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Bachelor of Arts in Music degree

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This is a flexible program that will allow you to pursue 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.
A Rigorous, Enriching Program
It is designed for those captivated with 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.
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 dynamic, new building in downtown Windsor in 2018. You could be one of the first classes of students to reap the benefits!
Experiential Learning
There are many possibilities for applied music making in this degree. You may audition for ensemble courses, private lessons on your instrument or take the New Music workshop or Music Technology courses.
Admission Requirements
  • 70% minimum admission average. The OSS Diploma and six Grade 12 U or M courses, including ENG4U, are required.
  •  Incoming Music students music theory skills should be roughly equivalent to the Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced Rudiments. Take our Music Theory Diagnostic Test to confirm your knowledge and skills.
What You Will Take in First Year
In addition to the required courses below, students may choose from an array of courses offered across the University.
Fall Semester
GART-1500 Effective Writing I
MUSC-1120 Music Theory I
MUSC-1260 Music History and Literature I
MUSC-2220 Basic Skills I
MUSP-2xxx Ensemble of your choice. Ensembles include: University Singers, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, or Wind Ensemble.
Winter Semester
GART-1510 Effective Writing II
MUSC-1130 Music Theory II
MUSC-1270 Music History and Literature II
MUSC-2230 Basic Skills II
MUSP-2xxx Ensemble of your choice
Career Tracks
  • 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
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 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.
Financial Aid
In addition to entrance awards, the Outstanding Scholars Program attracts top high school students entering any first-year honours undergraduate program at the University of Windsor. Approximately 150 high-achieving, first-year students will be offered status as an Outstanding Scholars Candidate in Year 1 of their studies. The goal of this program is to challenge and stimulate students by providing them with the unique opportunity of holding an undergraduate academic appointment in their second year of studies and beyond where students will work closely with faculty on academic research projects. For additional information, please visit:
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