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25th Anniversary - A Championship Season!

Harris Institute is the only school outside of the United States in Billboard Magazine's 2014 'Music Business 101' education feature. It ranked #1 "Best in Canada" with A+ in the 2014 and 2013 Media Arts Education Report Card. The AMP (Arts Management Program) became the only college program in North America to achieve six 0% Student Loan Default Rates and Harris Alumni and Faculty won 27 awards & nominations. In 2014 the college's partnership with the University of the West of Scotland expanded to enable students to earn two diplomas and a Master's Degree in 32 months.

In 2014 Harris Alumni received:
'Jack Richardson Producer of the Year' JUNO Award
'Recording Engineer of the Year ' JUNO Award
'Record Company Person of the Year' CCMA Award
'Best Sound in a Dramatic Program' Canadian Screen Award
'Overall Achievement in Film Sound' Canadian Screen Award
MusiCounts Fred Sherratt CARAS Award
'4X Platinum' Award for 'Wrecking Ball' by Miley Cyrus
'6X Platinum' Award for 'Roar' by Katy Perry
2 'Bachelor of Arts With Distinction' Awards from UWS
'The Scott Richards Music Industry Award'
'Female Artist of the Year' CCMA Award
Canadian Country Music Association 'Discovery Award'
'Song of the Year ' Grammy Award nomination
'Best Musical Score' LEO Award nomination
'Songwriter of the Year' JUNO Award nomination
'Best Sound in a Documentary' CSA nomination
'Producer of the Year' JUNO Award nomination
'Management Company of the Year' CCMA nomination
'Record Company of the Year' CCMA nomination

In 2014 Harris Faculty received:
'Best Sound in a Variety Program' Canadian Screen Award
'Best Sound in a Dramatic Program' Canadian Screen Award
'The Rosalie Award' for Lifetime Achievements in Broadcasting
'Freedom for the Song Award' Canada's Recording Legacy
 'Commodore of the Port' for Accomplishments in Music
'Studio Designer of the Year' TEC Award Nomination
'Album Design of the Year' CCMA Award Nomination

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.


VP Bob Roper, President John Harris, VP Doug McClement

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 are the accomplishments of graduates who are 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.

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. The SSL Case Study is at "World Renowned School Advances".


The Audio Production Program (APP) and Arts Management Program (AMP) start on March 23, July 13 and November 9, 2015 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 for Canadian and Scottish artists and presenting business plans to industry leaders.

The new music industry is growing after years of decline and will soon experience exponential growth. We look forward to preparing the next generation of music professionals for rewarding careers in an exciting new era.


Information Tours with President John Harris are on the 1st Wednesday at 6:00PM and 3rd Thursday at 12:30PM monthly. Dates and directions at link below.


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