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Music Performance

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Music Performance

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Holland College is a proud Berklee Global Partner.


Students come from all over the world to take the Music Performance program. You’ll learn how to interpret, improvise, and perform contemporary music styles such as country, Celtic, rock, R&B, jazz, world music, and pop. In addition to theory and arranging, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the music business and the lucrative field of music licensing. The Music Performance program uses official curriculum materials from Berklee College of Music in Boston for all core music courses.

You will develop your performance style on stage in the Florence Simmons Performance Hall and SoPA’s coolest rehearsal space, the SoPA Garage, and as a student in the Music Performance program, you will receive a membership to Music Prince Edward Island.

Visit the School of Performing Arts page.


Study with Industry Experts

Our instructors are musicians and professionals still working and performing in the industry. They'll ensure that your training is current and relevant to the music industry and help you build your professional network. Meet our Instructors 

Take a Virtual Tour

Students in our School of Performing Arts have access to specialized campus facilities. Check out our virtual tours for a glimpse of the program space. 

Tour our SoPA Garage
Tour the Florence Simmons Performance Hall.

Holland College and Berklee 

The Berklee – Holland College Pathway program provides students who have been accepted to Berklee College of Music with an exciting opportunity to take part in a one- to two-year Music Performance program at Holland College in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada.


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass., U.S.A. Bachelor of Music Graduates may receive up to 57 of the 120 credits required for a Bachelor of Music degree.
St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Antigonish, N.S. Bachelor of Music Graduates receive two years of credit toward the Bachelor of Music degree.
St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Antigonish, N.S. Bachelor of Arts Honours Music Graduates receive two years credit toward the Bachelor of Arts Honours Music degree.
Mount Allison, Sackville, N.B. Bachelor of Music Graduates receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Music degree. An audition is required as part of the entry process.
York University, Toronto, Ontario Bachelor of Fine Art in Music Graduates will receive 48 out of the 120 credits required for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music degree.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Performance and theory audition (see details below)
  • Résumé including related training, work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.


Auditions are by appointment. Please contact Sara Campbell by email at  to schedule your audition. You must have applied to the Music Performance program before you can audition. View the list of audition requirements here.


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1st Year



Tuition $4,746 $9,846
Fees $2,617 $3,367
Other Costs $650 $650
Total $8,013 $13,863

2nd Year



Tuition $5,340 $10,340
Fees $2,717 $3,467
Other Costs $500 $500
Total $8,557 $14,307

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $4,746 $5,340
Private Lessons $1,920 $1,920
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $445 $445
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Graduation Fee $100
     Subtotal $7,363 $8,057
1st installment due September 5 $ 4,030 $ 4,427
2nd installment due January 8 $ 3,333 $ 3,630
Other Costs

1st Year 

2nd Year

Books $500 $500
Equipment $150 -
     Subtotal $650 $500
Total $8,013 $8,557


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $9,846 $10,340
Private Lessons $1,920 $1,920
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195 $1,195
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Graduation Fee $100
     Subtotal $13,213 $13,807
1st installment due September 5 $9,880 $10,177
2ndi installment due January 8 $3,333 $3,630

Other Costs

1st Year 

2nd Year

Books $ 500 $ 500
Equipment $ 150 -
     Subtotal $ 650 $ 500
Total $13,863 $14,307

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Concert halls
  • Cruise ships
  • Lounges
  • Theatres
  • Film
  • Television
  • Recording studios
  • Self-employed.
The Music Performance program has degree pathway agreements with Berklee College of Music, University of Limerick, UNB - Saint John, Acadia University, York University, and Dalhousie University.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:MUSC-1000

Music Theory: Introduction

Learn basic music theory concepts and the common,musical notation used in today's music industry. ,Learn about the use of major and minor scales to,construct intervals and chords. Learn about,notating contemporary parts for drums and bass.,Develop a working knowledge of basic harmonic,analysis, modal harmony and modal interchange.


Course Code:MUSC-1005

Ear Training I

Learn the basic aural skills required to function,as a professional musician. Learn to perceive,common melodic patterns, harmonic progressions,,and basic rhythm patterns. Students demonstrate,their aural skills through musical dictation,,sight-singing, and conducting.


