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Music - Bachelor of Applied Music


Do you already have a two-year diploma? Then, complete your degree and build a professional network so that you can hit the ground running, doing what you love. Our faculty are successful, working musicians with a talent for sharing their experience and mentoring committed musicians.

Application deadlines are: February 2, 2018 for February 24th auditions; April 3, 2018 for April 30th & May 1st auditions.

Please contact music@vcc.ca for more information.

Program Status:
Accepting applications for Fall 2018

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 2 years Bachelor Degree Broadway Full-time

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Applicants to the full-time degree program must also submit the supplemental music application form, by email to jvanbrunt@vcc.ca, or in person at the registrar’s office. Additional supporting documents are required. Please see admission requirements.

Please contact music@vcc.ca for more information.

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Program Description

Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Music Degree is designed to prepare graduates to work as music professionals in emerging music and music-related professions.

This is a full-time program. Students participate in a combination of classroom instruction, lab activities, rehearsals, performances, and work experiences. There is also a practicum component.

Students enrolled in the degree program specialize in classical, world or jazz and contemporary music.

In each of the four terms, students enroll in either classical voice or performance concentration. In the first two terms, students enroll in either Conducting or Creative Music Improvisation.

Classes are generally held Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (subject to change). Some evenings and weekends may be required for rehearsals, performances and other activities.

Courses offered in the degree program are limited to students who have been admitted to the Bachelor of Applied Music program. From time to time, VCC may grant permission for other students to access some of the degree courses.





Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Successful completion of the VCC music diploma or equivalent with a minimum B grade average and minimum A-grade in specialized performance or academic area
  • Written proposal to VCC music department outlining goals and proposed program of work. The letter should indicate how the program will fit the career aspirations of the applicant. This may be written with the assistance of VCC music program advisors. The written proposal is to assist in identifying the career plans and establishing the extent of research the applicant has undertaken in preparation for the degree program
  • Two letters of recommendation written by persons other than family or close friends who may be able to assess the applicant's potential success in the degree program and who can speak to the applicant's ability to carry out the proposed plan of work. The letters must be dated no more than three months prior to the application deadline and submitted in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature over the back flap of the envelope
  • Successful audition in specialized performance area (voice, instrument, or other) or for students wishing to pursue an academic stream, two recent 3,500 word papers
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who are presenting foreign documents are required to successfully complete the VCC English Language Assessment or equivalent
  • All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses (including non-music electives) in the program must be submitted with application. Download the Request for Transfer Credit PDF form

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Outstanding potential in area of specialization
  • Strongly motivated and proven ability to work to deadlines
  • Good organizational skills
  • Basic computer, word processing, and music notation software skills


Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $4030 Year 1 $3504 Year 2
Student Union Fee $119
College Initiative Fee $217
Student Union Health Plan Fee - if applicable
Student Union Dental Plan Fee if applicable
U-Pass Fee $656.00
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$301 - Campus Resource Fee
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


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Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

VCC Music has been training musicians for 40 years for success on the world’s stages. Highly-regarded for its academic and skills curricula, VCC offers a two-year diploma and subsequent two-year Music - Bachelor of Applied Music degree. Both credentials place an emphasis on music and media, career opportunities and performance techniques.

VCC welcomes instrumentalists and vocalists in rock and popular music, as well as music traditions from other cultures.

VCC offers part-time access to some diploma and degree courses (including ensembles), as well as basic musicianship courses (theory and ear training) and our large, community-based Willan Choir.

