Applied Music

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Develop your skills in musicianship, performance, song writing and composing, producing and more.
Overview

Develop your skills in musicianship, performance, song writing and composing, producing and more, through Mohawk College’s performance based 3 year Applied Music Program. Develop skills that will prepare you for the music industry or help further your education.

Students have the choice to focus their studies in either Classical or Contemporary stream, in their choice of instruments/vocal. Students who apply to the Applied Music Program will have to complete an audition, theory and ear training test, and an interview. For more information on audition requirements please visit Music Auditions. 

Program Highlights

  • Personalized instrumental or vocal instruction by experienced and accomplished faculty.
  • Perform in McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Fennell Campus.
  • Clinics and workshops with world-renowned musicians and artists.
  • Collaborate and perform in a variety of ensembles.
  • Develop your composing skills and portfolio by collaborating with Animation, TV Production, Radio and Journalism students.
  • Have the opportunity teach private lessons through practical experience working in the community.
  • Gain hands on experience through internship program.
  • Take advantage of Partnership agreements to further your education with McMaster University and Berklee College of Music.
  • All music students gain access to workshops featuring guest speakers who are accomplished in their field in a variety of different areas of the music industry.
  • All music gain access to workshops and session offered by Berklee College of Music.
  • Participate in professional recording studio experiences.
  • Learn the latest music technology in a state-of-the-art facility.

What you'll learn

  • Perform in a variety of ensembles, coached by faculty.
  • Use the latest music technology in a state-of-the-art facility.
  • Compose your own arrangements and works and have them performed by student groups under your direction.
  • Write musical scores for various productions.
  • Explore the business side of the music profession.
  • Gain the advice of industry experts.
  • Learn how to teach private lessons through practical experience working in the community.

Program Streams

Applicants may apply to only one Music Stream (contemporary or classical) on their ontariocolleges.ca application. However, any applicants that are unsure to what stream they align can call our Music department at 905-575-2144. We can help you assess which category you fit into. Typically, if you play rock or pop, you will likely fit into the contemporary category. 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

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Applied and have questions?
The admissions team is available to help, you can contact them via Admissions or by phone at 1-844-767-6871.

 

Haven’t applied and need help?
Contact us or phone 905-575-2460.


Program delivery

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Admission

Domestic and International student admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 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, ear-training test, theory exam and a meeting with music faculty.
  • Applicant acceptance will be based on ability and talent in a principal instrument or voice

Options are available for mature applicants.

Availability

Instrument Stream Canadian Domestic International
Bass - 986 September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Classical Piano - 981 September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Classical Strings & Guitar - 976 September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Classical Voice - 983 September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Classical Winds & Brass - 977 September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Contemporary Guitar - 980 September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Contemporary Piano - 982 September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Contemporary Voice - 984 September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Drums & Percussion - 978 September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Other September 2022 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

 

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Don't have the necessary requirements?


 

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).

Application

As part of the Applied Music admission process, applicants participate in an entrance audition where we will assess your suitability and potential aptitude to be successful in our program.

Auditions will take place after the OCAS equal consideration deadline: February 1. The music department will contact program applicants directly with audition instructions once this information has been finalized for the upcoming school year.

Auditions – What to expect

Please note: Auditions will not take place until February, for the upcoming school year.

  • Performance evaluation are approximately 10 to 15 minutes in length. A list of audition requirements for each instrument can be found online under Preparing For Your Audition.
  • An ear training test.
  • A music theory test, on which applicants must receive a passing grade of 70%. Sample Theory Test (opens PDF, 96kb)
    • In some cases, applicants who do not pass may be given the option to re-write, recommended to take a theory prep course or directed to our Applied Music Preparatory program.
    • If you have a Royal Conservatory Level 4 Theory | Elementary Theory Certificate or higher, you can be exempt from writing the theory test. Certificate validation required.
  • After you have completed your audition and theory test, you will have an opportunity to meet with a faculty member. During this meeting you will discuss your career goals, articulation agreements, potential pathways, any questions you have etc.

Preparing For Your Audition

Check out the Sample Theory Test PDF (64kb)

Check out the audition requirements by instrument major:

*Please note - audition requirements are subject to change.

Applicants may submit their performance video using the online submission form.

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 a notification on OCAS. Offer statuses are updated up to two weeks after you complete the audition process.

 

Questions?

Inquiries regarding admissions or your Ontario Colleges (OCAS) Application:
Email: coach [at] mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-844-767-6871   
  
Inquiries regarding the audition process or our music program:
Email: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca

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.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Additional or Technical Recommendations

    Course Overview & Descriptions

    Click on the course title for a course description.

    Career Opportunities

    Your future career options

    • Performing Arts and Related Industries
    • Music Related Business

    Where you could work includes:

    • Performance including: soloists, freelance musicians, orchestras, and musical directors.
    • Composition including:
    • music arrangements and compositions for performances, film, television, digital, and video games.
    • Music technology such as: sound design and effects, audio engineering
    • Teach in a variety of studios, and schools.
    • Business such as: publishing, marketing, artist management.
    • Therapy: in private practice, Clinics or Hospitals
    • Read our Suggested Paths PDF document for more career information.

    Opportunities

    Educational Pathways

     

    Pathways to Mohawk 

    If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
     

    Pathways within Mohawk

    If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

    We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

    This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

     

    Pathways beyond Mohawk

    Earn a degree:

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

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    Mohawk College is an AVID Learning partner and our students have an opportunity to get Pro Tools Certified.

     

    See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

    Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

     

     

      Additional Information

      Equipment & Software Needs

      The following is equipment, software and instruments to which all students who register for Winter 2021 will need to have access to be able to participate in their musical studies at Mohawk College:

      • A mobile device / computer that can regularly do the following:
        • Connect to the internet and connect to Mohawk College’s VPN as needed.
        • Run audio-video on Zoom (note: may require acquiring a webcam for some computers).
        • Access MyCanvas and your Mohawk e-mail.
        • Playback audio/video recordings smoothly.
        • Access your Mohawk College Microsoft Office account.
      • Principal Instrument: including microphones and amplifiers, as necessary for the instrument.
      • A device capable of audio and video recording yourself performing at a reasonably high resolution. This can be a mobile device, or a dedicated microphone, video camera, audio interface.

      Resources for Current Music Students

      Program Coordinator

      Faculty

      Contact us

      Domestic Canadian Students

      Contact Student Recruitment
      Haven’t applied yet and have questions?
      Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and more.

      Contact Admissions
      Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
      Contact Admissions
      Phone: 1-844-767-6871

      International Students

      Contact International Student Recruitment
      Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
      Contact International
      Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
      Phone: 1-905-575-2254
      Toll free phone numbers:
      For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
      North China: 10-800-714-2521
      South China: 10-800-140-2541
      Brazil: 0800-022-7408
      Philippines: 180011102544

      Contact International Admissions
      Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
      Contact International Admissions
      Phone: 1-905-575-2254

      *Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

      Accessible Learning Services

      Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

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      Student Success Advisors

      • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

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