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  • Bachelor of Music - Jazz & Commercial MusicDegree

  • Bachelor of Music - Jazz & Commercial MusicDegree

  • Bachelor of Music - Jazz & Commercial MusicDegree

  • Bachelor of Music - Jazz & Commercial MusicDegree

     Type: 4-Year Degree      

     Start Date: September      

     Location: Lakeshore Campus      

Program Overview

Humber’s Bachelor of Music program is unlike any other four-year undergraduate degree in music in North America.

By combining the latest recording technologies and entrepreneurial business strategies with performance, production, songwriting and composition in jazz, pop, R&B, Latin and world music, graduates will be well equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for success in today’s music world.

Founded in 1972, the Humber Music program has consistently produced many of the most successful commercial and jazz musicians in Canada and the world. With more than 350 students and a faculty of 18 full-time and 80 part-time teachers, Humber’s Bachelor of Music program is the largest, most diverse and best-regarded program of its kind in the country.

Long known for the strength of its professors, Humber offers you the opportunity to study privately, in classroom situations, and in several of the more than 50 ensembles directed by a “who’s who” of Canadian music. As Toronto is the centre of Canada’s entertainment industry, Humber attracts the top professionals in jazz, musical theatre, television, film, commercials and pop – a valuable resource for students unmatched by any other school in Canada.

After two years of core music courses, you will continue with lessons on your major instrument, classes in music production and music business and choose from electives in arranging, composition, advanced improvisation, film scoring, music production techniques, songwriting, ethnomusicology or pedagogy.

You’ll develop musicianship and artistry by presenting your own recital, arranging and composing original material, and recording and marketing your own music.

In addition, you will take courses in music history, theory, aural training, and improvisation, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of ensembles.

All students complete a major recording project/portfolio in their fourth year. The assembled portfolio, which includes a complete press kit and professional-quality recording, as well as other promotional materials, functions as your calling card for entrance into the music industry upon graduation.

Guest Artists

As a result of Toronto’s vibrant concert and club scene, Humber students are treated regularly to composer/producer/artist-in-residence events, workshops and clinics with world-class musicians, producers, and composers. Recent guests have included Jack DeJohnette, Greg Wells, Dave Holland, Jim McNeely, Kurt Elling, Vince Mendoza, Terence Blanchard, Mike Stern and Chris Potter, to name a few.

These great artists work and perform with students in a variety of ways to improve their professional skills and add inspiration to the Humber experience.

Work Placement

You will participate in a work placement designed to mirror the professional music world, which is largely characterized by contract, freelance and part-time employment. You are responsible for accumulating the equivalent of 450 hours of experience, which will allow you to establish contacts and relationships with key companies and industry professionals.

Your Career

Chart a freelance career in your favourite area of the music industry, whether as a performing artist, clinician, producer, songwriter, arranger or composer in a wide range of styles and genres.

Your Future Study Options

As a graduate of this program, you may be eligible to apply for several programs at the Master’s degree level and may transfer your academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information. 

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the Jazz Performance – Introduction to Commercial Jazz program 1226. Students who apply to the Bachelor of Music degree program may be recommended for the Jazz Performance – Introduction to Commercial Jazz program 1226. Students who complete that program may then re-audition for the degree program.

All successful applicants must pass a performance audition on their intended instrument of specialty.

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Success Stories

The Elwins

Humber Grad in JUNO-Nominated Group, The Elwins

Feurd graduated from Humber in 2010 and has been working with his band, The Elwins, ever since. The band has recently been nominated for the 2016 Breakthrough Group of the Year JUNO.

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Chris Butcher accepting the 2015 Emerging Artist Award

Christopher Butcher

Humber Music grad Christopher Butcher was named the Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2015 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. 

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Daniel Sykora

Daniel Sykora

Daniel graduated from Humber's Music Degree program in 2015. In his final year at school, he received a New Venture Seed Fund grant of $10,000 for his business DSyk.Music.

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Faculty

Denny Christianson

Denny Christianson

Program Director, Music
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Shirantha Beddage

Shirantha Beddage

Head of Theory, Music
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Peter Cook

Peter Cook

Head of Production, Music
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Alex Dean

Alex Dean

Full-time Faculty, Music
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Brian Dickinson

Brian Dickinson

Head of Piano, Music
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Mike Downes

Mike Downes

Head of Bass, Music
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Alastair Kay

Alastair Kay

Head of Brass, Music
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Mark Kelso

Mark Kelso

Head of Percussion, Music
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Brad Klump

Brad Klump

Full-time Faculty, Music
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Pat LaBarbera

Pat LaBarbera

Full-time Faculty, Music
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Kirk MacDonald

Kirk MacDonald

Full-time Faculty, Music
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Lisa Martinelli

Lisa Martinelli

Head of Voice, Music
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Andrew Mullin

Andrew Mullin

Full-time Faculty, Music
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Dave Neill

Dave Neill

Full-Time Faculty, Music
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Mark Promane

Mark Promane

Head of Woodwinds, Music
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Ted Quinlan

Ted Quinlan

Head of Guitar, Music
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Gord Sheard

Gord Sheard

Head of Composition, Music
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Waleed Abdulhamid

Waleed Abdulhamid

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Colleen Allen

Colleen Allen

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Mike Ardagh

Mike Ardagh

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Ben Ball

Ben Ball

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Andy Ballantyne

Andy Ballantyne

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Collin Barrett

Collin Barrett

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Shelly Berger

Shelly Berger

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Robi Botos

Robi Botos

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Matt Brubeck

Matt Brubeck

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Rob Bulger

Rob Bulger

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William Carn

William Carn

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Bruce Cassidy

Bruce Cassidy

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Steve Crowe

Steve Crowe

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Emile d'Eon

Emile d'Eon

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Sienna Dahlen

Sienna Dahlen

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Paul DeLong

Paul DeLong

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Luis Deniz

Luis Deniz

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Christine Duncan

Christine Duncan

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Dave Dunlop

Dave Dunlop

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Hilario Duran

Hilario Duran

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Rik Emmett

Rik Emmett

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Richard Evans

Richard Evans

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Kevin Fallis

Kevin Fallis

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Trevor Giancola

Trevor Giancola

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Christine Glen-Coussee

Christine Glen-Coussee

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Joey Goldstein

Joey Goldstein

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Kelsey Grant

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Justin Gray

Justin Gray

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Danny Greenspoon

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Johnny Griffith

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Shannon Gunn

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Orville Heyn

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Nathan Hiltz

Nathan Hiltz

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Will Jarvis

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Pete Johnston

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Drew Jurecka

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Greg Kavanagh

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Pat Kilbride

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Rosendo 'Chendy' Leon

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Larnell Lewis

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John MacLeod

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Jon Maharaj

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Steve Mancuso

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Michael McClennan

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Bob McLaren

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Vaughan Misener

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Nick Morgan

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Ravi Naimpally

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Lorne Nehring

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Paul Novotny

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Brian O'Kane

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David Occhipinti

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Michael Occhipinti

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Roberto Occhipinti

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Kieran Overs

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Anthony Panacci

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Dan Parr

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Kim Ratcliffe

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Bob Rice

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Barry Romberg

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Alex Samaras

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Bernie Senensky

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Mark Shannon

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Denzal Sinclaire

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Neil Swainson

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Steve Szmutni

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Don Vickery

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Nancy Walker

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Rebekah Wolkstein

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