Music - Community and Part-Time Courses

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Bring more music into your life. Music Foundations is a great place to start learning the basics of the language of music. For those with some background in music, some performing ensembles and regular diploma courses are available (space permitting) to part-time students and interested members of the community. These courses include: Music Theory, Sight Reading & Ear Training, Music and Media, Rhythm Studies, Music History, Class Piano and various choral and instrumental ensembles.

Program Status:
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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Varies Varies VCC Transcript Broadway Part-time

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Program Description

Program Description

There are three types of courses open to part-time students and community members:

  • Foundations: VCC's Music Foundations Program provides an introduction to music literacy by teaching skills in theory (Basic Theory 1003), ear training and aural skills (Kodaly Solfège 1001), and beginner piano (Class Piano 1053). Basic Theory 1003 and Solfège 1001 are offered 3 times a year: Sept - Dec, Jan - Apr, and June - Aug (condensed, combined format). Class Piano 1053 is offered in the fall and spring terms, and is subject to waitlist for part-time students; some knowledge of music theory or concurrent registration in Basic Theory 1003 is required. These courses are ideal for students planning to enter the full-time program or for those interested in developing and improving their basic musical skills. No audition required.

  • Ensembles: The Willan Choir, a 65-75 member community ensemble, is open to anyone who loves to sing. VCC Music has several other non-auditioned ensembles that invite community members to participate: Gamelan Ensemble, VCC Concert Choir, Korean Music Ensemble and New Music Ensemble.

    The following ensembles are open to the community by audition: Jazz Orchestra, Pre-Bop Ensemble, Classic Jazz Ensemble, Mount Pleasant Brass Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Electric Jazz & Funk Ensemble, and Madrigal Singers.

  • Regular diploma and degree courses in Music Theory, Sight Reading & Ear Training, Music and Media, Rhythm Studies, Music History and Class Piano. While some courses have no official pre-requisites, they are diploma-level courses and require dedication and diligence. They are not suitable for most beginners. Similarly, some degree courses are available to part-time students. These upper level courses include World Music 3106 and Materials of Music 3103, and do require that entering students have a sufficient knowledge base.

Note: For diploma and degree-level courses, part-time and community members are permitted to enroll as long as there is space in the class. Permission of the Department Head is also required.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


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 16 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.

Students interested in community courses and part-time studies should apply online and follow up with the music department by email at music@vcc.ca.


Registration for Basic Theory 1003 or Solfege 1001 starts approximately three weeks prior to the first day of classes, and continues through the first week of classes. All music registration, with the exception of Willan Choir, takes place in person through the music office, room 3205 at the Broadway campus. The music office is open from M-F, 9:30-12 and 2-4.

Although most other music courses are open to part-time students, admittance may be subject to a knowledge or skill level assessment and space permitting. Part-time students must also submit official proof of having fulfilled course prerequisites and corequisites. Please note that private lessons, Performance Techniques (all levels) and Demo Production 2216 are not available on a part-time basis.

For those interested in our Orff courses, please contact Susan Everett at severett@vcc.ca.


With the exceptions of Willan Choir, VCC Concert Choir, Basic Theory 1003 and Solfege 1001, all part-time courses are waitlisted until at least the first week of classes. The school will start taking names for waitlists for September music classes on the first business day in August, and for January classes the first business day in December, provided the student meets the individual course requirement(s).

To put your name on the waitlist for any part-time course, please contact music@vcc.ca.


Course credits earned as a part-time student may be applied toward the diploma and/or degree program once the student has successfully auditioned, provided they are required by the specific major area of study in which the student is enrolled.

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $87.61 Per Credit
Other Costs $31.69
$11.04 - Accompanist Fee (for Willan Choir only)

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

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
November 8, 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
November 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

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(MUSC 1001) Kodaly Solfege
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2.0 credits
(MUSC 1003) Basic Theory
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3.0 credits
(MUSC 1053) Class Piano
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1.0 credits
(MUSC 1090) Willan Choir
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0.0 credits