Applied Music - 660

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Orchestrate your musical future with solid practical and theoretical training in classical, jazz, and contemporary genres

New Program Streams

We now offer the opportunity to apply on your preferred instrument/voice to our Applied Music Program. Please select your choice of instrument/voice below to learn more.

Applicants may apply to only one Music Stream (contemporary or classical) on the OCAS application. However, any applicants that are unsure to what stream they align can select the contemporary AND classical streams on the supplementary Music Questionnaire. Applications are for one instrument major only. During your audition, you may mention that you play an additional instrument and you may be given further instruction at that time. There may be opportunities to play additional instruments during your studies in ensemble classes.

Program # Program Stream
976 Applied Music (Classical Strings + Guitar)
977 Applied Music (Classical Winds + Brass)
978 Applied Music (Drums and Percussion)
979 Applied Music (Contemporary Brass + Winds)
980 Applied Music (Contemporary Guitar)
981 Applied Music (Classical Piano)
982 Applied Music (Contemporary Piano)
983 Applied Music (Classical Voice)
984 Applied Music (Contemporary Voice)
985 Applied Music (Other)
986 Applied Music (Bass)

Program Highlights

Students will experience:

  • Private Lessons: Receive private instruction on your instrument with some of Canada’s leading musicians
  • Ensembles: Play in ensembles, coached by the faculty, ranging from chamber music and orchestra, to big bands, RnB, World Music and contemporary jazz
  • Composition and Arranging: Compose your own arrangements and works and have them performed by student groups under your direction
  • Performance and Record: Perform at our 1000+ seat Performing Arts Centre, or with one of our vast community partners. Participate in a professional recording studio experience
  • TV and Film Composition: Collaborate with Mohawk’s TV and Animation departments to write musical scores for their various productions
  • Music Technology: Learn to use the latest music technology with our state-of-the-art facility
  • Business of Music: Explore the business side of the music profession, profit from the advice of industry experts and learn about trends and opportunities from in music
  • Visiting Artists: Past clinics and workshops with world renowned musicians have included: Tom Scott, Larry Carlton, Kenny Wheeler, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Valerie Tryon, Wynton Marsalis, Hal Galper, Ian Thomas, Bob Brookmeyer, Alain Caron, Alan Nicholl, etc.
  • Use our Cummings Library and Collaboratory for resources

Second and third year students offer high quality, low cost music lessons in voice, drum, guitar, piano and more to the public. Visit Mohawk Music Lessons.

Program Length

3 academic years (periods of 8 months)

Applied Music - 3 Year Advanced Diploma Program

Meet Jamshed Turel

Program Coordinator

Admission Requirements for September 2016

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Background in Music
  • Audition on an instrument or voice and complete a questionnaire (a fee will apply)
  • Applicant acceptance will be based on ability and talent in a principal instrument or voice

Admission Requirements for September 2017

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Background in Music
  • Audition on your instrument or voice, a theory test, ear-training test, and an interview (audition fee applies)
  • Applicant acceptance will be based on ability and talent in a principal instrument or voice

Applicant Audition Guide


Apply to our Applied Music Program through the Ontario College Application Services (OCAS) (opens new window) website and follow the steps as instructed by OCAS (opens new window).

After you submit your application through OCAS, you will receive a package in the mail containing the following:

Packages will be sent out the first week of December for those who have applied prior to this date. Thereafter, packages will be distributed approximately two weeks after we have received your application.

If you do not receive these documents, contact our Admissions Advisor - Michele Chamberlain. Phone: 905-575-2229

Additional Items & Required Submissions

Applicants must complete the online Applicant Questionnaire and pay a $50 non-refundable audition processing fee.

  • We cannot process your application until your questionnaire has been received.
  • Please note that refunds of the audition processing fee will not be given for any reason including: waitlisted applicants who do not receive an audition, late applicants, applicant cancellations and no-shows.
  • If you are unable to make this payment prior to your audition we will accept cash at the audition check-in. EXACT CASH ONLY.
  • Payments must be accompanied by your Audition Fee Form (opens PDF, 54kb) and can be made by one of the methods listed below:

In Person:

  • The Square - Student Services, Room C102, Fennell Campus
  • Cash, Debit, Mastercard, Visa, Cheque or Money Order (Made payable to Mohawk College)

By Mail:

  • Cheque or Money Order (made payable to Mohawk College)
  • Do not send credit card numbers or cash by mail
  • Mailing Address:
    Music Department
    135 Fennell Ave W.
    PO. Box 2034
    Hamilton, ON
    L8N 3T2

Audition Dates

Tentative audition dates/times and other important information will be sent by email to your MOCOmotion email account. Watch your inbox around:

February 27th to March 3rd (10 am to 3 pm)
April 1st  (10 am to 1 pm)
May 1st to May 5th (10 am to 3 pm)

  • You must confirm your audition date and time by replying to our email, by the date specified. Failure to confirm your tentative audition by the allotted date will cause you to lose your audition slot with little or no opportunity to re-schedule.
  • Information regarding access to your MOCOmotion can be located on your Acknowledgement letter. If you need assistance, check out the MOCOmotion Help webpage.
  • In the event that we receive a high volume of applicants for the same instrument major you may be placed on a waitlist. It is your responsibility, to ensure that you check your MOCOmotion account for any email correspondence we may send to you. If you utilize another email account, please indicate this on your online questionnaire.
  • Audition slots are limited for each instrument major. Auditions are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. You are not guaranteed an audition.

