Update – July 30, 2020

Hello to our students and families of DCMS.
The first drafts of our reopening plan for the music school and our COVID-19 response plan have now been approved by the City of Delta. There are now new protocols and procedures in place for anyone entering into the building for any reason. I am in the process of creating a new website for the school which will be published later in August, so for now I will list all of the documents here.

Anyone teaching or taking lessons at the school will have to sign the informed consent form. This will be emailed out to all building users (including faculty, volunteers, and staff) and it will become part of the terms and conditions that you will agree to before your lessons resume in our fall term in September.

When we do open in September the school will remain closed to the public. All waiting areas in the school are now permanently closed. Students will be escorted in and out of the school by their teacher at the beginning and end of their lesson time. There will be strict protocols in place for social distancing, usage of masks, sanitization, and cleaning before and after every lesson.

Daily, upon entry to the school, everyone who enters must fill out this form and the student’s temperature will be taken.

Our COVID-19 response plan – All students, parents, faculty, staff, and volunteers must follow these guidelines. These are not optional.

These are living documents and will be updated as the summer progresses.

Regards, Stephen
Music Director, DCMS


UPDATE: July 2, 2020

Hello to our students and families of DCMS.
We hope you have enjoyed Canada Day and you are all safe and well. The staff and Board of Directors are currently working on a reopening plan for the school. We hope to have the first draft of our COVID-19 safety plans and protocols in place at the school starting by mid to late July. As we have now entered into our Province’s Stage 3 of reopening we are working to bring back in-person lessons in a graduated format starting this fall.

To date, all of our in-person summer programs have been canceled, including the South Delta Jazz Festival, Thrive City String Boot Camps, (as the province is not allowing overnight camps at this time), and the Drum Workshop (as our borders are closed). Private lessons continue in an online-only format for the time being. We will have one or two private lessons happening in person to test protocols for fall during this summer. Private lessons will return in a graduated fashion beginning with cello, and piano. Voice lessons and any group in-person activities with voice are at the moment considered to be unsafe and we will not have in-person voice lessons taking place take until the final stages of returning to in-person lessons. We are developing our plans in conjunction with guidelines from the City of Delta, Worksafe BC, the Province of BC, and consultation with the BC Community Music School Association and the Western Conference of Conservatory Schools in Canada. Our plan will be published on our site in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: May 8, 2020

Hi, all students and families of Delta Community Music School.
We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this time. We have made the decision not to resume in-person lessons at the Delta Community Music School for the remainder of the 2019-2020 session. At this time we will be continuing with online classes only.

For those students who did not want to do online lessons or had instructors that did not continue with online lessons you will receive an email with the credit amount of your unused tuition and an option to receive a refund or apply the credit to the tuition for our 2020-2021 session.

We will take this time to come up with the solutions for the new 2020-2021 session which starts September 8th, 2020. We will do everything we can to ensure the student’s health and safety as we all come back together.

If you have any questions you can call or email to the office during regular office hours and we will be glad to help you.


UPDATE March 26, 2020

Hello Delta Community Music School Parents, Guardians, and Students,

First and most importantly, we hope you are all healthy and staying safe.
At this time we have made the decision to close the school indefinitely. That means there will be no public access to the school at this time. We will be working in the next couple of weeks to enable the continuation of your lessons virtually. Your instructor will be reaching out to you about the possibility of continuing your lessons online as soon as they are set up.

As we have no solid information on how long the school will be closed or if students will be continuing their learning online we will hold off on offering refunds until we have more information. We will be waving the 15-day notice of termination policy that we currently have in place effective immediately.

If you pay your fees monthly we will not be depositing the April 1st cheques until we know if lessons will be continuing. Once we have confirmation from the instructor that you are continuing online we will deposit those cheques.
We will also be updating our website and sending out emails as more information becomes available to us.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the challenges facing us all.

UPDATE March 21, 2020

A lot has changed in the past few days with the virus and how our community is responding. At this time Delta Community Music School has suspended all group classes and we asking our teachers to move all private lessons to an online format for the time being as we deem it not to be safe to have a continuous stream of clients, students and teachers coming into our school. Our school office will open Monday March 30 and we will have regular office hours moving forward but students will not be coming to the school for lessons or classes until further notice.

Please understand public safety is our number one priority, and all of the non-profit schools have reached this same decision and have closed for the time being. There are some private teachers out there still teaching in their homes, etc. They are putting themselves and their students at risk by doing so.

UPDATE: March 12, 2020

To our members,

With growing global concerns around COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), We wanted to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward. The health, safety, and well-being of our staff and students is our top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this important time.

