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: 4155*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 8 0 months
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based and Online
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.



  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

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 *

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 4155
Student union128
College initiative52
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource167
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
U-PASS 354
Program-specific extra fees0

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