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Music at Conservatories and Academies

Conservatories and academies. A conservatory-type-school can be described as a not-for-profit institution for teaching music where individual instruction is the dominant method of teaching.

Music at Conservatories and Academies

Conservatories and academies. A conservatory-type-school can be described as a not-for-profit institution for teaching music where individual instruction is the dominant method of teaching. They may be called conservatories, academies, community music schools, or other titles, and may be affiliated with or be part of a larger institution. Conservatories in Canada traditionally employ private teachers who teach on or off the premises and enjoy considerable independence. Student of any age may enrol. Some conservatories provide their own syllabus and examinations (although the teacher is not bound to use them); others will prepare students for external examinations administered by some other institution. A program usually culminates in a diploma for which the student must pass examinations in performance, theory, and history. Programs may also include student participation in ensembles, classes in history or theory, workshops, special courses using or teaching methods such as Kodály, Orff, or Suzuki, and summer courses.

In Quebec conservatoires are publicly funded, but in all other provinces financial assistance goes only to those affiliated with a university. The Association of Colleges and Conservatories of Music / Association des conservatoires et des collèges de la musique (ACCM) was formed in 1980. It held conferences in Toronto (1980), Banff (1981), and Montreal (1982) under president Ezra Schabas. It then disbanded for five years, but regrouped in 1987 under president Norman Burgess, and held a conference in Calgary that year and another in Toronto in 1989.

See also The Trowsdale Report

Conservatory-type music schools in Canada in 1988 included the following, listed alphabetically by province and city:


Mount Royal College Conservatory of Music and Speech Arts, Calgary

Canadian Union College, Music Department, College Heights

Alberta College Conservatory, Edmonton

Keyano College Dept of Music, Fort McMurray

Grande Prairie Regional College Music Conservatory

Lethbridge Conservatory of Music, University of Lethbridge

Lakeland College Dept of Music, Lloydminster

Medicine Hat College Conservatory of Music

Red Deer College of Music

Prairie Bible Institute, Music Department, Three Hills

British Columbia

Duncan Conservatory of Music, Brentwood Bay

Chilliwack Academy of Music

Central Valley Academy of Music, Clearbrook

Kamloops Community Music School

Kelowna Community Music School

Delta Institute of the Arts, Ladner

Langley Community Music School

Central Vancouver Island Community Music School, Nanaimo

Douglas College Conservatory of Music, New Westminster

Capilano College Children's Music School, North Vancouver

Powell River Academy of Music

Prince George Music School

Richmond Community Music School

Vancouver Academy of Music

Vernon Community Music School

Victoria Conservatory


Conservatory Department of the School of Music, Brandon University

Mennonite Collegiate Institute, Music Department, Gretna

Steinbach Bible College, Music Department

Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, Winnipeg

Division of Preparatory Studies, University of Manitoba, School of Music, Winnipeg

New Brunswick

École Notre-Dame-d'Acadie, Moncton

Nova Scotia

Maritime Conservatory of Music, Halifax


St John's Talent Education Program


Marie-Rose Music School, Amhertsburg

Quinte Suzuki School for Strings, Belleville

Riverdale School of Music, Cornwall

Mohawk Community College School of Music, Hamilton

Western Ontario Conservatory of Music, Uof Western Ontario, London

Seneca Suzuki School of Music, North York

National Capital Music Academy, Ottawa

The Symphony School, Ottawa

Peterborough Suzuki School of Music

Algoma Conservatory of Music, Sault Ste. Marie

Cambrian College Academy of Music, Sudbury

Huntington Conservatory of Music, Laurentian University, Sudbury

Dixon Hall Music School, Toronto

Humber College Performing Arts for Children, Rexdale (Toronto)

Music School of the St Christopher House, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto

National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Toronto

Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto

University Settlement Music School, Toronto

Ursuline School of Music, Windsor


See Conservatoire de musique du Québec

Conservatoire de musique de Chicoutimi

Conservatoire de musique de Hull

Conservatoire de musique de Montréal

Conservatory of Music, McGill University, Montreal

École préparatoire de musique, Montreal

École Vincent-d'Indy, Montreal

Conservatoire de musique de Québec

Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski

Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières

Conservatoire de musique de Val d'Or


Briercrest Bible College, Music Department, Caronport

Rivier Academy, Prince Albert

Our Lady of the Missions Music Studios, Regina

Conservatory of Music, University of Regina

Rosthern Junior College, Music Department

Saskatchewan School of the Performing Arts, Saskatoon