Summer Programs 2021


LCMS offers a variety of fun and innovative summer programs for students of all ages and levels. Whether you are looking for a Suzuki Camp, a unique musical Aural Skills Class, or Theory, History, Harmony, there’s something for everyone!

Suzuki Summer Programs

Our annual Suzuki camps are a highlight of the summer for Suzuki families, and this year we are pleased to offer a unique, 5-day music-making opportunity that allows students and teachers to come together for a safe, nurturing and fun experience that will appeal to those near and far!

Suzuki Strings Summer Camp
July 5 – 9, 2021

Open to all Suzuki trained students in violin, viola and cello.

Join us for an interactive musical experience with fabulous guest teachers Diana Nuttall (cello) and Robert Richardson (violin/viola), who will be leading the sessions remotely, with the support of LCMS faculty.

State-of-the-art technology enables in-person and online students to learn and play music with new friends from around the world! Students residing within the Lower Mainland may attend in-person classes with teachers teaching via monitor and in-person. Strict Covid-19 guidelines will be followed, and every consideration will be given to appropriate structure and breaks for all students.

Daily parent sessions with workshop faculty will be held virtually Monday to Thursday.
Students will have the opportunity to perform at one of our daily online recitals.

Designed with virtual and in-person attendees in mind, daily activities include:

  • An individual lesson in the form of a masterclass
  • A technique class
  • An optional daily repertoire class

An online ice-breaker event will be held July 4, 3:00 pm , PACIFIC time.
Daily Classes will run Monday to Friday.
Virtual Summer Camp Wind-Up will be held following classes Friday, July 9th.

Dates: July 5-9, 2021
Online Orientation Ice-Breaker (optional): Sunday, July 4, 3:00pm
Costs:
Strings Book 1-3: $275 (by May 1) $325 (after May 1)
Strings Book 4-up: $325 (by May 1) $375 (after May 1)
A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required at time of registration.

Violin / Viola / Cello Program

Repertoire

Please be prepared to play your polished piece at your first lesson. The repertoire will include:

  • Suzuki Book 1, 2 and 3: All Pieces
  • Suzuki Book 4+:  To be determined after May 1 registrations

Fidelma Cordick – Violin B.Mus from the University of British Columbia; member of BCRMTA and SAA; extensive training in Suzuki pedagogy and orchestra conducting; chamber musician and former conductor of Delta Youth Orchestra and current conductor of LCMS Intermediate Orchestra.

Diana Nuttall – Cello/Chamber/Suzuki Teacher Training A high-profile Suzuki teacher and clinician for Suzuki institutes internationally. Diana Nuttall is a dynamic, innovative cello teacher, a leader in the Suzuki Community, and a performing cellist. She has taught in Edmonton, Alberta for more than 30 years, producing many fine students and life-long lovers of music. Thoughtful, and with an academic interest in language, music, and learning, Diana’s articles on teaching music and music reading have been published regularly in the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Journal. Diana was the Director of the Alberta Suzuki String Institute in Edmonton from 1998 to 2008, and is a high-profile Suzuki teacher and clinician for Suzuki institutes internationally. Diana lived and studied with Dr. Suzuki in Japan for two years, apprenticed with Yoko Oike Wong, and did a practicum with Tanya Carey.

Robert Richardson – Violin/Viola B. Mus, M. Mus. Robert Richardson teaches and conducts at Suzuki workshops, institutes, and music festivals on a regular basis throughout North America and beyond. Along with maintaining an extensive violin and viola studio in the Suzuki Talent Education Program at Brandon University’s Eckhardt-Grammatté Conservatory of Music, he also conducts string orchestras and coaches chamber music. Robert performs regularly with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra on both violin and viola as well as in numerous chamber ensembles, including the Brandon Chamber Players, of which he is a founding member.

