What is Music?

Music is the art of human expression through sound. We explore sound through vocal, instrumental, improvisational and technological performance. We create sounds to enhance our experience. We listen to sound to enjoy its beauty and analyse its structure and context. We feel the impact of sound on ourselves and the world around us.

Why Study Music at UAlberta?

Students will have access to award winning teachers, global researchers and renowned performers in a warm, close-knit academic community. Whatever their interest-singing, piano performance, computer music composition, or music history-students will have ample instructional resources to guarantee success.

Experience Beyond the Classroom

Students will be given a strong musical foundation with further opportunity to build on these skills, refine technique and explore new experiences. Faculty breadth and keen student advising ensure students can tailor a program to fit their learning goals. With over 100 department events every year, including guest lectures, masterclasses and ensemble performances, students will be immersed in music!

  • Sub-disciplines within Music

    Students in the music program may pursue a Bachelor of Music, a combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education degree, or our World Sound Arts Certificate. All areas of the music program train students in theory, music history, and aural skills preparing them for careers in the music of fine arts industries.

    Students may choose areas of speciality throughout the music program in order to tailor their degree to their interests:

    The academic study of music explores the significance of music as an art and practice in human societies. Students will examine the structures and modes of music, as well as the cultural and historical significance of music around the world. Self directed research in this program may include music history, theory, ethnomusicology, cultural studies or composition.

    The composition and sonic arts program encourages students to explore multiple modes of composition and sound creation, and emphasizes a wide view of contemporary music, including not only traditional acoustic approaches, but also those involving sophisticated uses of technology, interactive media, improvisation, installation, acousmatic sound and spatialization, and collaborative approaches.

    There are many kinds of performance for students to specialize in, including keyboard, strings, voice, winds and percussion. Each specialization offers one-on-one lessons, masterclasses, and exposure to visiting artists, all while preparing students for professional careers in performance.

  • What can I do with a Music degree?
    Our students move on to a wide range of careers, including composer, professional musician, studio instructor, video game designer, sound designer, music archivist, public school music teacher, arts and cultural administration, public sector work, music journalism, and music therapist.

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