Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree

Music at UWindsor banner with colourful keyboard imageMusic degree programs at the School of Creative Arts
Do you want to enrich your life and academic studies with music? Our exceptional faculty will help you develop to your full potential, whatever your musical interests may be.

Bachelor of Music (Honours) - Comprehensive

Saxophonist Sebastian Bachmeier performing with the Jazz EnsembleThis degree stream offers the flexibility to focus on music performance or academic music disciplines (musicology and theory).

Bachelor of Music (Honours) - Music Education

This degree qualifies you for:
  • Admittance into any Faculty of Education in Ontario to become a qualified high school or elementary school specialist music teacher; and,
  • Teaching music in communities, private studios, and schools at all levels; and,
  • Acceptance into graduate programs in performance and performance studies, and; UWindsor music education students receive the same high standard and amount of private studio experience as BMus in performance students.
A Rigorous, Enriching Program
The Bachelor of Music (Honours) is a full-time program offering intensive professional training. If your goal is a career as a musician or as a music educator then this is the program for you. Our program prepares you both academically and pedagogically for success in several facets of the music industry. Training includes courses in performance, music theory, music history, ear training, ensembles, music education and music technology, as well as non-music options.
The Windsor Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Fox Theatre and Michigan Opera Theatre are all just a short distance from campus. Detroit and Windsor’s thriving and influential jazz, pop, blues and electronic scenes will inspire and inform you.
The Music program will move into a spacious new building in downtown Windsor in 2018. You could be one of the first classes of students to reap the benefits!
Experiential Learning
Are you passionate about making music? This is the place. You have the option of taking private studio lessons on your instrument in either the traditional Western classical music stream or in the jazz/popular music stream.  You have the opportunity to play in a variety of ensembles for credit including: University Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Jazz Combo and New Music Workshop.
The University of Windsor’s Music program presents more than 130 concerts, recitals, master classes and workshops each year. Our concerts feature faculty and guests in concert at acoustically excellent, intimate venues. Ensemble and Special Concerts feature performances by our student ensembles and soloists at excellent venues on campus and off. Our SoCA Fridays series offers free performances and musical presentations by our faculty, special guests and students in the school’s intimate Recital Hall.
Admission Requirements
  • 70% minimum admission average. The OSS Diploma and six Grade 12 U or M courses, including ENG4U, are required.
  • In addition to applying for academic admission to the University of Windsor, students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree must also apply for admission to the School of Creative Arts - MUSIC. This admission is based on an Audition. 
 Download PDF: Music Degree Programs 

Visit Audition Requirements by Instrument to review requirements by instrument.
​Audition Dates
Incoming Music students must pass a written theory test roughly equivalent to the Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced Rudiments. View a Sample Theory Test.


What You Will Take in First Year

Music majors Angelica, Celina and Aaron
Fall Semester
01-150 Foundations of Academic Writing I
32-112 Music Theory I
32-126 Music History and Literature I
32-222 Basic Skills I
33-xxx Ensemble of your choice
Honours Bachelor of Music (Music Education Stream) students may audition for one of:  33-210 University Singers, 33-220 Wind Ensemble, or 33-310 Chamber Choir.
Honours Bachelor of Music (Comprehensive Stream) students may audition for one of:  33-210 University Singers, 33-220 Wind Ensemble, or 33-310 Chamber Choir. (With the consent of the Director of the School students enrolled in 33-371 or 33-341 may substitute 33-240 Jazz Ensemble.)
33-3xx Private Instruction on your major instrument
Winter Semester
01-151 Foundations of Academic Writing II
32-113 Music Theory II
32-127 Music History and Literature II
32-223. Basic Skills II
33-xxx Ensemble of your choice. Ensembles include: University Singers, Chamber Choir, or Wind Ensemble. (With the consent of the Director of the School students enrolled in 33-371 or 33-341 may substitute 33-240 Jazz Ensemble.)
33-3xx Private Instruction on your major instrument
Excellent Student Support
You’ll thrive in a friendly and supportive community of professionals who share your passion for music. Faculty will know you by name and you will be part of a community of students who care about and support one another. Music students are assigned to a faculty member who is their personal academic advisor. Theory and basic skills courses have upper-year teaching assistants who are available to assist students during labs. Our active music society represents students on faculty committees and plans several great student functions throughout the year.
Career Tracks
Our graduates have gone on to careers as professional musicians in orchestras, opera companies and Broadway shows, music educators at all levels, arts administrators, music therapists and creative entrepreneurs. Many have been accepted to some of the finest graduate schools in North America.
Choose UWindsor
The University of Windsor offers 140 high-quality programs in an international setting. Equally important, you can experience a broad range of opportunities outside the classroom. You can explore exchange opportunities with dozens of universities around the world. Enhance your work experience through co-op programs, internships and paid, research assisstantships. Student-led organizations play a vital role on campus and in the broader community. The diversity of our students- where they are from, what they believe and how they think - will expand your mind.
Contact Us:
School of Creative Arts - MUSIC
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Phone: 519-253-3000 ext. 2829
Fax: 519-971-3614

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