Music Arts

Prepare for an independent music career by building business and self-management skills, and by developing your unique musical craft.

Start Date:
September
Duration:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)
Locations:
+Locations & Availability
September 2016 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Do you enjoy performing music and possess a fundamental level of musical ability? Have you developed the skill of reading music and an interest in how the music industry works? This program prepares you to pursue a career as a professional freelance musician and entrepreneur in the music business.

In this intensive program, you study both music performance and music business, and build on your musical craft while developing essential business skills (such as accounting, grant and proposal-writing, contracts, and marketing). You also develop an understanding of the role of managers, agents, and other industry professionals.

This program covers ear training, music theory, ensemble practice and rehearsal, music skills development and performance, as well as music technology, business management, and applied computer applications.

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Student Highlights

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    Favourite"Performing and rehearsing and learning about the music industry is the coolest."
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    Why Take It"Meeting many important people...you make connections to the local music scene and get your name out there."
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    Highlight"Work-term gives everyone a chance to play together at some great events and rehearse until you have a polished product."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
  • Audition – Qualified applicants with completed applications will be invited to an audition in order to demonstrate their musicianship and level of theory comprehension. The audition helps ensure that you will have a reasonable probability of success in Music Arts program. After Admissions has finalized an assessment of your completed, qualifying application, you will be contacted by the School of Applied Arts & New Media to schedule your audition. Auditions will take place at the Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth.
  • Audition Process – Detailed audition requirements: Music Arts Audition Requirements (PDF 195KB).

Choose NSCC

  • The Music Arts program is supported by industry-standard practice rooms and rehearsal spaces.
  • Emerging technologies, for both live and studio performance, are incorporated to mirror the trends of the music industry.
  • Collaborative Experience – Students collaborate with peers and professionals in other related Applied Arts programs, including Music Business, Recording Arts, Screen Arts, Graphic Design and Photography.

Employment Opportunities

  • The music industry is a major contributor to the economic pulse of Nova Scotia and central to cultural life throughout the Maritimes.
  • Graduates are ideally positioned to launch or enhance their own independent careers in the music business. Having achieved a high standard of musicianship, and a comprehensive knowledge of business practice, graduates can enter the industry with realistic expectations and attitudes about a career in music, and will be equipped with the tools to thrive.

Other Info

  • Your primary instrument courses are the foundation of your unique learning and teaching pathway.
  • Students are required to take private music lessons, either with an existing instructor or through recommendation by NSCC, and will be responsible for the costs incurred, which are not included in the regular tuition fees.
  • Admissions Process – Due to the ensemble nature of the program, qualified applicants may not be accepted on a first-received, first-qualified basis.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional Co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12-weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BART 2050   Music Business I: Live Performance
BART 2060   Music Business II: Essentials
BART 3020   Live Performance Development and Presentation
BART 3050   Music Business III: Product Development
BART 4050   Music Business IV: Artist and Career Development
MART 1000   Theory I: Diatonic and Blues Harmony
MART 1001   Ear Training I: Rhythm and Root Movements
MART 1002   Primary Instrument & Primary Instrument Workshop I
MART 1003   Creative Ensemble for Live and Studio Performance I
MART 1004   Keyboard Basics I
MART 1006   Midi and Music Notation
MART 2000   Theory II: Arranging Techniques
MART 2001   Ear Training II: Sight Singing and Chord Progressions
MART 2002   Primary Instrument and Primary Instrument Workshop II
MART 2003   Creative Ensemble for Live and Studio Performance II
MART 2004   Keyboard Basics II
MART 2006   MIDI & Music Sequencing
MART 2300   Music History I
MART 2500   Capstone Project I
MART 3000   Theory: The Language of Music III
MART 3001   Ear Training for Contemporary Musicians III
MART 3002   Primary Instrument & Primary Instrument Workshop III
MART 3003   Creative Ensemble for Live and Studio Performance III
MART 3006   Music Recording Technologies
MART 3300   Music History II
MART 4000   Theory: The Language of Music IV
MART 4001   Ear Training for Contemporary Musicians IV
MART 4002   Primary Instrument & Primary Instrument Workshop IV
MART 4003   Creative Ensemble IV
MART 4006   Applied Live Sound
MART 4500   Capstone Project II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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