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Advanced Diploma in Music - Performance (PATM) Cambrian College




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Course info


PATM’s combination of intensive classical training and hands-on practical experience will prepare you for the next step in your music career.

You’ll receive a one-hour private lesson each week on your major instrument PLUS a half-hour lesson weekly on a secondary (minor) instrument. Choose from majors and minors in brass, classical guitar, piano, percussion, strings, voice, or woodwinds. Take that training from studio to stage with frequent performance opportunities both as a soloist and in our many ensembles and bands.

To ensure you’re prepared to take on the industry, PATM offers courses like The Business of Music and Pedagogy. The Business of Music course will teach you how to market, promote, and manage yourself and other musicians. In the Pedagogy course, you’ll learn how to teach music and put your skills into practice teaching your own students in third year. PATM is one of the few college music programs in Ontario that includes courses in music pedagogy.

Career outcomes

  • Studio musician
  • Songwriting and music composition
  • Private teacher in studios, music schools, and conservatories
  • Touring performer
  • Music related positions in publishing, media, advertising, retail, and music agency industries

Program Highlights

  • Included in your tuition fee, receive 1.5 hours of private music training each week - that's triple the amount of lessons offered by some institutions
  • Business of Music courses teach you to market, promote and manage yourself or other musicians
  • The only Ontario College advanced diploma that specializes exclusively in classical training
  • One of the only college music programs in Ontario that includes courses in Music Pedagogy: learn the art of teaching in a music studio
  • Music theory offered at all skill levels to suit YOUR needs – no entrance exam required
  • Frequent performance opportunities for all students
  • Easy access to a large bank of instruments and practice facilities

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Music-Performance program face many exciting career and pathway options. Some may choose to enter the workforce, while others continue their music studies at other postsecondary institutions, taking advantage of the attractive transfer credit agreements offered by our learning pathways (see below).

Graduates entering the workforce sometimes return to their home communities to work as private teachers and community musicians, while others may pursue their personal goals of recording and touring as performers. Employment opportunities include:

  • Private, conservatory, or studio teaching
  • Touring and recording
  • Stage and talent management
  • Songwriting and music composition
  • Conducting
  • Orchestration and arranging (including Television, Film and gaming industries)

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Advanced Diploma in Music - Performance (PATM).

Full Time (6 semesters)

Tuition fees

CAD$15,276.00 (8,56,414) per year




Cambrian College

Barrydowne Campus,

1400 Barrydowne Road,


Ontario (ON),

P3A 3V8, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Successful completion of an audition (requirements vary by instrument); contact the Program Coordinator for more information

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no band under 5.5), TOEFL 550 (paper based test)

80 (internet based test) and PTE (Pearson) 58.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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