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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

This program provides aspiring musicians with well-rounded, yet in-depth specialized training in the art and business of music performance. You have the opportunity to receive one-on-one classical training on a major and a minor instrument chosen from the following options: brass, classical guitar, piano, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds. Performance skills are developed in weekly performance classes and through frequent performance opportunities. You will also gain valuable ensemble experience via choirs, orchestras, chamber groups and bands.

Concerts and recitals presented throughout the school year showcase Cambrian's Music students and faculty. In addition, the Cambrian Concert Series enhances your educational experience by featuring distinguished guest artists who host workshops and perform recitals.

Music theory and history courses will deepen your understanding of style and musicianship as it applies to your chosen specialty and beyond. Regardless of training background or skill level, specially-designed theory courses ensure that all students can be accommodated. Courses in language, teaching methods, and business skills equip you for both the teaching and commerce ends of the music profession.

Whether performing, composing, teaching, or working in some other facet of the music industry, all musicians require an education that not only develops their skills, but also strengthens their perceptual, imaginative, and expressive powers. The Cambrian College Music-Performance program delivers an educational experience that is tailored to the multifaceted, competitive arena that is the world of music.

Program Highlights
  • 3 years – 6 semesters

  • Only classical performance advanced diploma program in the province

  • Only College Music program in Ontario that includes courses in pedagogy

  • Choose from seven instruments for your major and minor  

  • Easy access to a huge bank of instruments and practice facilities

  • Highly-experienced, industry-recognized faculty who are all performing musicians

4D Learning Opportunities

Cambrian Concert Series – You'll perform in this annual concert series that also features distinguished guest artists who host workshops and perform recitals for students and the public in the campus theatre.

Weekly performance opportunities – Depending on your major and minor, you'll perform in music ensembles, choirs, orchestras, bands, and jazz groups on campus and around the city.

High school performances and workshops – You may be selected to tour various high schools across Ontario to showcase your performance skills and teach music concepts to high school students.

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How to Apply

Creative Arts, Music and Design

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)

  • Successful completion of an audition (requirements may vary by instrument)


Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:


Fall Semester

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002College Communications 3
MUS 1010History I 3
MUS 1117String Class I 2
MUS 1200Theory I 5
PSY 1160Performance Psychology 3
Any 1 MAJOR Subject  5
Any 1 MINOR Subject  2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject  2
 Term Credits: 25
Semester 2
ENG 2305Business Employment Correspondence 3
HST 1106Art History I 3
MUS 1020History II 3
MUS 1217String Class II 2
MUS 1250Theory II 5
Any 1 MAJOR Subject  5
Any 1 MINOR Subject  2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject  2
The following General Education course:  3
Art History I 3
 Term Credits: 28
Semester 3
MUS 1114Winds Class I 2
MUS 2200Theory III 5
MUS 2311Pedagogy I 2
MUS 2312Conducting I 2
Any 1 MAJOR Subject  5
Any 1 MINOR Subject  2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject  2
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Media and Current Events 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Health Wellness 3
Positive Psychology 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 4
MUS 1030History III 3
MUS 1214Winds Class II 2
MUS 2250Theory IV 5
MUS 2351Music Pedagogy II 2
MUS 2412Conducting II 2
Any 1 MAJOR Subject  5
Any 1 MINOR Subject  2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject  2
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Health Wellness 3
Positive Psychology 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 26
Semester 5
MUS 1003Percussion Class I 1
MUS 1040History IV 3
MUS 3003The Business Of Music I 3
MUS 3200Theory V 3
MUS 3311Pedagogy III 3
Any 1 MAJOR Subject  5
Any 1 MINOR Subject  2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject  2
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 6
MUS 1004Percussion Class II 1
MUS 1216Guitar Class 2
MUS 3004The Business Of Music II 3
MUS 3250Theory VI 3
MUS 3351Music Pedagogy IV 3
Any 1 MAJOR Subject  5
Any 1 MINOR Subject  2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject  2
 Term Credits: 21
 Total Credits: 145
Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $1,580. This includes an instrumental rental fee of $150. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may choose to continue their music studies at other postsecondary institutions and may receive transfer credits for their work at Cambrian. Some graduates return to their communities to work as private teachers and community musicians, while others may pursue their personal goals of recording and touring as performers. Other employment opportunities include private teaching in studios, conservatories, and commercial music schools.

Graduates may also find employment in other music-related businesses such as:

  • Retailing

  • Direct sales

  • Publishing

  • Radio

  • Television

  • Music agencies

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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