Music (Honours Bachelor of Arts)

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Bachelor of Arts in Music (Honours)
  • Prepares students for careers in the rapidly evolving music industry
  • Exposure to a diversity of music from traditional Western art music to jazz, pop, electro-acoustic and world music; exposure to regional cultural institutions
  • Develops creative and critical-thinking skills
  • Direct admission without an entrance audition
  • First year includes music theory and history, sight singing and ear training. With an audition students may take a performance course or join an ensemble
Program Description
This is a flexible program that will allow you to pursue the rigorous, academic study of a wide variety of musical genres with the option of including a hands-on studio experience with classical or contemporary music.
The BA in Music is designed for those captivated by music and its role in social and cultural life. With its focus on academic study and the development of creative and critical-thinking skills, this four-year program provides excellent preparation for careers and graduate studies in music theory or music history and a range of careers in areas outside of music.
The BA in Music also includes classes for students who wish to pursue advanced, contemporary music making, including popular and electronic music and music technology. You can develop composition and performance skills that reflect the diversity and richness of these practices, challenge yourself to be a creative and reflective musician, and prepare yourself for a career in the rapidly evolving music industry.
There are many possibilities for applied music-making in this degree. You may audition for ensemble courses, private lessons on your instrument or take Music Technology courses. 

Minimum Admission Average: 70%

ENG4U required.

Students may choose to double major in any BA Honours program.

Incoming Music students must pass a written theory test, based on completing Royal Conservatory Advanced Rudiments or equivalent.

Experiential Learning
The School of Creative Arts’ 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 venues on campus and off.
Student Resources
SoCA offers professional training in a liberal art setting. 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. Our active music society represents students on faculty committees and plans several great student functions throughout the year. 
  • Careers and graduate studies in musicology and composition
  • Sound design, recording and media arts 
  • Music industry, criticism or technology
  • Arts administration
  • Preparation for law, medicine, or other fields that value creative thinking 
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