What you will learn
- Advanced vocal, instrumental, or compositional techniques
- Solo and ensemble performance craft
- Production, communication, and stage skills
- Performance practice and learning new repertoire
- Advanced improvisation
- Interpretation and stylistic nuance
- Musical form, structure, and texture
- Instrumental range, timbre, and idiomatic writing
- Instrumentation, orchestration, and conducting
- Cultural migration, fusion, and trends
- Recording contracts and copyright law
- Unions and professional organizations
- Self-employment, publicity, and marketing
- Private teaching
- Working with music and arts organizations
- Collaboration in dance, theatre, and electronic media
- Current computer technologies
- Music and arts promotion
- Professionalism, responsibility, and accountability
What to expect
- Monday to Friday daytime classes
- Occasional evening or weekend rehearsals or performances
- Classroom instruction
- Individual instruction
- Lab activities
- Regular jury performances
- Outreach activities
- Public performances
- Quizzes and exams
- Work experience practicum
- Successful completion of the VCC Music Diploma or equivalent with a minimum B average and minimum A- in specialized performance or academic area.
- Written proposal to the School of Music outlining applicant's goals and proposed program of work. The letter must clearly state how the program will fit the career aspirations of the applicant. This may be written under the supervision of or with the assistance of VCC Bachelor of Applied Music advisors. The intention of the written proposal is to assist the student in identifying their career plans and establishing the extent of research the applicant has undertaken in preparation for the degree program.
- Two letters of recommendation written by persons other than family or close acquaintances who may be able to assess the applicant's potential success in the degree program and who can speak to the applicant's ability to carry out the proposed plan of work. The letters of recommendation must be dated no more that three months prior to the application deadline and must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the recommender's signature over the back flap of the envelope.
- Successful audition in specialized performance area (i.e. voice, instrument). For students in composition, the audition will consist of a demonstration (live or recorded) of 3 *recently composed short compositions (between 5 and 8 min. in length) or a *larger single work (minimum 20 min in length).
- Students wishing to pursue an academic stream must submit two **recent 3500 word papers or studies in lieu of an audition.
Applicants whose first language is not English and who are presenting foreign documents are required to do the VCC English Language Assessment. The following minimum scores are required:
Minimum total score of 145 with:
Speaking minimum of 27/30
Listening minimum of 27/30
Essay score minimum of 16/30
Reading minimum of 50/70
The submitted work(s) must have been composed in the 12 month period preceding the application to the Bachelor of Applied Music.
The submitted papers or studies must have been written in the 12 month period preceding the application to the Bachelor of Applied Music.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Outstanding potential in area of specialization
- Strongly motivated and proven ability to work to deadlines
- Good organizational skills
- Basic computer, word processing, and music notation software skills
or MUSC 3130
|Performance Concentration 5
or Classical Voice 5
|MUSC 3104||Performance Techniques 5||2|
or MUSC 3117
or Creative Music Improvisation 1
|MUSC 3103||Materials of Music 5||3|
|MUSC 3106||World Music 1||3|
|MUSC 3107||Career Opportunities 2||3|
|MUSC 3190||Directed Ensemble 5 **||1|
or MUSC 3230
|Performance Concentration 6
or Classical Voice 6
|MUSC 3204||Performance Techniques 6||2|
or MUSC 3217
or Creative Music Improvisation 2
|MUSC 3206||World Music 2||3|
|MUSC 3208||Rhythm Studies 3||3|
|MUSC 3290||Directed Ensemble 6 **||1|
|Electives in Humanities/Technology/Business/Sciences *||3|
|MUSC 4107||Career Opportunities Practicum||5|
|MUSC 4106||Music Seminar 1||2|
|Electives in Humanities/Technology/Business/Sciences *||6|
or MUSC 4230
|Performance Concentration 7
or Classical Voice 7
|MUSC 4204||Performance Techniques 7||2|
|MUSC 4206||Music Seminar 2||2|
|Electives in Humanities/Technology/Business/Sciences *||6|
First and Second Year College and University lower level courses are acceptable non-music electives.
In special circumstances, subject to approval of School of Music faculty, a student may enroll in a directed ensemble outside her/his/their applied music concentration.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable. Tuition fees include a $300 non-refundable deposit.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.
February 7, 2020 for March 7th auditions
March 20, 2020 for April 4th auditions
Applicants to the full-time degree program must also submit the supplemental music application form, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at the registrar’s office. Additional supporting documents are required. Please see admission requirements.
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
VCC Registrar's Office
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V5T 4V5