Course Code:MUSC-1010

Music Styles: Rock and Country

Students will learn about the stylistic musical,and interpretation elements that characterize the,Rock genre and the Country genre.,,


Course Code:MUSC-1015

Ensemble: Rock and Country

Build on the knowledge gained from Music Styles:,Rock and Country to reproduce the authentic,sounds and performance characteristics of both,the Rock and Country genres. Students will have,an opportunity to use a variety of techniques,such as personal and group rehearsals, part,building and jam sessions to demonstrate their,musical performance skills in these genres.


Course Code:MUSC-1020

Keyboard Harmony: Introduction

Students will learn a "hands-on" introductory,approach to the basic knowledge of piano,technique, chords and chord progressions for,contemporary music.


Course Code:MUSC-1025

Private Lesson 1

In this course, students begin to develop,techniques for professional musicianship, solo and,group performance. Students will focus in two,areas; their ability to play or sing with fluency,,confidence and dexterity, and their ability to,arrive at that point through a structured and,logical practice routine.


Course Code:MUSC-1030

Harmony: Introduction

Learn about diatonic functioning dominant chords,,secondary dominants, extended dominants and,deceptive resolution. Learn how to develop guide,tone lines and work with minor key harmony in,terms of available tensions, subdominant minor,and modal interchange. Develop a working,knowledge of the Blues, melodic scales and,intervals, and the relationships between form,,melody, harmony and rhythm.


Course Code:MUSC-1035

Ear Training II

Further develop skills learned in MUSC-1005 Ear,Training II. Continued study on,perceiving common melodic patterns, harmonic,progressions, and rhythm patterns. Students,demonstrate their aural skills through musical,dictation, sight-singing, and conducting.


Course Code:MUSC-1045

Music Styles: R&B and Pop

Students will learn about the stylistic musical,and interpretation elements that characterize the,Rhythm & Blues (R&B) genre and the Pop genre.


Course Code:MUSC-1050

Ensemble: R&B and Pop

Build on knowledge gained from Music Styles:,Rhythm & Blues (R&B) and Pop to reproduce the,authentic sounds and performance characteristics,of both the Rhythm & Blues (R&B) and Pop genres.,Use a variety of techniques such as personal and,group rehearsals, part building and jam sessions,to demonstrate musical performance skills in,these genres.


Course Code:MUSC-1055

Keyboard Harmony: Intermediate

Further develop skills aquired in Keyboard,Harmony: Introduction. Students will advance,their knowledge of piano chords and increase,their skills with keyboard accompaniment for,contemporary music.


Course Code:MUSC-1060

Private Lesson 2

In this course, students further develop,professional musicianship, solo and group,performance techniques learned in Private Lesson,1. Students will focus on two areas; the ability,to play or sing with fluency, confidence and,dexterity, and the ability to arrive at that point,through a structured and logical practice routine.


Course Code:MUSC-2000

Harmony: Intermediate

Building on the learning from Harmony:,Introduction, gain an understanding of diatonic,functioning chord scales, dominant chord,functions, diminished chord patterns and,modulation considerations.


Course Code:MUSC-2005

Arranging: Introduction

Students learn the musical concepts of melody,,rhythm, harmony and form as applied to the,principles and techniques of writing and,arranging for the rhythm section and a lead-line,in a solo instrument, two horns or voice.,Students explore various contemporary musical,styles and musical concepts that comprise them,,including writing from the "bottom up",(groove-driven) and "top down" (working with a,melody in a lead instrument or voice).


Course Code:MUSC-2015

Music Styles: Celtic and World Music

Learn about the stylistic musical and,interpretation elements that characterize the,Celtic genre and the World Music genre.


Course Code:MUSC-2020

Ensemble: Celtic and Acadian Music

Building on knowledge gained from Music Styles:,Celtic and World Music, students learn to,reproduce the authentic sounds and performance,characteristics of the Celtic and Acadian Music,genres. Students use a variety of techniques such,as personal and group rehearsals, part building,,and jam sessions to demonstrate musical,performance skills in these genres.


Course Code:MUSC-2025

Ensemble: Improvisation Introduction

Develop skills improvising music in contrasting,styles such as Rock, Country, R&B and Pop using a,variety of techniques such as personal and group,rehearsals, part building and jam sessions.,Identify personal goals, review progress and,implement strategies for improvement.


