Cowichan Music - home of the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association

Welcome to our new CVMTA website!

Sign up for our news and check back often to post or to read about things music in the Cowichan Valley.  We have member teachers from Saltair and Ladysmith, through to Chemainus, Lake Cowichan, Maple Bay, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay and Shawnigan Lake, teaching all manner of instruments, theory and voice.

Find a teacher or just explore the upcoming events - you'll find your music here!

RCM Gold Medal Winners 

The winners of medals for the highest mark in each level and discipline in the province have been announced, and a few of them have gone to Cowichan Music teachers' students!

Gold medals – highest in BC 

  • Grade 9 voice – Holly Collis Handford (Iris Cooke Chislett) 
  • Grade 10 harp  -  Hayley Farenholtz (marilyn Rummel)
  • Grade 2 harp  – Lesley Hartford (Marilyn Rummel)
  • Grade 2 harp Susan Hoefer (Manitoba)  (Marilyn Rummel

Theory marks have also been announced with the highest marks in theory for…

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Bursaries for music lessons 

The Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association has long offered bursaries to deserving students for study with our member teachers. This year, as last, we are happy to be partnering with the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Association who will be awarding the funds. If you study with a member teacher (you'll find them on the Teachers page) you may make an application to the fund.

There is a special deadline for this award set - Nov. 1. to apply see  We're always raising money for this…Read more

One World Festival 

Now that was a nice day! Such a great feeling of community, so many beautful costumes. Bravo to the Cowichan Intercultural Committee for all your work. Here's a photo at the booth

We had a harp, a guitar and a piano available to play. Visitors entered a draw for a free music lesson, won by Bryan Li. Enjoy your lesson, Bryan!

Music - Our Universal Language 

One World Festival at VIU this September - This is a chance to share with the wider community our commitment to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's often-quoted sentiment. The CVMTA will have a booth there with an electric piano, a couple of harps, and any other instruments that come along. Students and teachers are invited to come to be in the booth, and offer either a tune for the visitors or a chance for them to be the players. And I'm especially on the lookout for a Turkish or Kurdish percussionist to take…

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