Canadian Musician - November/December 2021 - Page 52

The College Music Program Route

Our 2021 Focus on Music Education

The College Music Program Route

Humber College ( Toronto , ON )
Kelsley Grant : Program Coordinator , Jazz Program at the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts
CM : Can you tell me what the general approach to teaching looks like in Humber College ’ s music program ?
Kelsley Grant : I think in general , the thing that really stands out to me about the Humber Music program is that deep connection to the industry professionals . The people that are teaching are actually the people that are doing things at a very high level in Toronto , in this music scene that ’ s so big and involved in the whole tapestry of the Canadian music , film , and arts scene . You get that real kind of authentic experience in whatever kind of specialization you want . You can get that at Humber .
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HUMBER COLLEGE ’ S KELSLEY GRANT
CM : Around recruitment season , what would you say about your program to recommend it to potential future students ?
Grant : I think Humber ’ s program is well-suited to people who are open . I think a lot of times people come to music programs to learn about themselves , and Humber gives you that unique opportunity to really specialize . There are so many facets you can explore here . It ’ s not just world music and vocal music and fusion ; there are so many genres and it ’ s definitely a very specific education you get in each thing and a real chance to explore things deeply .
CM : What are some of the things you see alumni pursue and achieve after graduating ?
Grant : It ’ s funny — I think that often , what we see in our alumni is a real versatility . They come because of what Humber offers ; you get a somewhat broad education . You get exposure to a lot of things . We have a really incredible sound recording program , so they get exposure to that and they get exposure to what it ’ s like to work in a studio and what it ’ s like to be behind the board in a studio , so you kind of get both perspectives . One of our former students is working in Drum Corps ( International ), one of them is playing straight-ahead jazz , some of them are kind of specializing in theatre … I ran across one in a show , one of the vocalists from our program apprenticing on The Temptations show — [ Ain ’ t Too Proud ( The Life and Times of The Temptations , Broadway musical ]. I just run into them everywhere ; they ’ re very versatile . I think we create musicians who know how to work , who know how to show up , and who are disciplined , because that ’ s very much what we are teaching them here . Being professionals ourselves , we understand what it takes to do those things , so I think we definitely send out very marketable , very professional people .
CM : With the multiple facets of Humber Music you ’ ve mentioned , what do you think potential students should think about when deciding which avenue might be best for them ?
Grant : I think again , the thought of coming to be open , because maybe you don ’ t know . Personally , I ’ ve gone into situations where I have a very informed idea of what I want to do , and part of what an education should be is an opportunity to completely transform the way you think about things . Even if students come in with a somewhat solid idea of what they want to do and maybe even how they see their