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Music, Bachelor of

Ministry Title: Bachelor of Music
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Program Code: 2206 Credential: Honours Degree Program Length: 8 semesters Delivery Mode (Semester 1 Delivery Fall 2021)  : Online/In-personCurrent Students can view program delivery details at Current Student Resources  

Program Details

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:

  • Contextualize various musical forms identifying the influences of historical, cultural, technological and sociological events and factors.

  • Discuss the theory and application of harmony, rhythm and melody in a range of musical styles.

  • Define musical terminology used in colloquial, scholarly and professional communications.

  • Discuss cultural and musical concepts exhibiting informed scholarship.

  • Compose music according to stylistic and theoretical principles and concepts.

  • Arrange both original and existing music appropriate to a variety of contexts using accepted nomenclature.

  • Use a variety of creative and improvisational techniques to enhance musical performances.

  • Perform proficiently a variety of musical genres appropriate to various ensembles.

  • Use industry-standard technologies as both producer and artist from pre-production to finished recording. 

  • Read and write musical notation in order to communicate effectively within the music community.

  • Deliver and accept constructive feedback in order to advance the competencies of self and fellow musicians.

  • Reflect on musical skills, interests and personal attributes in order to define paths of specialization, positive contribution and opportunities for lifelong learning.

  • Market relevant competencies through various communication and business channels to generate employment opportunities in the music industry.


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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.

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

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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.

The Gordon Wragg Recording Studios is a professional, educational recording facility consisting of a state-of-the-art studio, electronic classroom, and individual digital audio workstation rooms. With a host of the best professional recording equipment and expert supervision, the studios provide students with the highest quality professional environment in which to realize their artistic vision.

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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
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Brad Klump

MME – Indiana University, Indiana, USA
B.Mus. – McGill University
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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
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Bruce Cassidy

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

MA (Composition) – York University
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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
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Lorne Nehring

MA - York University
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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
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Steve Mancuso

