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Music, Bachelor of

Ministry Title: Bachelor of Music

Credential: Honours DegreeProgram Code: 2206Length: 8 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree program is unlike any other four-year music degree 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, you will be well equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for success in today’s music world.

Founded in 1972, the program has consistently produced many of the most successful commercial and jazz musicians in Canada and the world. With more than 350 students and a faculty of 18 full-time and 80 part-time teachers, our program is one of the largest, most diverse and highly regarded programs 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 several of the more than 50 ensembles directed by a who’s who of Canadian music. As Toronto is the centre of Canada’s entertainment industry, Humber attracts the top professionals in jazz, musical theatre, television, film, commercials and pop.

After two years of core music courses, you will continue with lessons on your major instrument, as well as take classes in music production and music business while also choosing from electives in arranging, composition, advanced improvisation, film scoring, music production techniques, songwriting, ethnomusicology or pedagogy.

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.

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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Perform, compose, produce music at a professional level for entry to the competitive, global music industry.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of diverse musical styles and contextualize themselves within contemporary music history: specifically defined as the idioms of African American musical genres, mainstream pop music, country/folk music, Latin music, music for musicals and film, art music and jazz.

  • Demonstrate, through performance and composition, a technical and musical mastery of harmonic, melodic and rhythmic structures.

  • Demonstrate, through performance, an extensive knowledge of contemporary musical repertoire and apply appropriate performance skills in diverse music contexts.

  • Compose and arrange in a broad range of contemporary music styles.

  • Record, edit and produce a broad range of contemporary music.

  • Prepare and present a portfolio of recorded material reflecting a broad range of styles.

  • Apply computer applications/music technology skills in composition, arranging and production.

  • Critically analyze and evaluate sound recordings and describe their production characteristics.

  • Demonstrate, through production and performance, organizational, project management, and implementation skills.

  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, research and problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of contract law, copyright law, intellectual property rights, royalties, and rules of public domain.

  • Make use of entrepreneurial music business skills to engage in the competitive contemporary music industry.

  • Demonstrate professional “freelance” etiquette relating to job seeking and keeping skills.

  • Demonstrate an ability to research and present findings from primary and secondary sources.

  • Formulate, articulate and present their own ideas about music, art and society through discussion and writings.

  • Demonstrate an artistic awareness and understanding of musical aesthetics.

  • Assess personal strengths, musical and business skills, knowledge, artistic vision, interests, and abilities.


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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 420 hours of experience which will allow you to establish contacts and relationships with key companies and industry professionals.

Audition Preparation Workshop

Are you getting ready to audition for a college or university music program? Prepare in advance with help from Humber Music faculty!

The Humber Experience

This program is hosting an Information Session in January 2020.

Faculty profile video

Critically acclaimed and award-winning Humber Music faculty discuss what they love about teaching music at Toronto's Humber College.

Andrew Kesler

Andrew Kesler is a Los Angeles-based music producer and performer. He graduated from Humber's Bachelor of Music program in 2012.

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Students from the Bachelor Of Music Program at Humber College present their final capstone projects to fellow classmates, friends, family, and industry representatives.


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Humber's Gospel Choir partnered with Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School to record a track at the Humber Recording Studios at Lakeshore Campus.


Our Professors

You’ll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

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Alan Han

M.Mus. (Sound Recording) - McGill University
B.Mus. (Music) - Humber College
Diploma (Music) – Humber College
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Andrew Mullin

M.Mus. (Sound Recording) - McGill University
B.Mus. - McGill University
Professor

Andy Ballantyne

B.Mus. (Music Performance – Jazz Studies) – University of Toronto
Diploma (Music) – Humber College
Professor

Ben Ball

M.Mus. - McGill University
B.Ed. – University of Toronto
B.Mus. (Music Performance – Jazz Studies) – University of Toronto
Diploma (Music) – Humber College
Professor

Brad Klump

MME – Indiana University, Indiana, USA
B.Mus. – McGill University
Professor

Brian Dickinson

MA (Music) – New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, USA
Professor

Brian O'Kane

M.Mus. (Jazz Performance) - University of Toronto
B.Mus. (Jazz Studies) - Thompson Rivers University
Diploma (Music) - Humber College
Professor

Bruce Cassidy

MA (Composition) - York University
B.Sc. (Psychology/Chemistry) - Dalhousie University
Professor

