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, or Performance) 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 (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 (Music Education)
This innovative new program provides a route for future music educators to complete an in- depth study of music and music education before moving on to a Bachelor of Education After Degree. Students choose one of four concentrations: Early/Middle Years, Choral, Instrumental, or Guitar/Strings and can use their electives for further study in music or to gain background in one of the other music education concentrations. Students are accepted into the program in third year provided they are in good academic standing and have successfully completed MUSC 2100 (Introduction to Music Teaching and Learning) and MUSC 2460 (Conducting). See curriculum and requirements.