Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music is designed for those fascinated with music and its role in social and cultural life. With its focus on academic study and on the development of creative and critical thinking skills, this 4-year program provides students with excellent preparation for careers and graduate studies in music theory or music history and a range of careers in areas outside of music.
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music is also aimed at students who wish to pursue advanced applied musical study outside of the western classical tradition -- contemporary music-making -- including popular musics, electronic, and musics drawing upon diverse cultural traditions. Students have the opportunity to develop composition and performance skills that reflect the diversity and richness of these practices, to challenge themselves to be creative and reflective musicians, and to prepare themselves for a career in the rapidly evolving music industry.
Diverse Musics and Practices is a course designed to create an opportunity for applied musical study within the BA in Music degree at the University of Windsor. This course allows students interested in new music, music technology, and multimedia to receive significant course credit for applied creative work in an ensemble/workshop setting. Students that successfully audition for this course will build a portfolio of creative projects including compositions in different styles, electronica, arrangements, sound recordings, and music video with a view to careers as self-employed musicians with a wide range of skills. The ideal graduate will be equally able to create music for a TV commercial, a website, or an experimental video, and will pursue their own development as creative artists, wherever that may take them.
The BA in Music degree is also an excellent starting place for those wishing to later pursue a professional music degree once they have refined their music skills. Because of the focus on academic study rather than performance, students are admitted directly into this program without entrance audition. An audition is required for performance instruction and ensemble participation.
Incoming Music students must pass a written theory test, based on completing Royal Conservatory Advanced Rudiments or equivalent. A sample version of this placement test can be found here Sample Theory Test.
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