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Bachelor of Music - Saxophone/Woodwind

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: 22060 Length: 8 semesters

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

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
    • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
    • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent

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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 Secondary Requirements:

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

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: $8,677.00
  • international: $15,836.00

Fees are subject to change.

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Sanja Antic 
Program Assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 3427
sanja.antic@humber.ca

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416-675-5000
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Phone 1-416-675-5067
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Secondary Requirements

In order to continue with your application for the Bachelor of Music - Saxophone/Woodwind, you must complete this step in the application process.  Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This contains all information required to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Applicants are required to attend an 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 book your audition.

If you have also applied to the Jazz Performance - Introduction to Commercial Jazz program do not book the audition for the 1-year program. The audition for the degree program will be considered for the Jazz Performance program. 

i. Audition

Two Prepared Pieces Without Accompaniment:

  1. A jazz selection (Charlie Parker Omni Book or other jazz transcription).
  2. A classical study equivalent to Grade 8 Conservatory (no accompaniment necessary). Sources may include Selected Studies for Saxophone (Voxman).  

Scales and Arpeggios:

  1. All major and harmonic minor scales. m.m. 120 1/8 notes, full range of horn.
  2. All major and minor triads (full range of horn).
  3. All scales should be played full range at horn. E.g. C major start on low C, go up to high F (above 3rd ledger line) then down to low B then end on low C.

Sight Reading: You will be required to sight read material of medium difficulty in a swing idiom.

Improvisation: You will be required to improvise with a playalong track. The tune will be chosen at the audition.

ii. Theory Test

The Theory/Ear Training test is a required test for all students auditioning for the degree program. It is approximately 30 to 50 minutes in length. The test has a written portion and an aural identification/dictation portion. There is no sight singing component. 

Registration Instructions

Applicants must register to attend this admissions event. Log-in to MyHumber to register:

  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 assessment dates and follow the prompts  

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

All secondary 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*
Total$4,338.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$6,595.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,338.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$6,595.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,338.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$6,595.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,338.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$6,595.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,338.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$6,595.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,338.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$6,595.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,228.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$6,705.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,228.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$6,705.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree 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 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, our program is the largest, most diverse and highly 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, as well as take classes in music production and music business while also choosing 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.

Courses Learning Outcomes

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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Perform, compose, produce music at a professional level for entry to the competitive, global music industry.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of diverse musical styles and contextualize themselves within contemporary music history: specifically defined as the idioms of African American musical genres, mainstream pop music, country/folk music, Latin music, music for musicals and film, art music and jazz.

  • Demonstrate, through performance and composition, a technical and musical mastery of harmonic, melodic and rhythmic structures.

  • Demonstrate, through performance, an extensive knowledge of contemporary musical repertoire and apply appropriate performance skills in diverse music contexts.

  • Compose and arrange in a broad range of contemporary music styles.

  • Prepare and present a portfolio of recorded material reflecting a broad range of styles.

  • Record, edit and produce a broad range of contemporary music.

  • Apply computer applications/music technology skills in composition, arranging and production.

  • Critically analyze and evaluate sound recordings and describe their production characteristics.

  • Demonstrate, through production and performance, organizational, project management, and implementation skills.

  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, research and problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of contract law, copyright law, intellectual property rights, royalties, and rules of public domain.

  • Make use of entrepreneurial music business skills to engage in the competitive contemporary music industry.

  • Demonstrate professional “freelance” etiquette relating to job seeking and keeping skills.

  • Demonstrate an ability to research and present findings from primary and secondary sources.

  • Formulate, articulate and present their own ideas about music, art and society through discussion and writings.

  • Demonstrate an artistic awareness and understanding of musical aesthetics.

  • Assess personal strengths, musical and business skills, knowledge, artistic vision, interests, and abilities.


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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.

Our Faculty

You’ll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

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Mike Ardagh

MMus (Sound Recording) - McGill University, PQ
BMus (Performance/Production) - Humber College, ON
Diploma (Contemporary Music & Technology) - Selkirk College, BC
Professor

Andy Ballantyne

BMus (Music Performance – Jazz Studies) – University of Toronto
Diploma (Music) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Professor

Collin Barrett

MA (Composition) – York University
Professor

Shirantha Beddage

DMA – Eastman School of Music, NY, USA
MMus – William Paterson University, NJ, USA
BMus – British Columbia Open University, BC
Professor

Matt Brubeck

MMus - Yale  (Cello Performance)
BA - Yale   (Music)
Professor

Rob Bulger

Diploma (Music) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Professor

Bruce Cassidy

BSc - Dalhousie University - psychology, chemistry
Professor

Denny Christianson

Diploma in Ed – McGill University, PQ
BFA – Concordia University, PQ
Professor/Program Co-ordinator

Peter Cook

MMus (Sound Recording)– McGill University, PQ
BMus – McGill University, PQ
Professor

Sienna Dahlen

MMus (Music Performance - Jazz) University of Toronto
BMus (Music Performance - Jazz)
McGill University
Diploma (Jazz Studies)
Vancouver Island University
Professor

