Excellent. Engaged. Relevant.
The School of Music at Memorial is dedicated to training the 21st century musician.
With 23 full time Music faculty plus 3 full time music faculty in Education and a stellar team of associated professionals, the School of Music at Memorial is the largest in Atlantic Canada. We have won a national reputation for excellence in performance and creation, education, and research. Our alumni work in professional ensembles, choirs, and orchestras and many pursue graduate studies at top institutions internationally; our music educators are in high demand across the country; our award winning graduate students consistently attract major funding. Since 1975, we have produced hundreds of highly trained music professionals who have strengthened the rich cultural fabric of Newfoundland and Labrador, and who have shared their talents worldwide. We are privileged to number many other professionals: lawyers, doctors, scientists, and business people among our alumni. We enjoy the support of numerous valued Friends, and as a result, we are able to offer an extensive array of scholarships for students at all levels of our programs.
Undergraduate Degrees - 4 year Bachelor of Music with majors in:
- Theory and Composition
- Music History and Literature
- General Musical Studies (with optional minor from a discipline other than music)
- Joint Major in Music Performance and History and Literature of Music
- Joint Major in Music Performance and Music Theory and Composition
- Five-year Conjoint Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Music Education
- Minor in Music History
- Interdisciplinary Minor in Music and Culture
At the School of Music, we are dedicated to exploring the complex relationships between contemporary and heritage culture. Tradition bearers from Newfoundland and Labrador teach courses in folk singing, fiddling and accordion. Our M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Ethnomusicology are critical, innovative, and broad minded. The Research Centre for Music Media and Place, which has garnered international attention for its Back on Track: Archival CD series, is a destination of choice for postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars. Video Communication facilities in our versatile Suncor Energy Hall connect us to every corner of Newfoundland and Labrador – and across the world – through teaching, performances and master classes. In 2011 we will embark on a major refit of music technology that will result in the MEARL: Memorial Electro-Acoustic Research Laboratory, a state-of-the-art music composition facility.
Building community is an important part of our mandate. Each year we are home to outstanding festivals, including the Festival 500, Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, Sound Symposium, and Kiwanis Music Festival. The M.O. Morgan Building resounds with the joyful noise of community choirs and ensemble rehearsals, and D.F. Cook Hall is in high demand for fine musical performance in St. John’s. Community-engaged research projects range from St. John’s Many Voices to the Moravian band tradition in Inuit Labrador, and from adaptive use musical instruments for people with disabilities, to our E-Music Lessons for remote high school students.
At Memorial, you’ll receive the knowledge and skills you need to be a professional musician in today’s world.