The Sarah McLachlan School of Music’s program provides an integrative mix of diverse skill sets and experience:
CAN(Canucks Autism Network) (Elementary School + High School)
In partnership with the Canucks Autism Network, SoM offers group classes that focus on music fundamentals through voice, movement and percussion. Working with students to help them gain confidence exploring the intersection of musical and social skills, we nurture fun, community-based learning.
Young Music Makers (YMM) (0-5 Years Old)
Young Music Makers is an early childhood music and movement experience for children aged 6 months to 6 years and the adults who love them. Classes incorporate singing, movement, chanting, and instrumental play in an informal mixed-age environment.
Outreach – ISS (0-5 Years Old)
This is our Young Music Makers program for new Canadians who are staying temporarily at the Immigrant Services Society of B.C. See YMM for description.
Junior Pods (Elementary School)
With a focus on the fundamentals of Pitch & Rhythm, our Junior program provides elementary aged students with an introduction to active music making in a fun, relevant and applicable way. Lessons focus on movement, voice, ear training, musical literacy and the application of these concepts on instruments.
Outreach – Florence Nightingale (Elementary School)
This is the only SoM class that caters to grade 1-5 kids, catching them at a highly receptive stage of self-expression. Capturing the hearts and minds of early elementary students, we offer them a fun experience of the joy to be had moving their bodies, singing and playing percussion, all before grade 6!
Community Music Stream (High School)
These sessions explore a variety of instruments such as piano, drum kit, bass, guitar, and vocals in a group setting. Hour long classes provide students with the skills to write, jam, collaborate and perform original music while learning some of their favourite songs. There are a variety of projects to choose from that introduce students to different styles and genres of music.
Instrument Development Stream (High School)
This program is intended for students who are interested in developing their musical abilities in a focused and committed environment on a specific instrument, including voice. Students receive private lesson time and are involved in public performance and recording projects. Classes will cover music theory, ear training as well as ensemble playing.
Musical Theatre (High School)
It’s time for SoM to shine! This offering is for the student who has dreamed of singing on a stage with lights, sets, costumes, and friends? In this program we produce, choreograph, and stage musical numbers from popular shows. Students get to sing, act and dance their way to the stars!
Marimba + Percussion Ensemble (High School)
This high-energy class focuses on the rhythms and music of Africa, Central and South America. Using marimbas, congas, djembes and more, students get the chance to learn about different cultures, playing instruments from around the world, developing rhythmic confidence while working toward performance opportunities.
Digital Track (High School)
This program is geared toward writing and performing original Hip Hop, R&B, pop and electronic music. Students explore music production, rap, music theory, lyricism and turntablism with a deep focus on urban music. Instrument instruction is offered as needed.
Global Hip Hop (High School)
Global Hip Hop brings together various musical traditions from around the globe with a focus on percussion and song, mashed together with hip hop. Students explore drums, marimbas, turn tables, drum machines, rap and song.
Vocal Collective (High School)
Students find their voice in this dynamic and engaging choral ensemble. Through multi-genre repertoire, students learn to thrive as choral musicians, digging deeper into vocal theory, ear training, individual vocal technique instruction and live performance.
Vocal Master Class (High School)
Learn performance technique, vocal technique, songwriting, and sing an original/cover song in a supportive environment. Come and have fun with your voice.
Outreach – Spectrum/West/Foundations/Streetfront (High School)
In partnership with the Vancouver Alternative School District, we provide fundamental music education during the school day for arts credits toward graduation. These classes create live remixes, working on material that is relevant to the students, using drums, percussion, piano, bass, guitar and technology.
Outreach – Tupper Nova/Tupper ALT (TAP) (High School)
Nova is a program for students in the Vancouver School District who are struggling with diverse mental health concerns and are unable to attend their neighbourhood school. In this program we use music as a tool for building trust and encouraging youth to enjoy themselves while participating in self expression. TAP is another Alt program providing fundamental music education during school hours for arts credit toward graduation. These classes create live remixes, working on material that is relevant to the students, using drums, percussion, piano, bass, guitar and technology.
Outreach – Some Assembly Arts Society (RHYTAG) (High School)
This is SoM's 4th year supporting the musical elements featured in theatre productions by RHYTAG. RHYTAG is an award-winning youth theatre program that has engaged over 1,500 youth over the years, working together with artists to create, produce and perform original, thought-provoking plays. Each year students are inspired to collaborate on a new art work during a 6-month process that explores youth concerns and strengths, inventive ways of working with the art form, evolving artistic processes, and community building opportunities for youth and artists.
Outreach – Peak House (High School)
Peak House is a voluntary, ten-week, live-in, treatment program for youth seeking freedom from problematic substance use. With this vulnerable demographic, self-expression forms the core objective of music making with Peakhouse. Through the exploration of songwriting and lyrics in particular, students and teachers collaborate to improve peace of mind and creative joy.
Outreach – Whytecliff Learning Centres (High School)
Whytecliff Learning Centres are provincially accredited independent schools for at-risk youth ages 13-19, who have struggled within traditional educational and social service solutions. With this vulnerable demographic, self-expression forms the core objective of music making with Whytecliff. Through the exploration of songwriting and lyrics in particular, students and teachers collaborate to improve peace of mind and creative joy.
Ukulele Choir (55+ years old)
The mighty ukulele is taking the world by storm and is turning up everywhere—including here at SoM! The Ukulele-Choir is open to adults who like to sing and play this fun and entertaining little instrument. Students over 55 years of age can learn to strum, pick, read music and explore theory basics while singing their heart out in a choir setting. Diverse styles of music are covered—from nostalgia to the latest pop, from reggae to rock. The primary emphasis is having fun while making music together. There are classes for all levels--absolute beginners, novice & intermediates.
Spring Break Camp (Elementary School + High School)
SoM Spring Break Camp focuses on songwriting, arrangement development and other formal elements of musical design. Students learn to take a creative idea from conception to completion as a group. In this week long program students workshop different components of the song and create a music video of the piece featuring a guest artist.
Summer Camps (Elementary School + High School)
Summer Camp at SoM is intended to be an introduction for new students who will be joining the program in September. In these week long programs, new students spend time in small groups exploring all facets of offerings here at SoM. Instructors will introduce instrument instruction, music technology, and musical design to see what sparks most interest for our new students and to inform our program for the fall.