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Bachelor of Music. This is a transfer program leading to the Bachelor of Music degree through the Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning. Studies include performance (classical, opera), composition, music history, orchestral conducting.
Artist Music Diploma. Two years. A post-graduate diploma for advanced performers. Music Performance Diploma. Four years. Available to high school graduates.
A non-profit institution founded in 1969 by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. The Academy has access to some fine performance spaces. There are two divisions: • Preparatory Division, for pre-school, school-age students and adults. The program includes performance training and master classes, with optional classes in Orff, Kodály, Suzuki, music history, theory, orchestra, chamber music, class piano, opera workshop and ballet. • College Division for students in the advanced music program. Taken at the S K Lee College of the Vancouver Academy of Music. The Academy organises an annual summer program.
MUSIC TRAINING FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN. Initial music training for young children is generally provided by a large network of private teachers offering instruction in their homes. Some primary schools have class music programs and many schools, particularly secondary, employ instrumental teachers for students wishing to learn at school. PROFESSIONAL MUSIC TRAINING. Entry to tertiary level professional music training courses is normally following completion of secondary schooling. Such training is available in conservatories, colleges and universities. An extensive network of independent Bible Colleges offers intensive music training in a number of Canadian provinces. Music programs at these Colleges may in many cases be incorporated into degrees offered by neighbouring universities. IN THE PROVINCE OF QUÉBEC. In the province of Quebec the education system is organised as follows: • Ages 4 and 5, optional kindergarten. • Ages 6, 7 and 8, first cycle, primary. • Ages 9, 10 and 11, second cycle, primary. • Ages 12, 13 and 14, first cycle, secondary. • Ages 15 and 16, second cycle, secondary. • Ages 17 and 18, Diplôme d’Éducation Collégiale (CEGEP). This completes secondary education. Specialisation in music is available, and is required for entry to Bachelor of Music programs. Higher education is organised as follows: • Premier cycle: (First cycle) Baccalauréat (equivalent to Bachelor of Music). Normally three years. • Deuxième cycle: (Second cycle) Maîtrise (equivalent to Master’s degree). May be taken by course work alone or by a combination of course work and thesis. Music courses at this level may be taken in the areas of musicology, performance, composition, music education, instrumental teaching. • Troisième cycle: (Third cycle) Doctorat. A minimum of three years beyond Maîtrise. By course work and thesis. Available only in musicology or music education. PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS IN MUSIC. Several systems of public examinations in practical and theoretical music are available, the most extensive being those organised by the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music and the Western Board. THE CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE (Centre de Musique Canadienne). The Canadian Music Centre was established in 1959 and now has several regional centres across Canada. It holds a lending library and owns an on-line music store, the CMC Boutique. The Centre organises the New Music in New Places festival which features contemporary music by Canadian composers, performed in public places such as malls, pubs, wineries, museums, airports and beaches. Chalmers House, 20 St Joseph Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1J9, Canada. Tel +1 416 961 6601 Fax +1 416 961 7198 . Website: www.musiccentre.ca/. The Canadian Music Centre is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.