Applied Music

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Orchestrate your musical future with practical and up-to-date training in classical, jazz and contemporary genres.

Program Highlights

  • Personalized instrumental or vocal instruction by some of Canada's best musicians.
  • Perform at the 1,000+ seat McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Fennell Campus.
  • Clinics and workshops with world-renowned musicians.
  • Over 100 performances annually in the community.
  • Develop your composing skills and portfolio by collaborating with Animation, TV Production, Radio and Journalism students.

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.
  • Participate in professional recording studio experiences.
  • 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 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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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

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered.


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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.


Instrument Stream Canadian Domestic International
Bass - 986 September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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Classical Piano - 981 September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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Classical Strings & Guitar - 976 September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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Classical Voice - 983 September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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Classical Winds & Brass - 977 September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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Contemporary Guitar - 980 September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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Contemporary Piano - 982 September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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Contemporary Voice - 984 September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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Drums & Percussion - 978 September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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Other September 2021 - Open September 2021 - 

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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).


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.



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

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

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    Mohawk Pathways 

    Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Certificate programs are eligible to enroll into the Applied Music program:

    Graduates from the Applied Music program are eligible to enroll into the following Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs:


    • 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
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      • Davenport University - Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business
      • Limerick Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Music Technology and Production
      • McMaster University - Bachelor of Music (Hons)
    • Visit Pathways and Credit Transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
    • See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

    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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    View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

    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.

    Course Overview & Descriptions

    Click on the course title for a course description.

    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.

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    Phone: 1-905-575-2254
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    For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
    North China: 10-800-714-2521
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    Philippines: 180011102544

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

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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".