Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production

Just the place to begin an exciting career in the music and recording industry..


The Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production is known as Canada’s elite entertainment arts school. The Metalworks Institute is located in Mississauga, Ontario and offers degree programs specializing audio and music production. Metalworks Institute gives students the opportunity to study in depth the subjects of audio recording, audio engineering, live production, studio production and entertainment management. Both full- and part-time studies are available through the Metalworks Institute and classes start twice each year in January and August. There are several programs for students to choose from. Three are available to be completed in one year and three are available to be completed in two years.

Metalworks Institute has specific partnerships with Metalworks Studios and Metalworks Production Group giving the school insight to the music, sound, film and live event industries. With a large catalog of superstar recording artists and film stars having worked with Metalworks, students can be assured that they are getting top notch training to prepare them for jobs in the industry.

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- Ability to choose one- or two-year programs
- Full- or part-time studies available
- School has connections with Metalworks Studio and Metalworks Production Group
- Metalworks known for having worked with international recording artists
- No fee to apply for admission
- Over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry
- Each program offered allows students to choose from several jobs upon graduation


- Only one location in Canada
- No online offerings available


There are a total of six degree programs offered. Some take only one year to complete while the others take two years. Below is a listing of the programs available:

One-year programs

- Audio Production and Engineering
- Entertainment Business Management
- Show Production and Event Management

Two-year programs

- Professional Sound and Business (live production major)
- Professional Sound and Business (studio production major)
- Professional Sound (audio production major)


There is currently only one location for Metalworks Institute. It is located in Mississauga, Ontario in Canada.


Student life is not a primary focus for Metalworks Institute. The school is more about making sure that students get the proper training that they need in order to obtain their degree and earn a job in the entertainment industry. There are various special events and guest lectures that take place on campus that students can attend and get involved in.


Breaking into the entertainment industry can be difficult. There are often stories about people who have been successful, and just how hard they had to work to obtain that success. Imagine how much harder that might be if you don’t have the proper training. Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production offers the specialized training to open doors for many jobs in entertainment. Not only does Metalworks Institute offer the training, but a history of success within the music industry. The school is located in Canada, which may be inaccessible for some, but if you are mobile then it’s definitely worth getting more information. There are so many jobs available with the proper training. The only thing left for you to do is get the knowledge.

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Best school of its type in Ontario as far as my comparison posted Nov 25th, 2018 10:04 pm

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I’ve checked out all the schools in Toronto for audio production and Metalworks has the biggest campus and best industry reputation As well they have the most successful grads employed in the music business . posted Nov 25th, 2018 9:57 pm

Helen Rogers

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posted Nov 20th, 2018 9:34 am


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I attended this school in 2016 and completed the Music Business program. Not only did this program teach me the in's and out's of the Music industry, but I came out of it with a better understanding on how to build a successful business and brand!

The Teachers here are fantastic, they really care about the students and make sure that they are successful in whatever they do. I have had several teachers who were willing to write reference letters and even help me with my resume.

I would definitely recommend Metalworks to anyone who is passionate about music and the industry!! posted Oct 17th, 2018 3:50 pm

Trent W

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Unbelievably unprofessional. The second you start your first term here you will regret it. Overpriced, archaic "knowledge" with racist, rude teachers and administration only out looking to get paid.

There are many other schools out there that will help you learn audio/live sound skills needed to make it in this industry - take it from someone who is currently in the industry but was actually held WAY back by attending this school at the start of his career.

A better use of your tuition money would be to get it all out from the bank in all small bills and make a bon fire with it, at least it would be pretty for a few minutes. Going to this school slowed down my career growth (due to negative reputations of teachers) and hindered my capability to make a name for myself.

Please never go here. You will feel cheated. posted Sep 28th, 2018 12:08 am


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Best decision you'll ever make.

So I'm going to be honest, I had my doubts coming in to Metalworks as well. I enrolled as a Vocal Major for the 2-Year Music Technology and Performance program in September2016. It's now August2018 and I'm more than proud to say that I've graduated with skills, knowledge, connections and experiences I never thought I would have.

A few have expressed below that the school is a "waste of money" - not sure what they mean because the tuition that I paid here is probably one of the BEST investments I ever made. And I'm a Finance grad from Rotman, University of Toronto ;). Reading some reviews here though, I was skeptical about what exactly the school could offer me. In all fairness, a lot of things in music can be self-taught - but 99% of us don’t have the discipline to actually pull this off (trust me, I tried). Do yourself a favour and enrol in a music school if you’re passionate about music, because trust me it’s going to be way more valuable than you think.

