What will I learn?

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.

Program Highlights

  • Personalized instrumental or vocal instruction by experienced and accomplished faculty.
  • Perform in McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Fennell Campus.
  • Clinics and workshops with world-renowned musicians and artists.
  • Collaborate and perform in a variety of ensembles.
  • Develop your composing skills and portfolio by collaborating with Animation, TV Production, Radio and Journalism students.
  • Have the opportunity teach private lessons through practical experience working in the community.
  • Gain hands on experience through internship program.
  • Take advantage of Partnership agreements to further your education with McMaster University and Berklee College of Music.
  • All music students gain access to workshops featuring guest speakers who are accomplished in their field in a variety of different areas of the music industry.
  • All music gain access to workshops and session offered by Berklee College of Music.
  • Participate in professional recording studio experiences.
  • Learn the latest music technology in a state-of-the-art facility.

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.
  • 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 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.

Which department am I in?

Mohawk College

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,015.00 (10,02,061) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022

Venue

Mohawk College

Fennell Campus,

135 Fennell Avenue West,

Hamilton,

Ontario (ON),

L9C 0E5, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

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

Language Requirements for International Students:

See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Successful completion of GAS-EAP (478) Program Level 8

  • TOEFL minimum score of 550 (80 Internet based)
  • or IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5
  • CAEL (Including CAEL Online): 50 (no band below 40)
  • CEFR (C1): 169 (no band below 162)
  • CLBT: 7 (no band below 7)
  • PTE: 50 (no band below 43)

Application deadline: May 1 (fall).

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About Mohawk College

At Mohawk College, students are provided a world of opportunity and will have the chance to develop skills crucial to becoming work ready graduates.

  • Hamilton-based college with large international community
  • Three modern campuses with recent renovations
  • 30+ support services for international students
  • More than 100 programs covering a range of subject areas

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