Summer Programs 2024


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!

Summer Music for Babies & Toddlers

July 3-August 14, 2024

Immerse your child in an environment rich with rhythm and rhyme – the building blocks of language.

Give your child an enriching musical experience that is designed to support and celebrate their success as they grow and learn. Classes are structured to provide a comforting routing through which new tasks and activities are introduced in a calm learning environment.

Family Model

Children participate *together with their parents or caregivers.

  • encourages the development of skills at ever age
  • fosters sensitivity towards others
  • encourages a unique parent-child bond

*Parental involvement is mandatory in order to encourage your child’s focus and participation.

Dates: Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 24, 31; August 7 & 14
Times: 10:00am
Ages: 3 months – 3 years with parent participation
Cost per child: $90

Leanne Wendt, violin Leanne is trained in Suzuki and Royal Conservatory violin, specializing in preschool music training. She has received Suzuki Teacher Training at University of Maine, Pacific University, Western Washington University and Universities of Alberta and Calgary. Leanne has been on the Suzuki faculty at LCMS for over 30 years, and is the current Director of Summer Programs.

Playing with Music Summer Camp

July 22 – 26, 2024

Sing! Make masks! Explore folk traditions! Build simple musical instruments and crafts! Play xylophones and percussion instruments! Storytelling using creative movement, drama and music! See and hear the instrument of the day!

This summer camp offers activities for two age groups. Some of these will be for the whole group and some activities will be for smaller groups in age appropriate sessions, freely mixing old favourites with exciting new material. The instructors use their background as performers and Orff, Kodaly, and Children’s Art specialists to make this a unique experience that is a Langley Music School Summer tradition.

Bring a water bottle and snack, and dress for movement and art activities.

Parents and guests are invited for a performance on July 26.

Dates: July 22-26, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Ages: 4 to 6 years;  7 to 9 years
Cost: $225
A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration

Holly Duff (B.Mus.) teaches piano, as well as pre-school Orff music and movement classes in both Langley and Vancouver. She is a founding director and pianist with West Coast Chamber Music since 1993, and performs children’s shows combining storytelling and music.

Ross Curran (B.Mus.) is a performer, children’s entertainer, private music teacher and pre-school specialist. Combined with several years spent as a children’s art instructor he brings a wide variety of experience to his teaching.

Strings in Summer

for Suzuki Violin Students, Books 1-3
Wednesdays, various times

Keep your Suzuki string students playing at this fun-filled summer program! These Wednesday group sessions are dedicated to playing Suzuki violin Books 1-3 repertoire in a performance class format. Enjoy time with music friends, including swimming and an opportunity to play for seniors. Family and friends are invited to join us on August 31 for a musical presentation, followed by games night.

Level: Suzuki Violin, Book 1-3
Dates/Times: Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Cost: $75

Leanne Wendt, violin Leanne is trained in Suzuki and Royal Conservatory violin, specializing in preschool music training. She has received Suzuki Teacher Training at University of Maine, Pacific University, Western Washington University and Universities of Alberta and Calgary. Leanne has been on the Suzuki faculty at LCMS for over 30 years, and is the current Director of Summer Programs.

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Suzuki Summer Programs

Our annual Suzuki camps are a highlight of the summer for Suzuki families, and we are pleased to offer unique opportunities for students and parents to be immersed in a nurturing, musical environment. Our day camps take place in our spacious facility, which is surrounded by beautiful parks, playgrounds and a public pool.

Suzuki Summer Camp & Piano Teacher Training – Unit 2
July 4 – 8, 2024

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

Students will be taught by highly trained Suzuki teachers. There will be noon-hour concerts and activities. Group and enrichment classes will be presented in concert Thursday afternoon.

Daily activities Include:

  • An individual lesson in the form of a masterclass
  • A technique class
  • A daily repertoire class
  • An enrichment class*
Twinklers Mini Camp

For violin and viola students 6 years and under currently playing Twinkle Variations.

Daily activities include:

  • An individual lesson in the form of a masterclass
  • A small group class

*Enrichment classes include Chamber Ensemble, Instrument Art & Orffing Around
**Students may register for up to two enrichment classes if the schedule allows.

Camp Dates: July 4-8, 2024

Orientation Ice-Breaker: Thursday, July 4, 5:00pm
The camp begins with an orientation session, including a play-in and ice-cream social.

