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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

The Cambrian School of Music is looking for the most talented, motivated musicians of tomorrow, regardless of previous training or experience. Always focused on music-making, this program offers an outstanding 1.5 hours of private one-on-one instruction per week on a major instrument (one-hour lesson per week) and minor instrument* (half-hour lesson per week) chosen from the following options: brass, classical guitar, piano, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds.

Performance skills are sharpened in weekly performance classes and through frequent performance opportunities within the school, the broader community, and the province. You will also gain valuable ensemble experience via choirs, orchestras, chamber groups, and bands.

Beyond the studio and stage, the program offers courses in the business of music and music pedagogy to help you succeed as a working musician. Music history courses will deepen your understanding of style and musicianship as it applies to your chosen specialty, and music theory courses are offered at all levels to accommodate the training background and skill level of every student. In addition, first-year students receive fundamental keyboard skills in Class Piano Minor I & II.

*Class Piano Minor I & II are diploma requirements; students with sufficient piano background may test beyond these courses and choose other minors in first year.

After graduation, the possibilities are endless. Whether performing, composing, teaching, managing, 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 multi-faceted, competitive arena that is the world of music.  

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters

  • Included in your tuition fee, receive 1.5 hours of private music training each week - that's triple the amount of lessons offered by some institutions!

  • Only classical performance advanced diploma program in Ontario

  • Music theory offered at all skill levels to suit YOUR needs – no entrance exam required

  • Only College Music program in Ontario that includes courses in pedagogy: learn the art of teaching in a music studio 

  • Frequent performance opportunities for all students

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

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 vary by instrument); contact the Program Coordinator for more information

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Program Delivery

2018-2019

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

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
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
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Health Wellness 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Positive Psychology 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 25
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: 142

Fees

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 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.

Graduate Options

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

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/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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