Collin Barrett

MA (Composition) – York University
Professor

Dave Neill

M.Mus. (Jazz Performance) – University of Toronto
B.Mus. (Jazz Performance) – University of Toronto
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David Occhipinti

MA - York University
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Drew Jurecka

B.Mus. - Cleveland Institute of Music
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Erica Procunier

M.Mus. (Composition) - Western University
B.Mus. (Theory & Composition) - Western University
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Gord Sheard

PhD (Ethnomusicology) – York University
BFA (Music) – York University
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Hilario Duran

Diploma (Music) - Instituto Superior de Artes, Havana, Cuba
Diploma (Music) - Amadeo Roldan Conservatory, Havana, Cuba
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Jocelyn Gould

M.Mus. - Michigan State University
B.Mus. – University of Manitoba
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Joey Goldstein

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Johnny Griffith

M.Mus. - University of Toronto
B.Mus. - Thompson Rivers University
Diploma – Humber College
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Jon Maharaj

B.Mus. - University of Toronto
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Justin Gray

M.Mus. - York University
B.Mus. -Thompson Rivers University
BA - Humber College
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Kelsley Grant

MA (Music) – Manhattan School of Music, NY, USA
B.Mus. – McGill University
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Kieran Overs

M.Mus. - McGill University
B.Mus. (Jazz Studies) - British Columbia Open University
Diploma (Music) - Humber College
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Kim Ratcliffe

BFA - York University
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Larnell Lewis

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Laura Swankey

B.Mus. (Performance, Jazz) - University of Toronto
Diploma (Composition) - Grant MacEwan University
Diploma (Music Performance) - Grant MacEwan University
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Lisa Martinelli

MA – York University
B.Ed. – University of Toronto
B.Mus. – University of Toronto
Diploma - Humber College
Professor

Lorne Nehring

MA - York University
Professor

Lucian Gray

B.Mus. - Berklee College of Music
Professor

Marito Marques

Diploma - CETM Centro de Estúdos e Tecnologias Musicais, Viseu, Portugal
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Mark Kelso

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Mark Shannon

MA (Composition) - York University
BFA (Music) - York University
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Mark Promane

B.Ed. – University of Toronto
BA (Music) – Western University
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Matt Brubeck

PhD (Composition) – York University
M.Mus. (Cello Performance) - Yale University
BA (Music) - Yale University
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Michael Davidson

BFA (Honours Music) – York University
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Mike McClennan

M.Mus. (Jazz Performance) – University of Toronto
B.Mus. (Jazz Performance) – University of Toronto
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Mike Downes

MA (Composition) – York University
B.Mus. – McGill University
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Mike Ardagh

M.Mus. (Sound Recording) - McGill University
B.Mus. (Performance/Production) - Humber College
Diploma (Contemporary Music & Technology) - Selkirk College
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Nancy Walker

MA (Composition) - York University
Diploma (Music) - Humber College
Professor

Nathan Hiltz

M.Mus. (Performance) - University of Toronto
B.Mus. (Performance) - Thompson Rivers University/Humber College
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Nick Morgan

Diploma (Jazz performance) - Humber College
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Peter Johnston

PhD (Ethnomusicology) - York University
MA (Composition) - York University
B.Mus. (Composition) - Dalhousie University
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Peter Cook

M.Mus. (Sound Recording)– McGill University
B.Mus. – McGill University
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Rob Bulger

Diploma (Music) – Humber College
Professor

Shannon Gunn

MA (Composition) - York University
Professor

Shirantha Beddage

DMA (Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media) – Eastman School of Music, NY, USA
M.Mus. (Jazz Studies) – William Paterson University, NJ, USA
B.Mus. – British Columbia Open University
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Steve Szmutni

Diploma (Music) – Humber College
Professor

Steve Mancuso

M.Mus. – York University
B.Mus. – Humber College/Thompson Rivers University
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Tony Zorzi

Diploma (Music) - Humber College
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Trevor Giancola

B.Mus. (Performance) - Thompson Rivers University
Music Diploma – Humber College
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Will Jarvis

MA – York University
B.Mus. – Thompson Rivers University/ Humber College
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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.

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Jazz Showcase - Presented by Humber Music

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Fri, January 24, 2020 | 08:00 PM - 10:15 PM
All Campuses

Humber Music's Jazz Showcase is here!