Camp Schedule:
Classes run Friday, July 5 – Monday, July 8
Friday, Saturday and Monday – 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday – 10:30am-4:30pm

Noon Hour Concerts & Activities: Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7
Participants have the choice to bring their own lunches or purchase the lunch supplements Friday – Monday and stay for noon hour concerts and activities.

Family Picnic: Please invite friends and family to join us for a fun get-together in the park on Sunday, July 7 at 4:00pm!
Cost TBD: $10 per person

Windup Celebration: Monday, July, 8 – 3:30pm
Group and enrichment classes will be presented in concert at our Windup Celebration

Costs:

Strings and Piano Book 1-3: $495 (by June 1) $545 (after June 1)
Strings and Piano Book 4-up: $545 (by June 1) $595 (after June 1)
Extra Enrichment Class: $75
Twinklers Mini Camp: (Violin, viola and piano 6 years and under only) $250 (by June 1) $300 (after June 1)
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required at time of registration.

Please note that there is no registration in Chamber Ensemble after June 1.

Violin / Viola / Piano Program

Repertoire

Please be prepared to play your polished piece at your first lesson. Repertoire for camp TBD.

General Information
  • In keeping with the Suzuki spirit, parents or caregivers should attend classes with their children.
  • Practice rooms will be available for registered students throughout the camp.

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 Leanne is trained in Suzuki and Royal Conservatory violin, specializing in preschool music training. She has received Suzuki Teacher Training at University of Maine, Pacific University, Western Washington University and Universities of Alberta and Calgary. Leanne has been on the Suzuki faculty at LCMS for over 30 years, and is the current Director of Summer Programs.

Nicole Wilton – Piano & Teacher Training A Suzuki Piano Teacher in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan teaching since 1992.. Nicole is one of 5 Teacher Trainers of Suzuki Piano in Canada. As well as maintaining a private piano studio, Nicole is the owner/director of Wilton Academy of Music, home to 500 music students. She holds a Masters degree in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education, a BA honors in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a Teachers ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Canada. Nicole is a frequent clinician, adjudicator and presenter at music workshops and institutes across North America.

Rita Thatcher – Piano
Rita received her B. Mus from University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg; Post-Graduate Teaching Diploma, University of South Africa; Orff Certification, University of Manitoba. She has received Suzuki piano pedagogy training with Susan Magnusson, Dr. Merlin Thompson and Caroline Fraser and has been on the Suzuki piano faculty at LCMS for over 10 years.

Fidelma Cordick – Violin Fidelma received her Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia. She is a member of BCRMTA and SAA, and has received extensive training in Suzuki pedagogy and orchestra conducting. Fidelma is an active teacher, chamber musician and conductor and is the former conductor of Delta Youth Orchestra.

Laur Lenaghan – Instrument Art Laur is a local interdisciplinary artist; their work incorporates sculpture, performance, and socially engaged practice. An LCMS alumnus, he is currently an administrative employee and assistant teacher in Suzuki Early Learning classes at the school. They also play bass with LCMS ensembles. Laur is a student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Fine Arts and Music programs.

#01 Chamber Ensemble – Fidelma Cordick
For violin and viola students Book 4+ / ages 9+ 
Students will develop listening and communication skills as they collaborate to prepare chamber music in a small orchestral setting.

Note: Students should be reading music comfortably to register for this chamber class. Interested students must register by June 1 in order to receive and prepare repertoire in advance. Music will be sent to participants the week of June 10.

#02 Instrument Art – Laur Lenaghan
For All Students

In this hands-on class, students will create their own original instrument sculptures using found materials and clay. Be prepared to get messy! An oversized t-shirt or smock is recommended to protect clothing.

#03 Orffing Around – Rita Thatcher
For All Students

Students will be inspired in this fun exploration of the Orff-Schulwerk style! We will be rumbling our drums, rattling our mallets with xylophones, raising our voices and moving our bodies as we create music together.

Thursday July 4 to Monday July 8, 2024

Discussion of teaching points and development of technique and musicianship of Suzuki Piano Unit 2.

Instructor: Nicole Wilton (SK)

Prerequisites: 

  • SAA active membership
  • Every Child Can! course
  • SAA Piano Unit 1 course
  • Approved Basic, Intermediate or Comprehensive video audition through the SAA

Required Course Preparation:

All teacher training participants are asked to prepare and memorize the repertoire to be studied to the point of fluent performance. Additionally, participants should be conversant with the ideas presented in Dr. Suzuki’s book Nurtured by Love.

