A wide range of choices, grounded in essential training
Our Bachelor of Music program allows students to shape their education to their aspirations. Students can pursue a broad music education, or they can opt for a more focused program of study after taking core courses.
For the first two years of study, all Bachelor of Music students follow the General program, which provides essential academic, performance and ensemble training. After the second year, students can choose to stay in the General program, or they may move into one of the concentrations (Composition, History, Performance or Education) provided they meet the requirements.
Students can receive individual lessons in all standard orchestral and wind ensemble instruments, plus voice, piano, conducting and a variety of instruments used in jazz. In all programs of study, the mix of core and elective courses means students can explore a wide range of interests.
Bachelor of Music students are required to participate in two ensembles each year for four years.
Minimum time to graduation
Bachelor of Music degrees
• Direct entry: 4 years
• From University 1: 5 years
Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education integrated degree
• Direct entry: 5 years
• From University 1: 6 years
Bachelor of Music (General)
The General program provides excellent preparation for a wide range of career paths. All Bachelor of Music students follow this program for the first two years of study. Many students choose to remain in the General program, where there is considerably more flexibility in elective courses in years three and four. See curriculum.
Bachelor of Music (Composition)
Composition students develop their skills in our state-of-the-art electro-acoustic lab, aided by award-winning composition professors whose works are regularly performed and broadcast in over 20 countries. Students may apply to move into the Composition concentration at the end of second year if they have the written recommendation of composition faculty and have maintained minimum grades of B in specified courses. See curriculum and requirements.
Bachelor of Music (History)
In the History concentration, students learn from dynamic scholars who are internationally respected for their research and publications. The areas covered by core and elective courses range from early music to 21st-century popular genres. Students may apply to move into the History concentration at the end of second year if they have maintained minimum grades of B+ in specified courses. See curriculum and requirements.
Bachelor of Music (Performance)
Students in the Performance concentration are mentored by outstanding artists whose teaching is informed by years of professional experience. Students may apply to move into the Performance concentration at the end of second year if they have maintained a satisfactory standing and receive the recommendation of the second-year jury panel. See curriculum and requirements.
Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education (Integrated Program)
This degree program for future music educators, highly regarded at the national level, draws on the expertise of the Music and Education faculties. Students may focus on elementary, instrumental or choral music teaching, and must also complete the requirements for a second teachable non-music area. Students may be accepted into the program after completing two years in the General program with a minimum GPA of 2.5. See curriculum and requirements.
WHAT TALENTS WILL YOU EXPLORE?
The Bachelor of Music program offers major practical study for:
How to apply and audition for B.Mus. studies. Learn more.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Among the most generous in Canada. Learn more.