Applied Music (Drums & Percussion) - 978
- 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.
Applicants may apply to only one Music Stream (contemporary or classical) and one instrument major on the ontariocolleges.ca application. However, any applicants that are unsure to what stream they align we can discuss this at your audition. Also, if you play an additional instrument mention this during your audition and you may be given further instruction at that time. There may be opportunities to play additional instruments during your studies in ensemble classes.
3 academic years (periods of 8 months)
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Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees
2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$753.47||$877.45|
|Compulsory Program Fees||$0.00||$0.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$2,590.77||$2,714.75|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$5,305.52|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$8,376.00||$8,684.74|
|Program Compulsory Fees||$0.00||$0.00|
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00||$375.00|
|Total International Per Semester||$8,826.00||$9,059.74|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$17,885.74|
- International Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP not eligible for International Students
- Full Cost Breakdown
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- Financial Assistance
- View the Additional Information Tab for any additional costs
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, a theory test, and an ear-training test
- 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:
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.
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:
- Baritone and Euphonium
- Bass Guitar
- Cello and Upright Bass
- Classical Guitar
- Classical Piano Majors
- Classical Voice
- Contemporary Guitar
- Contemporary Piano
- Contemporary Voice
- Drum Set
- French Horn
- Organ Majors
- Woodwind Majors
*Please note - audition requirements are subject to change.
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] mohawkcollege.ca
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.
How you'll gain skills
- Receive private instruction on your instrument with some of Canada’s leading musicians.
- Participate in multiple performances on campus and in the community.
- Practice in dedicated practice studios and the synthesizer- computer laboratory.
- Selected senior Mohawk music students offer private lessons, under the supervision of faculty.
- Participate in two internship courses.
- Use Mohawk’s Cummings Library Collaboratory for resources.
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.
Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs are eligible to enroll into the Applied Music (Drums & Percussion) program:
Graduates from the Applied Music (Drums & Percussion) 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
- Davenport University - Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business
- McMaster University - Bachelor of Music (Hons)
View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
- Visit Pathways and Credit Transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
- See ontransfer.ca 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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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.
Program of Studies
Course Overview & Descriptions
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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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.
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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.
Specific Instrumental Needs
You may be able to periodically access campus during pre-arranged times for access to a dedicated room in F160 / F161 where you can store your drum kit/percussion.
Domestic Canadian Students
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