Music

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) is a four-year program intended to provide professional training and education in music. In the second year, many students will apply to a major in one of the following areas:

  • performance
  • composition
  • musicologies (focusing on music history and culture from classical, world, and popular music traditions)
  • general musical studies. (Students in the general musical studies major have the option of taking a minor in a discipline other than music.)

Admission requirements

Students are normally admitted to the B.Mus. degree program at the beginning of the fall semester only.

Successful applicants may enter the program immediately in their first semester. All applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. The deadline for applications is Jan. 15. All applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements of the university. In addition, they must demonstrate their musical competence and potential at an audition and through a series of diagnostic tests. Auditions are held in March. Late auditions may be scheduled if spaces are available after the March auditions. Applicants who reside outside of the St. John's metropolitan area may submit an audio or video recording if they are unable to audition in person. It is also possible to audition by videoconference. Detailed information on audition requirements can be found in the online entrance information.

Sample Program for the First Semester

Students who have been admitted into the music degree program.

Sample Program

CourseCredit hours
Music 140A2
Music 2611 or Music 26121
Music 10053
Music 110713
Music 111721
Music 170031
Electives4 (to bring the total to 15-17 credit hours)51 - 3
English 1090 or a critical reading and writing (CRW) course (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)3

 

Notes: 

  1. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the theory placement test. If unsuccessful, students should register for Music 1120 in preparation for retaking the test. Co-requisite: Music 1117
  2. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the theory placement and aural skills tests. Co-requisite: Music 1107
  3. Music technology will give students skills in Finale notation software and basic audio recording and editing. Students should be aware that they will be required to take a functional keyboard course in second year. Students who do not pass the piano proficiency entrance diagnostic are expected to take private lessons in piano at their own expense in their first year to qualify for Music 2401.
  4. Electives may be chosen from: a) Music courses, such as Music 2700/2701 (Lyric Diction - required for singers), 2612-2620 (large ensembles other than festival choir), 3500/3511 (chamber music - permission required), b) Disciplines other than music: Students planning to apply for admission to the conjoint degrees program in music education are encouraged to start taking courses in a second teachable subject as early as possible. For more information, please see the Education section of this guide.
  5. Students admitted to the Bachelor of Music Program will be permitted to register for a maximum of 17 credit hours per semester, without requiring written permission of the director.

For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

Students who intend to apply to the music degree program next year

All interested students are encouraged to apply in Grade 12. However, some students may not feel they are ready to pursue a music degree in their first year of university study and may defer their application. For these students, there are music courses that can provide excellent preparation for the first year of the program. These courses, which are not applicable to the bachelor of music program, cover topics in music history (Music 2011, Music 2012 and Music 2014) and music theory (Music 1116 and Music 1120).

For students choosing to defer their application, the following sample program is provided for their first year of university:

Sample program

CourseCredit hours
One of Music 2011, 2012 or 2014*3
Music 1105**3
Electives: One of Music 2611 – 2620 and/or courses from disciplines other than music***up to 6
English 1090 or another Critical Reading & Writing course offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences3

 * Music 2011, 2012 and 2014 are not applicable to the Bachelor of Music degree program. These courses may be taken by students out of interest, however credit for these courses may not be used to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Music degree.

** Music 1105 is reserved for students who have been admitted into the Bachelor of Music program. Students who are not in the program may be permitted to register for the course if space is available. Such students should contact music@mun.ca.

*** Students planning to apply for admission to the conjoint degrees program in music education are encouraged to take at least six credit hours in a second teachable subject.

For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

Courses available in first year

The following music courses are available to students who have not been admitted to the School of Music and are appropriate for students with little or no musical background:

 

Music 1105
Elements of Music I is an introductory music theory and aural skills course focusing on reading, writing and hearing basic and intermediate music rudiments that are associated with common practice Western art music. Topics include: pitch and rhythm, intervals, scales, chords, keys, time signatures, and musical terms. Emphasis will be placed on the aural comprehension of all pertinent topics.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of Music 1105 and Music 1120

Music 1106
Elements of Music II is a continuation of Elements of Music I. This course will focus on advanced rudiments and basic harmony with an emphasis on the aural comprehension of all pertinent topics.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: 1105 or permission of the instructor
Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of Music 1105 and Music 1120

Music 1120
Rudiments I is an introductory course in music rudiments and theory. Development of aural skills is emphasized.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: Three
Notes:

  1. Credit for this course may not be applied to the bachelor of music degree.
  2. Music 1120 is also available as a distance education course.


Music 2011
North American Popular Music examines the development of North American popular music from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The course examines major musical genres, their historical roots, their musical characteristics, the influences that shaped them and the artists who defined them. It explores sociopolitical issues embedded in popular music, as well as how music has evolved to express new conceptions of self and community, social anxieties, tensions and ideals. No prior musical knowledge is required.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: Three
Note: Credit for this course may not be applied to the bachelor of music degree. Also available as a distance education course.

