Music

Music

Why study this program?

Music is the art of human expression through sound. This program is an excellent degree for those wanting to explore music in a self-directed fashion. Students can specialize in music theory, music history, world music, or Composition and Sonic Arts, combining critical thinking and personal expression.

Why take the Honors program?

The BA Music Honors program is designed to prepare you for graduate-level studies in music history, theory, ethnomusicology, or cultural studies. The Honors program allows you to study art, folk, and popular music traditions, emphasizing academic work rather than performance. Successful completion of aural skills and theory placement tests is required.

This major can also be taken as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree.

See also the Bachelor of Music program.


Why take the BA Honors program?

BA Honors programs provide a high degree of specialization in one subject area (or in some cases, two areas combined) and demand a higher standard both for admission and ongoing performance in the program. All Honors programs in the Faculty of Arts require one year of study prior to admission and applicants must present a minimum of (★24) credits to be eligible to apply.


Why study at the University of Alberta?

The Faculty of Arts boasts one of the most diverse Arts programs in Canada, offering top quality educational opportunities that prepare students for successful careers in every sector of society. With over 900 distinct courses in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts, you will find an academic pathway for you. Your studies will be enhanced by the rich insights that our nationally and internationally recognized faculty members bring to the classroom through unique insights drawn from their research and advancement of human knowledge. Academic excellence, innovative problem-solving, and experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom, such as Community Service-Learning and Arts Work Experience programs, will give you the tools to thrive in a diverse and increasingly complex workplace.


POSSIBLE CAREERS
  • Arts and Cultural Administration
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Game Designer
  • Music Archivist
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Musician
  • Sound Designer
  • Studio Instructor

Claire recently completed her BA with Honors in Political Science. After graduating, she went on to do an internship in Washington, DC.

Program Requirements

Non-Direct Entry

This program does not allow admission directly from high school. See requirements below for more details.

Preprofessional Study Time: 1 year

Minimum of ★24 units of transferable course weight required

Consult the U of A Calendar for fields of study and appropriate first-year course selection.

Admission Selection: For consideration, you need a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 with an average of 3.3 or better in your Honors subject courses; Competitive AGPA varies by field of study from 3.0-3.3.

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