First and foremost, we are taking all appropriate measures to ensure our school and the classrooms are safe and that we have existing plans in place to ensure they stay that way. While the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk associated with coronavirus as low, we continue to monitor for developments very closely

We have implemented additional measures to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our staff, including:

  • enhanced cleaning protocols including a deep cleaning of the school over the spring break
  • Increasing communications and reminders on important health and safety measures

To protect yourself and others, we ask that you use preventive measures outlined below.

 For individuals, good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene behaviours include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Using proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

Again, we continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as needed. We also encourage our members to stay up-to-date through Canada’s Public Health website.

The Board of Directors, Delta Community Music School

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 www.mikemichalkow.com

Afro Cuban Percussion Workshop with
Jack Duncan

Friday, March 6th, 2020 – 7:30 pm.
Fee: $25 per person.
Registration is now Open.
Register by clicking on the March 6th event in our Event Calendar. Register Here!


This clinic offers the participant an opportunity to learn Afro Cuban Percussion with master percussionist Jack Duncan. Jack is a dynamic performer and educator who is recognized for his work as a pioneer in the study and promotion of Afro Cuban and African music. With over 30 years of experience, Jack has a depth of knowledge from the source that he loves to share with his students. 

The foundations of the music will be covered, giving the students an insight into the African roots and European influence that have had an effect on how it has evolved into what is being played today.  

Jack Duncan

Jack Duncan – bio
Percussionist Jack “Jakito” Duncan is a dynamic performer and dedicated educator who is recognized internationally for his work as a pioneer in the study and promotion of Afro-Cuban and African music. His never-ending quest for knowledge and belief in finding it at the source has taken him to Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, & Gambia, where he studied with Master Drummers Dou Dou N’Diaye Rose and Petit Toure Director of the National Ballet of Senegal. 

Whether you are a percussionist, instrumentalist or vocalist this clinic will help you develop and improve your ability to hear how the patterns fit together and also give you hands-on experience and opportunity to play authentic Afro Cuban Rhythms.  

Jack’s dynamic and sophisticated percussion playing has earned him a national and international reputation. He has been sought out by many top artists in North America (Chicago, Donna Summers, Ricardo Lemvo & the Makina Loca) to contribute his unique skills and experience for both stage performances and studio recordings. Jack was a featured performer at the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival with the late Pucho Lopez and has performed with world-renowned musicians including Chucho Valdes, Arturo Sandoval, and J.J. Johnson.  He is also a founding member of Hugh Fraser’s Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation and performs with John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra, Orquesta Goma Dura, Drum & Light Orchestra, and  Zapato Negro. Jack has appeared on over 60 CDs, receiving a Juno Award for his work on Alpha ‘YAYA’ Diallo’s album “The Messenger”. Jack has been involved in music soundtracks and as an expert music advisor for Television shows “Sentinal” ” Saved” “The L Word” and Movie soundtracks, most notably the Grammy and Oscar Award-winning animated movie “Ratatouille” Disney Pixar.

Here is the Calendar of events for WInter/ Spring 2020

Update April 16, 2020

Friday, February 21st – Open Mic (Voice students) section 1 6pm, section 2 – 7:30 pm
– Tsawwassen Arts Centre
Sunday, February 23rd – Student Recital – Ladner United Church
Sunday, March 1st, – Karen’s Studio Chamber Music Day – at DCMS
Friday, March 6th, Afro Cuban Percussion clinic with Jack Duncan (DCMS)

Saturday, April 25th, – Student Recital – CANCELLED
Sunday, May 3rd, – Instrumental Scholarship Recital – WILL BE ONLINE, TBA
Saturday, May 30th, – Voice Scholarship Recital – at DCMS – WILL BE ONLINE, TBA

Friday, June 5th – Students of Tracy Neff. – Tsawwassen Arts Centre CANCELLED
Sunday, June 7th – 2 pm – Awards Recital – Ladner United Church CANCELLED
Sunday, June 7th, 6:30 pm – Studio of Karen Nakajima – CANCELLED


Delta Community Music School Society

Sunday December 15, 2 pm
Ladner United Church

 The Delta Community Music School’s AGM will take place during the School recital on  Sunday December 15th, at 2 pm.  The location is at Ladner United Church, 4960 48th Ave, Delta BC. There will be a short meeting which we request members to attend if possible. AGM Agenda and Reports will be available on the DCMS website and in the office for viewing.

This meeting has been rescheuduled from the orginail date of November 23 as we did not obtain quorum at that time.