Students come from all over the world to take our Music Performance program. You’ll learn how to interpret, improvise, and perform many 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. You will be taught using curriculum developed by Berklee College of Music in Boston. You’ll develop your performance style on stage in the state-of-the-art Florence Simmons Performance Hall, and SoPA’s newest rehearsal space, the SoPA Garage.
Start at Holland College. Finish at Berklee.
SoPA is a Berklee Global Partner, and this pathway program, delivered with Berklee curriculum, provides students with the opportunity to study at Holland College for two years, and upon successful completion and a successful audition, attend Berklee for degree completion. With highly competitive tuition options, excellent curriculum, and outstanding instructors, this pathway will help you obtain a Berklee music degree!
As a student in the Music Performance program, you will receive a membership to Music Prince Edward Island.
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to start your career or take your education up an octave by getting your bachelor of music degree from a prestigious university (see degree pathways below).
If you missed our Music Performance Showcase you can watch it here.
The Music Performance program uses official curriculum materials from Berklee College of Music in Boston for all core music courses.
The Holland College School of Performing Arts (SoPA) is a partnership between Holland College and Confederation Centre of the Arts.
The Berklee – Holland College Pathway program: A Unique Opportunity.
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.
Start at Holland College. Finish at Berklee. Check out the details here!
U.S. Students Please Note: The Music Performance program is a US Federal Aid Approved program. The program curriculum is delivered by Holland College faculty on the Holland College Prince of Wales Campus in Charlottetown.
Auditions are by appointment – please contact Program Manager Liam Corcoran by email to schedule your audition. Only those who have applied to the Music Performance program can audition.
- Detailed list of audition requirements.
- Download an example of a Music Theory and Aural Skills exam that will be administered as part of the audition for the Music Performance program here.
|Location:||Prince of Wales Campus|
|Credential:||Diploma, Music Performance|
|Minimum passing grade per course:
- Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
- Performance and theory audition (see above)
- 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.
Graduates may find employment as performers in concert halls, cruise ships, lounges and theatres, and in film, television and recording studios, or may be self-employed.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 5133.
Open Academic Studies program
Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.
Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.
Tuition & Fees
If you have any questions concerning the Music Performance program, contact: