Preparatory Music

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

The Preparatory Certificate provides students with the foundation in music theory, skills development, and performance needed to successfully enter the VCC Music Diploma program.

Tuition: 11233*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 8 0 month
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Sep

What you will learn

  • Reading and writing standard music notation
  • Understanding of melody, rhythm and harmony
  • Ear-training and sight-singing
  • Performance
  • Program writing
  • Transcription and dictation
  • Awareness of many musical cultures

What to expect

  • Supportive, lively community of musicians working collaboratively on music skills
  • Participation in classes, ensembles and one-on-one lessons
  • Instruction to develop musical capabilities in preparation for college-level music study.

Admission requirements



  • Grade 12 graduation, GED or equivalent
    • Note: Applicants who have not graduated from high school may still be considered, with permission from the Music Department Leader.

  • English 12 or Communications 12 with a pass, or equivalent.



  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • Demonstrates potential in area of specialization 

  • Strong motivation and commitment to music 

  • Basic computer facility 

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition

PLAR is available for the following courses:

  • MUSC 1011 Preparatory Musicianship 1
  • MUSC 1013 Preparatory Theory 1
  • MUSC 1041 Preparatory Performance Techniques 1
  • MUSC 1054 Preparatory Class Piano 1
  • MUSC 1064 Preparatory Class Piano 2

Prior learning is assessed in the following ways:

  • Pass a written examination with a minimum grade of 80%, and/or
  • Complete a Performance Assessment, and
  • Complete a successful interview with the Music Department Leader and one other music faculty member

Please contact the Department for details. See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

10000 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 11233
Student union128
College initiative53
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource112
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 354
Program-specific extra fees1661

Apply now


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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