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Jazz Performance - Introduction to Commercial Jazz - Trumpet

(Ministry name: Introduction to Commercial Jazz Music)

Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Code: 12267 Length: 2 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Additional Requirements:

Admission is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional requirements which may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, reference, etc. These vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $4,516.58
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

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Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Humber Degree Pathways

Music, Bachelor of 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Cathy Mitro
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3847



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Additional Requirements

In order to continue with your application for Jazz Performance - Introduction to Commercial Jazz - Trumpet, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these additional requirements. This contains all information required to prepare and submit additional requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Applicants are required to submit an online audition. Applicants must book and pay a $50 fee for their audition as soon as possible, audition times fill up very quickly and space is limited. Please see “Registration Instructions” below to complete your online audition.

i. Online Audition

All applicants are required to upload an audition video that clearly demonstrates their current performance level on their major instrument. Audition requirements are detailed below. While auditions are assessed on a balance of the technical and song material presented, overall musicality and general ability are also considered as important elements in the selection process.


  • The recording must be video with audio (audio-only recordings will not be accepted);
  • The overall sound on the recording should be at a reasonably good quality level and your instrument must be clearly heard throughout the recording;
  • You must be clearly visible on the recording at all times;
  • No editing of the recording is allowed, all material should be recorded in one session;
  • Open the recording with a very short statement on your reasons for wanting to study at Humber and your musical background (roughly 1 minute);
  • The entire audition video should not exceed 20 minutes. 

Scales: One or two octaves (two octaves recommended) ascending and descending, playing 1/8th notes. Recommended M.M. Quarter note =100: Ab major (Bb for trumpets) played staccato, E major (F# for trpts.) played legato. D harmonic minor (E for trpts.) any style of articulation. F melodic minor (G for trpts.) any style of articulation.

Chords: One or two octaves arpeggiated ascending and descending: Bb dominant 7 (C for trpts.),Gb major 7 (Ab for trpts.), C minor 7(b5) (D for trpts.), Eb diminished 7 (F for trpts.). Recommended M.M. Quarter note = 100

Range: A high (or low for bass trombonists) range exercise: Perform a favourite range exercise (scales, chords, or harmonics) that shows off your high (or low) range potential.

Classical Selection: (2 to 4 minutes recommended): A lyrical or technical study, etude, or an excerpt of a concerto. No accompaniment required.

Two Jazz Standards: Play the melody and one or more choruses of an improvised solo, 2 to 5 minutes for each tune. Suggested repertoire includes medium or up tempo tunes such as Stella By Starlight, Yardbird Suite, Just Friends, Green Dolphin St., Joy Spring, Sonnymoon For Two, I’m Old Fashioned, and slower ballads such as Body and Soul, Summertime, Georgia, Laura, In A Sentimental Mood.

Your own choice: This selection could be a latin or brazilian tune, another jazz standard, a composition, or anything that shows off your musical interests.

The three tunes above can have a live rhythm section (or just piano or guitar) accompaniment, or use playalong CD’s such as the Jamey Aebersold CD/Book series. For those who have little jazz improvising experience, do your best, we not only listen to your sound, time, technique, but also your overall potential.

Registration Instructions

Applicants must Log-in to MyHumber and pay a $50 fee for their audition in Humber’s Events Management system. Once in Events Management, you will receive additional instructions for submission of your audition video through SlideRoom. Video can be up to 250MB.

  1. Log-in to MyHumber
  2. Select the Applicant tab
  3. Select the Applied Programs tab
  4. Select your Year and Applicant Number from the drop-down menu, then click Submit
  5. Click on “Do I Have Any Missing Requirements”
  6. Click on “Go to Events” (located under the “Link” section, near the bottom right of the page)
  7. Choose from a list of available assessments and follow the prompts

Applicants must meet both academic and additional requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee and offer of admission.

All additional requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Jazz Performance – Introduction to Commercial Jazz certificate program is a performance-based program designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge required to continue your postsecondary education in music. Students will further develop performance skills and identify and improve upon areas of weakness. All courses have a particular focus on the commercial/jazz field.

You will emerge from the program with a clearer understanding of the field and your own career potential within it, and as a stronger candidate for entry into diploma/degree programs at Canadian colleges and universities.

This intensive, performance-based program provides a comprehensive and integrated curriculum designed for the talented player who wants to solidify his or her knowledge of the fundamentals of western music and/or further his or her current performance skills. You will be challenged to develop and further your performance skills through the jazz-specific areas of improvisation, repertoire development and small group ensemble performance.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Recognize & identify common styles of music.

  • Describe the commercial/jazz field in terms of tradition, artists, & styles.

  • Explain the contribution of various artists to the development of particular styles & idioms.

  • Analyze the components & performance differences of recorded selections.

  • Play a repertoire of memorized materials that are considered standards in the commercial/jazz field & reflect the various styles inherent in this music.

  • Write diatonic melodies in various styles demonstrating knowledge of relevant harmonic & melodic concepts & structures of form.

  • Perform in an ensemble demonstrating basic ensemble skills such as intonation, tuning, time, feel, balance & dynamics.

  • Identify their own musical strengths & weaknesses in terms of a performance career in the commercial/jazz field.

  • Implement strategies & plans for on-going personal & professional growth & development.

  • Establish a practice of critical self-assessment & professional goal setting.


Your Career

As a student of our program, you will study with many of Canada’s finest jazz musicians, thereby learning the craft directly from the pros. The program will help you develop the ability to accurately and confidently assess your skills in relation to existing vocational opportunities and future career directions.

The Humber Advantage

Student Success

Lydia Persaud

The Intro Program really inspired me to push myself to be the person and artist that I believe I can be. I’ve still got a lot to learn but Humber continues to make that a fun and challenging experience."
-Lydia Persaud


Our Faculty

All of our faculty has substantial industry experience.

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee helps keep the program up-to-date ensuring our students are learning the most current skills needed to be successful in the film and television industry.

Advisory Committee

Ross Porter Committee Chair; CEO and General Manager, Jazz FM91
Laila Biali Pianist and Vocalist
Jeffrey Remedios CEO, Universal Music Canada
Dr. Rob Bowman Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology
Patrick Taylor c/o Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
Aaron Gotfryd

Instructional Leader, Music, Toronto District School Board

Marc Jordan

Café Productions

Lou Pomanti Composer, Producer, Musician
Steve Butterworth Vice President, Musical Instruments Division, Yamaha Canada Music, Ltd.
Dione Taylor Soular Productions Inc.

Director's Message

Welcome to Humber’s Jazz Performance: Intro to Commercial / Jazz Music Program. We expect that you will find the fine traditions established by the Music Department are continued in this one-year certificate program.

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This includes weekly private lessons, small group ensembles and the opportunity to study with some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians.

We hope that you find this year a gift; an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills that form the groundwork of commercial/jazz music. We expect that this groundwork will be solid enough to become the foundation on which you build a successful career in music. This program will push you. It will challenge you to push yourself.

Here you will meet new people, make new friends and build new connections. You will be working day in and day out with others who share your passion for music. Friendships formed during post-secondary studies often last a lifetime. Enjoy!

Cathy Mitro
Intro to Commerical Jazz Music Program
Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts

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