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Music Arts

Music Arts

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

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available

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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Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • 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 the Music Arts program. After Admissions has finalized an assessment of your completed qualifying application, you will be contacted by the Campus to schedule your audition. Auditions take place at the Ivany Campus in Dartmouth. If you do not respond to your invitation or if you miss a scheduled audition, your application will be cancelled.
  • Audition Process – Detailed audition requirements: Music Arts Audition Requirements (PDF 347KB).

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 programs, including Music Business, Recording Arts, Screen Arts, Graphic Design and Photography.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

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 a recommendation by NSCC) and are 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   Recording and Sequencing for Film
MART 2300   Music History I
MART 2500   Capstone Project I
MART 3000   Theory III: Composition and Film Scoring
MART 3001   Ear Training III: Transcription and Improvisation
MART 3002   Primary Instrument and Primary Instrument Workshop III
MART 3003   Creative Ensemble for Live and Studio Performance III
MART 3006   Studio and Session Recording
MART 3300   Music History II
MART 4000   Theory IV: Applied Composition and Arranging
MART 4001   Ear Training IV: Transcribing for Large Ensemble
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

Additional Graduation Requirements

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