TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - Toronto's Harris Institute is celebrating 20
years as a leader in music industry education. It was the first to offer
one-year programs in the business of music and the technology of audio and
began with a faculty of 22 industry leaders teaching subjects that had never
been taught. The first 29 students transformed an empty building into a school
and in 1989, the motivated students started studies with an inspired faculty.
In 1994, the college relocated to a former box factory and for three
years, 46 students, faculty and staff volunteered to transform the 15,000 sq.
ft. shell into the second school.
"It was like being inside the glow of a Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney movie
... twice!" says founder John Harris. "Our students built two schools and took
the engagement and interaction of education to magical heights".
Today the college remains intimate with a limit of 125 students and a
faculty of 68 award winning industry leaders. Over 2,500 students have come
from 64 countries and every Canadian province.
Support from Canada's music industry has been unprecedented.
Approximately 1,350 guest lectured, 430 hosted internships, 360 evaluated
student projects, 1,150 artists recorded, 11 companies participated in case
studies and 7 associations donated scholarships.
A unique partnership with the University of the West of Scotland enables
Harris graduates to earn degrees in 8 months in Glasgow. UWS students complete
work placements in Toronto each summer.
The Professional Development Program, created in 2008 with the Ontario
Media Development Corporation, features intensive weekend courses on the media
industries. Selected courses will be offered online in 2010.
"We have far surpassed the high hopes we had for that tiny school in
1989", says Harris, "and we are very proud of the achievements of our
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