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Music Composition

Credential: Ontario Graduate CertificateProgram Code: MC511Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

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

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    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.

  • Sample Composition

  • Applicants will submit a sample of their original composed work (any style) in recorded and written form (score or lead sheet) that evidences musical competence.

    Submission Instructions

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 2019-2020 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,427.74
  • international: $16,112.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,213.87 $8,056.00
Tuition $2,688.03 $7,530.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,213.87 $8,056.00
Tuition $2,688.03 $7,530.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Pathways

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

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Master of Professional Creative Practice

Graduates of the Ontario Graduate Certificate from Humber College who meet the following criteria will be eligible to enter into the final 90 credits of the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Master of Professional Creative Practice (180 credits) in New Zealand:

  1. Successful completion of the Humber Ontario Graduate Certificate in (A) Music Composition, (B) Television Writing and Producing, (C) User Experience (UX) Design or any other Humber Ontario Graduate Certificate with a focus area related to creative practice, subject to the clauses below ;
  2. Successful evaluation of portfolio of work submitted by the student;
  3. Successful interview with Programme Coordinator to determine the availability of faculty expertise and supervision as well as appropriate facilities for the student’s focus area; and,
  4. Achievement of the NZQA minimum English proficiency standards for a degree program by completing any Ontario Graduate Certificate. 

To complete the EIT Master of Professional Creative Practice, graduates of the Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates listed above require 90 credits at NZQF Levels 8 and 9 with a minimum of 60 credits at NZQF Level 9.

The EIT Master of Professional Creative Practice is a semester-based program with two semesters per year; each semester consists of seventeen teaching weeks and a semester break.

 

All Humber graduates articulating through this pathway will be provided with academic guidance by the EIT Master of Professional Creative Practice Programme Coordinator in regards to EIT’s supervision capability at the time of student application.

Graduates of the Ontario Graduate Certificate from Humber College who enroll at EIT will enroll as international students and will have the rights and obligations of international students.

 

For more information, contact: teubanks@eit.ac.nz

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Nancy Walker, program co-ordinator
416-675-6622 ext. 3493
nancy.walker@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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

Apply through Ontario Colleges

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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Humber’s Music Composition graduate certificate program prepares you to write music for a number of professional environments that include, but are not limited to, live performance, sound recording, film, television and radio productions, commercials, and webisodes. In this online program, you will be paired with a professional composer or songwriter who will mentor you as you compose original music and expand your portfolio. Composers of all genres of music are welcome, as this program is tailored to meet the needs of your project. You’ll receive expert feedback in order to refine your skills, establish industry connections and understand the wide range of industry uses for composed music.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Discuss compositional techniques, approaches and idioms and their applications within contemporary composition and their impact on the music industry.
  • Compose a repertoire of compositions that meet or exceed professional industry standards using a number of compositional techniques, appropriate to various idioms, genres and styles.
  • Assess, evaluate and critically analyze a variety of compositional styles, genres and idioms, with consideration for musical characteristics, traits, importance, legacy and aesthetic value.
  • Contextualize one’s compositional voice within the history of musical composition, specifically addressing the idioms of jazz and other African American musical genres, contemporary popular music, art music and music for film and television.
  • Create a professional portfolio, which includes evidence of musical mastery of entrenched compositional techniques and practices.
  • Apply computer applications and music technology skills in composition to achieve desired style.
  • Conduct work and business interactions in adherence to legal principles, government legislation and regulations, copyright and contract requirements, and professional and industry codes of conduct.
  • Employ composition, project management, critical thinking and problem solving skills in response to varied creative and practical constraints of individual and collaborative music projects.
  • Apply negotiation, effective interpersonal communication, and human resource management skills to establish and maintain effective working relations with music industry teams.
  • Appraise personal musical strengths and skills in order to promote one’s artistic vision and awareness, interests and abilities.
  • Use business tools, including traditional and social media and analytics, to promote one’s own musical career.


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The Humber Advantage

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Online Delivery

This unique distance program allows you to work remotely to develop your composing skills from the comfort of your own home, studio, or anywhere else you have access to the Internet!


Our Industry Partnerships

This program is taught by industry experts, providing you with the most up-to-date and relevant curriculum.


