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The Music Performance program trains musicians for the commercial music and entertainment industry.  Students learn how to interpret and perform many contemporary music styles such as rock, country, funk, R&B, jazz, Celtic and world music.  Students also gain a strong understanding of the theory, analysis and influences of contemporary music styles.  In addition, students will learn the business aspects of a self-managed career in the music industry and/or may take general elective credits as required to articulate to other institutions.




The Music Performance program uses official curriculum materials from Berklee College of Music in Boston for all core music courses.

Holland College is a proud partner of Berklee College of Music’s International Network (BIN).


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!


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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.

Next round of auditions for September 2016 is June 18.

Only those who have applied to the Music Performance program can audition.

Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 2 years
Location: SoPA, Prince of Wales Campus
Credential Issued: Diploma, Music Performance
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Graduate Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Performance and theory audition. (Please see above.)
  • Resumé 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.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

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

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Degree Pathways

For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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