Music Studies

Music courses offered through the Faculty of Arts & Science are open to any student of the university and offer stimulating explorations of the world of music. The specialist program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in musicology or ethnomusicology, or for a variety of professional activities in music-related fields. These programs lead to the degree of Bachelor of Arts. For programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Music, consult the calendar of the Faculty of Music.


    Admission Information

    • Some high schools offer a senior high school (grade 12 or equivalent in the Ontario school system) music course that can provide a good portion of the background required to meet audition requirements. Otherwise, extra-curricular studies with private teachers or conservatory classes may be necessary to obtain the required background.
    • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


    Honours Bachelor of Arts Programs

    • Music (specialist and major options)
    • Music with Ensemble Option (specialist and major options)
    • Music History and Culture (minor)


    First-Year Courses

    • MUS 110H1 - Introduction to Music History and Culture
    • MUS 111H1 - Historical Survey of Western Music
    • MUS 120Y1 - Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble I (requires departmental permission)
    • HMU 111H1 - Introduction to Music and Society (requires departmental permission)
    • TMU 115H1 - Musical Skills I & II (requires departmental permission)
    • TMU 140Y1 - Music Theory I & II (requires departmental permission)


    Advice for First Year

    Students wanting to enter the specialist OR major program must successfully complete an audition before term starts. Students in the specialist and major programs must have considerable prior training in music and will take HMU111H1, TMU115H1, and TMU140Y1. Students must also audition to take MUS 120Y1, which is for those wanting to do the ensemble option. Students doing the minor program must take MUS 110H1 and MUS 111H1, which are offered in alternate years.



    The specialist and major programs in music provide excellent preparation for a variety of professional activities including music criticism, library science, positions in the publishing, broadcasting, and recording industries, as well as for graduate studies in musicology and ethnomusicology leading to careers in university teaching.

    The critical thinking taught here translates well to other branches of the humanities.


    Direct career options include:

    Composer Music teacher
    Historian Music therapist
    Musician Recording engineer
    Music critic Recording technician
    Musical instrument builder & repairer Singing instructor


    Faculty of Music Programs

    For professional music studies, including performance, music education, composition, history and theory, and the comprehensive program, the Faculty of Music offers a 4-year Bachelor of Music degree, a Bachelor of Music degree in performance, and an Artist Diploma (3 years).


    Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


    First Year