Don't just take our word for it! Here's what our grads have to say about Canada's number one music program
Dan Burns, Engineer/Programmer (Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Little Big Town)
"MIA gave me a first hand look into the possibilities of a profession in the Music Industry. The program and faculty introduced me to new technologies and a philosophy of creativity. This translated into a rewarding career, working with some of the most prominent artists in the world. I was inspired, guided, and supported in my efforts at Fanshawe College, it was a crucial part of my growth as an engineer and professional."
John “Beetle” Bailey, Multiple Juno Award-Winning Recording Engineer
"Looking back on a 30+ year career, I have so much gratitude for the faculty, the program, the opportunities, and the incredible facilities at Fanshawe MIA. This place continues to be an incredibly important home base for me, and I love coming back and being inspired by the students and grads!"
Dondrea Erauw, Music Supervisor at Instinct Entertainment
“I entered the Music Industry Arts program as a musician in a touring band, with hopes of gaining more knowledge about the business, as well as getting hands on studio experience. I ended up learning briefly about music supervision in one of the business classes and had no idea it was a viable career option. My priorities then shifted to get any and all experience I could to make the position a possibility for myself. I ended up getting a job opportunity (from a previous MIA grad) before graduating, which then lead me to being a full time music supervisor. The professors and program coordinators, were nothing but supportive throughout my endeavours. Without their encouragement, network opportunities and industry connections, I would not be where I am today. I also still work with many classmates from my graduating class throughout different facets of the industry.”
*In May 2018, Dondrea was awarded a Guild of Music Supervisors Award for Best Music Supervision in a Feature Film for her work in ‘Kiss & Cry’.*
Nick Bonin, Recording Mix Engineer
"I loved the family environment at Fanshawe. It felt really good to be around other musical types, and the program gave me time to find my strengths, and figure out what I wanted to do which turned out to be mastering. My role is to shape the final sound of a song. I really love that I'm the last person to work on the song, or an album, before it gets released to the public. Employers know we learn a lot more than just recording; we also learn about important industry practices in areas like publishing, management, contracts, and record labels. The program taught me the importance of being deadline-driven and it enhanced my ability to deal with people in stressful situations. The key reputation that MIA has with employers is the 'do-whatever-it-takes' mentality. You work hard in the MIA courses. And when you're out in the industry, people see that you're already used to that. We're able to impress people, right from the get-go."
Haviah Mighty, Recording Arts & Winner of the 2019 Polaris Music Prize
"MIA was all-inclusive in the actual knowledge part - how to record, mix, master - but the biggest contribution to my success was learning to network, build contacts and take past learnings and applying them to future moves. As an artist whose musicianship is quickly turning into a career, I'm grateful for the stepping stones in my journey!"
*In September 2019, Haviah was awarded the Polaris Music Prize, one of the Canadian music industry's most prestigious honours.
George Seara, Multiple Juno Nominee & Juno Award-Winner of Engineer of the Year (Shawn Mendes, 50 Cent, Rihanna, James Bay, Ed Sheeran)
"Forward-thinking professors with real-world experience coupled with state-of-the- art facilities is what sets this legendary institution apart."