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Music, Bachelor of

Ministry Name: 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.

Learning Outcomes

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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.

group of student standing together listening to music

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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Al Kay

Diploma (Music) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
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Andrew Mullin

MMus (Sound Recording) - McGill University, PQ
BMus - McGill University, PQ
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Andy Ballantyne

BMus (Music Performance – Jazz Studies) – University of Toronto
Diploma (Music) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
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Brad Klump

MME – Indiana University, Indiana, USA
BMus – McGill University, PQ
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Brian Dickinson

MA (Music) – New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, USA
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Brian O'Kane

MMus (Jazz Performance)- University of Toronto
BMus (Jazz Studies)- Thompson Rivers University
Diploma (Music with Honours)- Humber College
Professor

Bruce Cassidy

BSc - Dalhousie University - psychology, chemistry
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Collin Barrett

MA (Composition) – York University
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Dan Parr

BSc
Mathematics
University of Western Ontario
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Dave Neill

MMus Performance (Jazz) – University of Toronto
BMus Performance (Jazz) – University of Toronto
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David Occhipinti

MA - York University
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Denny Christianson

Diploma in Ed – McGill University, PQ
BFA – Concordia University, PQ
Professor/Program Co-ordinator

Drew Jurecka

BMus - in Violin Performance, the Cleveland Institute of Music
Professor

Geoff Young

Professor

Gord Sheard

PhD (Ethnomusicology) – York University
BFA (Music) – York University
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Joey Goldstein

Professor

Johnny Griffith

MMus Jazz Performance U of T
BMus Thompson Rivers University - performance
Humber college - music diploma
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Jon Maharaj

BMus - University of Toronto
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Justin Gray

MMus - York University
BMus -Thompson Rivers University
BA - Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
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Kelsey Grant

MA (Music) – Manhattan School of Music, NY, USA
BMus – McGill University, PQ
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Kevin Fallis

MMus (Sound Recording) – McGill University, PQ
BMus, Honours, Jazz Performance (Double Bass)  – McGill University, PQ
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Kieran Overs

Diploma (Music With Honours) Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
BMus (Jazz Studies) - British Columbia Open University, BC
MMus - McGill University, Montréal
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Lisa Martinelli

MA – York University
BEd – University of Toronto
BMus – University of Toronto
Diploma - Humber College Institute of Advanced Learning
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Mark Shannon

BFA (Music) York University
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Mark Kelso

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Mark Promane

BEd – University of Toronto
BA Music – University of Western Ontario
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Matt Brubeck

MMus - Yale  (Cello Performance)
BA - Yale   (Music)
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Mike McClennan

MA (Music Performance) – University of Toronto
BA (Music Performance) – University of Toronto
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Mike Ardagh

MMus (Sound Recording) - McGill University, PQ
BMus (Performance/Production) - Humber College, ON
Diploma (Contemporary Music & Technology) - Selkirk College, BC
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Mike Downes

MA (Composition) – York University
BMus – McGill University, PQ
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Nancy Walker

MA (Composition) - York University
Diploma (Music) - Humber College
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Nathan Hiltz

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

Diploma (Jazz performance) - Humber College
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Pat LaBarbera

Diploma (Arranging/Composition) – Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA
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Peter Cook

MMus (Sound Recording)– McGill University, PQ
BMus – McGill University, PQ
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Peter Johnston

PhD - Ethnomusicology, York University
MA - Composition, York University
BMus - Composition, Dalhousie University

Rebekah Wolkstein

BM violin performance - Cleveland Institute of music
MM violin performance -Cleveland Institute of music
BA English - Case Western Reserve University
Artist Diploma violin performance: Glenn Gould School
DMA violin performance: University of Toronto

Rob Bulger

Diploma (Music) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
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Shannon Gunn

MA (Composition) - York University
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Shirantha Beddage

DMA – Eastman School of Music, NY, USA
MMus – William Paterson University, NJ, USA
BMus – British Columbia Open University, BC
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Sienna Dahlen

MMus (Music Performance - Jazz) University of Toronto
BMus (Music Performance - Jazz)
McGill University
Diploma (Jazz Studies)
Vancouver Island University
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Steve Szmutni

Diploma (Music) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning 
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Steve Mancuso

MMus – York University
BMus – Humber College of Applied Technology & Advanced Learning/Thompson Rivers University, BC
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Tony Zorzi

Diploma (Music) - Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Professor

Will Jarvis

MA – York University
BMus – Thompson Rivers University, BC / Humber College of Applied Technology & Advanced Learning
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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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September 2020 Lakeshore Open Open

Bachelor of Music

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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)
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