A diverse cross-section of musical styles is offered allowing students to explore the best that each genre has to offer from rock and blues, to jazz, folk and world music.
The Contemporary Music & Technology program at Selkirk College is a two-year diploma program developed to train musicians for the commercial music and entertainment industry. It’s the only program in Canada based on the world renowned Berklee College of Music curriculum and its guiding principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For graduates of jazz and classical programs, Selkirk College can offer the technology training and popular music concepts they might be missing in order to become more employable.
Develop Your Skills
- Film Scoring
- Live Sound Mixing
The Contemporary Music & Technology program trains musician performers for the commercial music industry. The curriculum includes individual instruction on guitar, voice, bass, drums, saxophone, violin, and keyboards, as well as a solid grounding in music theory and ear training. Individual and ensemble instruction and practice is offered throughout both years of the program. Rock, blues, jazz, folk and world music are the primary instructional styles.
Study your instrument and related skills in the first year and choose a major in the second. An initial core year that provides solid grounding in music theory and ear training is followed by one of six program majors:
- Core (Year 1)
- Performance (Year 2)
- Production (Year 2)
- Composition (Year 2)
- Songwriting (Year 2)
- General Music (Year 2)
Professional studios, high-end labs, and private practice rooms are available all in beautiful Nelson. We have a total of 18 Digital Audio Workstations on campus all running the industry standard Pro Tools software and hardware and Sibelius music notation software. There are also laptops loaded with Ableton Live Suite for student use.
Graduates go on to become performers, recording engineers, composers, songwriters and teach private lessons.
A graduate of the Contemporary Music & Technology Program, in November 2015 Kiesza returned to her roots on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus to give back to the college. At the 2016 Graduation Ceremony, Kiesza was honoured with the Distinguished Alumna award.
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