The Richmond Music School provides a variety of group and outreach programs at an affordable price. These programs are open to students of all ages, from absolute beginners to those looking to improve their musical skills.
All group lessons are conducted online due to COVID-19. More information will be provided in mid-October.
1. Beginner Piano Program
Try our introductory piano lessons! Receive 30-minute private lessons taught by our Teacher Apprentices. This program is for absolute beginners of all ages. Fun, interactive and affordable!
Fee per student: $100 for 10 lessons*
2. Violin Outreach Program
Taught in a group setting, this program offers students an opportunity to perform, collaborate and deepen their violin skills. The violins are loaned free to students while they are in the program.
Dates: Next class is from January 2021 to March 2021
When: Tuesdays and Saturdays, hours vary. Each session includes two one-hour classes per week for 12 weeks. Beginner’s level will be taught in person, and other classes are online until further notice. For further information, please contact the office.
Fee per student: $350 per 12 week session*
Beginners First Year – Learn basic violin skills such as posture, bow hold, and finger position while preparing for concerts.
Beginners Second Year – Learn to read music, develop a sense of pitch, rhythm and tone control.
Intermediate – Develop stronger technique and performance skills while learning a wider range of repertoire.
Advanced – Further your music development and build upon techniques introduced in previous levels.
3. Virtual Vocal Boot Camp
Virtual Vocal Boot Camp aims to provide in-depth technical and artistic training in the art of singing for children and young adults. This three-level program is designed to develop a basic and thorough understanding of the vocal instrument – our beautiful voice! – through an exploration of vocal techniques on breathing, voice placement, and resonance. The aspect of technical development is coupled with vocalises, classical and popular repertoire, and musicianship training to help students become well-rounded singers and musicians! Each level is a 12-week course.
Beginner: Level 1
The first 8 weeks of lessons will focus on the basic knowledge and skills on breath control, vocal onsets, and finding resonance. These technical requirements will be applied to selected folk song and duet assignments. The remaining 4 lessons will cover the beginning stages of sight-singing through an introduction to solfege and takadimi techniques with beginner vocalise exercises and singing games!
Fee per student: $250 per 12 week session*
Intermediate: Level 2
Level 2 will continue with the technical developments from the previous level, with the main focus on resonance balance, tone placement, and breath control. Students will apply these techniques as they study vocal works by Mozart, Schubert, Faurè and other selected composers. Over the 12 weeks, students will also be assigned weekly listening assignments of art songs, opera arias, musical theatre, and popular repertoire to develop their music appreciation skills.
The latter part of level 2 will continue with takadimi techniques and focus on solfege for chromatic harmonies and harmonic modulations. Students will also begin the initial development on ear-training as they will learn to recognize tone qualities, intervals, chords, chords progressions, and cadences.
Fee per student: $280 per 12 week session*
Advanced: Level 3
The advanced level will encompass all of the technical developments students have studied in the previous two levels. This final level course will be divided into 2 parts: the first part will consist of lessons on solo and ensemble performance techniques, in which listening assignments will continue, but emphasis will be placed on repertoire preparation for the final performance submissions via video/Zoom (TBD). Students will be asked to put together a 10 minute program by picking any songs from the classical, musical theatre, and/or popular repertoire they have listened to or studied in the previous levels.
The second part of the course will continue with musicianship skills training, in which students will be offered mock exams at the end of the course on musicianship and technical tests corresponding to ABRSM Gr. 4-6/RCM Gr. 6-8 requirements.
Fee per student: $300 per 12 week session*
4. Group Guitar
This program offers students an opportunity to learn how to play classical guitar in a small group setting. Open for students of all ages. Suitable for absolute beginners to experienced classical guitar lovers.
Start Date: October 2020
Introduction to Classical Guitar
For absolute beginners. Students will learn about the basics of how to play the classical guitar.
Fee per student:
Children, aged 5-12 (max. 6 students) $180 for 12 lessons, 30 min each*
Adults, aged 13+ (max. 6 students) $250 for 12 lessons, 45 min each*
Development of classical guitar techniques and introduction to guitar ensembles. Students with two years of experience or equivalent to RCM Grade 2.
Fee per student:
Children, aged 5-12 (max. 4 students) $220 for 12 lessons, 45 min each*
Adults, aged 13+ (max. 6 students) $300 for 12 lessons, 60 min each*
Sing and have fun in a group environment! While learning fundamental singing technique and ear training, perform selections from a variety of genres such as musical theatre, classical, and pop. The only prerequisite: a love for singing!
Children’s Choir – Grades 1-5
Start Date: TBD
Youth Choir – Grades 6-12
Start Date: TBD
Adult Choir – Mixed Age
Start Date: TBD
6. Beginner Ukulele Group Lessons
Ukulele is the most accessible instrument in the world. In this course you will learn:
– how to read music notation
– how to sing and play ukulele at the same time
– basics of improvising
– basic chords and strumming patterns
– proper left hand and right hand positions
– playing separate music parts together as an ensemble
All students are required to own their own ukulele. (Soprano to Tenor is acceptable)
Fee per student: $135 for 6 lessons, 45 min each*
Start Date: Week of November 1, 2020
End Date: Week of December 14, 2020
Next enrollment available:
Start Date: Week of January 4, 2021
End Date: Week of February 8, 2021
* A $50 annual membership fee applies at the time of registration for new students
Contact us at 604-272-5227 or firstname.lastname@example.org