Music - 809

Mohawk College Certificate
Students working in music room

Explore new musical horizons through a basic study of music and develop a sound foundation for more advanced studies such as arranging and composition. On successful completion of the program you will have developed your theoretical musical ability to the entrance level of the three year Applied Music Program at Mohawk College.


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Open to absolute beginners or individuals at any stage
  • You may qualify for credit for previous musical experience
  • Level 1 instruments and vocals require no previous experience
  • You must supply your own instruments where applicable and pay for texts
  • Successful completion of senior secondary school English or equivalent

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education -  Interdisciplinary, Creative, Media and Business

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Visit the Music Courses page to view a list of stand-alone courses you may be interested in.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Master elementary playing techniques and basic theoretical principals including notation, tones, semitones, rhythm, and major scales. Access to practice piano required.
Course description: Enhance playing and sight reading techniques by exploring intervals, major scales and basic chording. Classical, popular tunes and duets may also be played. Recommended prerequisite: MUSC10075 or 1 year playing and sight reading experience. NOTE: 1 hour independent study is required.
Equivalents: MUSCMU200
Course description: An introduction to the rudimentary foundations of music theory, the student will focus on the musical aspects of notation, scales, melody, harmony, time and transposition. Musical writing skills will be developed through weekly assignments.
Course description: Learn to understand the rudiments of Music, with emphasis on writing skills. Course coincides with the Royal Conservatory Theory examination, written May or December.
Course description: In this course the student will learn to recognize and sing all simple intervals and rhythms, aurally and visually, using the tonic sol-fa system with conducting patterns in simple time. PREREQUISITE: MU123 or an ability to recognize notes in treble and bass clef in the key signatures of C, G, D, F, B flat major. CREDIT IN THE APPLIED MUSIC PROGRAM
Course description: A continuation of Theory 1 which prepares students for the Royal Conservatory Grade 2 Theory Examinations which can be written in May, August or December. PREREQUISITE: (MU123)
Course description: Improve singing skills with attention to breath control, voice production, stage deportment and intonation.

Select 1 from the next 4 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Enhance your solo performance skills. Emphasis on voice production, musicianship and interpretation. Prerequisite: PA160 or equivalent experience.
Equivalents: MUSCPA360
Course description: Learn a variety of traditional and contemporary songs to develop left and right hand coordination along with general musicianship.
Equivalents: MUSCPA107
Course description: Enhance piano techniques initiated in the Beginner’s Piano Part A & B levels. Further develop left & right hand co-ordination through fun melodic & harmonic studies. (this is a combined level of the previous Piano 3, 4 & 5 courses)
Equivalents: MUSC10080 and MUSC10081 and MUSC10082
Course description: Review of basic rudiments. The voicing of triads for four voices. The harmonization of melodies using chords in root position and first inversion.
Credits: 2