Course Code:MUSC-2030

Private Lesson 3

In this course, students further develop,professional musicianship, solo and group,performance techniques learned Private Lesson 1,and 2. Students will focus in two areas; the,ability to play or sing with fluency, confidence,and dexterity, and the ability to arrive at that,point through a structured and logical practice,routine.


Course Code:MUSC-2050

Music Styles: Jazz and Latin

Students will learn about the stylistic musical,and interpretation elements that characterize the,Jazz genre and the Latin genre.


Course Code:MUSC-2055

Ensemble: Jazz and Latin

Build on knowledge gained from Music Styles: Jazz,and Latin to reproduce the authentic sounds and,performance characteristics of both the Jazz and,Latin genres. Use a variety of techniques such as,personal and group rehearsals, part building and,jam sessions to demonstrate musical performance,skills in these genres.


Course Code:MUSC-2060

Ensemble: Improvisation Intermediate

Further develop improvisational skills learned in,Ensemble: Improvisation Introduction. Demonstrate,improvisation techniques at a more complex level,using a variety of techniques such as personal,and group rehearsals, part building and jam,sessions. The focus will be on improvisation in,contrasting styles such as Celtic, World, Jazz,and Latin.


Course Code:MUSC-2065

Private Lesson 4

In this course, students further develop,professional musicianship, solo and group,performance techniques learned in Private Lesson,1, 2 and 3. Students will focus on two areas; the,ability to play or sing with fluency, confidence,and dexterity, and the ability to arrive at that,point through a structured and logical practice,routine. They take on a leadership role, creating,their own graduation recital, in collaboration,with others.


Course Code:MUSC-2070

Harmony: Advanced

Gain an understanding of harmonic situations that,do not fit into "normal practice" of popular,musical styles. Become familiar with different,dominant 7th chord resolution situations, modal,interchange, pedal point, ostinato, modal,harmony, compound chords and constant structures.


Course Code:MUSC-2105

Ear Training III

Third in a series of four courses, this course,continues to develop the students aural perception,of intervals, 7th chords with tensions, common,melodic patterns, harmonic progressions and,rhythmic patterns. Areas of exploration and focus,include: Secondary and Substitute Dominants,,Related II's, Modal Interchange, Diminished Chord,patterns and Minor Key progressions and melodies. ,Rhythmic studies will include 2/8, 3/8, 6/8, 12/8,,cut time, and 5/4 time signatures. The rhythmic,devices explored in Ear Training II will continue,to be developed, with additional attention given,to syncopated 16th note practices. Students will,demonstrate their aural skills through musical,dictation, sight-singing, and conducting.


Take - 4 course(s) from the following, minimum grade: 60%

Course Code:ANAT-1000

Anatomy and Physiology

An introduction to the structure and function of,the body in its normal, healthy state. It serves,as the basis for understanding pathophysiology,and altered body states caused by illness. ,Students examine individual body organ systems,,their components and processes, and how they,interrelate.


Course Code:ANAT-1247

Anatomy & Physiology

The intent of this course is to provide students,with an understanding of the structure and,function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on,the study of the cardiovascular, skeletal,,muscular, nervous, and respiratory systems.


Course Code:ARTS-1030

Art History and Criticism,

Learn about the development of art in the 19th,and 20th centuries and to identify well-known,artists throughout history. Explore the key,stylistic characteristics of major artistic,movements. Using the Feldman method of art,criticism learn to discuss and evaluate various,forms of creative expression. Gain a wide variety,of artistic experiences to help move from the,role of observer to one of active engagement in,the world of art.


Course Code:BIOL-1100

Environmental Microbiology

An introduction to applied microbiology including,a practical and theoretical introduction to,structure and function of micro-organisms. The,diversity of the microbial world is examined by,comparing bacterial, fungal, protozoan and viral,organisms. The growth, reproduction and,enumeration of micro-organisms are studied as,well as the effects of environmental conditions,on microbial growth. The laboratory component,provides hands-on experience in the isolation,,cultivation and enumeration of micro-organisms as,well as in the preparation of microbiological,media.


Course Code:BUSI-2030


Explore the basic principles and concepts of,micro and macro economics. Learn the concepts of,demand and supply, the theory of the firm, and,distribution of income, including the study of,business behavior and decision making under,various market conditions. A macroeconomics view,includes the examination of national income,levels, employment and prices, the business,cycle, factors affecting economic growth and,monetary and fiscal policies.


