Winter Recitals – Registration

The registration for Arbutus Academy’s Winter Recitals is now open! They will take place on Saturday, November 29th (Intermediate and Senior) and Sunday December 14th (piano and Suzuki  violin group) at West Point Grey United Church. For more information and to register, please click here. 

Halloween is here……..and winter is not far behind

 Our Halloween informal recitals this past Sunday were a great success: many witches, wizards and fairies played beautifully  on both piano and violin, and the advanced student performers were treated to a wizardly performance  of Saint-Saens “Havanaise”by teacher  Domagoj Ivanovic. You will get another chance to hear all our faculty perform at another scholarship benefit concert early next year……..keep your eyes peeled … Read More

The Power of Music Lessons

Closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students could be as simple as do-re-mi. In a study out Tuesday from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills. The study is the first to document the influence of after-school … Read More

Learn about Tune Travels……….and stay for our first informal recital!

Arbutus Music Academy Gallery On Sunday September 28th at 1:30 pm Jo Yawney, our Kodaly instructor will present an introduction to Kodaly method and to her newly published books “See Saw & Solfa” “Tune Travels” and “All Around the Fingerboard”.  Jo has drawn on her many years of Kodaly and violin teaching to create this collection of colourful and  helpful music instruction … Read More


Fall Theory registration is now open!  Have you completed all your required theory courses?  Now is your chance to get  started!  Courses are available from Basic Rudiments through to Advanced Harmony, Counterpoint and History.  Join Arbutus Music Academy theory instructor Thomas Evdokimoff this September to prepare you for RCM theory examinations. Don’t see your course on the list? Contact Diana … Read More

“Ko-dye-yee”……….More Kodaly classes for you!

We are pleased to announce that our successful Monday Beginner/Book One classes which include a half hour of Kodaly instruction are now offered on Saturday mornings, too! Starting at 9:00 am, students will have a half hour each of Kodaly instruction and violin group class. We feel that these classes, combined with our half hour private lessons, provides an excellent … Read More

Sunshine Music Studio – Children’s Choir

Join Sunshine Children’s Choir today!  Youth, ages 6 to 16 years old, with or without musical training.  Classes are held once each week for two hours including sight singing and ear training.  The Sunshine Children’s Choir was created by the collaborative efforts of a team of outstanding and experienced musical educators.  Our aim is to develop an interest in music … Read More

Hello Violin!

Do you want to play the violin, or learn about what is involved in violin lessons? Arbutus Music Academy is offering its ” Hello Violin” beginner violin classes for ages 3-5 and 5-7. These classes will run during three weeks: July 7-11, July 14-18 and July 21-25  from 9:30-11:30 or from 2-4 pm Monday through Friday (parent participation is required). Hello Violin … Read More

Spring Recitals

The registration for Arbutus Academy’s Spring Recitals is now open! They will take place on Saturday, June 21st and Sunday June 22nd at West Point Grey United Church. For more information and to register, please click here.


Summer Theory registration is now open! Courses are available from Basic Rudiments through to Advanced Harmony, Counterpoint and History. Don’t see your course on the list? Contact Diana in the office about course availability.Arbutus Music Academy Summer 2014 Theory

Scholarship Benefit Concert

  On Saturday, May 17th, come out and cheer on your teachers, while supporting Arbutus Music Academy’s Scholarship Fund! Enjoy an evening of solo, duo and ensemble performances by faculty and friends of AMA. Concert begins at 7pm and admission is by donation. There will be a silent auction and reception to follow.

The real version of ‘Gavotte’ from Mignon

Have you ever wondered why it is called “Gavotte from ‘Mignon’”? Mignon was the title role of the opera by Thomas, who was also well known for his operas based on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and “A Midsummer night’s Dream”> Here is the famous American soprano Marilyn Horne singing the “Gavotte”.

How a Bach Canon works…………

This is a brilliant video explanation of a canon It’s like a complex version of a  ’round’; a bit like singing ‘Frere Jacques’ with your friends, only a whole lot more interesting and sophisticated!