MUSIC PERFORMANCE & TECHNOLOGY

Designed by musicians, for musicians, our Music Performance & Technology Diploma Program is built on a unique concept: to offer the complete range of industry knowledge required to take the art of performance to the professional level. Whether you are a vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, or keyboardist, this program will provide you with flexibility and space for personal style as you learn to perfect your business and music performance skills and master the technologies and computer applications related to your instrument.

In the Music Performance & Technology program, you will have access to the industry’s best and most influential music technologies as you work with exceptional instructors in the studio, on the stage, and in the classroom.

It takes more than being a good player to succeed as a performer in today’s highly competitive talent market, and knowing how to utilize current recording technologies to create your art is becoming increasingly important for today’s musicians and content creators. This educational break-through will allow passionate musicians to discover a myriad of opportunities and realize their personal creative ambitions.


Two Year Diploma
Classes Start: September

To arrange a tour of our campus or to contact our Admissions Department:
admissions@metalworksinstitute.com


 PROGRAM OVERVIEW
  • Graduates earn a Diploma in Music Performance & Technology.
  • Full-time, two-year program strategically designed to get you thoroughly prepared to take the art of performance to a professional level.
  • Program modules are assessed by performance recitals, practical projects, assignments, tests, and examinations.
  • All of our full-time diploma programs are approved vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act 2005.
AREAS OF STUDY
  • Arts & Culture
  • Audio Post-Production
  • Desktop Music Production
  • Digital Technologies
  • Live Show Systems
  • MIDI & Synthesis
  • Music Business
  • Music Theory & Composition
  • Musicianship
  • Principles of Sound & Acoustics
  • Sight Reading
  • Songwriting
  • Studio Production Technologies & Techniques
 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Applicants must have an OSSD or equivalent.
  • Mature applicants are welcome.
  • Acceptance to the program is limited and subject to a performance audition. You may choose to complete either the Personal Performance Audition or Recorded Video Audition on one of the following: (1) piano/keyboards, (2) guitar, (3) bass, (4) drums/percussion, (5) vocals.
  • It is also expected that applicants demonstrate keen interest in music performance, possess creative aptitude and computer literacy.
  • A guide to the application process can be found here.
COURSE DURATION
  • 2 Year Full-Time Program
  • 1950 Hours of Instruction
  • Typical class hours range from 20-25 hours per week
  • 5-10 additional assignment and study hours are required
  • Classes are scheduled Monday to Saturday

ABOUT YOUR AUDITION ($75.00 NON-REFUNDABLE AUDITION FEE)

All MPT applicants must submit a complete Recorded Video Audition or complete the Personal Performance Audition in one of the following: (1) piano/keyboards, (2) guitar, (3) bass guitar, (4) drums/percussion, or (5) vocals. Your Admissions Counsellor can provide you with additional details.


To arrange a tour of our campus or to contact our Admissions Department:
admissions@metalworksinstitute.com


MUSIC PERFORMANCE & TECHNOLOGY FAQ
Your Admissions Counsellor can provide you with all of the required information. There are three (3) videos to submit for your Recorded Video Submission:

  1. Video 1: About Me – Submit a video that tells us about yourself Include things such as who you are; you passion for music; your musical background; how long you have been playing or singing; any lessons or training you have taken; why you want to pursue a career in music; how important technology is to your music; your career goals; anything else that will help us get to know you and why you want to attend the Music Performance & Technology program at Metalworks Institute.
  2. Video 2: My Performances Song 1 – simply pick a song that you are comfortable with and that demonstrates the best of your abilities and submit a video of yourself performing it.
  3. Video 3: My Performances Song 2 – simply pick a second song that you are comfortable with and that demonstrates the best of your abilities and submit a video of yourself performing it.
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to show us your songwriting skills. The choice is up to you…cover or original.
Sorry, we cannot accept videos of band performances.  What we really want to see is you perform.
Yes, but you’ll only be evaluated as either a singer or instrumentalist, depending on which you would like to focus on in your program.
No. Singers can accompany themselves live, use one accompanist, or sing a cappella – you cannot sing along with pre-recorded music tracks or karaoke tracks.

Instrumentalists can play along with a pre-recorded track using headphones if they wish, but the accompaniment track cannot be audible in your video submission.

We recommend selecting two contrasting songs that will help show us the best of your talent. Try to choose songs that demonstrate the full scope of your musical abilities. Pick songs you’re comfortable playing or singing. Your songs should be associated with popular music genres (as these are the styles we focus on in the Music Performance & Technology program.
 Important Dates

Please contact your Admissions Counsellor about audition dates for the Music Performance & Technology Diploma Program.

Music Performance & Technology Program Orientation Week
Orientation week typically occurs one week before the scheduled start date of the Music Performance & Technology Diploma Program. During this week, you will be introduced to Metalworks Institute’s staff, facilities, faculty, academic policies and procedures as well as your classmates. Students will also be assessed in the following areas:

· An evaluation of your performance technique.

· A general listening test, evaluating music related auditory skills which include general hearing, intervals, scales, triads, and chords.

· An evaluation of your general knowledge of music theory.

· An evaluation of your general musicianship.

Please Note: Admission to Metalworks Institute’s Music Performance & Technology Diploma Program is based on the results of your audition. If you are not admitted to the program, it simply means that in the professional opinion of the audition adjudicators, another candidate’s potential was assessed to be at a higher level at this time. Applicants not accepted to the program are strongly encouraged to enroll in private music education to improve their skills and to re-apply or to speak with their Admissions Counsellor about other Metalworks Institute Diploma Programs and courses. We regret that we are unable to provide written copies of the audition adjudicator’s evaluations and comments.


To arrange a tour of our campus or to contact our Admissions Department:
admissions@metalworksinstitute.com


COURSES: MUSIC PERFORMANCE & TECHNOLOGY
This course will provide students with a broad introduction into the entertainment industry and the interrelationships between art, technology, and business. During the course, students will be introduced to the music, broadcast, motion picture, game and live event industries and their various subsidiaries.
This course will provide students with a broad and thorough insight into the history of music, film and art and their impact on and from culture. During this course, students will be introduced to the evolution of music, film styles and art forms and the interrelationships between various styles and genres through historical study.
This course will provide students with an introduction to the theoretical and creative principles used in sound for motion pictures, television, and other visual entertainment media. During this course, students will gain insights into the history of motion picture sound, terminology, technology and post-production concepts. This course will also introduce students to the techniques and practices of the sound designer, sound editor, dialogue editor, sound effects editor, music editor, and re-recording mixer in the film and television industries.

This course will provide students with the practical skills and creative principles used to create sound for motion picture and television productions. During the course, students will be introduced to various post-production principles and techniques in a practical hands-on environment. Students will explore and develop the recording and editing techniques used for sound design, dialogue, sound effects and foley for film, television, games, and mobile applications.

This course will provide students with a comprehensive practical introduction to working with digital audio and is designed to develop the recording and editing skills required by today’s working musician. During this course, students will be introduced to hardware and software-based digital technology, as well as the principles and techniques of recording and editing music on a DAW through a comprehensive study of Avid Pro Tools, Logic Audio, Main Stage, Ableton Live, and Sibelius.
This course will provide students with a broad introduction into the theoretical, technical, creative and artistic principles of sound and recording in the digital domain. During this course, students will be introduced to digital audio basics, hardware, software and interfaces through theory, application and operating principles.
This course will provide students with a broad and thorough insight into aural recognition as it relates to both music theory and analysis. During this course, students will be introduced to the skills and strategies used by musicians and engineers to audibly identify pitch, intervals, scales, chords, cadences, modes, and dynamics. Students will also be introduced to the core concepts of melodic and rhythmic dictation, frequency and waveform identification, instrument identification, panning and phase consideration and understanding the stereo and surround audio spectrum.
This course will provide students with a fundamental introduction to live show system technologies as they pertain to performing musicians. During this course, students will be introduced to various types of live technologies such as sound systems, monitoring systems, microphone applications, small lighting system applications, as well as basic electrical power considerations for live events.
This course will provide students with advanced insights into the theoretical, technical, and creative principles of synthesizers, synthesis and the MIDI protocol. During this course, students will be introduced to synthesizer and MIDI history, terminology, technology and the creative practical application of keyboards, hardware, and software.
This course will provide students with a practical and creative introduction to synthesizer technology, synthesis, sampling, and the MIDI protocol. During this course, students will be introduced to synthesizers and the creative practical application of keyboards, hardware, and software as it applies to musical composition and production.
This course will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the music business, and the interrelationships between art, technology and business. Using both case studies and lectures, students will learn the nature of copyright, the value of songs and their potential revenue streams, the role of music publishers, and the role of the artist and their surrounding team. Students will also examine record labels, their personnel, and the basic elements of recording and production agreements. This course will also provide students with a thorough study of the methods, technologies and new revenue streams involved in the digital distribution of music. Students will also explore fundamental principles of music marketing, promotion and publicity, and apply those skills in practical, real-world applications and assignments.
This course will provide students with comprehensive insight into the principles and processes involved in creating music for film, television, and other visual media. During this course, students will be introduced to the process of creating original music to accompany visual media, as well as aesthetics, terminology, and composition considerations.
The Music Theory & Composition curriculum will provide students with broad and thorough insight into the basic and advanced rudiments of music theory. During this course, students will be introduced to notation, structure, terms & symbols, chord structures and scales in a practical sense, to compose and arrange music. Students will also be introduced to the core concepts of counterpoint, harmony, and orchestration and apply them to practical exercises.
This course will provide students with the specific skills and techniques required for performance in a musical ensemble for both recording studio and live performance applications. Students will be introduced to practice and preparation techniques, studio pre-production preparation, musical interpretation skills, and stage presence within an ensemble setting. Students will also develop their skills within the studio environment on a variety of specialized recording sessions.
This course will provide students with a broad introduction to musical instrument construction, musicians, and playing styles. During this course, students will explore a variety of percussion instruments, drums, guitars, basses, pianos, keyboards, strings, brass and woodwind instruments in a clinical environment. Topics include instrument construction, tunings, ranges and specific peripherals pertaining to each family of instruments.
The content which comprises the Musicianship curriculum will provide each student with a comprehensive and progressive study of their major instrument. During these courses, students will progressively develop technique and playing-styles through a study of the structural fundamentals of chords and scales and the major concepts of various popular styles. Students will also be encouraged to develop their unique playing styles and improvisational skills using pentatonic scales, arpeggios and modes over a wide variety of chords and chord progressions.
This course will provide students with a complete introduction to the principles of sound through a comprehensive study of physics. During this course, students will be introduced to acoustic principles, wave propagation, and auditory perception.
This course will provide students with training in the specific techniques used to play a variety of common percussion instruments. During this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles and use of percussion instruments in music, with emphasis on both ensemble and solo performance. Through a select repertoire, students will advance their performance skills while examining various music styles and techniques.
This course will provide students with the advanced technical and performance skills on their principle instrument. During this course, students will concentrate on growth as a performing artist, technical skills, collaborative competence and knowledge of repertoire, covering a wide selection of styles and genres, through weekly private instruction.
The content which comprises the Sight Reading curriculum will provide each student with a broad and thorough insight into reading and performing written notation. During this course, students will be introduced to the skills and strategies used by musicians to read and accurately reproduce pitch, intervals, scales, chords, cadences, melodic passages, rhythmic passages and harmonic passages. Students will also be introduced to the core concepts of reproducing written direction in the form of dynamics, tempo, playing styles, accents, signs and abbreviations. Students will be trained to read and perform within various genres of music and will be introduced to sight singing.
This course will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the techniques used by successful songwriters to craft memorable songs. During this course, students will learn to effectively express themselves through words and music and begin to understand the principles and techniques used to create commercially successful and marketable music in a wide variety of musical styles and genres.
This course will provide students with a broad introduction to the technical, creative, and business responsibilities of a record producer. During this course, students will be introduced to the production and arranging techniques as well as the creative, business and management responsibilities of today’s music producers, as well as an overview of record producers and their music throughout the history of recorded music.
This course will provide students with a broad introduction to the theoretical, technical, creative, and artistic principles of sound and recording. During this course, students will be introduced to basic acoustic principles, microphones, recording techniques, signal flow, recording studio equipment, console operation, session protocols, communication skills and recording studio environments, including live, post-production and broadcast.
This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of studio operation and is designed to cover the practical application of the principles learned in the Studio Technologies course. Students will be introduced to the practical applications of signal flow, recording and multi-tracking, microphone placement, recording and mixing techniques and basic signal processing.

Metalworks Institute

Canada’s Premier Entertainment Arts School