session per semester before committing to the remaining classes. In order to receive a refund, trial lessons must be cancelled with 24 hours notice.
Private instruction is one of the most popular things we offer. Regardless of your age, level, or instrument, we can find you a teacher that will inspire you to unleash your creativity. With approximately 110 faculty members, the VCM will have you playing your best in no time!
The first step to beginning your individual lessons at the VCM is to tell us a bit about yourself and your musical goals. To do this, we ask that you fill out a referral form. It takes about five minutes to complete the form, which you can do online Referral Form, by phone, or in person. We’ll ask you some basic information, including your contact details, availability, musical experience and the instrument you are hoping to study. This will help us to match you with the teacher who is best suited to your individual needs. Your new teacher will contact you to arrange your first lesson.
Cost for individual lessons falls into four Fee Groups, and is dependent upon the instructor.
|FG 1||FG 2||FG 3||FG 4|
|Per lesson: 30 min.||$26.50||$31.50||$36.50||$41.50|
|Per lesson: 45 min.||$39.75||$47.25||$54.75||$62.25|
|Per lesson: 60 min.||$53.00||$63.00||$73.00||$83.00|
For all payment options, see The Fine Print.
A payment plan is available. If the payment plan is chosen, the balance is paid over equal monthly installments by pre-authorized debit on the 15th of each month, beginning with the first month of enrolment and continuing over a period of your choice, ending no later than the end of lessons. Transaction fees will be charged based on the number of payments selected.
The VCM does not accept credit card payments for individual lesson tuition. Credit cards are accepted for group classes, concert tickets, donations, and other fees.
Group Classes & Ensembles
Participating in group classes at the VCM is a great way to gain musical experience in a fun and supportive environment. Our group classes offer students a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, play great music and learn from amazing instructors!
These group experiences add to the richness of music education through sharing it with others – and participating is really just plain fun! Students enrolled in private lessons at the VCM receive 15% off ensemble tuition.
To ensure continuity, ensembles are full-year courses. New members are welcome to join ensembles mid-year with the instructor’s permission, in which case tuition will be prorated.
Adult participants are welcome in all VCM performing groups, which include string orchestras, choirs, wind ensembles, jazz orchestras, jazz combos, and various small chamber groups.
Most group classes are full-year courses that run for 32 or 34 weeks (two terms) from September to May. Adult Continuing Education classes follow the same terms as other group classes, but are often broken out into 8-, 10- or 16-week modules. Students in group classes typically begin their studies in September. Classes fill up quickly – please register no later than one week prior to the start date. If space permits and if the instructor agrees, a student may join a class already in progress. Some courses may require an application, interview, placement test, or audition as indicated in the course calendar.
Please call the VCM at 250.386.5311 for information. Fees, duration, and timetables for group classes are included with each class description.
Course Resource Fee and Library Materials
Students are responsible for additional costs for music and books. For some courses, a fee is due at the time of registration, which covers the cost of handouts, music or supplies provided by the instructor. For other courses, such as ensembles, choirs, and orchestras, a library materials fee is due at registration to cover the cost of music to be studied. These fees are included in class descriptions, online or in the course calendar.