Leanne Wendt – Violin Suzuki and Royal Conservatory violin; specializes in preschool music training; Suzuki Teacher Training, University of Maine, Pacific University, Western Washington University, and Universities of Alberta and Calgary, LCMS Faculty & Junior Programs Co-ordinator.

Suzuki Teacher Enrichment Study
July 5 – 9, 2021

Steps and Stages of Developing a Musical Ear – Diana Nuttall

As Suzuki teachers, we teach “by ear.”  But what is a “good ear” for music? How do we as teachers support a child’s ear development? What can we do to foster different aspects of ear development that are age, level, and repertoire appropriate? How do we keep ear development going?

Drawing on the experiences of participants, and research, this course will examine these questions in the context of Dr Suzuki’s teachings. With a greater understanding, participants will acquire strategies for enhancing and extending ear development, the most important musical ability in their teaching, from Pre-Twinkle to post-Suzuki repertoire. Teachers of all instrumental backgrounds are welcome.

Dates: July 5-9, 2021
Times: TBD (10 hour course)
Instructor: Diana Nuttall
Cost: $225 (by May 1) $275 (after May 1)
Observation of student classes are included.
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at time of registration.

Diana Nuttall – Cello/Chamber/Suzuki Teacher Training A high-profile Suzuki teacher and clinician for Suzuki institutes internationally. Diana Nuttall is a dynamic, innovative cello teacher, a leader in the Suzuki Community, and a performing cellist. She has taught in Edmonton, Alberta for more than 30 years, producing many fine students and life-long lovers of music.

Thoughtful, and with an academic interest in language, music, and learning, Diana’s articles on teaching music and music reading have been published regularly in the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Journal. Diana was the Director of the Alberta Suzuki String Institute in Edmonton from 1998 to 2008, and is a high-profile Suzuki teacher and clinician for Suzuki institutes internationally. Diana lived and studied with Dr. Suzuki in Japan for two years, apprenticed with Yoko Oike Wong, and did a practicum with Tanya Carey.

Aural Skills for All Musicians

Aural Skills Introduction
July 6 – August 26, 2021
“To hear with the eyes – to see with the ears” – Zoltan Kodaly

Invaluable for any instrumentalist or singer! Rooted in the Kodaly method, these courses cultivate aural skills and a deeper understanding of musical structure through a variety of progressive vocal, rhythmic, harmonic, sight-singing and dictation exercises. Zoom provides an excellent user-friendly and interactive classroom environment where we can develop our technique in safety. In order to begin the class, students must be able to accurately match pitch with their voice, already be studying music and/or have experience playing or singing in an ensemble.

If you are new to Aural Skills, please contact the office at 604-534-2848 to learn more and to find the class that is right for you.

Introduction to Aural Skills takes place for 11 weeks on select Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30-7:30 in July and August, 2021. Excellent for singers or instrumentalists who are new to Aural Skills or would like a refresher course to solidify your skills. Study melody, rhythm and harmony through singing and listening/transcribing. Improve musical independence using solfa and strengthen rudimentary rhythmic understanding and harmonic progressions.

Liana Savard, Instructor
Liana is a choral director, educator, and performer. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies from North Vancouver’s Capilano College in 2000, Liana went on to obtain her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 2002. Liana is currently Artistic Director of the Vancouver Orpheus Male Voice Choir and has a thriving vocal studio at the Langley Community Music School.

Cost: $130
A non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.
Please note: all classes must meet the minimum student requirement in order to run.

Course Materials: The textbook for the class is an extra cost: An Introduction to Sight Singing by Stanley Arkis and Herman Schuckman published by Carl Fischer.

Times: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Dates:
Week 1 – Tues July 6
Week 2 – Tues July 13 & Thurs July 15
Week 3 – Tues July 20
Week 4 – Tues July 27 & Thurs July 29
Week 5 – Tues Aug 3
Week 6 – Tues Aug 10 & Thurs Aug 12
Week 7 – no classes
Week 8 – Tues Aug 24 & Thurs Aug 26

Summer Theory, History & Harmony Classes

Complete your theory and history requirements this summer! These classes will run throughout the summer for the August RCM exams.

