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

Program Highlights

Students will experience:

  • Private Lessons: Receive private instruction on your instrument with some of Canada's leading musicians
  • Ensembles: Perform in ensembles, coached by the faculty, ranging from chamber music and orchestra, to big bands, RnB, Country, 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 sate-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 Nicholls, etc.
  • Use our Cummings Library and Collaboratory for resources.

New Program Streams

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 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.

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)

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Domestic Canadian Students
Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students*
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

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

Student Recruitment

Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on our programs, student life, and more.

Domestic Canadian Students

International Students
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

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Domestic and International student admission requirements

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
  • Applicant acceptance will be based on ability and talent in a principal instrument or voice

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

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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

Your acknowledgment package will contain an RSVP postcard. This postcard will contain information regarding how to submit your preferred audition date. Please see “audition dates” below for more information.

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

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

Audition Dates

We will be hosting auditions on the following dates: 
February 24th, 25th, April 7th, April 8th and May 5th.

After May 5th, applicants are invited to auditions on an individual basis.

  • Your tentative audition date/time and other important information will be sent by email to your MyMohawk email account. 
  • You must confirm your audition date and time by replying to our email, by the date specified. 
  • Information regarding access to your MyMohawk can be located on your Acknowledgement letter. If you need assistance, check out the MyMohawk Guides 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 MyMohawk account for any email correspondence we may send to you. If you utilize another email account, please indicate this on your online RSVP. 
  • 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 RSVP 
    • You are on a waitlist for an audition 
  • Please send any inquiries you may have to the Music Department at: music.auditions [at]

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.

Work Experience

Tuesday Night Music School

Selected senior Mohawk music students offer private lessons, under the supervision of Faculty. Learn more about the Tuesday Night Music Music School.

Academic Opportunities

Pathways and Credit Transfer

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

For transfer opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer.

Career Opportunities

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.

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Course Overview & Descriptions

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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

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".