CLASSES

If you haven't joined a choir or orchestra in the past, our beginner program is the best place to get started. We offer small class sizes 4-5 students and fun educational methods perfect for those who prefer group learning environments. Level 1 classes are tailored to those who have zero to little knowledge of music. Level 1 will help you build good foundations in basic tone production and get you started on music reading. Level 2 classes expand on your ability to play a wider range of notes, with longer sustains, and better stability. It will also help you develop additional skills in rhythms, articulation and dynamics. If you're looking for a bit more challenge, our level 3 ensembles are great for those who have had previous experience, who already know the basics of music reading, but are interested in learning more complex skills and tackling more difficult music. For all level 1-2 ensembles, participants only need to register for one session, but can attend any other same level sessions at no extra charge. Take advantage of these extra sessions to accelerate your experience!

Saturday 4-5pm: MUSICIANSHIP (SIGHT READING) WORKSHOP (Level 2-4)

12 weekly sessions covering practice drills to help you read faster and more accurately allowing you to perform your music with greater ease and fluency. This class will train your rhythmic sense and understanding of rhythm notation, and also improve your pitch/harmony sensitivity through interval and chord identification and solfeggi.

Saturday 2-3pm: BEGINNER STRINGS (Level 1)

12 weekly sessions covering up to 8 solo songs (drawn from folk, classical, and popular genres). We will introduce basic playing/singing techniques and basic pitch/rhythm reading skills. Ear-training are also be taught in these sessions.

Pitches: 1 Octave

Keys: A Major, D Major, G Major

Rhythm: Whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes and rests, and counting systems

Bowing: Basic tone production, string crossings, with control of up and down strokes. 

Saturday 3-4pm or Tuesday 6-7pm: BEGINNER STRINGS (Level 2)

12 weekly sessions covering up to 8 solo songs (drawn from folk, classical, and popular genres) and 2 etudes. We will introduce basic playing techniques and basic pitch/rhythm reading skills. Music theory and ear-training are also taught in these sessions. 

Pitches: 1.5 Octaves

Keys: A Major, D Major, G Major, F Major, A Minor, G Minor, B Minor

Rhythm: Whole, half, quarter, eighth, Sixteenth notes and rests plus dotted rhythms

Bowing: Varied rhythmic bowing positions, retakes, double down's, double up's, and pick up's, and counting systems

Dynamics: p, mp, mf, f, crescendo, decrescendo

Articulation: Staccato, Accent, Slur


Saturday 4-5pm: BEGINNER CHOIR (Level 1)

Students will engage in 12 weeks of 60 minute sessions covering up to 3 solo songs (drawn from folk, classical, and popular genres).  This class will introduce basic singing techniques and basic pitch/rhythm reading skills. 

Pitches: 1 Octave

Solfege Patterns: Major Scale, Major Triads, Whole Tones and Semitones

Rhythm: Whole, half, quarter, eighth notes, and rests, and counting systems

Thursday 6-7pm: BEGINNER CHOIR (Level 2)

Students will engage in 12 weeks of 60 minute sessions covering up to 6 solo songs (drawn from folk, classical, and popular genres). This class will introduce beginning singing techniques, additional pitch/rhythm reading skills, some music theory and ear-training. Students will also learn to create simple 2-note harmonies in 3rd's and 5th's.

Pitches: 1 Octave

Solfege Patterns: Major and Minor Scale, Major and Minor Triads, Whole Tones and Semitones

Rhythm: Whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes and rests, and counting systems

Dynamics: p, mp, mf, f, crescendo, decrescendo

Articulation: Staccato, Accent, Slur


Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm: YOUTH BEGINNER BAND (Level 1)

12 weekly sessions covering up to 5 solo songs (drawn from folk, classical, and popular genres). We will introduce basic playing/singing techniques and basic pitch/rhythm reading skills.

Pitches: 1 Octave

Keys: Bb Major, C Major, F Major, Eb Major

Rhythm: Whole, half, quarter, eighth notes and rests, and counting systems

Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm: YOUTH BEGINNER BAND (Level 2)

12 weekly sessions covering up to 5 solo songs (drawn from folk, classical, and popular genres) and 2 etudes. We will introduce basic playing techniques and basic pitch/rhythm reading skills.

Pitches: 1.5 Octaves

Keys: Bb Major, C Major, Eb Major, D Major, Ab Major, F Major

Rhythm: Whole, half, quarter, eighth, Sixteenth notes and rests plus dotted rhythms

Dynamics: p, mp, mf, f, crescendo, descrescendo

Articulation: Staccato, Accent, Slur

Monday 4:30-5:30pm: YOUTH BEGINNER CHOIR (Level 2)

Students will engage in 12 weeks of 60 minute sessions covering up to 6 solo songs (drawn from folk, classical, and popular genres). This class will introduce beginning singing techniques, additional pitch/rhythm reading skills, some music theory and ear-training. Students will also learn to create simple 2-note harmonies in 3rd's and 5th's.

Pitches: 1 Octave

Solfege Patterns: Major and Minor Scale, Major and Minor Triads, Whole Tones and Semitones

Rhythm: Whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes and rests, and counting systems

Dynamics: p, mp, mf, f, crescendo, decrescendo

Articulation: Staccato, Accent, Slur


YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Tom Kuo (Violin, Viola, Music Theory, Choral Singing)
604-307-7171
tomkuo123@gmail.com

Tom Kuo is a Vancouver-raised violinist, instructor, and conductor. Originally from Taiwan, he is the founder of the Vancouver Pops and the current director of the VPOPS Orchestra and Choir. Having commenced his musical education at age six with piano and violin, his mentors included violinists Tang Lei, Andrew Dawes, and conductors John van Deursen, Jesse Read, and Tom Koven. Tom completed his Royal Conservatory of Music Diploma Certification and received his Bachelor of Music from the UBC School of Music in 2008, after which he went on to become a full time instructor of musical theory, violin, and viola. He presently spends his time instilling the love of music into the next generation of musicians through the classroom, group ensembles, and live performances. Tom's approach to musical instruction is focused on learning by ear and example, with a strong component in theory and musicianship skills.

Lucy Kijung Kim (Cello, Piano)
778-870-5572
kijungkim0528@gmail.com

Lucy Kijung Kim began studying piano at the age of 5 and cello at the age of 8. She received her Bachelor of Music, with a major in Cello, from Kyunghee University in Seoul, Korea. In September 2012, Lucy relocated to Vancouver, Canada, received her Early Childhood Education Certificate, and has since been working as a Cello/Piano teacher at Ava Music & Art Centre in North Vancouver and at the Vancouver Orchestra Club. She is distinguished by her patient and kind manner with children, while maintaining attention to detail in her method of instruction. Lucy has been teaching cello since 2004 and has played in a variety of chamber ensembles as well as currently being the principal cellist of the Vancouver Pops Symphony.