2014/15 Program

Bachelor of Music

Our Program

Humber’s Bachelor of Music 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 Humber Music program has consistently produced many of the most successful commercial and jazz musicians in Canada and the world. With more than 400 students and a faculty of 17 full-time and 80 part-time teachers, Humber’s Music program is the largest, most diverse and best-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 more than 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 attracts the top pros 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, classes in music production and music business and choose from electives in arranging, composition, advanced improvisation, film scoring, music production techniques, songwriting, ethnomusicology or pedagogy. Students who take a minimum of six music electives in Performance/Composition or Music Production will receive that profile designation.

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.

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.

Our Faculty

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit humber.ca/faculty.

Guest Artists

As a result of Toronto’s vibrant concert and club scene, Humber students are treated regularly to composer/artist-in-residence weeks, 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 and Chris Potter, to name a few.

Every year the Music degree program features a visit from renowned professionals, including a composer-in-residence, a producer-in-residence and an artist-in-residence. 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.

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.

Your Future Study Options

As a graduate of this program, you may be eligible to apply for several programs at the master’s degree level and may transfer your academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions.

For detailed information, visit our website at humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12U English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 65 per cent. If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy in this publication
  • Five Grade 12U or M courses in addition to those listed above with a minimum 65 per cent overall average
  • Successful completion of a performance audition on a major instrument, combined with music theory and ear training placement tests. (Audition fee $35.) For more information on audition requirements, visit humber.ca/scapa/programs/music-degree/auditions

Note: For further information, refer to the Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Mature students (applicants 21 years of age or over) and/or transfer students (applicants with postsecondary education) should refer to the Mature and Transfer Student Admissions Regulations for admission criteria.

Fees/Scholarships

The 2013/2014 fee for two semesters was

  • domestic $8,071.28*
  • international $12,950.

*Note: Price will vary according to instrument profile.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2013/2014 academic year.

Fees are subject to change. For further information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the Jazz Performance – Introduction to Commercial Jazz program 1226. Students who apply to the Bachelor of Music degree program may be recommended for the Jazz Performance – Introduction to Commercial Jazz program 1226. Students who complete that program must then re-audition for the degree program.

Curriculum

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
MAJ. 100 - 118 Private Lesson 1
MAS. 100 - 116 Master Class 1
MSB.G000 Contmp Music Ensemble 1 Elective
MUS. 100 History of Contemporary Music and Culture 1
MUS. 106 Aural Training 1
MUS. 108 Functional Piano Keyboard
MUS. 110 Contemporary Music Theory and Improvisation 1

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
MAJ. 101 - 119 Private Lesson 2
MAS. 101 - 117 Master Class 2
MSB.G000 Contmp Music Ensemble 1 Elective
MUS. 101 History of Contemporary Music and Culture 2
MUS. 107 Aural Training 2
MUS. 109 Functional Piano Keyboard 2
MUS. 111 Contemporary Music Theory and Improvisation 2

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
MAJ. 200 - 218 Private Lesson 3
MAS. 200 - 216 Master Class 3
MSB.G000 Contmp Music Ensemble 1 Elective
MUS. 206 Aural Training 3
MUS. 208 Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Music 1
MUS. 212 Contemporary Music Theory and Improvisation 3
MUS. 214 Introduction to Music Technology 1

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
MAJ. 201 - 219 Private Lesson 4
MAS. 201 - 217 Master Class 4
MSB.G000 Contmp Music Ensemble 1 Elective
MUS. 207 Aural Training 4
MUS. 209 Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Music 2
MUS. 213 Contemporary Music Theory and Improvisation 4
MUS. 215 Introduction to Music Technology 2

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
MAJ. 300 - 318 Private Lesson 5
MEL.G000 Degree Music Electives Group
MEL.G000 Degree Music Electives Group
MSB.G000 Contmp Music Ensemble 1 Elective
MUS. 304 Master Class in Music Production 1
MUS. 308 Creative Development

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
MAJ. 301 - 319 Private Lesson 6
MEL.G000 Degree Music Electives Group
MEL.G000 Degree Music Electives Group
MSB.G000 Contmp Music Ensemble 1 Elective
MUS. 301 Music Business
MUS. 305 Master Class in Music Production 2

Semester 7

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
MAJ. 400 - 418 Private Lesson 7
MEL.G000 Degree Music Electives Group
MEL.G000 Degree Music Electives Group
MUS. 400 Music Marketing
MUS. 404 Directed Study 1: Recording Project
MUS. 550 Work Term

Semester 8

Course Code Course Name
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
MAJ. 401 - 419 Private Lesson 8
MEL.G000 Degree Music Electives Group
MEL.G000 Degree Music Electives Group
MUS. 405 Directed Study 2: Recording Project

Humber has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting April 30, 2012. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Humber will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Humber will ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.