General Courses

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Douglas College Staff & Faculty Discount:
Except where noted, the CMS offers a 10% discount for staff and faculty of the College.

All group class rates are based on minimum enrollment.  Rates and class times are subject to change if minimum enrollments are not met.  Classes with multiple sessions may be combined to meet minimum enrollments.  Most group courses are 10 classes unless otherwise noted.  Contact us for more information on any of these classes: 604-527-5469 or

Please note that registrations for any course with a listed CRN are processed either by phone at 604-527-5472, online here: Register, or in person at any Douglas College Registrar's office.

Level I Somatic VoiceworkTM
LoVetri Method Training, with Jeannette LoVetri
Detailed information and testimonials about Somatic VoiceworkTM and the LoVetri Method Training can be found at 

Dates: TBA
Times: Plan for three full days, morning to evening
Fee: TBA

Music Business:  
Independent Musician's Survival Kit
This course is a tool kit for the independent musician. Much is said about digital distribution’s democratization of the music industry, but it is more competitive than ever, with less revenue to support musicians working at any level. Subjects covered include: how to break through, not break up; getting gigs and professional representation; copyright issues: joining SOCAN, royalties, sample clearance, cover versions etc.; digital distribution; contracts; creating and maintaining a website and web presence; merchandise; surviving touring; factor grants. Minimum age: 16 yrs.
Instructor: Dr. Hazel Fairbairn

Teaching for Musicians
This course will help you: establish a teaching business; develop innovative lesson plans; inspire and motivate students.
Instructor: Dr. Hazel Fairbairn

Celtic Music Group
Players of acoustic instruments are welcome to this 'By Ear' workshop, which explores Celtic music through learning traditional reels, jigs and ayres and creating group arrangements. You will need basic playing skill, but there is no need to read music. The finished pieces will be recorded and CD's of the group will be available to all participants at the end of the course. Minimum age: 13yrs.
Instructor: Dr. Hazel Fairbairn

Guitar Basics 
Guitar Basics introduces you to the many different styles and techniques of guitar playing. You'll explore a wide range of music genres, from folk and world music, to rock and blues. Learn how to build chords and understand how they work in progressions, and develop the techniques needed to perform scales and finger-picking. Improvisational playing will also be covered, and you'll have the chance to jam with other guitarists in a friendly class environment. All levels are welcome. Whether you are a beginner playing your first chords, or an advanced player hoping to improve your technique, Guitar Basics is the ideal course for you. (May be combined with Guitar Intermediate to meet minimum class size requirements.)

Guitar Intermediate
If you have completed Guitar Basics, or have previous guitar experience, expand on your knowledge with this fun and engaging class. You'll learn basic guitar notation and will have the opportunity to play small ensemble works from a wide range of music genres. (May be combined with Guitar Basics to meet minimum class size requirements.)

Class Piano (Intro to Piano) 

Learn to play piano by ear! This class is held in Douglas College's bright, modern piano lab where individual electronic pianos are connected with headphones to the teacher's console. This system has the unique advantage of combining the qualities of a group class with the personalized attention of a private lesson. Work in privacy, at your own level and pace, learning the type of music you like best. All levels. No previous experience required.
Instructor: Allen Stiles

Percussion Ensemble
Douglas College welcomes community members to join the student Percussion Ensemble!
Instructor: Bob Caldwell
Fee: $95 + GST