This Summer we will be offering two one week Drum Camps with Mike Michalkow.

UPDATE:  Due to COVID-19 Restrictions This program has been canceled
All Students will be refunded.

Week 1: July 13 – 16 ,2020 – to  Register for this week: click here
Week 2: July 20 – 23, 2020 – to Register for this week: click here
Tuition: $1599.00 CND plus $50 registration fee.

One page flyer about the camp (pdf)

Fee’s Include 4 days of Drumming Masterclasses with Guest Artists/clinics.  Classes will run from 9-5 every day with a 1-hour lunch break at 12:00

  • Each Student will have their own Yamaha Electronic Drumset to use during the week.  
  • Lunch & snacks/beverages are included with the Camp Fee
  • Ages 19 and older

Here’s a Breakdown of what will be taught throughout the week:

  • Daily Warmups-An In-Depth Understanding of Rhythm
  • Improving Hand & Foot Technique
  • Making your Grooves “Groove”
  • intermediate to Advanced Independence
  • Understanding Odd Time Signatures
  • Learning to play with a click track or sequencers
  • How to Quickly Learn Songs
  • Rhythms from Around the World
  • The Concept of Soloing
  • An Introduction to Polyrhythms
  • Famous Drum Grooves
  • Drumming History and the pioneers of Drumming
  • An Introduction to new Styles:
    • Funk, Jazz, Latin, Metal
    • Double Bass Drumming (for those who play it)
  • Reading Exercises – Learning to Improvise
  • Masterclasses by Guest Artists

About Mike Michalkow – Drummer/Percussionist/Author/Educator

Mike has been playing drums for over 30 years, and is a top graduate of the music program in 1994 at Grant MacEwan University.   He Currently resides in Vancouver, BC where he performs with groups such asSupernatural (A Santana Tribute) John Cameron Entertainment (Orchestra Drummer in Edmonton, Alberta), Strangiato (A Tribute to Rush) Flow (A Tribute To Sade) and various other projects. He is also very active in the Vancouver Recording Studio Scene recording 2-3 albums per month.

Mike is the Head Drum Instructor at LCMS (Langley Community Music School), An Adjudicator for the Canadian Drumline Association (CDA) and one of the resident instructors on the popular online lesson site Drumeo.

He hosts Drum and Percussion clinics in Canada and the USA sponsored by Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Kelly Cajons and Pro Mark Drum Sticks.

Mike Michalkow has shared the stage with the likes of David Foster, Lionel Richie, Peter Cetera, Sarah MacLaughlan, Olivia Newton John, Nathan East, Larry Carlton, Mike Stern, The Tenors, Steven Page and many more.  

 Mike is the Author of Modern Drummer Award Winning Educational Book “The Total Rock Drummer, as well as he is the creator of “The Drumming System, The Moeller Method Secrets, The Latin Drumming System, The Jazz Drumming System, and the Drum Tuning System”

To learn more about Mike visit

New Program for Fall 2019

Beginning Suzuki Violin classes with Angela Malmberg

Suzuki Starts – Suzuki preparatory class.

At this time there are not enough students to commence running the program. We may start the program at a later date this year. Please contact the school if you are interested.

Group class

These preschool classes for children ages 3-5 are the starting point for learning Suzuki violin. In these classes, children will meet the Twinkle Bunny family and begin to develop the correct playing posture and movements for holding and playing a real violin and bow. Rhythm and singing skills are developed through fun games and songs. No instruments or books are necessary.

This will be an intergenerational learning program, with classes being open to the residents of Augustine House. “Intergenerational learning programs are planned ongoing activities that purposely bring together different generations to share experiences that are mutually beneficial” Participants will experience the joy of music-making by participating together – child, parent, teacher, and elder.

Over 50 years ago in Japan, violinist Shinichi Suzuki observed that children of any background learn their native language through listening and imitating in nurturing environments. His idea that very young children could learn music, in the same way, became known as the “mother-tongue approach”. Suzuki music uses parental commitment, loving encouragement, repetition, and a rich learning environment to create conditions for success in music. This program is based on the successes of similar programs currently being offered in Australia and the US.

Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.”- Shinichi Suzuki

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We are pleased to offer a new class this fall for voice!

The Voice Collective!

Junior (ages 9-13) (Grades 4 – 7) and Senior (ages 13-18) (Grades 8 – 12) 


This class is geared to young singers who want to work on a collective sound, strengthen their voices and sharpen their ears for harmony.  Solos will be optional however the focus will be on ensemble singing.  A variety of music will be explored and students will have a chance to work with guest instructors including Ann Golden Fisher, Tony Barton, Carol Davis, Natasha Neufeld, Natasha Dagostino and more.
Taught by Tracy Neff and accompanied by Stephen Robb, this group will prepare material for performances in the community and through the Delta Community Music School.


Starts Thursday, September 21 – Junior class – 7pm, Senior class – 8 pm

Registration deadline is September 18th.

Fee: $144 per 12 week term -plus $10 registration and $5 membership fee (if applicable)

Voice Collective Registration form Sept 2017 -Senior

Voice Collective Registration form Sept 2017 -Junior

Instructor: Tracy Neff (voice) with Stephen Robb (accompanist)

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Music Theory at DCMS

  • We are offering music theory classes tied to the new Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus.
  • RCM Exam certificates can be used for high school credits and are considered an important element in entrance requirements for post-secondary study in music.
  • All RCM practical exams (voice, piano, violin, etc) have a theory co-requisite in order to receive your certificate level 5 and higher.
  • Private and group lessons are available.

Instructor – Louise Southwood