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Music Composition

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: MC511 Length: 2 semesters

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

  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

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

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

For further information, see Admission Requirements.

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.

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 2018OnlineOpenOpen

The 2018-2019 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: $6,892.96
  • international: $16,051.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Andrew Scott, associate dean
416-675-6622 ext. 3450
andrew.scott@humber.ca

Admissions

416-675-5000
enquiry@humber.ca

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
international@humber.ca

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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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In order to continue with your application for Music Composition, 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 to prepare and submit additional requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Additional Requirements 

Sample Composition

Applicants will submit a sample of their original composed work (any style) in written and recorded form that evidences musical competence. 

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit their sample composition through SlideRoomSlideRoom is a secure site where additional requirements are collected, scored and stored.  Log-in to https://slideroom.com and create your free account.  There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Applicants must meet both academic and additional requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an 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*
Total$3,446.48$7,815.50
Tuition$2,986.70$7,355.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,446.48$7,815.50
Tuition$2,986.70$7,355.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
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

Our Program

Humber’s Music Composition graduate certificate program prepares you to write music for a number of professional environments that include, but are not limited to, live performance, sound recording, film, television and radio productions, commercials, and webisodes. In this online program, you will be paired with a professional songwriter who will mentor you as you compose original music and expand your portfolio. Composers of all genres of music are welcome, as this program is tailored to meet the needs of your project. You’ll receive expert feedback in order to refine your skills, establish industry connections and understand the wide range of industry uses for composed music.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Discuss compositional techniques, approaches and idioms and their applications within contemporary composition and their impact on the music industry.
  • Compose a repertoire of compositions that meet or exceed professional industry standards using a number of compositional techniques, appropriate to various idioms, genres and styles.
  • Assess, evaluate and critically analyze a variety of compositional styles, genres and idioms, with consideration for musical characteristics, traits, importance, legacy and aesthetic value.
  • Contextualize one’s compositional voice within the history of musical composition, specifically addressing the idioms of jazz and other African American musical genres, contemporary popular music, art music and music for film and television.
  • Create a professional portfolio, which includes evidence of musical mastery of entrenched compositional techniques and practices.
  • Apply computer applications and music technology skills in composition to achieve desired style.
  • Conduct work and business interactions in adherence to legal principles, government legislation and regulations, copyright and contract requirements, and professional and industry codes of conduct.
  • Employ composition, project management, critical thinking and problem solving skills in response to varied creative and practical constraints of individual and collaborative music projects.
  • Apply negotiation, effective interpersonal communication, and human resource management skills to establish and maintain effective working relations with music industry teams.
  • Appraise personal musical strengths and skills in order to promote one’s artistic vision and awareness, interests and abilities.
  • Use business tools, including traditional and social media and analytics, to promote one’s own musical career.


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Your Career

Ontario is home to Canada’s largest and one of the world’s most diversified music sectors, with Toronto being the third biggest music market in North America. Job trends show consistent and substantial employment opportunities in the fields of music business, administration, production and distribution.

The Humber Advantage

Online Delivery

This unique distance program allows you to work remotely to develop your songwriting skills from the comfort of your own home, studio, or anywhere else you have access to the Internet!

Our Faculty

Employing Grammy and JUNO Award-winning musicians, Humber College is known for excellence in music education. Our Music Composition faculty are working professionals with years of experience writing and producing songs in a range of styles and for a variety of professional uses.

Our Industry Partnerships

This program is taught by industry experts, providing you with the most up-to-date and relevant curriculum.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.