Brian Dickinson

MA (Music) – New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, USA
Professor

Mike Downes

MA (Composition) – York University
BMus – McGill University, PQ
Professor

Kevin Fallis

MMus (Sound Recording) – McGill University, PQ
BMus, Honours, Jazz Performance (Double Bass)  – McGill University, PQ
Professor 

Joey Goldstein

Professor

Kelsey Grant

MA (Music) – Manhattan School of Music, NY, USA
BMus – McGill University, PQ
Professor 

Justin Gray

MMus - York University
BMus -Thompson Rivers University
BA - Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Professor

Johnny Griffith

MMus Jazz Performance U of T
BMus Thompson Rivers University - performance
Humber college - music diploma
Professor

Shannon Gunn

MA (Composition) - York University
Professor

Nathan Hiltz

B.Mus Humber College (Thompson Rivers) in Performance
M.Mus University of Toronto in Performance
Professor

Will Jarvis

MA – York University
BMus – Thompson Rivers University, BC / Humber College of Applied Technology & Advanced Learning
Professor

Peter Johnston

PhD - Ethnomusicology, York University
MA - Composition, York University
BMus - Composition, Dalhousie University

Drew Jurecka

BMus - in Violin Performance, the Cleveland Institute of Music
Professor

Al Kay

Diploma (Music) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Professor

Mark Kelso

Professor

Brad Klump

MME – Indiana University, Indiana, USA
BMus – McGill University, PQ
Professor

Pat LaBarbera

Diploma (Arranging/Composition) – Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA
Professor

Jon Maharaj

BMus - University of Toronto
Professor

Steve Mancuso

MMus – York University
BMus – Humber College of Applied Technology & Advanced Learning/Thompson Rivers University, BC
Professor

Lisa Martinelli

MA – York University
BEd – University of Toronto
BMus – University of Toronto
Diploma - Humber College Institute of Advanced Learning
Professor

Mike McClennan

MA (Music Performance) – University of Toronto
BA (Music Performance) – University of Toronto
Professor

Nick Morgan

Diploma (Jazz performance) - Humber College
Professor

Andrew Mullin

MMus (Sound Recording) - McGill University, PQ
BMus - McGill University, PQ
Professor

Dave Neill

MMus Performance (Jazz) – University of Toronto
BMus Performance (Jazz) – University of Toronto
Professor

Brian O'Kane

MMus (Jazz Performance)- University of Toronto
BMus (Jazz Studies)- Thompson Rivers University
Diploma (Music with Honours)- Humber College
Professor

David Occhipinti

MA - York University
Professor

Kieran Overs

Diploma (Music With Honours) Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
BMus (Jazz Studies) - British Columbia Open University, BC
MMus - McGill University, Montréal
Professor

Dan Parr

BSc
Mathematics
University of Western Ontario
Professor

Mark Promane

BEd – University of Toronto
BA Music – University of Western Ontario
Professor

Mark Shannon

BFA (Music) York University
Professor

Gord Sheard

PhD (Ethnomusicology) – York University
BFA (Music) – York University
Professor

Steve Szmutni

Diploma (Music) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning 
Professor

Nancy Walker

MA (Composition) - York University
Diploma (Music) - Humber College
Professor

Rebekah Wolkstein

BM violin performance - Cleveland Institute of music
MM violin performance -Cleveland Institute of music
BA English - Case Western Reserve University
Artist Diploma violin performance: Glenn Gould School
DMA violin performance: University of Toronto

Geoff Young

Professor

Tony Zorzi

Diploma (Music) - Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Professor


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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.

The Humber Experience

Why Choose Humber

Humber's Bachelor of Music Degree is a unique program that offers distinct advantages over music degrees offered elsewhere. Here are some of the reasons to choose Humber:

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How do I set up an audition?

Applicants must first apply to Humber College. Auditions can then be booked through your MyHumber account. An audition fee of $50 will be charged at the time of booking.

Do I need to know everything listed under "requirements" for the audition?

Yes, you will do almost everything listed under "requirements". Please come prepared.

Can I submit a recorded audition rather than auditioning in person?

It is strongly suggested that all applicants perform a live audition. However, in circumstances where applicants are not residents of Ontario and are unable to be present for a live audition they may submit a recorded audition online through Slideroom via your MyHumber account.

Please download a pdf of the full instructions.

How long is each audition?

Each audition involves a 9:00 am or 1:00 pm theory/ear training test (approx. 30 – 45 minutes) before your instrument audition time. This will be followed by your individual audition, which will last anywhere between 15 - 20 minutes. I will meet you after your theory/ear training test and take you to my office.

Do I audition in a group or by myself?

It will be a one on one audition.

How many people audition and how many are accepted?

This varies from year to year. On average approximately 50 woodwind players apply and approx. 12-14 are accepted into the 1st year Degree program (12-14 in total - not 12-14 per program). An additional 2-3 players are accepted into the Intro to Jazz Program (Foundations). Your audition will include the possibility of being accepted into the Intro program as well as the regular programs. * It is strongly advised that you register for the degree to ensure an audition time. Sometimes school transcripts (specifically English) can cause you to be ineligible for the degree and if you haven't registered for both courses you can lose your audition time altogether as the spots fill up very quickly! There is no extra cost for registering in both.

