Vanier College

Vanier College Music Department


The Music Department of Vanier College offers a two-year pre-university program (DÉC), a three-year program in popular music and jazz, and a Double D.É.C. in Science and Music, a Double D.É.C. in Social Science and Music, and a Double D.É.C. in Modern Languages and Music. A DÉC in Music enables a graduating student to pursue a professional career in music, continue in the music field at the university level, or transfer to other academic disciplines at the university level.

There are currently 11 full-time and 30 part-time faculty. Our instrumental teachers are experienced performers who teach in Montreal universities, perform with the MSO, Orchestre Metropolitain and I Musici as well as contribute to the local jazz scene. We offer individual instruction on all orchestral and jazz instruments, and practical participation in small ensembles, both classical and jazz.

A diverse and qualified faculty enables us to offer a solid core of academic courses (Theory, History, Ear Training) and an assortment of elective courses in Composition, Music Technology, Recording, Arranging, and specialized ensembles. Our teachers remain current in their fields and embrace new technologies, resulting in course materials being available and updated on the web.

Here are some of the features of our programs:

Although English is the language of instruction at Vanier College, French is the mother tongue of approximately 30% of students in the music department. Our faculty is bilingual, and every effort is made to help our new students adapt to their new environment. In this regard, prospective students may be interested in shadowing a teacher or student in our Student for a Day program.

We would also welcome the opportunity to meet with you at a mutually convenient time. If you would like more information, or would like to meet with a representative of our staff, please contact Heather Howes by phone at 744-7500 extension 6039, by fax to 744-7952 or by e-mail at