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Bachelor of Music

General Information

The bachelor of music (B.Mus.) is a four-year program intended to provide professional training and education in music.  In the second year students will apply to major in one of the following areas:  performance, theory/ composition, music history and literature, general musical studies, or music education (five-year conjoint degree program offered in co-operation with the Faculty of Education).  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.  Deadline for applications is Jan. 31 each year.

All applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements of the university as stated in the Admission to the University section of this Guide.  In addition they must demonstrate their musical competence and potential at an audition, an aural test and a piano proficiency test.  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 a video or cassette tape or CD if they are unable to audition in person.  Detailed information on audition requirements can be found in the entrance information booklet available from the School of Music, (709) 737-7486 or at www.mun.ca/music.

First-Semester Program

Students entering the B.Mus. degree program will normally take the following courses in first semester:

Course Credit hours
Music 140A  2
Music 2611  1
Music 1002  3
Music 11071 3
Music 11172  1
Music 1127 or Music 11373 0
Electives4 (to bring total to 15-17 credit hours)5 2 - 4
English 1080 or a Research/Writing course (Faculty of Arts)  3
1Prerequisite:  Successful completion of the theory placement test.  Students who do not pass the theory placement test at the time of the auditions may re-write the test at the first class meeting of Music 1120 for possible admission to Music 1107.  If unsuccessful, they should register for Music 1120 instead of Music 1107.  Corequisite: Music 1117.

2Available only to students who have passed the theory placement and aural skills tests.  If unsuccessful they must enrol in Music 1116.  Corequisite: Music 1107.

3Admission to Music 1127 or 1137 is restricted to students who have passed the piano proficiency exam administered during the audition period and at the start of each semester in the School of Music.  Students whose principal applied study is a keyboard instrument must register for Music 1137 instead of Music 1127.

4Electives may be chosen from:
a)Music courses, such as Music 2700/2701 (Lyric Diction - recommended for singers), 2612-2616 (large ensembles other than festival choir), or 3511-3516 (chamber music - permission required).  Students planning to apply for admission to the conjoint degrees program in music education should take one or more courses in instrumental techniques (Music 3221-3282).

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, see the Faculty of Education section of this Guide.

5Students 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.

Sample Program - Students Auditioning Next Year

First-year students planning to audition (or re-audition) for admission to the B.Mus. degree program in their second year should register for the following courses in first semester:

Course Credit hours
Music 2011 or 20121 or 1002 3
Music 1107 or 11202 3
Muscis 1116 or 11173 1
Electives: One of Music 2611 - 2616 and/or courses from disciplines other than music4 up to 6
English 1080 3

1 Music 2011 (North American Popular Music) and 2012 (Understanding Classical Music: Introduction Through Guided Listening) are not applicable to the B.Mus. degree, but they are recommended as excellent preparation in music history for students who do not have the prerequisites for Music 1002.

2Music 1120 is not applicable to the B.Mus. degree.  Students who have not yet written or passed the theory  placement test may write the test at the first class meeting of Music 1120 for possible admission to Music 1107.  Please note that access to Music 1107 is reserved for B.Mus. students.  Only after the B.Mus. students have been accommodated will the course be open to non-music students.

3Music 1117 is available only to students who have passed the theory placement and aural skills tests.  If unsuccessful they must enrol in Music 1116. Students in Music 1117 must also be taking Music 1107.

Note:  Students taking 15 credit hours plus Music 1116, 1117 or any of 2611-2616 will need a course load waiver from the Academic Advising Centre permitting them to register for 16 credit hours.

4Students 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 more information, see the Faculty of Education section of this Guide.

Other Degree Programs

General Information

Students interested in music have options other than the B.Mus. degree program.  Three of these options are:

Bachelor of arts (BA), major in drama and music:  a four-year interdisciplinary program offered in co-operation with the Department of English, Faculty of Arts.  This program is not intended to train professional actors and musicians,  but offers an introduction to drama and music as literature and cultural artifact.

Sample Program

Note: This is a sample program only; there are a limited number of other possibilities.

Semester I Semester II
Music 1120 or 11071 Music 11081
Music 1117 (if eligible)1 Music 1118 (if eligible)
Musci 1127(if eligible)2 Music 1128 (if eligible)
Music 2012 Music 2011
Two electives3 Two electives3
English 1080 English 1101 (1102, 1103 or 1110)

1Prerequisite for Music 1107 and Music 1117 is successful completion of the theory placement test.  Students who have not met the prerequisite should register for Music 1120, where they will have a chance to write the placement test at the first class meeting.  Please note that access to Music 1107 is reserved for B.Mus. students.  Only after the B.Mus. students have been accommodated will the course be open to non-music students.

2Students must have completed or be currently registered in Music 1107 in order to take Music 1127.  Successful completion of the piano proficiency test is also a prerequisite for Music 1127.  Contact the School of Music for piano proficiency requirements and to schedule a test.

3Students are encouraged to select courses to satisfy regulations for the bachelor of arts degree.

Note:  Students taking 15 credit hours plus Music 1117/1118 and/or 1127/1128 will need to get a course load waiver from the Academic Advising Centre permitting them to register for more than 15 credit hours.

Minor in Music History

A minor in music history requires 27 credit hours and is  intended to provide a fairly detailed survey
of the language and literature of music.  It does not include practical training in performance.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Music and Culture

An interdisciplinary program offered jointly between the School of Music and the Department of Folklore, this minor will give students a unique interdisciplinary opportunity to learn about the musical traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador within the wider context of world music traditions.

School of Music Ensembles
(non-credit or credit)

All students at Memorial University are welcome to audition for membership in the following School of Music  ensembles:  Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Festival Choir, Chamber Choir, and Opera Workshop.  Auditions are held at the start of the fall and winter semesters.  Students admitted to the ensembles may participate on a non-credit basis, or they may register for elective credit.  For the audition schedules, and for information on registering for ensemble credit, contact the School of Music at (709) 737-7486.

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