M.A. (Ethnomusicology)
York University B.Mus. (Jazz Studies)
British Columbia Open University Diploma (Music Performance)
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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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Shirantha Beddage
Two-time JUNO-nominated musician Shirantha Beddage is a baritone saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada. His original music combines hard bop and modern jazz to create a sound that is both accessible and sophisticated. He has released three critically-acclaimed albums as a leader: Roots and Branches, Identity (2013 JUNO nominee) and Momentum (2017 JUNO nominee). As a sideman, he has been featured on recordings with the Order of Canada Band, Suzie Arioli, Laila Biali, Nancy Walker, Mike Downes and many others. His compositional skills have won him accolades such as the Montreal Jazz Festival Galaxie Rising Star Award, recognitions at the Canadian Songwriting Competition, and placements in the Emmy-winning TV series “Fargo”. Shirantha currently serves as Head of Theory and Harmony in the Humber College Bachelor of Music program, where he teaches courses in Music Theory, Pedagogy, and Ensemble. He was previously Director of Jazz Studies at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music (Columbus, Georgia, USA). He also adjudicates regularly at festivals throughout the country including MusicFest Canada, where he serves as Vice-Chairman of Instrumental Jazz. His innovative teaching methods have earned him national recognition as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE). He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (D.M.A.) in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music (New York, USA), a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University (New Jersey, USA), and a Bachelor of Music degree from Humber College. Shirantha is a Yamaha saxophone artist and performs on the YBS-62. For more information, please visit http://www.shiranthabeddage.com/
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Peter Cook
Peter Cook has credits as music editor, mastering engineer, recording engineer and/or producer on over 400 CDs including over 20 Juno Award-winning CDs. He has worked as music producer, recording engineer and editor on a number of Rhombus Media films and in the process won three Gemini Awards for best sound. He teaches courses in the Music Production department of Humber’s Bachelor of Music degree and is the course lead for the capstone Directed Study project. Prior to joining the faculty at Humber in 2010, Peter worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 19 years. From 1991-2007 he was Senior Music Editor and Mastering Engineer for CBC Records. Peter has remastered recordings of Glenn Gould, Maureen Forrester among many others and has edited and mastered recordings of every major classical orchestra, ensemble and soloist in Canada including the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Canadian Opera Company, Charles Dutoit, Mario Bernardi, Pinchas Zukerman, James Ehnes, Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Michael Schade, and Russel Braun as well as jazz and world music artists such as Don Thompson, Guido Basso, Mike Murley, and Laila Biali. From 2007-2010 Peter was responsible for CBC Radio 2's ""Concerts On Demand"" website and helped to guide the network's first online presence with blogs, social networking, podcasts and live audio streaming. Peter has been a guest lecturer at McGill University's Master of Music in Sound Recording program since 1986 and at the Banff Centre's Audio programs. He served on the Board of Governors of the international Audio Engineering Society from 2006 – 2016, including a four year stint as Vice President. Peter is a graduate of the Master of Music in Sound Recording program at McGill University.
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Alex Dean
Alex Dean is renowned as one of Canada’s foremost jazz saxophonists. Reedman, Alex Dean has played and recorded with the who’s who of legendary musicians, bands, ensembles, and orchestra’s, during his career as an award-winning musician, clinician, artistic director and jazz educator. His playing credentials include work with Gil Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Pat Labarbera, Phil Nimmons, and the Toronto Symphony. He occupied the tenor saxophone chair with Robb McConnell’s Grammy-winning, The Boss Brass (17 nominations/3 wins) for many years and recorded their last ten albums with Concord Records. Dean was also a charter member of Rob McConnell’s Tentet. Innumerable recording credits include the recent soundtrack of the video game Cupheads which debuted at #1 on the Jazz Billboard charts in 2019 and the Alex Dean Jazz Orchestra recording, a tribute to Canadian Jazz Artists recorded in 2017 due for release late 2020, Robb McConnell’s CD entitled Tentet (Justin Time) which won Canadian Juno in 2001, and the Power Trio “D.E.W. East”, (Dean, drummer Barry Elmes, and Steve Wallace on bass) second recording D.E.W East meet Nick Brignola (Cornerstone) which garnered critical acclaim. Over the past 30+ years, Alex had appeared on numerous Canadian Juno Award-winning Jazz albums as well as Grammy award winners with The Boss Brass. Alex Dean Quartet/Quintet recordings include Dreamsville, Both Feet, At this Point, and Kaitlyn’s Waltz. Kaitlyn’s Waltz was voted Best Jazz CD of by the Jazz Report Magazine and one of the top ten jazz CD releases by New York’s Village Voice. For 20 years, Alex Dean was the Artistic Director of the highly regarded Kincardine Summer Jazz Festival/Camp on Lake Huron Ontario, assembling an awarding winning faculty with Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Mays, Joe Labarbera, Pat Labarbera and Renee Rosnes.Alex is a widely respected clinician/adjudicator in Canada and the United States. Over the years his publications include numerous articles on saxophone technique and improvisation.He was a faculty member/Senior Lecturer at the University of Toronto and Humber College concurrently from 1993-2012 teaching saxophone and advanced improvisation. He accepted a full professorship at the Faculty of Music, Humber College in 2012.
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Mike Downes
Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a major force in Canada's music scene since the early 80s. He has had the opportunity to work with a long list of international artists including Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman and Donny McCaslin, along with many of Canada's top musicians including Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Pat LaBarbera, Robi Botos and Molly Johnson. His extensive discography as a bassist, composer, arranger and producer includes his own Ripple Effect (2014 JUNO winner for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year) and Root Structure (2018 JUNO winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo). He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. Mike is the Bass Department Head at Humber College in Toronto and author of The Jazz Bass Line Book and co-author of Jazz and Contemporary Music Theory. For more information please visit www.mikedownes.com.
