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Professional Music and Song Techniques (Composition and Arrangement)

Code 551.A0
DiplomaDCS
SectorArts (04)
CUISEP code221-000.CP
Number of credits90
StatusVersion approved in 2001.
Program modified in 2005.
Educational organizations offering the program
Note(s)
This program is offered in French: 
Techniques professionnelles de musique et chanson (Composition et arrangement)

Program objectives

The professional music and song techniques program aims to train musicians and vocalists capable of developing in various styles of popular music. These styles mainly include 20th century music and song produced as entertainment for a mass market: rock, jazz, blues, pop, industry, ethnic, folk, world Beat, etc.

Specialization A : Composition and arrangement

This specialization stream allows the students to acquire skills in arranging as well as composing music and songs. Arrangement is distinguished from composition because the starting point for the activity is an already existing work. The arranger modifies or elaborates on a work to improve it or adapt it to a particular context.

Length of training

Option Specific (hours) Total (hours)
Specialization A - Composition and arrangement 1350 2010

Total length of training includes general training that is common to all programs for 420 hours, general training for this program for 150 hours as well as complementary general training courses for 90 hours.


Duration of training consists of theory and lab work for courses; personal time that the student invests is excluded.

Admission conditions

To be admitted to the program, a person must meet the general requirements for admission set out in the College Education Regulations, as well as the following special conditions, where applicable:

• no requirements

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Conductors, composers and arrangers (5132)
Musicians and singers (5133)

Program content

Number or code Name of course/Competency
01FA To use elements of musical language
01FB To transcribe musical materials
01FE To perform musical works
01FF To appreciate characteristics of musical works
01FG To develop instrumental versatility
01FH To develop artistic sensibility
01FJ To adapt to new technologies in music
01FL To manage a career
Specialization A - Composition and Arrangement
Number or code Name of course/Competency
01FC To master the popular music idiom
01FD To transcribe a piece of popular music
01FK To establish professional communications
01FM To arrange a piece of popular music
01FN To compose a piece of popular music
01FP To record popular music
01FQ To compose a song
Number of contact hours allotted: 1 350