Celebrating 25 Years Rock Enrolling!
In 2014, Harris Institute is the only Canadian college in Billboard Magazine's 'Top 11 Music Industry Schools' and it ranked #1 "Best in Canada" in the Media Arts Education Report Card for the second time. The Arts Management Program (AMP) became the only college program in North America to achieve six 0% Student Loan Default Rates and Harris Alumni won or were nominated for 14 JUNO, Grammy, CCMA, LEO, Platinum and Canadian Screen Awards.
By John Harris
During my twenty-six rewarding years in the music industry, I witnessed most people having painfully short careers due to their lack of knowledge and inability to adapt to change. In 1989, I decided to start a private college with accelerated comprehensive programs taught by active industry leaders. The objective was to prepare the next generation for lifelong careers in music and we hoped Harris Institute would help strengthen Canada's music industry.
We began by compressing the content of a typical 3-year college program into the first 12-month diploma programs. There are now 62 leaders teaching 60 courses in each of our one-year programs and, due to a first-of-its-kind partnership with the University of the West of Scotland, students have the option of earning an accelerated diploma, degree and Master’s Degree in 32 months with scholarships.
Harris Institute is achieving its original objectives due to an extraordinary faculty. Students receive current information from those recognized as the best in their field. No other school has a higher percentage of award winning faculty.
The most gratifying thing about the 25th anniversary is seeing the accomplishments of graduates who are now leading in all areas of the industry and the many who have established successful companies. Our objective to strengthen Canada's music industry is now being achieved by graduates.
Harris Institute is recognized internationally due to innovative partnerships with organizations in Ireland, Russia, Barbados, Scotland, the United States, British Columbia and Ontario.
The college is located in a century old 15,000 square foot industrial building in Old Town Toronto designed in 1907 by Massey Hall’s architect George M. Miller. The campus includes three recording studios designed by internationally acclaimed faculty member Martin Pilchner that feature the TEC Award winning SSL AWS Console. SSL Case Study "World Renowned School Advances".
The Audio Production Program (APP) and Arts Management Program (AMP) start in March, July and November and cover all aspects of the industry to give graduates the flexibility for lifelong careers. Both programs feature experiential learning at an accelerated pace and culminate with students forming production companies and artist management companies, operating Confidential Records , coordinating international tours and presenting business plans to industry leaders.
The music industry is growing after years of decline and will soon experience exponential growth . We look forward to preparing the next generation for rewarding careers in an exciting new era.