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Mark Kelso
Originally from Northern Ireland, Mark Kelso has made Toronto his home for many years. In that time, Mark has built his reputation as one of the first call players in Canada. He has worked with artists such as Pat Metheny, Donny McCaslin, Laila Biali, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Michael Bublé, Alain Caron, Changuito, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Cole, Larry Coryell, Eliana Cuevas, Paquito D’Riveria, Hilario Duran, David Foster, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Olivia Newton John, Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Chaka Khan, Pat LaBarbera, Donnell Leahy, Natalie MacMaster, Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), Donny Osmond, Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Jovino Santos Neto, NOJO, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Schneider, John Scofield, Ron Sexsmith, Mike Stern, Soul Stew, James Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Ian Tyson, Gino Vannelli, Carol Welsman as well his 2 time Juno nominated group, The Jazz Exiles. Mark runs “Groovy Drums Studio” (Mark has played on over 350 recordings) and is currently the Artistic Director for the Jazz Room in Waterloo. Mark is also a featured clinician for Yamaha, Paiste, Evans & Headhunters. Mark’s recordings and instructional DVD, “Musician First, Drummer Second” is available online at www.groovydrums.com
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Hannah Burgé Luviano
Hannah Burgé Luviano (Métis Nation Ontario) has joined our Bachelor of Music program as the Academic Program Manager (October 2020). Hannah is known for her vocal and composition work, as well as her longstanding presence within the Toronto jazz, Latin jazz, world music and improvised music communities.   Hannah is an interdisciplinary scholar, former research fellow at Queen’s University, contributor to Toronto’s City Diplomacy: Arts, Heritage, and Culture initiative, and an educator and thought leader in the area of diplomacy, Latin jazz, gender justice in jazz, and community music.   Her work resides in the nexus of music, social justice, and advocacy for economic fairness and affordable housing for artists in Canada.   Ms. Burgé Luviano is a current Ph.D. candidate at Queen’s University, where she is completing work on her dissertation: “The ajiaco of mambo: transnational pathways in the Mexico City mambo bands of Pérez Prado.”  
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Andrew Mullin
Andrew Mullin is an audio engineer and educator who is passionate about capturing and shaping sound, and empowering musicians to realize their artistic vision. Whether running a large-format console in a commercial studio or operating his mobile rig in a one-car garage, Andrew is distinguished by his ability to enhance the creative potential of those around him. Andrew completed a bachelor’s degree in music in 2006 at McGill University and went on to earn a master’s degree in sound recording in 2008. During this time he studied with George Massenburg, completed post-production work with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and toured Canada with ska/punk band Stepper. Andrew has been fortunate to collaborate with a wide range of artists including The O’Pears, Justin Dunlop, Bear Mountain, The Wooden Sky, Nick Doneff, Vivienne Wilder, Gord Hyland, Union Duke, Georgian Bay, The Ladom Ensemble; with projects by Amanda Tosoff (‘Words’) and Mark Kelso (‘The Chronicles of Fezziwig’) earning Juno nominations. Andrew joined the Music Production team at Humber College in 2010 as a staff engineer, recording and mixing over 50 student EPs before transitioning to teaching full-time.
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Dave Neill
Born and raised in Ottawa, saxophonist Dave Neill moved to Toronto in 1995 to pursue a jazz performance degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Alex Dean and Mike Murley. Working as a performer, adjudicator and clinician, Dave is active on the freelance scene, including jobs with Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, Frankie Valli, Regis Philbin and Nikki Yanofsky. He has adjudicated at festivals across Ontario, including the national Musicfest finals, and has given a clinic at OMEA entitled “Breaking Down Barriers for Jazz Improvisation.” Now a full-time professor at Humber College, Dave is the Academic Advisor and teaches a variety of courses, including Business for Creative Industry, Improvisation, and Song Materials. Previously, he taught at the University of Toronto from 2004-2016 and the Humber College Community Music School from 2000-2015, as well as mentoring the next generation of performers at the Youth Jazz Canada’s Summer Jazz Workshop and the IMC Jazz Camp. Dave completed his Master’s in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto, and has released two CDs as a leader. His debut quartet CD All In featured his original compositions, while his follow-up CD Daylight was named as one of the top Canadian Jazz CDs of 2014 by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen.
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Brian O'Kane
M.Mus. (Jazz Performance) - University of Toronto B.Mus. (Jazz Studies) - Thompson Rivers University Diploma (Honours Music) - Humber College Brian is very active in the Canadian music scene, having performed and recorded with groups including the Rob McConnell Tentet, The Boss Brass, John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra (Juno Award 2010), Hilario Duran’s Latin Jazz Big Band (Juno Award 2006), the Bernie Senensky Quintet and the Barry Elmes Quintet. He has also backed up a lengthy list of international artists including Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Diana Krall, and has appeared on dozens of radio/television jingles as well as theatre productions. Brian has also performed with a variety of classical ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and True North Brass. He has performed at jazz festivals around the world, most recently as a featured artist in Daejeon, South Korea. It was an honour for him to perform as an artist/clinician at the 33rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Banff, Alberta.Brian loves working with young musicians and has been a guest performer/clinician at numerous colleges and universities nationwide. He is an Endorsing Artist for the Edwards Brass Instrument Company (Elkhorn, WI) as well as the Gard Instrument Bags (Kolkata, India).
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Mark Promane
