Education Programs

Music is a more potent instrument for education than any other because rhythm and harmony find their way into the most inward places of the Soul.” — Plato

Composer In The Classroom

Composer in the Classroom, based on R. Murray Schafer’s book of the same name, brings a professional composer into school classrooms and institutional settings with the goal of teaching children to create their own music.

In accordance with Schafer’s interests in acoustic ecology, ‘Composer in the Classroom’ also encourages students to learn to listen in a new, more self-aware way to the everyday ambient sounds that surround them. The program has been highly successful in encouraging and assisting students, many with little or no musical training, in their musical creativity and experimentation.

A Composer in the Classroom seminar consists of eight, one-hour classes that culminates in a performance of the compositions created during the course. Apply to bring Composer In the Classroom to your school by contacting CMC BC. Composer in the Classroom program is made possible thank to the generous assistance of the BC Arts Council.

Jean Coulthard String Quartet Readings

Named in honour of one of British Columbia’s most beloved legacy composers and teachers, the Jean Coulthard String Quartet Readings offer emerging composers the invaluable opportunity to have their pieces read, rehearsed and performed by a professional string quartet, in sessions facilitated by a Master Composer.

The program’s unique format allows for composers to revise and refine works in close collaboration with the quartet and a Master Composer, taking advantage of their feedback over the course of several weeks.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Deux Mille Foundation, all events are provided free of cost to the participants. Seminars will be open to the public free of charge. A final performance of the works composed for the seminar will be open to the public for free.

Library Professional Placement Program

The CMC works with leading universities to provide library placement positions for graduate-level library students. Professional Placement students work directly with our highly-regarded BC Head Librarian on cataloguing projects for our extensive library, one of the largest collections of Canadian musical scores in the world; our unique Digital Archive; and our Special Collection of rare manuscripts.

Placement students gain invaluable professional library and archival experience and recommendations that assist them in obtaining professional positions upon graduation.


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and the Murray Adaskin Salon
837 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1B7


Your gift provides a wide range of services and programming to composers, students, researchers, performers, conductors, educators, broadcasters, and everyone with a passion for music. The CMC is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency.