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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.

The Humber Experience

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
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Andy Ballantyne

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

MA (Composition) - York University
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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.

Program Availability

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Bachelor of Music

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Noon Concert: Hilario Duran Contumbao

Noon Concert: Hilario Duran Contumbao

Humber

Wed, October 30, 2019 | 12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Lakeshore

Humber Music hosts a free noon-hour concert series. This week will showcase Hilario Duran Contumbao.

Multiple JUNO Award-winner Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun­-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats. Later on, in the 70s, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna. Hilario toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand, among many others, and as part of Arturo Sandoval’s band where he was pianist/keyboardist, arranger and musical director for 9 years. Hilario is an adjunct piano professor and ensemble director at Humber College. Contumbao is his most recent recording as a band leader.

  • When: October 30, 2019 at 12:15 pm
  • Where: Lakeshore Auditorium - Lakeshore Campus, A128 (3199 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, ON M8V 1K8)
  • Cost: Free
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Students design data for future airport installation

Students design data for future airport installation

Thu, October 17, 2019

Students in the Graphic Design and Web Design and Interactive Media programs had one day to design a physical installation for airports across Canada.

The project is part of the Global Affairs Canada division of the Federal Government and aims to highlight the support Consular Services offer to Canadian travellers.

The hackathon event took place in the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation and started with an introduction to the design challenge and a briefing call with the client where students were provided the information, materials and inspiration they needed to start their projects.

“When a client is involved, the experience is holistic and involves every aspect of working in the field,” says Bianca DiPietro, program coordinator of the Graphic Design program. “The dynamic between client and student is much more professional and holds a certain level of recognition.”

DiPietro and David Neumann, program coordinator of the Web Design and Interactive Media program say the opportunity for their students to work with real-life clients is great exposure—allowing students to communicate effectively, problem solve and work collaboratively with others.

The students gathered in small groups to design a concept while working with their faculty and advisors to complete their project proposals by the end of the day. Faculty will review the submissions and select up to eight concepts based on uniqueness, creativity and execution. The selected submissions will be shared with Global Affairs Canada to consider the concepts further.  

For one group, their concept is a three-dimensional, hollow hemisphere that resembles a globe and features data and information within it. User-friendly to all ages, the globe can be tilted or spun around to allow users to see inside the globe and learn about Consular Services. 

“Projects like this give validation to the program and show trust in us as working professionals by allowing us to have our work showcased and potentially have our work attached to the Government of Canada,” says Gizaham Jones, third-year Graphic Design student.

Using different skills and methods, a Web Design and Interactive Media group’s concept includes movable Plexiglass panels. With infographics and data printed or engraved onto the materials, the installation will allow natural light in airports like Toronto Pearson Airport to reflect onto it. The concept also features QR codes and Near-field communication (NFC) codes, which lead users to find more information on the government’s website using their smartphones.

“Being able to have clients give you an open-ended project to work with is a great way to get your creativity and development moving and apply what we’ve learned so far,” says Paul Cudmore, second-year Web Design and Interactive Media student.

The hackathon is part of Humber’s Data storyLAB, which is an innovative hub for data-driven storytelling. Based out of the North Campus, the storyLAB will produce year-round research and partnership opportunities for student learning and engagement.

“StoryLAB is an opportunity for students to pair with reporters, developers and coders to discuss the influence data can create in different journalistic settings. The lab demonstrates how data can transform and impact politics, social justice, and the day-to-day lives of Canadians,” says DiPietro.

Humber’s storyLAB and The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting recently created a storyLAB Data Journalism Grant to support independent data-driven journalism. 

For the inaugural grant, Humber and The Pulitzer Center are accepting proposals for stories related to Indigenous lands and property rights. The grant will provide up to $10,000 for a freelance journalist or team of journalists to explore a related story from a data-driven perspective.

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This article, by Alysia Burdi, was first published by Humber Today on September 20, 2019. Read the article in it's original context.

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