Areas of Study


Studies in theory, history, culture, and the human connection to music. 

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Explore the strength of many voices in our outstanding choral programs.

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Analyze, arrange and create new sound and music.

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Develop your artistry as you explore the monumental piano repertoire.

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Gain solid foundations and diverse experience in violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp and classical guitar study. 

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Develop your vocal artistry through our comprehensive voice training programs and ensembles. 

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Wind & Percussion 

From solo study to the Symphonic Winds, hone your skills on brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.

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The Department of Music at the University of Alberta offers undergraduate and graduate programs in instrumental performance, choral and instrumental conducting, composition, theory, ethnomusicology, and musicology. Our academic programs focus on Western European and global music traditions, the study of musical structures, and the creation of new music.

Students from other academic backgrounds and disciplines are invited to explore our diverse areas of study and wide selection of open course offerings, which allow non-Music students to explore their passion for the study, appreciation and performance of music.

Learn more about our seven areas by browsing the sections below.