The VSO School of Music is a state-of-the-art community music school in the heart of downtown Vancouver that teaches the joy of learning, playing and performing music, for all ages and stages. Lessons, classes and ensembles are offered in classical, jazz and world music, to everyone from young beginners and adult hobbyists to students preparing for a career in music.
The VSO School’s special Early Years Music Program incorporates a range of activities designed to give a ‘brain boost’ to developing young minds with all the proven benefits that come from learning music at an early age. Starting with Parent and Baby Musical Yoga Classes for new parents and newborns, VSO School classes continue through to group Music and Movement classes using the popular Colourstrings approach. Children are then guided through Pathway small group lessons that bring the joy of playing an instrument into your child’s life, with choices of piano, violin, cello, guitar, percussion or singing in a choir. Children aged 5-7 can also attend the Sounds of the Symphony classes, introducing them to the sonic world of the symphony orchestra. Kids who progress to a performing ensemble at the school can even perform on the Orpheum Theatre stage!
The VSO School enjoys a unique relationship with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which allows students and their families to gain unforgettable musical experiences, including complimentary tickets to selected VSO concerts and a kids-go-free ticket offer. International classical artists in town to perform with the VSO often visit the School to conduct masterclasses and Q&As, and in recent years young VSOSoM students have met and learned from Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Jon Kimura Parker and Emanuel Ax, to name a few! Students also have the opportunity to participate in the annual Future of Excellence competition, where winners in both the junior and senior divisions are given the chance to perform as soloists with the VSO.
Little ones from toddlers to age 6 and their parents are invited to regular FREE Public Instrument Petting Zoos at the school to enjoy a hands-on experience with instruments and to learn more about the school. With over 50 early years music courses scheduled each term, you are bound to find the perfect fit for your child and your schedule. Registration is open all year round, and can be done online, by phone or in person.