Expert Faculty

JUNO-nominated composer/pianist Nancy Walker is the program co-ordinator and full-time professor in this unique online program. In addition to the course work overseen by Nancy, students are each paired with an industry professional who mentors the student in their personalized major composition project. This year's industry mentors include composers Brian Current, Evelyne Datl, Aaron Davis, Rob DeBoer, Andrew Kesler, Kevin Lau, David Leask, Ari Posner, and Mark Korven.


The Listening Room

When The Stars Align



Composed by student Julien Verschooris,
Graduate Certificate in Music Composition 2018/19

"Perhaps the greatest thing that Humber's music composition program has offered is pairing me with my mentor, who has helped me persist every step of the way, while I further my career in film and media composing."


Prelude from Suite For Concert Band



Composed by student Ted Selemidis,
Graduate Certificate in Music Composition 2018/19

"The course has been a good balance of online course materials and hands-on work with a personal mentor in your particular area of musical interest. Being able to work with someone who has real-life experience gives you insights and tips for your pieces that you wouldn't be able to get from a textbook or even a general classroom setting."


When You Forget My Name



Composed by student Cynthia Marhue,
Graduate Certificate in Music Composition 2018/19

"The composition program has given me a wonderful mentor who has inspired me to “mine” my songs - dig deeper, and find those hidden gems lyrically. David Leask has been an altogether patient, helpful, knowledgeable source of both creative and music business information - and for that connection I am so thankful. In addition the great part of the program is being connected with Nancy Walker and her comments and suggestions as a musician and composer throughout many projects, as well as being in touch with other like minded composers studying in the program."

Your Career

Ontario is home to Canada’s largest and one of the world’s most diversified music sectors, with Toronto being the third biggest music market in North America. Job trends show consistent and substantial employment opportunities in the fields of music business, administration, production and distribution.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2020 Online Open Open

Humber

Bachelor of Music Fall Performance Week

Bachelor of Music Fall Performance Week

Humber

Tue, December 03, 2019 | TBD to Fri, December 06, 2019 | TBD
Lakeshore

Hear what our Bachelor of Music student ensembles have been working on this term.

Click here to view the full performance schedule!

  • When: December 3-6, 2019
  • Where: Lakeshore Auditorium - Lakeshore Campus, A128 (3199 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, ON M8V 1K8)
  • Cost: Free
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Humber

Success Story: Dan McCarthy

Success Story: Dan McCarthy

Tue, November 26, 2019

Dan McCarthy graduated from Humber's Community Music program in 2001. He recently moved back to Toronto from New York City and

his first project after arrival involved making a recording with his former Humber instructors.

Dan told us more about the CD and what he learned at Humber.

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NOW

I recently released a new CD called City Abstract, featuring teachers from my Humber days: Ted Quinlan, Pat Collins, and Ted Warren. I had been living in NYC for the last 15 years and just moved back this spring, and this was the first project that I wanted to do. All three musicians had a huge impact on me when I was studying at Humber in the late 90’s, and it was an honour to be able to do a record with them.

THEN

I released a record in March of 2019 that features Steve Swallow on bass, Ben Monder on guitar, and Mark Feldman on violin. It was an absolute thrill to get to record with these legends, especially Steve Swallow, who played bass on all of my favourite Gary Burton records from the 1970s. So incredible!

I also did a trio recording with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums; that should be released in 2020. I'm very excited about this record too.

HUMBER

For me, it was huge to get to study with people that were actually out there playing on a regular basis. It really has a huge impact on young players, getting to learn from masters already out on the scene playing and doing their own thing.

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Follow Dan on social media at @DanMcCarthy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. (Photo credit: John Rogers)

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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts Events

Information Sessions

Information Sessions

Humber

Tue, January 14, 2020 to Wed, January 15, 2020
Lakeshore, North

Join us on January 14th or 15th and speak with our professors and students. Find out which of these Humber programs is right for you.

Read More About the Event

Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News

Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists

Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists

Thu, June 13, 2019

96.9 Radio Humber teamed up with the Broadcast Television/Videography Program to bring Canadian artists on campus for an interview and performance.

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