Applied Music

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

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)
986: Applied Music (Bass)

Program Highlights

  • 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.

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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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 2023 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Classical Piano - 981 September 2023 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Classical Strings & Guitar - 976 September 2023 - Open September 2022 - 

Apply as an international student

Classical Voice - 983 September 2023 - Open September 2022 - 

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Classical Winds & Brass - 977 September 2023 - Open September 2022 - 

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Contemporary Guitar - 980 September 2023 - Open September 2022 - 

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Contemporary Piano - 982 September 2023 - Open September 2022 - 

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Contemporary Voice - 984 September 2023 - Open September 2022 - 

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Drums & Percussion - 978 September 2023 - 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?


How to Apply and Audition Guide

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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, though academic courses will include students majoring in all instruments/voice. 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.

If you are unsure to what stream you align please contact our Music department at 905-575-2144 or email music.auditions@mohawkcollege.ca, and we can help you assess which category you fit into.  

The OCAS equal consideration deadline: February 1.

Audition

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.

There are three rounds of auditions: 

Round 1: January 28 - 29, 2023
Round 2: February 25 - 26, 2023
Round 3: March 25 - 26, 2023

The auditions take place in person at our Fennell Campus. Anyone living further than 100km away may submit a virtual audition. 

We are now accepting auditions for September 2023. You can request an audition or submit a virtual audition using the Music Audition form.

 

In-Person Auditions

The following is the list of requirements for in-person auditions:

 

Virtual Auditions

The following is the list of requirements for a virtual audition:

Accepting Your Offer

Once you have received your official offer from Mohawk College, log into your Ontario Colleges account and accept your offer.


Questions?

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

Tuition and Fees

2022 - 2023 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $846.45 $727.48
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,837.30 $1,837.30
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,683.75 $2,564.78
Total 1st Year Fees $5,248.53

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2022 - 2023 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,770.00 $8,770.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $9,220.00 $9,145.00
Total 1st Year Fees $18,365.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

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.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

 

 

Career Opportunities

  • Performance (bands, orchestras, choirs, touring, solo)
  • Composition and media scoring
  • Songwriting
  • Music production
  • Music education*
  • Music business and industry
  • Music therapy*
  • Community music*

*Additional training is required through one of our partner institutions.

 

Alumni Features

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.

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.

He has served on the faculties of York University, Humber College, and Mohawk 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 is a graduate from Mohawk College. She has had a successful career as a bassist, music supervisor, composer, and entrepreneur, founding her own music summer camp program. She now works as an Associate Marketing Manager at Warner Music. 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".

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

INSTRUMENT AND TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

All music students except piano-majors are expected to have their own instruments and/or microphones for practice. Select equipment is available for check-out within the department. Practice rooms and ensemble rooms, with pianos and keyboards, are available during college hours for students to regularly practice.

The Applied Music program has a mandatory Apple laptop requirement. All students are required to have a laptop that is capable of effectively running the software packages that we use for instruction. This provides our students with 24/7 access to industry-relevant production tools and learning resources.

The requirement of an approved music production capable laptop is foundational to our learning structure and is necessary upon program entry.

Hardware – Apple MacBook Pro Minimum Requirements:
Processor: Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core Processor
Memory: 16 GB RAM (32 GB Ram Recommended)
Internal hard drive: 512 GB SSD (1TB SSD Recommended)

The music department uses the following software:

  • Audacity
  • AVID Sibelius
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Microsoft Office (Available at no cost to Mohawk College students through your Mohawk College account.)


Mohawk College is an AVID-Certified institution and offers AVID user-certification Pro Tools and Sibelius instruction.

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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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