Mark Promane is widely respected as a versatile performer on all saxophones and multiple woodwinds, arranger, composer, conductor, and clinician. He has worked with dozens of leading artists including Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Michael Buble, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Phil Woods, Aretha Franklin, Gino Vanelli, and Maria Schneider. He played lead alto in the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra for 17 years and recorded five CDs with that band, lays lead alto with the Humber Faculty Big Band and directs the Humber Studio Jazz Orchestra. He has played in the pit orchestras for dozens of hit musicals including the Toronto productions of 'Cats', 'Phantom of the Opera', 'Miss Saigon', 'Showboat', 'Spamalot', 'Les Miserables', 'Chicago', 'The Producers' (for which he was also Associate Conductor), and 'Wicked'. Most recently, he completed a two-year run on the Broadway show, 'Jersey Boys', playing saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe. He has played on countless jingles, albums, and film scores, and has performed with major large ensembles including The Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and Rob McConnell and 'The Boss Brass'. He is proud to have served as a Juror for the Juno Awards in the ""Traditional Jazz"" category. Mark’s CD “The Canadiana Suite” which features his playing of multiple woodwinds on his arrangements of Oscar Peterson’s classic album, was nominated by JazzFM as one of the Top 10 Canadian jazz albums of 2015. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Music) and the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Education), MARK PROMANE is the current Head of the Saxophone/Woodwind Department at Humber College in Toronto.
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Amanda Tosoff
Amanda Tosoff (MA in Musicology - Music Theory) is a B.C-raised, Toronto-based pianist, composer, and educator with six albums to her credit. As a bandleader and side-woman, she has performed with internationally-recognized artists such as Emilie-Claire Barlow, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, and many more. Her own groups have been featured at festivals across Canada and abroad, and have opened for jazz luminaries such as Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Oliver Jones, and Luciana Souza. Amanda has received various honours, including the Montréal Jazz Festival Grand Prix de Jazz, and the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award – and most recently, a Juno nomination and mention on the Polaris Prize "Longer List,” for her album Words. Through her richly varied body of work, Amanda has gained recognition as “an assured, forward-thinking voice” (Greg Buium, Vancouver Sun) on the Canadian jazz scene and beyond – not only as a composer and performer, but also as an educator. She is on faculty at Humber College, and has been a featured artist and clinician at universities and conferences, including the 2020 Canadian Jazz Summit at the University of Manitoba. Amanda is also co-artistic director of online education organization, Music Arts Collective, alongside bassist Jodi Proznick and arts-administrator Francesca Fung.  In Amanda’s artistry, one hears a rigorous, deeply felt command of the jazz piano lineage as well as an eagerness to push beyond labels, finding inspiration from various sources and disciplines. This is most evident on Amanda’s acclaimed recording Words, which featured highly regarded singer Felicity Williams (of such bands as Broken Social Scene and Bahamas). Blending poetry, jazz, art-song and folk-pop, Words garnered great acclaim and revealed “a well-developed knack for animating her material with fine counterpoint and colourful sonic combinations” (Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen). It also landed Amanda her first Juno nomination (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys). With Amanda’s sixth release as a leader, Earth Voices, she continues to pursue the creative and stylistic leap she began on Words, once again drawing on poetry with a deep personal and emotional connection. Along with strings and guest saxophonists Allison Au and Kelly Jefferson, she invites Alex Goodman, fellow Canadian and now one of New York’s most vital young guitarists, to work wonders and broaden her ensemble texture. She also enlists a sterling and versatile cast of singers — Emilie-Claire Barlow, Robin Dann, Michelle Willis, Alex Samaras, Laila Biali, Lydia Persaud and Felicity Williams — to give new life to words by Edgar Allan-Poe, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Marjorie Pickthall and Walt Whitman, among other original material and inventive arrangements of songs by Joni Mitchell, Luciana Souza, Chris Thile and Mike Ross of Soulpepper Theatre. With a “calm demeanor and complete confidence” (Cadence Magazine), and with an honest, genuine and giving spirit, Tosoff stands poised to share with the world the next stages in her evolution.

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    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $8,796.54*
  • international $14,800.

*Note: Price will vary according to instrument profile.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber Degree Scholarships

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to graduating high school students based on academic achievement. See this following chart for details. Some of the scholarships are renewable each year if you maintain an average of 80 per cent or more.

95%+ $4,000 renewable
90 - 94.9% $3,500 renewable
85 - 89.9% $3,000 renewable
80 - 84.9% $2,000 renewable
75 - 79.9% $1,500 one time

Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to students entering any Humber degree program who have completed a two or three-year diploma from a publicly-funded college. Students who have achieved a program GPA of 80% or better will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level. Diplomas do not have to be related to the degree program of choice and are not tied to the eligibility for advanced standing or transfer credit. No application is required. View Terms & Conditions of Degree Scholarships.

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM FROM:

HUMBER PROGRAMS

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

 

 

 

 

 

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

View Ontario College Certificate 

Humber graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission into the first semester of the Bachelor of Music degree program.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 level course, or equivalent, with a grade of 65 per cent or more.
  • Audition and Theory test ( see secondary admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree program)

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

Andrew Scott, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3444
andrew.scott@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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