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The Sarah McLachlan School of Music provides music education to underserved and at-risk youth at no cost. The school is dedicated to helping young people build community and find their voice.

Sarah's Story

Sarah_McLachlan_SOM-120w“When I was growing up, we had music in our schools. It was a given. These days many of these programs are not available. I don’t know what I would have done without music in my life when I was growing up. I was unpopular and picked on, but for me, music was my refuge and solace – the one thing I knew I was good at; it fed me and kept me going.”

- Sarah McLachlan

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Offsite Programming

At the Sarah McLachlan School of Music we offer a variety of offsite programs that help us bring music to at-risk children and youth who typically would not be able to make the journey to our 7th Avenue location. We provide yearlong after-school programs as well as short-term intensive artist in residency projects that focus on quality, fun and creativity.

We spend time working with each school’s faculty to shape a unique experience that not only instructs students in music-making but can also compliments the teacher’s prescribed learning outcomes. Our programs culminate in a showcasing opportunity for the students, which allows them to share their music with their peers, friends and families.

We currently have 14 offsite locations and reach over 600 children and youth.

Offsite Programming

Recent Videos

I Have A Voice Original Song by Sound Lab 1

Made by Junior Sound Lab 1, Music and lyrics written by the students, Video edit by Elise who is a current student of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.

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Events and Performances


As part of Vancouver Black History month, the SoM Youth Choir and Vocal Ensemble will be lending their vocal skills to a project entitled 'Over The Imaginary Border', celebrating the music and stories of Black Americans who came to Vancouver in search of the Canadian Dream. The concert (sponsored by SoM and the Vancouver Foundation) will feature Black Vancouver's connection to the popular music of the 50s-60s, and will bring together a 30-piece band lead by SoM instructor Todd Simmons, as well as the SoM Youth Choir & Vocal Ensemble.

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News and Partnerships

A Big Thank You to Sun Life's Western Region

Keevin Loucks, Regional VP of Sun Life was pleased to present the Sarah McLachlan School of Music with seven guitars, soft gig bags, capos and tuners for loan to students who do not have an instrument to practice with at home. The funds to purchase these gifts were raised during... Read More

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