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VCC Music offers a two-year diploma and a subsequent two-year Bachelor of Applied Music Degree. Both credentials emphasize the development of skills and experience toward becoming a successful professional in music. VCC is highly regarded for its academic and skills curricula, as well as its emphasis on music and media, career opportunities and performance techniques courses.

In addition to classical and jazz studies, VCC welcomes instrumentalists and vocalists in rock and popular music, as well as music traditions from other cultures. This diversity is exemplified by our range of ensembles: Willan Choir, VCC Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Jazz Orchestra, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Pre-Bop Jazz Ensemble, Classic Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Electric Jazz (Fusion and Funk) Ensemble, Gamelan Ensemble, New Music Ensemble and others.

VCC faculty are among the finest artist-teachers in the province and, together with our alumni, continue to have significant critical and commercial success in the industry.

VCC Music has a $50,000 scholarship fund dedicated to entrance scholarships. Awards are based on the strength of an applicant's audition. The music program also offers generous ongoing scholarship support to continuing students.

 

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Welcome to VCC – Fall 2019

Welcome to VCC – Fall 2019

Get all the information you need for a great start to your studies at VCC
Aug 30, 2019

Spring 2019 Convocation recap

Spring 2019 Convocation recap

On June 27, VCC celebrated the success and achievement of its graduating class of 2019
Jul 2, 2019

See all programs with space available

See all programs with space available

It's not too late to apply! See which great VCC programs have space available
Jun 24, 2019

VCC at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

VCC at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Your guide to VCC music alumni and faculty at Vancouver's 2019 Jazz Fest
Jun 21, 2019

VCC Outstanding Alumni Awards 2018 winners

VCC Outstanding Alumni Awards 2018 winners

Join us in recognizing VCC alumni for significant contributions to their industries and communities
Mar 20, 2019

Welcome back! Winter 2019

Welcome back! Winter 2019

Get the tips and information you need to succeed at VCC in Winter 2019
Jan 1, 2019

Top 10 VCC stories of 2018

Top 10 VCC stories of 2018

A look at the year’s most popular online stories featuring VCC students, instructors, and alumni
Dec 31, 2019

VCC faculty concerts a must-see for local music lovers

VCC faculty concerts a must-see for local music lovers

VCC’s Off Broadway series is back with new genres and unbeatable ticket prices
Oct 12, 2018

Five ways VCC supports international students

Five ways VCC supports international students

Studying overseas can be life-changing. Learn how VCC helps international students thrive in Canada and beyond
Oct 3, 2018

VCC road trip: Recruiters Q&A

VCC road trip: Recruiters Q&A

Say hello to Leigh and Danielle, VCC’s representatives hitting the road in B.C. this fall
Sep 18, 2018

The many faces of Adult Basic Education

The many faces of Adult Basic Education

As VCC celebrates one year of tuition-free ABE, we shine a light on some of our most inspiring students
Sep 10, 2018

Welcome to VCC

Welcome to VCC

Get the tips and information you need to start Fall 2018 right
Sep 4, 2018

Loud and proud, Queer as Funk make Motown their own

Loud and proud, Queer as Funk make Motown their own

VCC music grad Alison Gorman finds a musical home in Vancouver’s hottest, queerest band
Aug 1, 2018

Spring 2018 convocation recap

Spring 2018 convocation recap

Celebrating the success and achievement of 1,300 VCC grads on June 19, 2018
Jun 22, 2018

VCC at the TD International Jazz Festival

VCC at the TD International Jazz Festival

Your guide to VCC music alumni and faculty at Vancouver's 2018 Jazz Fest
Jun 11, 2018

Win two tickets to Flourish!

Win two tickets to Flourish!

Flourish: an unforgettable evening of Vancouver's best food, wine, and entertainment
Feb 16, 2018

Top 10 VCC stories of 2017

Top 10 VCC stories of 2017

A look at the year’s most popular online stories featuring VCC students, instructors, and alumni
Jan 4, 2018

Fall 2017 convocation recap

Fall 2017 convocation recap

VCC is proud to announce the graduation of almost 1,200 hardworking and dedicated students on November 23, 2017
Dec 4, 2017

Congratulations to our Mayor’s Arts Awards winners

Congratulations to our Mayor’s Arts Awards winners

Four of VCC's creative community leaders have been recognized by the City of Vancouver
Oct 11, 2017

Kirsten’s story: music for life

Kirsten’s story: music for life

After rediscovering a childhood talent, one VCC student finds classical piano is more than lessons
Aug 11, 2017

Spring 2017 convocation recap

Spring 2017 convocation recap

VCC is proud to announce the graduation of over 1,300 hardworking and dedicated students on June 29, 2017
Jul 7, 2017

VCC and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2017

VCC and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2017

Check out VCC's music faculty and alumni at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Jun 21, 2017

Flourish is our signature, annual fundraising green-tie gala!

Flourish is our signature, annual fundraising green-tie gala!

Join us on March 9, 2017
Jan 12, 2017

Top 10 VCC stories of 2016

Top 10 VCC stories of 2016

Revisit the year’s most-popular online stories featuring VCC students, instructors, and alumni
Jan 4, 2017

An awarding experience

An awarding experience

Recognizing student excellence at the 2016 Fall Student Awards
Dec 9, 2016

Fall 2016 convocation recap

Fall 2016 convocation recap

VCC is proud to announce the graduation of over 1,100 hardworking and dedicated students on Nov. 17
Nov 29, 2016

Instructor feature: VCC Music’s Alan Matheson

Instructor feature: VCC Music’s Alan Matheson

Multi-talented musician, composer, performer, and teacher Alan Matheson talks talent and inspiration
Oct 13, 2016

Barbara Vargas: VCC's tap dancing percussionist

Barbara Vargas: VCC's tap dancing percussionist

Vancouver musician aims to break down walls between music and dance
Jul 25, 2016

VCC at the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival

VCC at the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Over 30 of VCC's own musicians will be participating in the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Jun 24, 2016

The sweet sounds of mixing it up

The sweet sounds of mixing it up

Department leader, Ken Morrison explains why studying music at VCC will get you ahead
Jun 21, 2016

VCC music alumnus featured in BC Musician Magazine

VCC music alumnus featured in BC Musician Magazine

Horn player, Malcolm Aiken graduated from the VCC music diploma program in 2002
Jun 16, 2016

Helen’s story: the voices of angels

Helen’s story: the voices of angels

The VCC Willan Choir’s longest-standing member, 100-year-old Helen Fung continues to hit the high notes
May 26, 2016

50 Years. 50 Chefs: A memorable celebration

50 Years. 50 Chefs: A memorable celebration

VCC’s 50th anniversary fundraising event supports student success
Nov 30, 2015

Kathy’s story: conquering fears through music

Kathy’s story: conquering fears through music

She finally followed her musical dreams, and learned more than she ever expected
Jul 17, 2015

VCC and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

VCC and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Numerous members of VCC's music faculty and alumni will be performing at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Jun 18, 2015

Music instructor John Korsrud featured in local video series

Music instructor John Korsrud featured in local video series

Get to know this accomplished musician’s favourite songs, records, neighbourhoods and more
May 13, 2015

Music can improve your quality of life

Music can improve your quality of life

Music can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
Aug 14, 2014

Five reasons the VCC music diploma program should be your first choice

Five reasons the VCC music diploma program should be your first choice

Take your music career up an octave with our diploma program.
May 28, 2014

Alumni Profile - Daniel Ruiz

Alumni Profile - Daniel Ruiz

Busy VCC Music alumnus, Daniel Ruiz, shares his recent experience with the Peak Performance Project.
Nov 29, 2013