Summer Programs


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

LCMS Virtual Strings Workshops 2020

LCMS is pleased to offer the following virtual workshops for all string students. These week-long series of master classes, groups, plus a parent session, will give you and your child a chance to learn in a fun and nurturing way. Guest clinicians Rob Richardson, violin/viola, and Diana Nuttall, cello, will be joining us via Zoom.

Dates: July 13-17
Each registered student and their parent will receive:

  • a daily lesson – in the form of a masterclass (a shared lesson, with each student receiving a short one on one lesson);
  • group classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday;
  • a parent session Wednesday, with our guest clinicians

The cost for this 5 day session will be:

– $125 for Suzuki book 1
Includes a 30 minute daily masterclass, a 25 minute group class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and a parent session on Wednesday.

$150 for Suzuki books 2 – 3
Includes a 60 minute daily masterclass (with 4 students), a 45 minute group class, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and a parent session Wednesday.

$200 for Suzuki books 4+ / RCM Gr 5+
Includes a 60 minute daily masterclass (with 3 students), a 60 minute group class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and a parent session Wednesday.

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.

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. The RCM exam registration deadline is June 16th; the exams will take place on August 7th or 8th.

In addition to 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

These virtual classes will meet twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays over the summer (60 minutes in length for 15 hours total class time). Students will prepare for the summer Royal Conservatory of Music examination session.

Cost: $310
A non-refundable deposit of $100 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

These virtual classes will meet for twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays (120 minute lessons, with a 60 minute review class – 27 total class hours). Students will prepare for the summer Royal Conservatory of Music examination session.

The RCM exam registration deadline is June 16th; the exams will take place on August 7th or 8th.

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: $575
A non-refundable deposit of $100 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

These virtual classes will meet twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays over the summer for a total of 24 class hours. Class homework and review is extensive, and students must be prepared to spend 2-4 hours of personal time on material each week. Students will prepare for the summer Royal Conservatory of Music examination session.

Cost: $495
A non-refundable deposit of $100 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.

Aural Skills for All Musicians
“to hear with the eyes – to see with the ears” – Zoltan Kodaly

Cost: $75
Length: 7 weeks
Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19
Time: 6:30pm

Invaluable for any instrumentalist or singer! Rooted in the Kodaly method, this course cultivates 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 we can develop our technique in safely. 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.

Liana Savard, Instructor
Liana has been an active director, educator and performer of music for the past 16 years. 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.

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