Music

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs are designed to allow students the opportunity for a broader range of academic study, while pursuing a major or minor area of focus in music.

Students may select academic and performance music courses from a specified list of options, including our outreach courses and study abroad programs. Although no audition is required for a B.A. degree program, admission into performance courses is subject to audition and availability of resources. 

Please note that students who have already completed a previous degree--in music or otherwise--may also be eligible to complete the Department's Bachelor of Music or the combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education After-Degree program. Please consult the department for more details.  

Bachelor of Arts - Honours in Music

This is a four-year program designed for students considering graduate study in music history, theory, ethnomusicology, or cultural studies, or for students who wish to study music and its place in culture in the context of a liberal arts program. The program allows students to study art, folk, and popular music traditions, emphasizing academic work rather than performance. 

Admission into the first year of a B.A. Honours program is dependent upon a high matriculation average. Entrance into the Honours in Music program normally takes place at the end of the first year of university study. Entrance may be granted at an earlier or later date depending on the circumstances. Successful completion of aural skills and theory placement tests is required prior to admission into the Honours in Music program. 

To be eligible to continue in this program route, students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 with an average of 3.3 in music courses. For more information please visit the University Calendar here.

Bachelor of Arts - Major or Minor in Music

The Bachelor of Arts is a four-year program that allows for greater flexibility for enrollment in courses across the faculty of Arts while pursuing some focus on music. Completing a Major or Minor in Music allows the student to obtain a broad-based musical education that can be complemented with other arts disciplines or combined with parallel studies such as our World Sound Arts Certificate program.