In addition to virtual classes, semi-private lessons may be available for theory, history and harmony levels. Please contact the office at
604-534-2858 to express your interest.

Theory Classes

Dates & Times: TBD
Cost: TBD
A non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.
Course Materials: The textbook for the class is an extra cost.
Please note: all classes must meet the minimum student requirement in order to run.

Prepare for the RCM Theory Exams in the following Summer Theory Group Classes:

  • Level 5/6 Theory
  • Level 7 Theory
  • Level 8 Theory

Private and Semi-Private Lessons
In addition to classes, all theory levels are available by private lesson. Standard LCMS 2020/21 lesson rates apply. Levels not available as classes are offered by private/semi-private lesson only.

RCM Exams
Please note, that levels 5, 6 and 7 are optional. Level 8 is the only exam needed to meet all practical exam requirements up to and including level 8.

Kathleen Stanyer, Instructor
Kathleen is a passionate musician and educator, with years of experience in private piano instruction, performing and accompanying. She has always excelled at academics, and has a solid foundation in music theory and history; both subjects which she teaches with enthusiasm and conviction. She strives to give her students the skills and knowledge to become excited, dedicated, and passionate about music making in both classical and popular styles.

History Classes

Students will prepare for the summer Royal Conservatory of Music examination session.

Personal study at home is expected following each class, and will be in the form of completing assigned worksheets and practice exams, self-study and memorization of material, and compiling notecards of terms, composers, musical works, and significant publications required for study.

Cost: $TBD
A non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.
Course Materials: The textbook for the class is an extra cost.
Please note: all classes must meet the minimum student requirement to run.

Level 9 History 
This course emphasizes the study of Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern musical periods, focusing on significant composer’s biographies, works, and contributions, as outlined in the current Theory Syllabus.

LEVEL10 History
This course focuses on how and why musical genres and styles evolved through time, from Gregorian Chant to Schubert as outlined in the current Theory Syllabus.

ARCT History
This course focuses on genres and musical styles and how and why these evolved through time from Romantic, to Modern, as outlined in the current Theory Syllabus.

Private and Semi-Private Lessons
In addition to classes, all History levels are available by private or semi-private lesson. Standard LCMS 2020/21 lesson rates apply. Levels not available as classes are offered by private/semi-private lesson only.

Kathleen Stanyer, Instructor
Kathleen is a passionate musician and educator, with years of experience in private piano instruction, performing and accompanying. She has always excelled at academics, and has a solid foundation in music theory and history; both subjects which she teaches with enthusiasm and conviction. She strives to give her students the skills and knowledge to become excited, dedicated, and passionate about music making in both classical and popular styles.

Harmony Classes

Students will prepare for the summer Royal Conservatory of Music examination session.

Cost: TBD
A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration
Course Materials: The textbook required for this course is an extra cost.
Please note: all classes must meet the minimum student requirement in order to run.

Level 9 Harmony
This course prepares students to write the RCM Level 9 Harmony exam. A focus is on writing in the style of and understanding and analyzing the harmonic and formal structures found in the common practice period.

LEVEL 10 Harmony and Counterpoint 
This course prepares students to write the RCM Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint exam. This course furthers the knowledge and abilities fostered in the Harmony 9 level.

Private and Semi-Private Lessons
In addition to classes, all upper level theory classes (including ARCT Analysis, and ARCT Harmony and Counterpoint) are available by private or semi-private lessons. Standard LCMS 2020/21 lesson rates apply. Levels not offered as classes are offered by private/semi-private lesson only.

Alan Stiles, Instructor
Born and raised in Bella Coola, BC, Allen Stiles received his Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia studying under Lee Kum Sing. He is a founding member and artistic director of The Little Chamber Music Series That Could Society, and is a member of Joe Trio. He is also a highly respected freelance pianist and teacher in the Vancouver area.

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