Course Code:CHEM-1000

General Chemistry

A survey of general chemistry, starting with the,properties of the basic elements and their,chemical reactions and progressing to the,behaviour of organic compounds. Students study,acid/base chemistry, chemical equilibrium and,reductive/oxidative reactions.


Course Code:COMM-1002

Writing for College

Develop professional writing that is concise,,clear, and grammatically correct. Students will,acquire competency with focus placed on grammar,,punctuation, proofreading, editing, and word,usage in the first portion of the course. In the,later portion, focus will be placed on developing,reports and research projects consistent with,academic and professional standards.


Course Code:KINE-1146

The Physiology of Human Movement

This course provides students with both a basic,understanding of the structure and function of,the human body and an understanding of the,expected responses and adaptations the body makes,during acute exercise. Topic areas include;,homeostasis, bioenergetics, neuroendocrinology,,the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system,,the circulatory system, and acid-base balance.,Students examine acute body systems responses to,various forms of exercise and chronic adaptations,resulting from participation in regular exercise,training.


Course Code:MATH-1290

Introductory Statistics

This course provides students with an,introduction to the basic concepts of descriptive,and basic probability, sampling techniques and,inferential statistics. Topics include; proper,sampling techniques, measures of center and,variation, basic probability concepts, normal,distribution, confidence intervals for means and,proportions, hypothesis testing, paired samples,as two independent samples, contingency tables,,introduction to analysis of variance, linear,regression and correlation. Students are,introduced to a statistical computer package.


Course Code:MKTG-2065

Marketing and Promotion

Gain an understanding of the marketing and,promotion skills required to successfully launch,and sustain a career in the music industry. Learn,about the various music associations and identify,potential provincial, regional and national,funding sources available for music industry,projects.


Course Code:MUSC-1040

Music Licensing for Film, Television,,And Video Games

The course will outline all business and creative,aspects of music licensing, including production,techniques, composing styles, the various media,formats, music libraries, music catalogues, the,role of music in each media format, and other,related material. Students will learn how to,create multiple revenue streams by licensing,their music for various media formats.


Course Code:MUSC-1065

Music Technology: Introduction

This course will introduce students to the,various ways in which music technology is,incorporated into the production of music. ,Students will gain a working knowledge of Musical,Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), sequencing,,the use of virtual instruments (VSTs), effects,,editing, mixing, music composition for multiple,media formats including television, film, video,games, and advertising, sound design, DAWs,,Foley, and musical notation utilizing Finale.


Course Code:MUSC-2075

Introduction to Accompanying

This course is a unique learning opportunity for,pianists and guitarists who wish to learn about,collaborative musicianship. Students learn how,to effectively accompany a vocalist on piano or,guitar by learning the performance repertoire of,one vocalist and rehearsing this repertoire with,the vocalist. Students develop strategies to,support and enhance the vocalist's performance. ,The class teaches students how to collaborate,with a vocalist using proper stage etiquette and,explores the expectations for formal,performances, including proper technique,,behavior, and attire. Students gain an,understanding of employment opportunities for,vocal accompanists in the music industry. ,Students are required to accompany vocalists on,all official evaluations and are encouraged to,seek out performance opportunities with their,assigned vocalist.


Course Code:MUSC-2200

The Business of Music

A thorough exploration of the business practices,required to be successful in the music business. ,Students learn about the role of various,professionals, their influence and impact, and,how they will interact with them during their,career. As well, they apply financial planning,,project planning and business planning principles,to create a business plan related to their own,career.


Course Code:PSYC-1001

Psychology I: Core Concepts

The theory, methods and research within the,science of psychology will be examined, including,sensation and perception, consciousness,,conditioning and learning, memory, and thinking,and intelligence. In addition, the history of,psychology and the connection between biology and,psychology will be explored, with a Canadian,research perspective highlighted when,appropriate.


Course Code:PSYC-1002

Psychology II: Core Concepts

The theory, methods and research within the,science of psychology will be examined, including,lifespan development. emotion and motivation,,personality and stress. Additionally,,psychological disorders, therapy and treatment,will be explored.


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At Holland College, I found opportunities to grow musically and personally in a diverse community with a vibrant arts scene.

Luis, Class of 2019 and recipient of several Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Scholarships. He is continuing his education at Humber College.