Featuring:

  • Mike Downes' Humber X Ensemble
  • Kirk MacDonald's Advanced Jazz Ensemble
  • Alex Dean's Enriched Jazz Workshop

Date: Friday, Jan 24, 2020
Time: 8pm
Location: Humber College Lakeshore Campus, A Building Auditorium

Tickets: General admission: $15, senior/student: $10. Humber Music Students are free. Tickets are available in advance here.

*Please note that only debit and credit will be accepted at the door*

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Grad Spotlight: Fadi Sara

Grad Spotlight: Fadi Sara

Tue, January 21, 2020

Fadi Sara graduated from 3D Animation in 2015 and is now the Tracking and Layout Department Lead at Mr. X in Toronto. 

Fadi was recently featured in The Focus Magazine for his team's work on the dramatic scene where Brad Pitt's character plummets 80,000 feet to Earth from an antenna that extends outside the planet's atmosphere.

We caught up with Fadi to find out more about what he does and how Humber helped him get there.

What is your current job title and what does that mean on a daily basis?

My current job title is "Tracking and Layout Department Lead" at Mr.X Inc in Toronto, Ontario. The tasks I perform in a day can vary, so here are some of the things that I do:

Lead - I oversee a team of 8 others on a daily basis as part of my duties as lead. I work with them to address any issues or concerns they have, as well as just general supervision, support, and direction.

New Show Setup – I work with the technical leads in the studio to set up new shows. I help ingest the data that’s been given to us by clients and set up the foundation required for each show so they’re ready for our artists to work with. This includes things like dictating render resolutions, color spaces, and software templates.

Interviews – I conduct interviews alongside my manager to scout for potential new hires in the Toronto tracking and layout department.

General Troubleshooting – I work alongside all the artists in my department to help them with any issues they may have. This can be related to the specific shot/show that they’re working on, or it could be one of our proprietary tools that needs bug fixes.

Pipeline Overseeing – I manage and oversee the pipeline for the Tracking and Layout department across all 3 locations. The "pipeline" is the technical term for the proprietary toolsets that allow for the transfer of data from one department to the other. I discuss, oversee and approve any development that affects the data coming into or going out of the tracking and layout team.

Training – Having worked with a team to pioneer the current training system in place for Tracking and Layout, I still oversee the training to this day. New hires for Toronto are seated next to me and get 1-on-1 time as they are introduced to the tools and workflow. Once they’re at a comfortable level, we put them into production. During this phase, they continue to sit next to me so I can oversee their work and troubleshoot any hiccups they may experience.

Shot Work – If there’s nothing from the above list on my plate for that day, I work on individual shots alongside my team.

What was your career path to get where you are now?

My career path after leaving Humber has been fairly single track. I was hired at Mr. X while still in my third year and have been here ever since. I was brought in as an "Entry Level Tracking Artist". Over the years, I was presented with more responsibility and higher-level tasks as my skillset, knowledge, and experience grew.

In the fall of 2017, I worked with my supervisors to restructure and establish an entirely updated training program for new hires in our department. This training has been widely successful. Over 10 artists have gone through it since and almost all are now at a senior level.

In the spring of 2018, I was given the opportunity to travel to India. We opened a branch in Bangalore and I was sent there to train the staff of the tracking and layout department in our proprietary toolsets and workflows. I held live demos, recorded hours of video training documentation, established personal connections and rapport with the individual artists, and continued communication with them afterwards, overseeing their work and progress.

In the fall of 2019, the position for department lead became available and I was presented with the promotion. I’ve been in that role since.

How did your time at Humber prepare you for what you’re doing now?

Humber did a fantastic job of preparation me for my career.

The education I received allowed me to build a portfolio that helped me acquire the position in the first place.

The outreach to former students and industry professionals prepared me by helping set up an in-depth network of resources and contacts. This helped me understand the importance of communication and references. It was a Humber grad I met through this networking that recommended me for the position at Mr. X, helping me secure the job.

Studio tours and guest speakers hosted by the professors gave me insider knowledge about the workings of the industry, and supported everything the instructors were telling us. Humber also helped prepare me with useful pointers on how to set up my demo reel, website, and resume to stand out more than other applicants.

Find out more about Fadi Sara on IMDB and read the articles where he and his team were featured: 

https://www.thefocus.com/news/ad-astra-fall-brad-pitt-mr-x-fall-from-space

https://www.thefocus.com/news/ad-astra-brad-pitt-fall-mr-x-visually-chaotic

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