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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

Open the doors to a wide range of exciting careers in music with Cambrian College’s Music-Performance Program (PATM).  Our well-rounded curriculum balances intense musical training with practical courses like The Business of Music and tons of hands-on experience, both on stage and in the field.  Regardless of your music background – no matter your musical style or previous training – if you are talented and motivated, the PATM program can unlock your potential.    

Serious Training. Real Results.

Your musical talent will flourish in our intensive and supportive training program. Every week as a Cambrian Music Performance student, you will:

  • receive a full hour, one-on-one lesson on your major instrument (brass, classical guitar, piano, percussion, strings, voice or woodwinds).

  • become a more versatile, marketable musician with half-hour lessons on a second (minor) instrument.

  • give and receive instant feedback in weekly Performance Classes.

  • round-out your specialized skills with basic training on a variety of instruments. Introductory methods classes on strings, winds, percussion and guitar will make you more flexible and knowledgeable when you work in the field.

CLICK HERE to watch a Cambrian Music Student Perform

Music Fundamentals
  • Music theory courses are offered at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Regardless of your previous theory training, PATM has a class that can accommodate you. First-year students also receive fundamental keyboard skills in Class Piano Minor I & II.
  • Music history courses contextualize your training, as well as deepen your understanding of style and musicianship.   
Practical Experience

The Music-Performance program prepares you for a wide range of career paths by offering practical, real-world experiences, including:

  • the promotion and management of a full-scale concert series in The Business of Music I & II.

  • hands-on teaching experience through the Music Pedagogy courses.  During the third year of the program, you may be hired to teach a student of your own.

  • frequent performance opportunities within the school, the broader community, and the province

  • even more stage time performing with choirs, orchestras, chamber groups and bands.

After graduation, the possibilities are endless. Whether you want to perform, compose, produce, teach, manage, or work in another field related to music, Cambrian’s Music-Performance program can give you the musical ability and practical knowledge needed to build a career as a 21st Century musician.   

Program Highlights

  • 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
  • Business of Music courses teach you to market, promote and manage yourself or other musicians
  • The only Ontario College advanced diploma that specializes exclusively in classical training
  • One of the only college music programs in Ontario that includes courses in Music Pedagogy: learn the art of teaching in a music studio 
  • Music theory offered at all skill levels to suit YOUR needs – no entrance exam required
  • Frequent performance opportunities for all students
  • Easy access to a large bank of instruments and practice facilities

4D Learning Opportunities

Special Events: Cambrian music students are frequently engaged to perform in galas, conferences, concerts, ceremonies and more, throughout Greater Sudbury.

Masterclasses: Distinguished guest artists are invited to host masterclasses, giving our students the opportunity to learn from industry professionals in an interactive setting.

Festivals and Competitions:  Cambrian ensembles and solo musicians have received first place honours at local, Provincial and National competitions; you too will have the chance to compete and join this league of top musicians.  Annual trips to music festivals in the city and across Ontario give you even more opportunities to learn from and collaborate with other musicians. 

Community Outreach: You may be asked to work with the city's youth, perform for charitable organizations and participate in recruiting events.  

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How to Apply

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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) or (U)

  • Successful completion of an audition (see below for detailed requirements).  An audition can be booked at any time of the year.  Contact the Program Coordinator for more information

Audition Requirements

Unlike most institutions where auditions are given before an intimidating panel, our auditions are performed in a welcoming, one-on-one setting. More like a private coaching session than an audition, our format allows prospective students the opportunity to work closely with a teacher on aspects of their playing/singing. 

In all auditions, students should be prepared to discuss their performance experience, musical interests and career goals. 


One Study/Etude or One solo piece demonstrating your highest level of technical development

Students may be asked to prepare scales and arpeggios with different articulations

(all tongued, all slurred, 2 slur 2 tongued, 2 tongued 2 slurred)


  • Two contrasting selections of any genre or style using a classical, electric or acoustic guitar.


  • Snare drum: demonstrate knowledge of rudiments  and perform 1 study

  • Keyboard percussion - all major scales  and 1 study

  • Drum set: demonstrate snare drum rudiments and basic grooves on the drum set, including Rock /Funk/Latin (Bossa Nova, Samba, Mambo)

  • All applicants should be prepared to sight-read a short excerpt.


  • Two contrasting pieces, one of which may be own composition, improvisation, game music, or jazz standard

  • Two scales (chosen by Dr. Biggs)

  • Sight-read a short, simple piece


  • Two contrasting selections of any genre or style

  • Two major scales of your choice


  • Two contrasting songs or arias


Applicants are encouraged to audition in person.  If a live audition is not possible, applicants can audition via live link (Skype, Facetime, etc.) or submit their audition selections in video format.  Video auditions can be submitted via email (Google Drive, Dropbox) or YouTube link.  For more information on video auditions, contact  


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2022
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2023

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

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MUS 1010 History I 3
MUS 1117 String Class I 2
MUS 1200 Theory I 5
PSY 1160 Performance Psychology 3
MUS 1611 Class Piano I Minor 2
Any 1 MAJOR Subject 5
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject 2
Semester 2
ENG 2305 Business & Employment Correspondence 3
MUS 1020 History II 3
MUS 1217 String Class II 2
MUS 1250 Theory II 5
MUS 1661 Class Piano II Minor 2
Any 1 MAJOR Subject 5
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject 2
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
MUS 1114 Winds Class I 2
MUS 2200 Theory III 5
MUS 2311 Pedagogy I 2
MUS 2312 Conducting I 2
Any 1 MAJOR Subject 5
Any 1 MINOR Subject 2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject 2
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
MUS 1030 History III 3
MUS 1214 Winds Class II 2
MUS 2250 Theory IV 5
MUS 2351 Music Pedagogy II 2
MUS 2412 Conducting II 2
Any 1 MAJOR Subject 5
Any 1 MINOR Subject 2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject 2
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 5
MUS 1003 Percussion Class I 1
MUS 1040 History IV 3
MUS 3003 The Business Of Music I 3
MUS 3200 Theory V 3
MUS 3311 Pedagogy III 3
Any 1 MAJOR Subject 5
Any 1 MINOR Subject 2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject 2
Semester 6
MUS 1004 Percussion Class II 1
MUS 1216 Guitar Class 2
MUS 3004 The Business Of Music II 3
MUS 3250 Theory VI 3
MUS 3351 Music Pedagogy IV 3
Any 1 MAJOR Subject 5
Any 1 MINOR Subject 2
Any 1 ENSEMBLE Subject 2
 Total Credits142


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 & supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,015.  This includes a concert pass ($60) and key deposit ($5).  Other potential costs (not applicable to all students) include accompanist fees (approximately $120 per semester), competition entry fees ($80-100) and guitar methods books ($165). All students are expected to have appropriate performance attire.  NOTE: Many of the books purchased in Year 1 will be used again in Years 2 and 3; this significantly lowers book costs in Years 2 and 3. 

This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Music-Performance program face many exciting career and pathway options.  Some may choose to enter the workforce, while others continue their music studies at other postsecondary institutions, taking advantage of the attractive transfer credit agreements offered by our learning pathways (see below).  

Graduates entering the workforce sometimes return to their home communities to work as private teachers and community musicians, while others may pursue their personal goals of recording and touring as performers. Employment opportunities include:

  • Private, conservatory, or studio teaching

  • Touring and recording

  • Stage and talent management

  • Songwriting and music composition

  • Conducting

  • Orchestration and arranging (including Television, Film and gaming industries)

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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