Applied Music Preparatory - 105

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
Develop your music theory, ear training, keyboarding and improvisation skills to prepare you for further studies and/or a career in music.

The Preparatory Music program is designed to provide the foundation for successful advanced studies in music.

Students successfully completing our preparatory music program have repeatedly demonstrated greater success in their future studies in our Applied Music program, and other music programs across North America. Several successful musicians and even faculty members at Colleges and Universities across North America are graduates of our preparatory music program.

Program Highlights

What you'll learn

  • Develop strong basic knowledge of music theory.
  • Develop ear-training foundations.
  • Keyboard skills and improvisation.  
  • Social and historical context in music.   
  • Music technology and recording.
  • Develop your instrumental/vocal skills on an instrument of your choosing.
  • Basic improvisational skills on an instrument of your choosing.

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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
  • Applicants are recommended to have a minimum of three years of experience with private lessons or equivalent.

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.

Options are available for mature applicants.

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Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $831.02 $712.05
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 $2,668.32 $2,549.35
Total 1st Year Fees $5,217.67

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

2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,600.00 $8,600.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $9,050.00 $8,975.00
Total 1st Year Fees $18,025.00

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

  • Create music with technology and software in our labs.

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 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.

Career Opportunities




Your future career options

  • Musician and Singer
  • Music Teacher
  • Radio Programmer
  • Music Producer and Recording Engineer

Where you could work includes:

  • Performing Arts and Related Industries
  • Music Related Business

Educational Pathways

The Preparatory Music Program provides a solid foundation to help students successfully further their studies in Music.  Students will be well prepared for the Applied Music program upon completion of the Preparatory Music Program.

Mohawk College Music is in partnership with Berklee College of Music. Students can take advantage of joint, workshops and masterclasses offered through Berklee College of Music.


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

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

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Additional Information

There is no formal audition requirement for applicants to the Applied Music Preparatory Program. Students should, however, be proficient enough on at least one instrument (or their voice) to be able to apply the theoretical knowledge they gain during the program in improvisation and practical settings.

The college has some instruments available for students to use in class. These are:

  • Upright basses
  • Upright and grand pianos
  • Drum kits and various percussion instruments (students have to provide their own cymbals, mallets and sticks)

For all other instruments, we expect students to provide their own. Rentals for instruments are available through various organizations in the area, and the faculty can help set this up for students if need be.


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.

Program Coordinator


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Domestic Canadian Students

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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
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Contact International
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

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

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

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Program Coordinator

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2022
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