Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, audition videos and TPAs are now accepted online for the 2021F - 2022W entry. Please contact the VCM postsecondary office for more information.
To apply to the Diploma in Music Performance, you'll submit two applications and two application fees.
Formal request for Performance and Theory Assessment must be received at the Music Department office by close of business on:
- February 28 for audition and examination held March 15-April 15
- June 1 for audition and examination held June 5-15
You'll submit two application forms:
The program has three intake deadlines: February 28, April 15 and June 1.
Your VCM application requires a $75 Application fee. See the VCM website for more information.
Effective Date: September 2020
When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.
Tip Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.
|Requirement||High school course||Camosun course||Alternatives|
|Submit proof of assessment of:||Performance: Demonstrated ability on a principal instrument through performance of repertoire and technique in keeping with their expressed professional goals, and give evidence of past music endeavors and personal music habits.|
|Aural Theory: Demonstrated ability to match with voice pitches played on the piano, sing basic melodic intervals, identify by ear basic chords and scales, and express quality of intonation.|
Written Theory: At the time of the audition, students will take a Theory Placement Assessment (sample TPA) to determine the level of music theory knowledge. Students who have completed MUSF 121, MUSC 111, or RCM Grade 8 theory with a C grade or higher are exempted from this requirement.
Program participation requirements
Instrument Standards and Expectations
Students of portable instruments must provide, transport, store and maintain in optimal working order their own instruments, including reeds, swabs, bows, microphones, cords, amplifiers, power supplies, and related software and hardware, as needed by their chosen courses.
Minimum Music Competency
Many first year Music courses require MUSC 111 Fundamentals of Music Theory II as a prerequisite. Auditioning students who have completed the assessment of music theory and have demonstrated fluency with written music rudiments at First-Class Honours standard in each element on a timed written examination will have met this prerequisite requirement. All other students will be required to upgrade their written theory prior to the beginning of the program or during their first two semesters of studies by taking MUSC 110 Fundamentals of Music Theory I and/or MUSC 111. The addition of MUSC 110 and/or MUSC 111 may lengthen completion of the program by one year.
The Diploma in Music Performance requires that you successfully complete all specified program courses and achieve an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 ("C").
All applications and enquiries concerning enrolment in the program should be directed to:
Assistant Program Director
Victoria Conservatory of Music
900 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3N4
Musical skills a bit rusty?
Do you suspect that you will need to upgrade your musical skills before applying to the Diploma in Music Performance?
The Victoria Conservatory of Music—Camosun's partner in music-making—offers a full range of courses with program instructors in voice, instruments, and music theory to give you the personalized assistance you desire to maximize your audition options.
Talk to one of our instructors to consider what's right for you! Voice and instrument programs can be started at any time of year; theory programs begin January, July, and September. Email the VCM for more information.