Date Day Time Room Location
February 5, 2018 Monday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Meet at Blenz coffee bar in Building B (north building), ground level. Session will include tour of facilities, viewing of ensemble rehearsals, and a Q & A period. Broadway
February 22, 2018 Thursday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Meet at Blenz coffee bar in Building B (north building), ground level. Session will include tour of facilities, viewing of ensemble rehearsals, and a Q & A period. Broadway
March 5, 2018 Monday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Meet at Blenz coffee bar in Building B (north building), ground level. Session will include tour of facilities, viewing of ensemble rehearsals, and a Q & A period. Broadway
March 22, 2018 Thursday 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Meet at Blenz coffee bar in Building B (north building), ground level. Session will include tour of facilities, viewing of ensemble rehearsals, and a Q & A period. Broadway


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Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Winter 2018 (201840)

(MUSC 3107) Career Opportunities 2 3.0 credits



Advanced Career Opportunities prepares the student for work in the music industry. Skills learned include the basic Microsoft Office suite, AFM, CBC, Socan and recording contracts, copyright law, interview techniques, publicity and marketing elements. Lectures, assignments and guest lectures develop a student's comprehensive knowledge of the local and national classical and commercial music scenes.

Prerequisite: Career Opportunities 11

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02-Jan-2018
to 19-Apr-2018
Houle, Francois


(MUSC 3109) Performance Concentration 5 3.0 credits



This course is related to working with individual instrumental instruction as well as individual lessons in composition at the third year level. Instrumental lessons focus on learning new repertoire, interpretation, stylistic nuance, and honing finer points of performance practice. Composition students focus on refining formal elements of form, structure, and texture while developing a more sophisticated approach to idiomatic writing and orchestration.

At the end of each term, the student must perform a jury exam of 30 minutes in duration during the regularly scheduled jury period. No more than ten minutes of the jury performance may feature the student in an ensemble setting (chamber music, combo, duo, etc.) rather than as a soloist. The jury consists of prepared performance pieces representative of the genre and repertoire of the performer's area of specialization. The pieces may include improvisations on jazz, creative music, traditional and new music forms. Composers will present a 25 minute program of compositions. These may be performed live or be presented in recorded format. Recordings must be submitted on CD, be of high quality, and be accompanied by clearly printed scores, lead sheets, and lyrics. Manuscript scores and lyrics are not accepted.

Note: Only classical majors should enroll in Classical Voice 5 (MUSC 3130) instead of Performance Concentration 5.

Corequisite: Performance Techniques 5


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(MUSC 3204) Performance Techniques 6 2.0 credits



This course reinforces traditional performance craft while developing important additional production, communication and stage skills. Students perform repertoire selected in collaboration with their private applied music instructor and the assigned course supervisor. These performances are required at least once per term and can be performed by individuals or in pre-rehearsed small ensembles. Students also participate in group discussions, critiques of their peers' work and informational sessions on a variety of performance related topics.

Corequisite: Performance Concentration 6 or Classical Voice 6

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Houle, Francois


(MUSC 3206) World Music 2 3.0 credits



A continuation of World Music 1 with a focus on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditional and contemporary cultural practices.

Prerequisite: MUSC 3106 World Music 1 or permission

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  40758 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
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0900 - 1029
02-Jan-2018
to 19-Apr-2018
Morgan, Deirdre


(MUSC 3208) Rhythm Studies 3 3.0 credits



This course concentrates on the development of advanced rhythmic skills through score reading, vocal rhythm exercises, transcription, conduction and analysis. Students become acquainted with diverse global approaches to time keeping, cyclical structures, jazz and popular music conceptions of "feel", metric modulation and the concept of the "clave".

Prerequisite: Rhythm Studies 2

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  40759 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
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F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1030 - 1159
02-Jan-2018
to 19-Apr-2018
Morrison, Ken


(MUSC 3209) Performance Concentration 6 3.0 credits



A continuation of Performance Concentration 5. This course is related to working with individual instrumental instruction as well as individual lessons in composition at the third year level. Instrumental lessons focus on learning new repertoire, interpretation, stylistic nuance, and honing finer points of performance practice. Composition students focus on refining formal elements of form, structure, and texture while developing a more sophisticated approach to idiomatic writing and orchestration.

