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.
Streams and Instrument/Vocal Options:
976: Applied Music (Classical Strings and Guitar)
977: Applied Music (Classical Winds)
978: Applied Music (Drums and Percussion)
979: Applied Music (Contemporary 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)
- Personalized instrumental or vocal instruction by some of the industry’s most experienced and accomplished faculty.
- Performance opportunities in McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Fennell Campus in the community and for various recording projects.
- Clinics and workshops with world-renowned guest musicians and artists.
- Learn about, develop and perform in a variety of different styles.
- Develop your composing and music production skills, using the latest music technology, through collaborations within the department and with Animation, TV Production, Radio and Journalism students.
- Opportunities to teach private lessons through practical experience working in the community.
- Hands on experience through an internship program and several community partners.
- Take advantage of Partnership agreements to further your education with McMaster University and Berklee College of Music.
- Access to Berklee’s Global Network, including workshops and sessions offered by Berklee for their Global Partners.
What you'll learn
- Perform in a variety of ensembles, coached by faculty.
- Use the latest music technology for recording, creating and producing music.
- Write musical scores for various collaborative productions.
- Appreciate the diverse array of musical styles and rich history of music across global cultures.
- Personal and social awareness of music’s cultural and health roles.
- 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.
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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Domestic and International student 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
|Instrument Stream||Canadian Domestic||International|
|Bass - 986||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
|Classical Piano - 981||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
|Classical Strings & Guitar - 976||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
|Classical Voice - 983||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
|Classical Winds & Brass - 977||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
|Contemporary Guitar - 980||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
|Contemporary Piano - 982||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
|Contemporary Voice - 984||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
|Drums & Percussion - 978||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
|Other||September 2022 - Open||September 2022 -|
Language Requirements for International Students:
- See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
How to Apply and Audition Guide
Applicants can apply based on the instrument and style you wish to major in. This is to indicate the focus of your private lesson and ensemble study, however, academic courses will include students majoring in all instruments/voice. If you are unsure to what stream you align please contact our Music department at 905-575-2144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can help you assess which category you fit into. Applications are for one instrument major only. During your audition, you may mention that you play an additional instrument/voice and you may be given further instruction at that time. There may be opportunities to play additional instruments during your studies in ensemble classes.
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. This audition is made up of a performance, ear-training test, theory test and one-on-one interview.
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.
Given the recent rise in case counts with COVID-19, we will be doing all our auditions virtually for the 2022 academic year. We feel that this will enable you to plan better and focus on creating a great application that best represents your musical abilities.
We are now accepting auditions for September 2022. You can submit your audition video using the Music Audition form.
The following is the list of requirements for a virtual audition:
- 976: Applied Music (Classical Strings and Guitar) Virtual
- 977: Applied Music (Classical Winds) Virtual
- 978: Applied Music (Drums and Percussion) Virtual
- 979: Applied Music (Contemporary Winds) Virtual
- 980: Applied Music (Contemporary Guitar) Virtual
- 981: Applied Music (Classical Piano) Virtual
- 982: Applied Music (Contemporary Piano) Virtual
- 983: Applied Music (Classical Voice) Virtual
- 984: Applied Music (Contemporary Voice) Virtual
- 985: Applied Music (Other) Virtual
- 986: Applied Music (Bass) Virtual
Once you have received your official offer from Mohawk College, log into your Ontario Colleges account and accept your offer.
Inquiries regarding admissions or your Ontario Colleges (OCAS) Application:
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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.
Course Overview & Descriptions
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How you'll gain skills:
- Participate in multiple performance-based learning opportunities on-campus and in the community.
- Select Mohawk music students perform in various industry events, such as part of Jazz FM’s Jazzology program, Supercrawl, and various music festivals.
- Practice in dedicated practice studios and the synthesizer-computer laboratory.
- Gain industry connections by completing two internship/field placement courses.
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.
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:
- Athabasca University - Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations, Bachelor of Management, Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
- Berklee College of Music - Bachelor of Music
- Davenport University - Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business
- McMaster University - Bachelor of Music (Hons)
- Technological University of the Shannon - Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Music Technology and Production
Students successfully completing our program can get advanced placement in several prestigious institutions, including the world-renowned Berklee College of Music.
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.
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
Instructor, Classical Guitar
Instructor, Contemporary Voice
Instructor, Bass Guitar
Domestic Canadian Students
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