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Music Program

Music study at Ambrose celebrates a long history that stretches back to the early days of both founding colleges. Our music programs are rooted in the traditions of these founding colleges which featured as a core of study sacred music performance and church music (vocal, instrumental, choral, conducting), and have expanded to include more contemporary forms of music making (jazz, musical theatre, contemporary music, and composition). Music is part of Ambrose Arts, an academic department whose three arts programs (Music, Theatre, Dance) and various fine arts electives (Art History, Aesthetics, Studio Art) operate within the Faculty of Arts and Science at Ambrose University.

The Ambrose Bachelor of Arts (in Music) is a general liberal arts degree and focus to a lesser degree on applied study, but still require a minimum level of proficiency. The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional degree, a credential modelled on guild membership and requires students to obtain a high level of proficiency in the practice of the art as well as the ability to acquire general knowledge of the subject matter.

There are three primary facets to all Music degree credentials:

  • Theoretical coursework (theory, history/criticism and elective coursework)
  • Applied study (aural skills, technique, including composition and conducting, lessons, solo literature interpretation, masterclasses/workshops and recital performances)
  • Ensemble rehearsals (group practice and performance, public concerts)

Bachelor of Arts: Music Concentration (3 year) and Music Major (4 year)

Bachelor of Arts degrees offer a broad-based, liberal arts education while providing an emphasis in music.

Profile of the Graduating Student

The graduating student will:

  • possess an understanding of the historical development of Western art;
  • possess an understanding of the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic resources of Western music;
  • have the ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music;
  • have a beginning understanding and familiarity with a range of significant musical literature, genres, and eras;
  • have some initial preparation for leadership roles requiring musical decisions and understanding;
  • be familiar with specific material and skills including the ability to perform on one’s instrument;
  • have an awareness of how to become a musically interactive member of society on professional, ministry and personal levels.

Career and Education Paths
The Music degrees allow students to deepen their studies in music. Elective choices give students a high degree of flexibility to pursue their unique study interests.

The graduating student will:

  • be prepared to obtain entry-level positions related to a liberal arts/music education. These include the retail music industry, church music, group music instruction, private music teaching, and performance groups;
  • have a foundation for further educational pursuits including further musical studies (Bachelor of Music, Master of Music), after-degree programs (Bachelor of Education), and church-related programs such as Master of Church Music.

Graduation Requirements

Keyboard Proficiency

All BMus and BA music majors are required to take Keyboard Proficiency in MU 136 and MU 236. At the end of MU 236, students will be required to play major and minor (harmonic) scales - 2 octaves, arpeggios, and chord progressions. Students will also be expected to harmonize a given melody and play an accompaniment to an instrumental/vocal piece. More specific details are available from the Music Program Student Handbook.

 

Bachelor of Arts: Music Concentration (3 year) Program Requirements (90 credits)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (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)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Social Science (6 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Music Requirements (21 credits)
One of the following:
     MU 212 Basic Conducting
     MU 215 Piano Pedagogy
MU 125a/b Aural Skills I
MU 136 Music Theory I
MU 236 Music Theory II
MU 203 History of Music I
MU 207 History of Music II
MU 485 Faith, Music and Society

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

Applied Music (12 credits)
3 credits in Applied Music at the junior level
9 credits in Applied Music at the senior level

Electives

To meet senior level requirements in the program, 15 credits of electives must be taken at the senior level.

     Arts and Science Electives (9 credits)
     Open Electives (12 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 90 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 42 credits taken in any one discipline
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in MU
  • Must complete piano proficiency requirement - see Music Department for details
  • Must participate a large choral ensemble (usually the University Singers) in the first two semesters of the program

 

Bachelor of Arts: Music Major (4 year) Program Requirements (120 credits)

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)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Social Science (6 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Music Requirements (33 credits)
MU 125a/b Aural Skills I
MU 136 Music Theory I
MU 203 History of Music I
MU 207 History of Music II
MU 212 Basic Conducting
MU 236 Music Theory II
MU 237 Music Theory III

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

Applied Music (12 credits)
3 credits in Applied Music at the junior level
9 credits in Applied Music at the senior level

Electives
To meet senior level requirements in the program, 27 credits of electives must be taken at the senior level.

     Arts and Science Electives (18 credits)
     Open Electives (18 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 120 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 72 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 72 credits taken in any one discipline
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in MU
  • Must complete piano proficiency requirement - see Music Department for details
  • Must participate a large choral ensemble (usually the University Singers) in the first two semesters of the program

Bachelor of Music
4 year – 120 credits

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) is a professional music degree which offers students an opportunity to prepare for careers in music. Students will also complete a range of liberal arts courses, offering them an element of breadth across a variety of disciplines. More information about the music program and policies are found in the Music Program Student Handbook.

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;
  • have the ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music including composing and arranging;
  • have a good understanding and familiarity with a range of significant musical literature, genres, and eras;
  • have experienced leadership development opportunities;
  • have developed a strong proficiency on their instrument (lessons are required all four years of study);
  • have a beginning understanding of the educational and artistic foundation in music;
  • have an awareness of how to become a musically interactive member of society on professional, ministerial, and personal levels.

Career and Education Paths
Students who graduate with the BMus degree are prepared for possible careers in teaching music (with the completion of a BEd degree), music-related careers, church music, and performing. A BMus graduate is well positioned for application to graduate programs in music.

 

Bachelor of Music Program Requirements (120 credits)

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)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Social Science (6 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Music Requirements (51 credits)
MU 125a/b Aural Skills I
MU 225a/b Aural Skills II
MU 136 Music Theory I
MU 203 History of Music I
MU 207 History of Music II
MU 211 History of Music III
MU 212 Basic Conducting
MU 236 Music Theory II
MU 237 Music Theory III
MU 336 Music Theory IV
MU 337 Composition and Arranging
6 credits Music History at the senior level
     May include:
     MU 272 Jazz History
     MU 307 World Music
     MU 308 Popular Music from 1945 to the Present
     MU 352 History of Music and Worship
     MU 355 History of Keyboard Music
     MU 404 History of Music Seminar
MU 485 Faith, Music and Society
9 credits in Music at the senior level

Music Ensemble (12 credits)
3 credits in Music Ensemble at the junior level
9 credits in Music Ensemble at the senior level

Applied Music (24 credits)
3 credits in Applied Music at the junior level 21 Applied Music at the senior level

Electives

     Open Electives (3 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 120 credits (as outlined above)
  • Piano proficiency requirement - see Music Department for details
  • Must participate a large choral ensemble (usually the University Singers) in the first two semesters of the program
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in MU

 

Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta

A collaborative offering of the Mount Royal University (MRU) Conservatory’s Advanced Performance Program (APP) and Ambrose University’s music program presents an augmented performance-focused program of study for students that are capable of fulfilling the requirements of both institutions. Under this agreement, MRU Conservatory students will be able to apply for and complete a Bachelor of Music degree beginning in Fall 2020.

Alumni of the MRU Conservatory are able to complete a bachelor’s degree at Ambrose University through the Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR). Students currently enrolled in the APP will be given credit for up to the first two years of the degree program at Ambrose.

Through this agreement students can choose to:

  • Study at Ambrose University and the Advanced Performance Program simultaneously, or
  • Complete their degree at Ambrose University following completion of the APP

Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.