At the end of each term, the student must perform a jury exam of 30 minutes in duration during the regularly scheduled jury period. No more than ten minutes of the jury performance may feature the student in an ensemble setting (chamber music, combo, duo, etc.) rather than as a soloist. The jury consists of prepared performance pieces representative of the genre and repertoire of the performer's area of specialization. The pieces may include improvisations on jazz, creative music, traditional and new music forms. Composers will present a 25 minute program of compositions. These may be performed live or be presented in recorded format. Recordings must be submitted on CD, be of high quality, and be accompanied by clearly printed scores, lead sheets, and lyrics. Manuscript scores and lyrics are not accepted.

Note: Only classical majors should enroll in Classical Voice 6 (MUSC 3230) instead of Performance Concentration 6.

Corequisite: Performance Techniques 6

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02-Jan-2018
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(MUSC 3213) Conducting 2 3.0 credits



This course continues the concentration of Conducting 1 in training musicians to become conductors of choral and orchestral ensembles. Most aspects of rehearsing and performing, from conducting beat patterns through the psychology of rehearsal pacing, to programming and finding resources are explored.

Prerequisite: MUSC 3113 Conducting 1

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van Wyck, Gerald


(MUSC 3217) Creative Music Improvisation 2 2.0 credits



A course for advanced improvisers of an approved level of development. This course consists of in-depth exploration of idiomatic repertoire and development of non-idiomatic language. Fundamental vocabularies and mental skills are emphasized.

Note: Students may choose to take Creative Music Improvisation 2 or Conducting 2 (MUSC 3213). One course is required and the other may be taken as an elective credit.

Prerequisite: MUSC 3117 Creative Music Improvisation 1 or audition

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  40761 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
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1000 - 1159
05-Jan-2018
to 13-Apr-2018
Kremer, Paula


(MUSC 3290) Directed Ensemble 6 1.0 credits



Students participate in an upper level directed ensemble related to their concentration to be chosen from the following: VCC Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, Gamelan Ensemble, Korean Ensemble, and Latin Jazz Ensemble. Participation presumes an advanced performance ability and a corresponding level of musical maturity.

*In special circumstances subject to the approval of School of Music faculty, a student may enroll in a directed ensemble outside her/his applied music concentration.

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  40768 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
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1600 - 1859
02-Jan-2018
to 17-Apr-2018
Korsrud, John
  40767 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
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1530 - 1829
03-Jan-2018
to 18-Apr-2018
Tempest, James
  40766 Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
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Kremer, Paula
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Siddall, Jon


(MUSC 4107) Career Opportunities Practicum 5.0 credits



The successful completion of the industry placement experience in the seventh term meets an important requirement of the applied degree. Students are placed in a professional, music-industry workplace that is relevant to their particular areas of interest. These individualized music industry projects are undertaken with community partners such as agents, performing and broadcast organizations, venues, and relevant arts organizations. During this placement students consolidate their studies and work experience. Students develop a study project related to the work term, which is meant to enhance the value of this work term for both student and project sponsors.

Prerequisite: Career Opportunities 2

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02-Jan-2018
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Duke, David


(MUSC 4204) Performance Techniques 7 2.0 credits



This course reinforces traditional performance craft while developing important additional production, communication and stage skills. Students perform repertoire selected in collaboration with their private applied music instructor and the assigned course supervisor. These performances are required at least once per term and can be performed by individuals or in pre-rehearsed small ensembles. Students also participate in group discussions, critiques of their peers' work and informational sessions on a variety of performance related topics.

Prerequisite: Performance Techniques 6 or permission

Corequisite: Performance Concentration 7

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Houle, Francois


(MUSC 4206) Music Seminar 2 2.0 credits



Seminars explore selected contemporary and historical topics in the areas of performance practice, theory, musicology, composition, arranging research and the music industry. Classes consist of lectures, discussions and student presentations. Seminar topic selections emphasize acute issues or important historical trends and change from year to year.

