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Music, Introduction to Commercial Jazz Music - Guitar

Ministry Name: Introduction to Commercial/Jazz Music

Credential: Ontario College CertificateProgram Code: JM131Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    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

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • 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.

    Guidelines:

    • 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.

    Video Recording should contain the following:

    Knowledge of Note names on the fingerboard: Play the notes C, F, Bb and Eb on every string.

    Scales: 2 octaves, ascending and descending with good time feel and good tone

    • G, D, A and E major scales
    • D, G, C and F harmonic minor scales
    • E, B, D and G jazz/melodic minor scales

    Triad Arpeggios: 2 octaves, ascending and descending with good time feel and good tone

    • C, F and Bb Major; G, D and A minor; E, B and F# diminished; Eb, Ab and Db augmented

    Chord Voicings: Play multiple inversions of each chord

    • EbMaj7, F#mi7, Bmi7(b5), Ddim7

    I-VI-II-V progressions in the keys of F, Bb, G and D Major:  Play the chords in the progression as four part chords. The progressions must be played with a good time feel and smooth chord connecting. It’s recommended that you familiarize yourself with the concept of walking bass lines with chord changes.

    Improvising: Record three examples of yourself improvising with either a live group or a play along recording. The three tunes should involve different styles, rhythmic feels and tempos. It is strongly advised that you use material drawn from the standard jazz repertoire.

    Chord melody arrangement: You must prepare a chord melody on a standard jazz tune. In a chord melody the melody and accompaniment of the tune are played simultaneously making the guitar a completely self-contained instrument. It is advised that you get assistance from a qualified instructor to prepare this requirement.

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Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Cathy Mitro
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3847
catherine.mitro@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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Humber’s Introduction to Commercial Jazz Music 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.

Learning Outcomes

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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.


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Your Career

As a student in 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.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

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 music industry.

Advisory Committee

NameTitle
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 Introduction 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
Director
Intro to Commerical Jazz Music Program
Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts

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