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Music - French Horn, Bachelor of

Ministry Name: Bachelor of Music - French Horn

Credential: Honours DegreeProgram Code: 22062Length: 8 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 5 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 (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

    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.

  • Audition

  • Prepared Works: Please have three selections prepared. Two must be jazz standards of contrasting style/tempo and the other a classical etude or piece.

    A) Jazz Standard: You will prepare two jazz standard pieces of contrasting style/tempo with CD or mp3/ipod accompaniment, approximately 2-4 minutes each. It is recommended that you play a piece from the Jamey Aebersold Play-Along CD/Book series. Play the melody and one or two choruses of an improvised solo (depending on the length of the tune). The first piece should be a slow or medium tempo ballad, blues, or standard tune such as: I Can’t Get Started, Body And Soul, Laura, Georgia, Sonnymoon For Two, I’m Old Fashioned, Summertime, or Bye Bye Blackbird. The second piece should be a medium or up-tempo song such as Stella By Starlight, Blue Bossa, Tune Up, Yardbird Suite, Just Friends, Green Dolphin St., Joy Spring, or Night In Tunisia.

    B) Classical piece: The classical selection can be a technical or lyrical study, etude, or one movement of a concerto. No accompaniment is required.

    A series of exercises will be assessed in the following areas:

    1. Sound
    2. Flexibility
    3. Range (high and low)
    4. Tongue Conception
    5. General Musicianship

    Scales: Each student will be asked to play one or more of the following scales: Two octaves ascending and descending of all 12 major, harmonic and melodic minor scales.

    Triads/Chords: Two octaves of all major (1,3,5), minor (1,b3, 5) and augmented (1,3,#5) triads as well as diminished 7 (1,b3,b5,bb7) chords.

     

    Sight Reading: You will be asked to sight read in the jazz idiom.

  • Theory Test

  • The Theory and 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. Study theory basics, scales and chords, and be able to aurally identify scales, intervals, and chords played on the piano. See Theory and Ear Training Test FAQs.

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INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

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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Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $9,103.82
  • international: $17,504.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,551.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,388.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,551.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,388.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,551.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,388.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,551.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,388.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,551.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,388.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,551.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,388.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,441.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,498.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,441.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,498.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$575.00$575.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

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

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Graduates from recognized institutions in Ontario with the same program learning outcomes as the Humber program may be eligible for admission into an advanced semester.

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Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Sanja Antic 
Program Assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 3427
sanja.antic@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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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree program is unlike any other four-year 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 one of the largest, most diverse and highly regarded programs 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.

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 420 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.

Program Availability

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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 a bass 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.

What are the bass audition requirements?

The specific bass audition requirements are posted under the "Requirements" tab. The audition requirements are important, so please read them carefully.

Do the requirements for the bass auditions apply to the Intro to Jazz program?

Yes, the requirements are the same as those for the Degree program. When you audition, you are automatically considered for the Intro program.

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

It is strongly suggested that 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 video audition. Remote auditions can be submitted online through Slideroom via your MyHumber account. Please download a pdf of the full instructions.

How long is the audition?

Each audition involves a theory and ear test (approximately 30 minutes) at the beginning of your allotted audition time. This is followed by the bass audition, which lasts approximately 20 minutes. There will be a sign-up sheet for the bass auditions.

Do I need to bring an accompanist to my audition?

You are not required to bring an accompanist although you may if you wish. Many bassists choose to play alone. You may also play along with a CD recording. A CD player and stereo are available in the audition room.

I'm not sure which classical piece to prepare. Do you have any suggestions?

There are many commercially available studies by Hrabe, Simandl, Bille, etc. Choose one that demonstrates your musicality and technical facility on the instrument. It is helpful to choose a piece that does not require other parts, such as the above-mentioned bass studies or any movement from the Bach cello suites. The piece should be between 1-4 minutes long.

I'm not sure which jazz piece to prepare. Do you have any suggestions?

Performing a jazz standard is recommended. The usual format is to play one chorus of the melody, one chorus of the bass line and to take an optional solo. You may choose any jazz standard, but the following are a few suggestions:

  • All the Things You Are
  • Stella by Starlight
  • Green Dolphin Street
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Yardbird Suite
  • Blues (Tenor Madness, Billies Bounce, Now's the Time, etc)
  • Oleo
  • Someday My Prince Will Come

What happens in the "Intonation" portion of the audition?