Music 2012
Understanding Classical Music: Introduction Through Guided Listening is a course designed to enhance and develop listening skills and an understanding of the basic elements of music. Form and musical style in Western classical music will be explored within a cultural and historical context. Through guided listening, the student will be exposed to a variety of musical styles and traditions. This course has a strong listening component. The ability to read music is not required.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: Three
Note: Credit for this course may not be applied to the bachelor of music degree.

Music 2013
Twentieth Century Musicals is a survey on 20th century musical theatre. Selected works, presenting different styles and periods, will be examined in detail. There will be a strong, required listening/viewing component to this course. The ability to read music is not required.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: Three
Notes:

  1. Credit for this course may not be applied to the bachelor of music degree.
  2. Credit can be received for only one of Music 2013, 3007 or English 2013.

Music 2014
Introduction to World Music provides an introduction to the musics of selected cultures and contemporary intercultural communities. Drawing on topics and issues in ethnomusicology, it focuses on musical practices, beliefs and techniques. It is intended to develop listening skills, broaden musical horizons, as well as to enable a deeper understanding of the way music functions in relation to social groups and individual lives.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: Three
Note: Credit for this course may not be applied to the bachelor of music degree.

Music 2021
Newfoundland and Labrador Folksinging is an introduction to the sociocultural contexts, functions and meanings of folksong in Newfoundland and Labrador. Proceeding from this contextual base drawn from oral and scholarly histories, the course offers practical instruction by a tradition-bearer in the singing of traditional Newfoundland and Labrador tunes and texts, using the techniques of aural transmission and assisted by the written medium where appropriate.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: Three

Notes:

  1. No more than three credits from the 2021-2023 series may be applied toward the bachelor of music degree as unspecified music electives.
  2. Music 2021 is also available as a distance education course.

Music 2022
Newfoundland and Labrador Fiddling is an introduction to the sociocultural contexts, functions and meanings of fiddling in Newfoundland and Labrador. Proceeding from this contextual base drawn from oral histories, the course offers practical instruction by a tradition-bearer on the fiddle, using the techniques of aural transmission and assisted by the written medium where appropriate.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Permission of the director
Credit Hours: Three
Note: No more than three credits from the 2021-2023 series may be applied toward the bachelor of music degree as an unspecified music elective.

Music 2023
Newfoundland and Labrador Accordion is an introduction to the sociocultural contexts, function and meanings of accordion music in Newfoundland and Labrador. Proceeding from this contextual base drawn from oral histories, the course offers practical instruction by a tradition-bearer on the button accordion, using the techniques of aural transmission and assisted by the written medium where appropriate.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Permission of the director
Credit Hours: Three
Note: No more than three credits from the 2021-2023 series may be applied toward the bachelor of music degree as an unspecified music elective.

The following large ensemble courses are available to non-music majors with appropriate background, subject to the approval of the instructor:

Music 2611
Festival Choir requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.
Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor
Credit Hours: One

Music 2612
Chamber Choir requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.
Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.
Credit Hours: One

Music 2613
Chamber Orchestra requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.
Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.
Credit Hours: One

Music 2614
Concert Band requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.
Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor
Credit Hours: One

Music 2615
Jazz Ensemble requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.
Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.
Credit Hours: One

Music 2616
Opera Workshop requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.
Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.
Credit Hours: One

Music 2619
Wind Ensemble requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.
Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.
Credit Hours: One 

Some courses in musicologies and music theory are available to non-music majors who have fulfilled the prerequisites. Please note that spaces in these classes are made available to non-B.Mus. students only after all B.Mus. students have registered. These may include:

Music 1005
Thinking and Writing about Music I is designed to develop listening, critical thinking, research and writing skills through selected cross-cultural topics and themes exploring the relationship between music and society. The course will introduce the student to the terminology of music history and the concepts of genre, musical style and style periods. This course has strong listening and writing components. The ability to read music is required.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Music 1120 or successful completion of the theory placement test or admission to the B.Mus. degree program
Credit Hours: Three
Note: Credit can be received for only one of Music 1005, Music 2012, or the former Music 1002.

Music 1006
Thinking and Writing about Music II is a continuation of Music 1005.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Music 1005
Credit Hours: Three
Note: This course has strong listening and writing components.

Music 1107
Materials & Techniques of Tonal Music I is the study of the basic materials of tonal music; introduction to melody writing and phrase structures; introduction to voice-leading with emphasis on chorale style; analysis and composition of smaller formal elements.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Music 1120 with a minimum grade of 75 per cent or successful completion of the Theory Placement Test
Co-requisite: Music 1117
Credit Hours: Three
Note: Credit may not be obtained for more than one of Music 110A, 1107 and 1113.