When will I be notified of my results?

Auditions usually occur during the month of March. The process itself takes 2 weeks to complete. Once final decisions are made they are then given to the registrar's office who starts to enter all the information up on theMyHumber website. You can log in using your student number to find results approximately 1 week after the auditions are finished. Letters of acceptance, non-acceptance and waiting list status will soon follow in the mail. Please do not phone the registrar's office to find out the status of our audition until at least 5 weeks after the audition period.

I was nervous and this affected my performance negatively. Can I get a second audition?

No, you only get one chance to audition. Do yourself a favour and be as prepared as you can possibly be. Sometimes we get too many good applicants and can't fit everyone into the program so don't get too discouraged. If you don't get in then use the audition as a valuable learning experience and know what to expect and what to have prepared for the next year should you try again. Use your time wisely.

  • Preparation for the real world: Humber's Bachelor of Music Degree curriculum prepares students to thrive in the rapidly-changing music industry through a series of performance, theory, business, marketing, technology, production and other courses.
  • Networking opportunities and small class sizes: with a student body of over 300 and a faculty of 18 full-time and 80 part-time teachers, Humber music students get small class sizes and unparalleled access to a major portion of the top level of Canada's professional musical community.
  • Opportunities in graduate studies: Humber Music Degree graduates have gone on to Masters and Doctorate programs at Julliard School of Music, McGill University, the University of Toronto, York University, OISE, UOIT, Trinity College, the University of Louisville, New England Conservatory, Eastman, Laurier and other institutions.
  • World-class guest artists: "Composer Week," "Artist/Producer Week" and a "Visiting Artist in Residence" program allow students to interact and perform with many of the top musicians and producers in the world. Recent guests include Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, Larry Goldings, Dave Holland and Bob Ezrin.
  • Diverse performance experiences: Humber offers 50 ensembles in a variety of styles, giving students a wide breadth of performance experiences.
  • Outstanding instructors: Humber graduates and faculty continuously dominate the Juno Awards and other industry benchmarks. Please see "Success Stories" for more information.
  • Work placement: Humber has a work placement program that provides students with experience in various levels of the music industry before they graduate.
  • Pathways: There are many pathways to a career in music. Unlike solely performance-based degrees, Humber offers specialization in the areas of performance, composition, arranging and scoring, pedagogy and more. Humber has recently introduced a new Enriched Jazz Stream designation for advanced jazz students.
  • Many awards and grants: Humber music recognizes its most musically and academically accomplished students by awarding over $60,000 in awards that help students fund their education or launch their professional career.
  • 4th year recording projects: Humber students have access to a state-of-the-art recording facility where they create a professional-level recording that is their calling-card into the music business. Each student gains production experience as well.
  • One-on-One instruction: Unlike most other institutions, Humber offers each student a 1-hour private lesson for each of their 4 years, in addition to 2 years of master classes on their major instrument.

The Humber Advantage

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.

Our Faculty

All of our faculty has substantial industry experience.

Humber Also Offers

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

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee consists of industry leaders in business and music. These professionals help ensure that the program is kept as current as possible.

Advisory Committee

NameTitle
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

Founded in 1972, the Humber College Music Program has consistently produced many of the most successful commercial and jazz musicians in Canada and the world over. With a student body of over 400 and a faculty of 17 full-time and 80 part-time teachers, Humber’s Music Program is the largest, most diverse and best program of its kind in the country.

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Long known for the strength of its faculty, Humber offers students the opportunity to study privately, in classroom situations and in over 47 ensembles with a “who’s who” of Canadian music. And because Toronto is the centre of all aspects of Canada’s entertainment industry, Humber’s faculty consists of the top pros in jazz, musical theatre, television, film, commercials and pop—a valuable resource for students which no other school in the country can match!

Humber’s dynamic four-year Bachelor of Music Degree degree, with profiles in Performance/ Composition or Music Production not only provides a traditional university skill set, but emphasizes the business of music, including a professional level fourth-year final recording project completed in Humber’s 2007 state-of-the-art recording studio. Further, because Toronto has such a vibrant concert and club scene, Humber students are regularly treated to Artist-in Residence Weeks, workshops and clinics with such world-class musicians and composers as Dave Holland, Jim McNeely, Kurt Elling, Vince Mendoza, Terence Blanchard and Chris Potter, to name a few. The mission of Humber’s program is to prepare the student not only to succeed as a working professional—entering the workforce with the necessary skills, savvy and mindset needed to adapt to an ever-changing industry—but to help students find their own artistic voice.

As well as the four-year Degree program, we also have the “Jazz Performance: Intro to Commercial/Jazz” Program which offers an opportunity to qualified students to study for a year in preparation for their application to enter the Degree Program. Come join us in Toronto for a world-class experience!

Denny Christianson
Director
Music Program, Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts

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