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Bachelor of Music (4 year)

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) is a professional music degree with a focus on music performance. Students follow a rigorous program of practice, performance, and study that includes a range of liberal arts courses designed to broaden the performer’s experience as a musician.

Profile of the graduating student

The graduating student will:

  • possess a good understanding of the historical development of Western art;
  • possess a good understanding of the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic resources of Western music including composing and arranging;
  • have the ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music;
  • have understanding and familiarity with a diverse range of significant musical literature, genres, and eras;
  • have excellent playing proficiency on one’s instrument;
  • be prepared for leadership roles requiring musical decisions and understanding;
  • be knowledgeable in various methodologies of music research;
  • be a skilled musical collaborator;
  • possess a range of performance skills that facilitate engagement with audiences;
  • understand the demands and rewards of music as a vocational endeavour

Career Paths

The BMus degree prepares students for the following:

  • Careers in solo or ensemble music performance
  • Critical thinking, Analytical proficiency, Clear communication, Complex problem-solving, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings
  • Entry into graduate programs in music performance, conducting, composition, or many other fields
  • Entry-level positions in private music teaching, the retail music industry, church music, and group music instruction.
  • Further educational pursuits including after-degree programs such as a Bachelor of Education degree.

Bachelor of Music Program Requirements (4 year - 120 credits)

UNI 101 The Ambrose Experience (non-credit)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in REL at the senior level

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
(ASTR, BCH, BIO, BOT, CHE, ECOL, GEO, GEOG, KIN*, MED, PHY SC, ZOO)
*Note: Not all KIN courses can be used as Science credits; check the course descriptions.

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
(the above, plus MA)

Social Science (6 credits)
(BHS, ECO, PS, SO)

Music Requirements (57 credits)
MU 124 Aural Skills I (1.5 credits)
MU 125 Aural Skills II (1.5 credits)
MU 136 Music Theory I
MU 185 Music as Vocation I (1.5 credit)
MU 203 Music History to 1825
MU 207 Music History since 1825
MU 212 Basic Conducting
MU 224 Aural Skills III (1.5 credits)
MU 225 Aural Skills IV (1.5 credits)
MU 236 Music Theory II
MU 237 Music Theory III
MU 275 Fundamentals of Music Technology
MU 285 Music as Vocation II (1.5 credit)
MU 309 Music and Culture
MU 336 Music Theory IV
One of the following:
     MU 274 Jazz Theory (Jazz Pathway)
     MU 337 Composition and Arranging (Classical Pathway)
6 credits Music History at the senior level, may include:
     MU 272 Jazz History
     MU 307 World Music
     MU 308 Popular Music Since 1945
     MU 352 History of Music and Worship
     MU 403 Methods in Music Research
     MU 405 Special Topics in Music
MU 485 Music Capstone Seminar
9 credits in Music (MU) at the senior level OR one of the following Career Pathways
     Performance (Classical)
     3 credits additional Applied Lessons
     3 credits MU 475 Recital
     3 credits MU 259 Collaborative Music

     Performance (Jazz)
     3 credits additional Applied Lessons
     3 credits MU 475 Recital
     3 credits MU 259 Collaborative Music

     Music Ensemble (9 credits)
     3 credits in Music Ensemble at the junior level
     6 credits in Music Ensemble at the senior level

Applied Music (18 credits)

Cognate Requirements (6 credits)
HUM 101 Reading and Writing for University
3 credits non-music Fine Arts elective (ART, DA, FA, TH)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of The Ambrose Experience (UNI 101) (non-credit, compulsory during first 30 credits)
  • Completion of a total of 120 credits (as outlined above)
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in MU
  • Piano proficiency requirement - see Music Department for details
  • Must participate in University Singers in the first two consecutive semesters of the program
  • Must participate in an ensemble in each semester registered as a full-time student
  • Must complete ten-hour service requirement in each semester registered as a full-time student

More details about graduation requirements are available from the Music Program Student Handbook.