Desautels Faculty of Music

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To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Desautels Faculty of Music program page.

B.Mus. Bachelor of Music (General, Composition, History, and Performance concentrations)

B.Jazz Bachelor of Jazz Studies

PREPARATORY WORK FOR A MUSIC DEGREE:

Students must audition to be accepted into the Desautels Faculty of Music.  While most students enter directly from high school, all applicants should prepare for the audition by taking private lessons on their instrument/voice and continue to study music theory (either MUSC 1930 or private study).

Optional courses for music experience (cannot be used for credit towards the degree programs):

  • MUSC 1050 The Well-Tempered Concert-Goer (3 credit hours)
  • MUSC 1280 Musical Style and Structure 1* (3 credit hours)
  • MUSC 1290 Musical Style and Stucture 2* (3 credit hours)
  • MUSC 1930 Rudiments of Music (3 credit hours)
    * Contact The Faculty of Music for permission to register.

Ensembles are open to students in faculties outside of Music.  Ensemble auditions are held each year at the end of August.  Visit the Desautels Faculty of Music website in July for specific information on the ensemble audition requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1:

Minimum Credit Hours: See the Applicant Information Bulletin for more details.
Minimum Course Load: University 1 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses may be completed in Summer Session; however admission is based upon an audition and grades.
W Requirement: Not required for admission.
M Requirement: Not required for admission.
Minimum GPA: 2.00
Additional Requirements: Interview, audition, theory exam, personal essay, and letters of reference.
Selection Criteria: A combination of grades and additional requirements.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES:

  • Music 40S is strongly recommended, while a second 40S language is recommended.
  • Private lessons in your instrument and formal instruction in music theory and keyboard study are strongly recommended.
  • Good academic performance in subject areas other than music is strongly recommended. 

MINIMUM TIME TO GRADUATION:

  • B.Mus.: 5 years from University 1 or 4 years if Direct Entry from high school (126 credit hours).  
  • B.Jazz.: 5 years from University 1 or 4 years if Direct Entry from high school (126 credit hours).

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April 2017
First Year Planning Guide