If you did not receive an email it could mean one of the following:

  • We have not received your online questionnaire
  • You are on a waitlist for an audition
  • Please send any inquiries you may have to the Music Department at: music.auditions [at]

Auditions - What to Expect


  • Your audition will be approximately 20 minutes in length.
  • If your audition is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. or later, please arrive at the college 1.5 hours prior to your audition time to write the theory test. If your audition is scheduled before 11:00 a.m. you will write the theory test after your audition.
  • Practice rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis for those wishing to warm up before their audition.

Theory Test

  • Applicants must receive a minimum grade of 70% in order to pass the Theory Test.
  • If you have your Royal Conservatory Grade 2 Certificate you can be exempt from writing the theory test. However, you must present the original copy of your certificate on the day of your audition.
  • View a Sample Theory Test (opens PDF, 64kb)

One-on-One Q&A Session

  • Prospective students are encouraged to attend an informal individual Q&A session with our faculty: This is your opportunity to learn about our program, our internship opportunities, how our program can help you achieve your future career goals, and learn more about our articulation agreements.

Offers of Admission

Once auditions are complete, only those applicants, who receive an offer of admission or those who are placed on a waitlist, can expect to receive notification. This will be communicated through OCAS within two weeks from the audition date.

Check out the Applicant FAQs.

For other inquiries contact us at music.auditions [at]

Kindly note that Mohawk College is subject to Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and therefore, all audition information is considered private and confidential. We are unable to discuss audition information with parents or guardians without the applicant’s permission.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Academic Opportunities

For transfer opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer

Career Opportunities

The Applied Music Advanced Diploma program trains students for a wide variety of career opportunities. Careers in music may involve the following:

Industries of Employment:

  • Performance: Soloists, freelance musicians, bands, orchestras, chamber groups musical directors and conductors
  • Composition: Music arrangements and compositions for live performances, film, television, multi-media, video games, advertising, corporate events, and websites
  • Music Technology: Sound design and effects, software programming, electronic instrument design, audio engineering and audio forensics
  • Education: Teachers in private studios, commercial music schools, conservatories, public schools, colleges and universities
  • Music Business: Music publishing, marketing/PR, record labels, artist management and booking agencies, arts administration, concert promotion and arts councils
  • Music Therapy

Read our Suggested Paths (opens PDF, 126kb) document for more career information.

Graduate Opportunities

Students successfully completing our program can get advanced placement in several prestigious institutions, including the world-renowned Berklee College of Music.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Not sure what type of music careers are available? Visit Career Coach for all music career results!

Check out the 2016 Recital Evaluation Sheet (opens PDF, 87kb).

Fennell Campus
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Lorenzo Castelli

One of the first students to use our articulation with Berklee College of Music, Lorenzo received advanced placement to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating from Berklee, Lorenzo returned to Toronto and quickly began a successful career writing music for television and advertising. His music can be heard on such productions as Sesame Street (PBS), Rocket Monkeys (Teletoon), Japanizi: Going Going Gong! (YTV), Hollywood Death Trip (E!), Gourmet Escapes (Travel & Escape), Super WHY! (PBS), to name a few.

Lorenzo has also written music on numerous advertisements for Nissan, McDonalds, Jackson Triggs, Yellow Pages, BMO, Tim Hortons, Bell, Shoppers Drug Mart, and many more

Adrean Farrugia

Juno nominated pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano and is high in demand as a freelance performer and teacher. Adrean has toured extensively across Canada, the United States, and Japan, with some of jazz’s greatest and most diverse artists of today’s time. As a composer, Adrean has released three albums; one of which was nominated in 2011 for a Juno award for best contemporary jazz recording.

Adrean is currently on the faculty of Mohawk College where he teaches contemporary piano, ensembles and improvisation. He has also served on the faculties of York University, Humber College, and has held workshops at the University of Colorado, University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and at The Sydney and Brisbane Conservatories.

Hope Bozzo

Hope Bozzo is a recent graduate from Mohawk College, who has already started a multi-faceted career as a bassist, music supervisor, composer and entrepreneur, founding her own music summer camp program among other endeavours. Of her time at Mohawk College, Hope writes: “My time at Mohawk was an amazing experience. Not only did the program help me to develop skills for being a musician, but the collaborative small community was great for interacting with others, being able to play with people that were at a higher level

of playing, explore new music, and be a part of the Hamilton community. The program prepares you to be a well-rounded musician from playing, to teaching, to recording, producing, entrepreneurial skills and so much more".