Desautels Faculty of Music

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 Music program page.

B.Jazz Bachelor of Jazz Studies

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PREPARATORY WORK FOR A MUSIC DEGREE:

Students must audition to be accepted into the Faculty of Music. While most students enter directly from high school, all applicants should prepare for the audition by taking private lessons on your instrument/ voice, continue to study music theory (either MUSC 1930 or private study), and take courses that fulfill the University's W and M requirements. (PDF)

Optional courses for music experience, but cannot be used for credit towards the degree program:

  • 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 Structure 2* (3 credit hours)
  • MUSC 1930 Rudiments of Music (3 credit hours)

*Contact The Faculty of Music for permission to register.

If you are admitted Direct Entry from high school to the Faculty of Music, please contact the faculty for information on course selection.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1:

Minimum Credit Hours: No minimum. See the Applicant Information Bulletin page for more details.
Minimum Course Load: University 1 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Admission requirements may be completed in Summer Session; however admission is based upon an audition and grades.
W Requirement: Not required for admission, but must be completed within your first 60 credit hours.
M Requirement: Not required for admission, but must be completed within your first 60 credit hours.
Minimum GPA: 2.00.
Additional Requirements: Interview, audition, theory exam, personal essay, and letters of reference.

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:

    5 years from University 1 or 4 years if Direct Entry from high school (126 credit hours).

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • Ensembles are open to students in faculties outside of Music. Ensemble auditions are held each year at the end of August. Visit the Faculty of Musicwebsite in July for specific information on the ensemble audition requirements.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable. Contact your academic advisor for information and possible permission to register in upper level courses.

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May 2016
First Year Planning Guide