Prerequisite: Music Seminar 1

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  40772 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
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1000 - 1159
02-Jan-2018
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  40773 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
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1300 - 1459
02-Jan-2018
to 19-Apr-2018
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(MUSC 4209) Performance Concentration 7 3.0 credits



A continuation of Performance Concentration 6. Lessons focus on preparing the degree student for their graduation recital. Students prepare a recital to include a minimum of 60 minutes (maximum 90 minutes) of music. Students are encouraged to perform in chamber music or other small group settings but a substantial portion of the performance (80% or more) must feature the recital student as a soloist. Composers are also required to present a 60 minute minimum (90 minutes maximum) program of their compositions and are responsible for the organization of performers and other technical requirements. All recital repertoire must be approved by the private instructor at least six weeks in advance of the scheduled recital. Students are encouraged to use Performance Techniques 7 to test out new repertoire and fine tune upcoming recital performances.

Note: Only classical majors should enroll in Classical Voice 7 (MUSC 4230) instead of Performance Concentration 7.

Prerequisite: Performance Concentration 6

Corequisite: Performance Techniques 7

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(MUSC 4304) Performance Techniques 8 2.0 credits



A continuation of Performance Techniques 7. Degree students are encouraged to use their last term of Performance Techniques to experiment with new repertoire and various types of presentation formats. Students are encouraged to schedule up to three short performances during Term 8 in order to prepare for the one hour final graduation recital at the end of the term.

Weekly attendance at Performance Techniques is recommended but not mandatory for Degree students that may be involved in performance projects outside the School of Music. These activities must be reported, discussed with and approved by the course instructor.

Co-requisite: Performance Concentration 8 or Classical Voice 8

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Houle, Francois


(MUSC 4309) Performance Concentration 8 3.0 credits



A continuation of Performance Concentration 7. Lessons focus on preparing the degree student for their graduation recital. Students prepare a recital to include a minimum of 60 minutes (maximum 90 minutes) of music. Students are encouraged to perform in chamber music or other small group settings but a substantial portion of the performance (80% or more) must feature the recital student as a soloist. Composers are also required to present a 60 minute minimum (90 minutes maximum) program of their compositions and are responsible for the organization of performers and other technical requirements. All recital repertoire must be approved by the private instructor at least six weeks in advance of the scheduled recital. Students are encouraged to use Performance Techniques 7 to test out new repertoire and fine tune upcoming recital performances.

Note: Classical voice majors should enroll in Classical Voice 8 (MUSC 4330) instead of Performance Concentration 8.

Prerequisite: Performance Concentration 7

Corequisite: Performance Techniques 8

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02-Jan-2018
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Upcoming schedules for Spring 2018 Spring/Summer 2018 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Term 1

(MUSC 3103) Materials of Music 5
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3104) Performance Techniques 5
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(MUSC 3106) World Music 1
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3107) Career Opportunities 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3109) Performance Concentration 5
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3113) Conducting 1
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3117) Creative Music Improvisation 1
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(MUSC 3130) Classical Voice 5
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3190) Directed Ensemble 5
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits


Term 2

(MUSC 3204) Performance Techniques 6
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(MUSC 3206) World Music 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3208) Rhythm Studies 3
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3209) Performance Concentration 6
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3213) Conducting 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3217) Creative Music Improvisation 2
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(MUSC 3230) Classical Voice 6
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 3290) Directed Ensemble 6
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
(MUSC ELC2) Non-Music Elective 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits


Term 3

(MUSC 4106) Music Seminar 1
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(MUSC 4107) Career Opportunities Practicum
course schedule schedule
5.0 credits
(MUSC 4204) Performance Techniques 7
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(MUSC 4209) Performance Concentration 7
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 4230) Classical Voice 7
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC ELC3) Non-Music Elective 3
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits


Term 4

(MUSC 4206) Music Seminar 2
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(MUSC 4304) Performance Techniques 8
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits
(MUSC 4309) Performance Concentration 8
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC 4330) Classical Voice 8
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits
(MUSC ELC1) Non-Music Elective 1
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits
(N/A) Music Electives
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits