Music - Community and Part-Time Courses

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.

For more information on these courses, including application and registration, please contact Music Student Services Coordinator Jodi Van Brunt at:

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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 four types of courses open to part-time students and community members:

  • “Music Immersion” Foundations classes include Music Theory/ Musicianship (Solfege, Ear-Training and Rhythm Studies)/ Preparatory Class Piano/ Preparatory Individual instruction. Students will learn the essential rudiments of music theory and practice (melody, chords, scales, rhythm, triads, intervals, technique, form and analysis) from VCC’s renowned faculty, in a collaborative and supportive environment. These classes take place in the early evening, Monday to Thursday. Term 1 occurs September until November/ Term 2 occurs January until March. Registering for Individual preparatory instruction requires a (non-intimidating and friendly) audition, but preparatory theory and musicianship do not. Preparatory class piano enrollment is subject to wait list.
  • 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 classes are offered June - Aug (condensed, combined format). Summer Preparatory Foundations classes are intended for already-auditioned students that seek to attain a higher skill level in order to enter the diploma program in September. The music department may also allow entrance to other interested students on a case by case basis. No audition required.
  • Ensembles: VCC Music has several non-auditioned ensembles that invite community members to participate: The Willan Choir, Gamelan Ensemble, VCC Concert Choir, and the New Music Ensemble are all available to anyone interested in joining.
    The following ensembles may be open to the community by audition: Jazz Orchestra, Pre-Bop Jazz Ensemble, Caribbean Music Ensemble, Mount Pleasant Brass Ensemble, Voices Plus, R&B/ Funk/ Pop ensemble, Future Ensemble, West Coast Symphony. Priority is given to Diploma and Degree full time students.
  • 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. Department Leader approval is also required.
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.

For part-time courses on music software, please visit the Music Technology program area in Continuing Studies.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

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


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


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


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.

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $89 Per Credit
Student Union Fee $51 per term
College Initiative Fee $3 per credit
Other Costs
$4 per term- Campus Resource Fee
$35 - Material Fee (when enrolled in 3 or more credits)
$12 - Accompanist Fee (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
January 23, 2020 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
February 12, 2020 Wednesday 4:15 - 5 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 in room 3001 (south building). Broadway
February 25, 2020 Tuesday 4:15 - 5 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 in room 3001 (south building). Broadway
March 10, 2020 Tuesday 4:15 - 5 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 in room 3001 (south building). Broadway

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Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


No courses are currently scheduled for this Fall 2019 (201970) term.
Please check upcoming schedules or course listing.

Upcoming Schedules in Winter 2020 (202040)

(MUSC 1090) Willan Choir 0.0 credits

A large community-based choral ensemble of approximately 80 members. At the end of each term the choir performs a variety of classical repertoire including one large work. No audition required. Meets Tuesdays from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  44786 BWY-A Rm. 2010
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1900 - 2159
to 28-Apr-2020
Plumley, Patricia

Term 1

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