You will be asked to tune your bass to the piano. You will also be asked to sing pitches that are played on the piano and to find them on your bass.

Can I audition on electric bass or am I required to audition on upright bass? Are my chances of being accepted better if I audition on upright bass?

Humber accepts both electric and upright bassists. You may audition on electric bass, upright bass or both. There is no advantage to auditioning on upright bass. It is recommended to play whichever instrument you are most comfortable with.

I play upright bass and was wondering if I could borrow a "Humber" upright bass for the audition?

Yes, you can borrow an upright bass for the audition. Please contact the music program ahead of time to make arrangements.

How many bass players audition and how many are accepted?

This varies from year to year. On average approximately 75 bassists apply and 15 are accepted into the Degree program (15 total). An additional number (approximately 5) are accepted into the Intro to Jazz Program.

When will I be notified of my results?

The Registrar's Department usually mails out admission results by late May. The results may be posted earlier on your MyHumber account.

I was not accepted into the program. Can I get feedback on my audition?

Admission to Humber College's Performing Arts programs is based on a competition among prospective students. If you are not admitted to the program, it simply means that in the professional opinion of the audition panelists, another applicant's potential was judged to be at a higher level. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to take private classes to improve their skills and to re-apply the following year. Please note: Due to the high volume of requests, we regret that we are unable to give specific feedback about individual auditions.

What are some of the common mistakes made by applicants? How can I better my chances of acceptance?

The following are some suggestions to avoid common mistakes:

  • Read and prepare the bass audition requirements carefully. All aspects are important.
  • Because of the high level of applicants, those applicants who fail to prepare all of the requirements are generally unsuccessful.

Choose a jazz standard as your prepared jazz piece (see the list above as a reference). Many high-school-style stage band bass charts do not meet the requirements for the prepared jazz piece.

Choose a classical piece that works without other parts (unless you bring an accompanist). Bass parts from larger works (orchestral works for example) may not be effective on their own. Please see above for some suggestions.

  • 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
Laila Biali Pianist and Vocalist
Dr. Rob Bowman Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology Department of Music, York University
Steve Butterworth Vice President, Musical Instruments Division, Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
Marc Jordan Café Productions
Aaron Gotfryd Instructional Leader, Music, Toronto District School Board
Lou Pomanti Composer, Producer, Musician
Jeffrey Remedios CEO, Universal Music Canada
Dr. Howard Spring Associate Professor, Music, College of Arts, University of Guelph
Dione Taylor Soular Productions Inc.
Patrick Taylor

Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival

Director's Message

Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree program is unlike any other four-year undergraduate degree in North America. Evolving out of Humber’s original music program that began in 1972, the Humber Bachelor of Music program now offers a cutting-edge curriculum that emphasizes the essential skills and knowledge needed to navigate an ever-changing music industry.

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Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree program is unlike any other four-year undergraduate degree in North America. Evolving out of Humber’s original music program that began in 1972, the Humber Bachelor of Music program now offers a cutting-edge curriculum that emphasizes the essential skills and knowledge needed to navigate an ever-changing music industry.

Due to the size, diversity and location of the program, students have the opportunity to study with a faculty that includes many of the finest performers, composers, arrangers, songwriters, producers, engineers and academic leaders in Canada. In addition, students have access to special concerts, clinics and yearly Artist/Producer in Residence events that feature such internationally recognized musicians as Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Tommy LiPuma, Terence Blanchard, and Randy Brecker, to name but a few.

Upon successful completion of the first two years of the degree, students have the opportunity to specialize by pursuing elective studies in such areas as arranging, film scoring, advanced improvisation, performance within a broad spectrum of styles, songwriting, composing, music production, pedagogy, business, and more. In year four, all students complete a major recording portfolio project in Humber's state-of-the-art recording studio. This project functions as a calling-card for entrance into the music industry.

Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree is fully recognized domestically and internationally with many of its graduates continuing on to postgraduate studies—including master’s programs and teacher’s colleges—at such schools as the University of Toronto, Juilliard, McGill University, Berklee College of Music, York University and the University of Louisville, among others.

Along with the four-year Bachelor of Music degree, Humber offers the one-year certificate program Introduction to Commercial/Jazz Music. This program provides an opportunity for students to learn fundamental musical skills and prepare for possible entrance into the Bachelor program. Please check our website for further information, student success stories, faculty biographies and much more.

 

Mike Downes
Program Coordinator and Head of the Bass Department
Bachelor of Music Program, Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts
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