All participants will be performing Suzuki repertoire and other materials in class. It is recommended that participants take notes during all sessions. 100% attendance is required for registering the course. If your instructor has prepared additional materials for the course, they will be made available online or emailed to you.

Hours: 15 hours of class, 8 hours of observations.

Registration Deadline: $550 (by May 15) $600 (after May 15)
No Registrations accepted after June 1, 2024

Cost: $550
Non-refundable Deposit: $100

For complete information about Teacher Development requirements, visit the SAA website suzukiassociation.org.

NOTE: All information, classes, faculty, etc. are subject to change depending on enrolment.

All Teacher Development courses are subject to cancellation should there be insufficient registration, in which case all fees will be refunded.

Musicianship for All Instruments

Musicianship for All Instruments
Dates: TBD
“To hear with the eyes – to see with the ears” – Zoltan Kodaly

Invaluable for any instrumentalist, singer or composer!

Be well prepared for your RCM Exam Musicianship Requirements (Ear Tests & Sight Reading). Perfect for all musicians – from teens-adults and from beginner through University levels – to strengthen musicianship, ear tests and sight reading for improved exam results (Musicianship is worth 20% of your mark!) and/or further develop musical independence and understanding.

Rooted in the Kodaly method, this course cultivates aural skills and a deeper understanding of musical structure, intervals, chords, and progressions through singing in solfege, listening/transcribing, and using a variety of progressive rhythmic, harmonic and melodic exercises.

Private lessons and/or classes are available in all levels.

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

Days & Times: TBD

Dates: TBD

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. She taught first and second year Aural Skills in the Music Department at the University of Alberta (2000-2005), and has taught Aural Skills in classes and private lessons through the Langley Community Music School since 2005. Liana is currently Artistic Director of the Vancouver Orpheus Male Voice Choir and has a thriving vocal studio at the Langley Community Music School.

Summer Chamber Music
with the Rose Gellert String Quartet

July 15 – 19, 2024

For violin, viola and cello

Whether you’re looking to try chamber music for the first time or you’re a well-versed veteran wanting to enhance your ensemble skills, this weeklong intensive summer camp offers valuable tools to any aspiring string musician. With an emphasis on string quartet repertoire, students will be guided through rehearsals, workshops and performance opportunities. They will benefit from constructive coaching, group practice techniques and the experience of playing alongside members of the Rose Gellert String Quartet and other professional musicians in a positive and encouraging environment.

Different quartets will be formed based on playing level and experience, and each will be given focused guidance for each session. Students will form a large ensemble which will cap off the program.

Pre-formed quartets are encouraged.

Dates: July 15 – 19, 2024
Time: 9:30am-3:00pm
Wrap-up Concert: Friday, July 19, 6:00pm
Requirements: Suzuki Book 5+, RCM Grade 5+
Ages: All ages
Early Bird Registration Deadline: June 3, 2024 Cost*: $575
Registration Deadline:
June 17, 2024 Cost*: $625
Discounted Sibling Rate: $600 per student

*Due to the nature of the chamber music programme, fees are non-refundable.

Students responsible for providing their own lunch.

Will Chen – Violin Violinist Will Chen’s performances have taken him all over Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom as a soloist and chamber musician with the rising group Mainzer Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the Rose Gellert String Quartet. Will holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of Victoria and a Masters degree from Hochschule fur Musik, Mainz, Germany.

Llowyn Ball – Violin Llowyn Ball is a dedicated and experienced chamber and orchestral musician. Llowyn completed his Masters degree in violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music after studying at the UBC School of Music. He regularly performs with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, & Vancouver New Music.

Peter Ing – Viola Peter Ing is a musician with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He obtained his Bachelors degree from the University of Western Ontario, and went on to complete a Masters degree at the University of British Columbia. Peter also spent time as a fellow at the Kent Blossom Music Festival studying chamber music and orchestral repertoire with various Cleveland Orchestra musicians.

Ben Goheen – Cello Ben Goheen holds a Masters degree in cello performance from the University of British Columbia. He performs with several symphonies and ensembles, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. In addition to the Rose Gellert String Quartet, Ben performs with a variety of smaller chamber ensembles throughout the Lower Mainland.

Summer Theory, History & Harmony Classes

Complete your theory and history requirements this summer! Virtual classes, in-person semi-private and private lessons may be available for theory, history and harmony levels. Please contact the office at 604-534-2848 to express your interest.