Music 1108
Materials & Techniques of Tonal Music II is a continuation of Music 1107. Harmonic vocabulary is expanded to include all diatonic triads and seventh chords, with an introduction to chromatic harmony; phrase expansions and contractions; analysis and composition of binary and ternary forms.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Music 1107
Co-requisite: Music 1118
Credit Hours: Three
Note: Credit may not be obtained for more than one of Music 110B, 1108 and 1114.

Music 1117
Aural Skills I is a course on sight-singing and dictation.
Lectures: Two hours per week
Credit Hours: One
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of 75 per cent in Music 1116 or successful completion of the Theory Placement Test
Co-requisite: Music 1107

Music 1118
Aural Skills II is a continuation of Music 1117.
Lectures: Two hours per week
Prerequisites: Music 1107, 1117
Credit Hours: One

The following courses are restricted to students admitted to a program in the School of Music:

Music 1700
Introduction to Music Technology meets one hour per week and provides a practical introduction to useful computer tools for musicians, such as music notation software, basic digital audio editing and new media.
Credit Hours: One
Co-requisite: Music 140A/B

Music 140 A/B
Applied Study requires one hour per week of individual instruction (vocal or instrumental). Required attendance at School of Music recitals.
Lectures: One-hour private lesson per week
Prerequisite: Music 140A is a prerequisite for Music 140B
Co-requisite: in each semester for students whose applied study is voice, piano, organ or guitar: one of Music 2611, 2612 and in each semester for all other applied studies: one of Music 2611 or 2612, and one of Music 2613, 2614, 2615, 2619, 2620.
Credit Hours: Four over two semesters

Music 2700
Lyric Diction I is a study of English, German, French and Italian lyric diction. The International Phonetic Alphabet will be introduced and applied to singing in these four languages.
Credit Hours: One
Prerequisite: Open only to students whose principal applied study is voice

Music 2401
Functional Keyboard I is an introduction to practical keyboard skills for students whose principal applied study is not piano or organ. Functional accompaniment, transposition and score reading are emphasized. This course meets one hour per week.
Credit Hours: 0
Prerequisite: Music 1108, successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Test
Note: Students may gain credit for only one of Music 2401 or the former Music 1127. Music 2401 may not be taken for credit by students whose principal applied study is a keyboard instrument.

Music 2411
Advanced Functional Keyboard I is an introduction to practical keyboard skills for students whose principal applied study is piano or organ. Functional accompaniment, transposition and score reading are emphasized. This course meets one hour per week.
Credit Hours: 0
Prerequisite: Music 1108, permission of the instructor for students whose principal applied study is not a keyboard instrument
Note: Students may gain credit for only one of Music 2411 or the former Music 1137

 

 

Music Education

Students planning a career inmusic education have

two possible routes:

  • comprehensive major
  • bachelor of music and bachelor of music education (5-year conjoint degrees program)

Bachelor of Music Education Conjoint with Bachelor of Music

This is a five-year conjoint degrees program consisting of a bachelor of music and a bachelor of music education offered in co-operation with the Faculty of Education.

The program is designed to prepare school music teachers and other professionals for positions related to music education. Those planning to do the conjoint degrees program must first declare the comprehensive major in their second semester and then switch to the conjoint major in their fourth semester. (The comprehensive major provides access to music education-related courses such as instrumental techniques that students need in order to qualify for the conjoint major.)

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 45 credit hours with either a cumulative average of at least 65 per cent or an average of at least 65 per cent on their last attempted 30 credit hours.

Completed courses must include:

  • six credit hours in English and/or research/writing courses (Faculty of Arts)
  • at least three credit hours from the following: Music 3221, 3222, 3231, 3232, 3233, 3241, 3242, 3261, 3281, 3282  
  • at least 12 credit hours in music in addition to the three credit hours above.

Applications for admission are considered once a year normally in the fall semester. Deadline for submission of applications is Jan. 15. Consideration will be given to the winter semester courses for which students are registered at the time of application.

Applications for admission refer to the education component of the conjoint degree program only. At the time of application, students must have been formally admitted to, and be in clear standing with, the School of Music. 

All students who plan to focus on music education must declare the comprehensive major in their second semester. Those opting for the conjoint degrees program will then switch to the conjoint major in their fourth semester.

The bachelor of music education is also available as a second degree following completion of the bachelor of music degree. Those students who plan to complete the bachelor of music and then apply to the bachelor of music education as a second degree program will be well prepared by taking the comprehensive major in their bachelor of music degree.

 

Contact information

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Ian Sutherland 
isutherland@mun.ca
www.mun.ca/music

Contact

Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca