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Independent Songwriting and Performance

Independent Songwriting and Performance

Program Code:IPS
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Offered:Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

As a songwriter/musician interested in creating, performing, producing, marketing and distributing your own music, this certificate will help you attain solid grounding in the aesthetic, technical, performance and business knowledge skills necessary to reach a successful presence in the marketplace. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned musician our program will focus on improving and honing your skills while building a portfolio of original work. Your studies will include lyric and songwriting, studio preparation, performance, vocal skills and musicianship, as well as music theory and practice. Special emphasis is placed on studio preparation, entrepreneurial skills and musicianship.

Our "hands on" curriculum is delivered by working professionals in the songwriting, publishing and performing arenas. Your learning takes place in a variety of settings and styles, from private lessons to traditional classrooms; you will explore partnered projects and technology-supported "virtual" collaborations. In your second semester you will be mentored through completion of a recording project that showcases your newly-polished talent and ability. Your final recording project will be evaluated by a panel of faculty members and will serve as your calling card for entrance into the music industry.

Our stellar facilities mirror the type and quality of equipment that professionals would find in the industry, including recording studios, related software and mobile technology.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) or ENG4(C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with required course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements:

  • Performance video
  • Applicant profile/questionnaire

Applicant Selection:

  • Details of how to complete and submit your profile and your performance video will be mailed shortly after we receive your application.
  • Applicants to this program are selected based on the strength of the video and the profile.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Fees

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Your Career

Take your passion for music and songwriting to the next level. Our Independent Songwriting and Performance program will build on your musicianship by improving and honing your skills to prepare you for the many opportunities that exist for artist/ entrepreneurs. Our graduates will be well positioned to begin careers performing, producing and distributing original music, and to take advantage of supplemental opportunities producing music for the advertising, commercial, and video game soundtrack media.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
IMP122 Business I
IPS115 Performance I
IPS121 Major Instrument I
IPS123 Studio Prep I
IPS124 Music Publishing
IPS151 Master Class I
Classes Weeks 1 - 7
IPS101 Songwriting I
IPS102 Lyric Writing I
IPS132 Music Theory I
IPS212 Ear Training I
Classes Weeks 8-15
IMP310 Live Sound
IPS201 Songwriting II
IPS202 Lyric Writing II
IPS203 Vocal Skills I
 
Semester 2
IPS145 Performance II
IPS221 Major Instrument II
IPS251 Master Class II
IPS323 Studio Prep II
IPS400 Major Project Mentoring
IPS413 Musical Collaboration
plus: General Education Course
Classes Weeks 1 - 7
IPS303 Vocal Skills II
IPS311 Touring I
IPS411 Touring II
Classes Weeks 8 - 15
IPS412 Ear Training II
IPS432 Music Theory II

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
IMP122 Business I
IPS115 Performance I
IPS121 Major Instrument I
IPS123 Studio Prep I
IPS124 Music Publishing
IPS151 Master Class I
Classes Weeks 1 - 7
IPS101 Songwriting I
IPS102 Lyric Writing I
IPS132 Music Theory I
IPS212 Ear Training I
Classes Weeks 8-15
IMP310 Live Sound
IPS201 Songwriting II
IPS202 Lyric Writing II
IPS203 Vocal Skills I
 
Semester 2
IPS145 Performance II
IPS221 Major Instrument II
IPS251 Master Class II
IPS323 Studio Prep II
IPS400 Major Project Mentoring
IPS413 Musical Collaboration
plus: General Education Course
Classes Weeks 1 - 7
IPS303 Vocal Skills II
IPS311 Touring I
IPS411 Touring II
Classes Weeks 8 - 15
IPS412 Ear Training II
IPS432 Music Theory II

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Sharon Wong
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22807
Sharon.Wong@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Valentyna.Gorodovych@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Tina Tuzi
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33001
Tina.Tuzi@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator Michael Smith
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33203
Michael.Smith@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Mark Jones
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
Mark.Jones@senecacollege.ca
Additional Contacts:
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