I came into the program as JUST a vocalist. I’m a trained singer - I had tons of experience singing professionally, but music for me stopped there. I knew nothing else, literally lol. It’s not that I was ignorant or incapable of understanding more, I just never had the direction or time to learn what I wanted to learn. But I knew I wasn’t happy being just a singer though. As independent musicians, we’re limited by our knowledge and we simply don’t know what we don’t know. Consider this: If I wanted to put out a song that I wrote, I wasn’t skilled to produce the song myself. Now if I decide to hire a producer, I couldn’t communicate what I wanted to them cuz I wasn’t able to speak the “language of music” - ie couldn’t explain what kind of chords I wanted or the exact synth sound I required to be shaped. Once the song was produced, I didn’t know how to record it properly, at optimal settings for my voice. I wasn’t aware of how to mix my songs and how vocals should sit on top of the harmonies. No clue about how to release my song; who to market it to, how to market it; which agents to go through; how to brand myself as an artist. I knew none of this. Today, as a graduate of Metalworks Institute, I think I can pretty confidently say that I’m well equipped to, at least decently, write, compose, arrange, produce, record, mix, market, release and promote my music MYSELF - the way I want. I’ll always be grateful to MW for transforming me into the musician that I am today.

One of the BEST things about MW is that you come out of the program with at least one fully written, produced, recorded, mixed DEMO (recorded at the professional MW studios) for yourself!

In terms of performance and musicianship, coming to MW was one of the most beneficial things for me as a singer / songwriter. I got expert training from some of the finest vocal coaches in Canada; same goes for Guitar/Drums/Keys/Bass instructors. We also get a solo private lesson with our instructors every week!

Beyond all though, MW is a really positive place. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable & accomplished, but so damn friendly. It’s more of a collaborative environment than a strict professor-student vibe and that’s what I loved most.

If you’re thinking about pursuing music - regardless of whether you want to be a performing or studio vocalist/instrument or a studio / live sound engineer or a music producer, I would STRONGLY recommend Metalworks. You’ll learn everything you need to be successful at your craft. One of the main advantages to going here as opposed to other schools is the reputation Metalworks has too.

All in all, definitely go ahead with Metalworks. It’ll be the best investment you make for your career (also check out their scholarships and financial bursaries). Most reviews which are negative are usually from people who have dropped out from the program and I’m glad I didn’t let that alter my decision to enrol 2 years ago. As a fresh grad from the institute, I assure you it’s more than worth it. posted Aug 22nd, 2018 11:59 pm


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negative comments are rarely any one other than a failed student. dont blame others because you couldn't keep up. educationally and socially. posted Apr 10th, 2018 5:35 pm


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complete rip off, come pay 40k and learn music. not worth it at all. the music industry is about meeting people. yes its good to meet people with the same goals as you, but not for 40k it isnt. even my classmates hated it. nothing there is good quality or regularly fixed, everything is falling apart. broken mics, broken speakers, headphones, instruments. we all got promised we would have spaces for rehearsals and jamming. not only is there no spaces to play, for the rooms there are its always "no you cant jam", "no the room is booked already", so you cant ever have anytime to practice, drummers especially. another promise was ensembles, ya that didnt happen till the last 2 terms. as for the organization. hah give me a break. its like they have no idea what the fuck is going on. i didnt even get my new schedule until a week before the classes started. then you have to factor in millions of rescheduling classes because of how much they fuck up. it is really annoying. and by the end of it nothing has been taught for what and how to start your career in the music industry. the only upside is the teachers are nice and know how to teach you, but their job is to teach so..... Nothing is above and beyond, not worth 40k to sit on my ass afterwords. id recommend looking elsewhere for a music school. Humber, or fuck even Berklee in boston MA, it costs more but you get your money worth posted Aug 6th, 2014 10:37 pm


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MWI can be good for some, and a waste of time for others. My experience was not good. The teachers were disrespectful, centered students out. People were failed to make sure they retake the classes at 500 a pop, students were set up to fail. Seemed like an entire bait & switch operation. They said and promised a lot of things, but did the opposite. I left when I saw the writing on the walls that it was a operation preying on hopes and dreams of students. I even overheard teachers rating students and in picking who was going to pass and fail. Very unprofessional in every respect. The only upstanding thing they did was give me a refund on time remaining.

I would not recommend this school. Look into OIART in London, it has been around for a long time and truly respected as a learning facilities in the entertainment industry.

Metalworks was a shag rugged studio that needed cash infusion...IE. Students to pay the freight to stay in business......very shady. Bad reviews are posted for a reason even with good ones floating around out there.

Please beware and explore other options, seriously. posted Dec 6th, 2011 9:52 pm

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