June 6, 2022
For Immediate Release
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music has jointly created a unique articulation agreement with Mississauga-based Metalworks Institute (Metalworks), whose associated recording studios have hosted top musical artists such as Drake, Tina Turner, Prince, Christina Aguilera, David Bowie, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and Lil’ Wayne.
Laurier Music students can now blend a degree and a diploma from both institutions, receiving state-of-the-art, hands-on audio engineering experience from Metalworks alongside the traditional and innovative music degree options at Laurier in as little as four years.
“Excelling in North American music education, Laurier and Metalworks will bring the strengths of their respective programs to each other’s students,” said Dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Music, Cynthia Johnston Turner. “Students are seeking opportunities that will set them apart and prepare them for unique, diverse and exciting careers in music. CEO Gil Moore and the impressive teacher/artists and innovators at Metalworks are fantastic. This initial pathway is only the beginning of an exciting future between Metalworks and Laurier. The possibilities are almost endless.”
This partnership allows a reciprocal pathway for Metalworks Diploma graduates to receive two semesters of credits (one-year) toward a four-year Laurier Bachelor of Music degree. Laurier students can spend three terms at Metalworks and receive an Audio Production and Engineering Diploma that will be credited towards a year of their Laurier Bachelor of Music degree. Alternatively, Laurier music students can enroll in Metalworks’ unique courses on an ‘a-la-carte’ basis to supplement their university experience.
“It is with great enthusiasm that Metalworks Institute announces this partnership with Laurier’s esteemed Faculty of Music,” said Metalworks founder and CEO, Gil Moore. “With a global reputation for excellence, Laurier’s Faculty of Music’s diverse programming, rooted deeply in tradition, while focused intensely on innovation, will create limitless possibilities for collaboration now and into the future.”
Students must fulfill all admission requirements to be admitted to either program. Students pursuing either option will be eligible to receive scholarships that will offset tuition and fees.
“What we are most excited about within this unique partnership is the integration of our respective student bodies,” said Metalworks Executive Director, Craig McDonald. “It is impossible to even begin to anticipate the breadth and depth of creativity and networking that will occur as we start to work together.”
Laurier’s renowned Faculty of Music is dedicated to fostering artistic and scholarly development of the highest calibre and to providing a creative environment for student success. Its students, faculty and outside artists present upwards of 100 concerts and events a year to the public.
The Faculty of Music offers two undergraduate programs: a Bachelor of Music and Ontario’s only Bachelor of Music Therapy. The Bachelor of Music offers many concentrations, including Canada’s first in community music, as well as composition, music education, integrated musical arts, music history, theory and critical analysis, performance, and self-directed studies.
Metalworks Institute is the educational creation and natural extension of world-renowned Metalworks Studios; home to some of the world’s most successful artists and producers. Metalworks is mandated by founder Gil Moore to provide a superior curriculum, as well as an unrivaled social, educational, and artistic experience. Metalworks Institute is not your average school.
Metalworks Institute embraces a philosophy of mutual respect, inspirational mentoring, and balanced life values. The state-of-the-art campus facilities, located adjacent to the studio complex, support this vision. With online, on-campus and hybrid options, Metalworks Institute students in 12 programs, across four areas of study (Recorded Music, Live Music, Music Performance, and Music Business), are provided the best tools, instructors and environment to complete their studies: Metalworks sets the standard for entertainment arts education.
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