Office of the Registrar
School of Music (2007/2008)
5 Bachelor of Music Degree Regulations
5.1 Major

Candidates normally do not declare their intended major area of study before their fourth semester in the Bachelor of Music program. Candidates shall choose one of the following areas for their major:

  1. Performance. This program is recommended for those candidates planning to pursue a career as a solo performer, orchestral or band player, or private teacher. Candidates for this major must apply in writing to the Director by the last day of classes in the semester during which they are registered for Music 240B. Candidates will normally be required to audition for this program. Where possible, the jury examination for Music 240B will be considered as the audition for admission to the Performance major, although in some cases the audition may require repertoire beyond the level and amount prepared for the jury examination. Admission to this major will be based on a candidate's: i) performance on the audition and achievement in Music 140A/B and 240A/B, ii) general academic achievement, and iii) potential for a career and/or graduate work in performance.

  2. Theory and Composition. This program is recommended for those candidates who plan to compose, to carry out research in music theory, or to teach composition and/or theoretical subjects. Candidates for this major must apply in writing to the Director by the last day of classes in the semester during which they are registered for Music 2108, submitting up to three pieces of relevant work with their application, including essays, compositions or analyses written either in the context of academic course work or independently. Candidates for this major will be interviewed by a panel of faculty representing theory and composition disciplines. Admission to this major will be based on the candidate’s: i) submitted work, ii) interview, iii) achievement in Music 1107, 1108, 2107, 2108 and all elective music theory courses as well as any technology courses, iv) general academic achievement, and v) potential for a career and/or graduate work in music theory or composition.

  3. History and Literature of Music. This program is recommended for those candidates interested in research in music and/or media professions. Candidates for this major must apply in writing to the Director by the last day of classes in the semester during which they are registered for Music 2003, submitting up to three pieces of relevant work with their application, including essays or analyses written either in the context of academic course work or independently. Candidates for this major will be interviewed by a panel of faculty representing musicology and ethnomusicology disciplines. Admission to this major will be based on the candidate’s: i) submitted work, ii) interview, iii) achievement in Music 1002, 1003, 2002, 2003 and all elective music history courses, as well as English and research/writing courses, iv) general academic achievement, and v) potential for a career and/or graduate work in music history and literature, journalism or a related field.

  4. General Musical Studies. This program is recommended for those candidates who wish a broad knowledge of music that would prepare them for a variety of career and advanced study options. Students have the option of including a minor in a discipline other than music, in which case they must meet all prerequisites and requirements for the minor. The subject of the candidate's minor shall be that declared by the candidate on the Change of Academic Program Form which must then be signed by the head of the department of the minor. Students who intend to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music Education as a second degree program should consult with the Director and with the Faculty of Education regarding course selection. Candidates for the General Musical Studies major need not submit an application. All candidates who have not been admitted to another major by the end of their fourth semester in the Bachelor of Music program will automatically be admitted to the General Musical Studies major.

  5. Joint Major in Music Performance and History and Literature of Music. This program is recommended to those candidates who have both advanced performance skills and an interest in musicology and research. Students who are planning careers in specialized performance, music editing or as university-based musicians are encouraged to consider this major. Candidates must fulfill the requirements for admission to both the Performance and Music History and Literature majors.

  6. Joint Major in Music Performance and Theory and Composition. This program is recommended to those candidates who have both advanced performance skills and an interest in music theory and composition. Students who are planning careers in performance, music editing, conducting, arranging, composing or as university-based musicians are encouraged to consider this major. Candidates must fulfill the requirements for admission to both the Performance and Theory and Composition majors.

  7. Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Music Education Conjoint Degrees. This program is offered with the Faculty of Education, and is recommended for candidates planning to pursue a career in music education. Candidates for the Conjoint Degrees program must meet the Faculty of Education's admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music Education Conjoint Degree program. Applications must be submitted to the Faculty of Education by January 15 for admission in the following Fall Semester.

A candidate may not change his/her major without the written permission of the Director of the School. In cases where permission is granted, the candidate shall be required to fulfil all requirements for the new major. However, in the case where a student's major changes from Performance to one of the other majors, the principal applied study courses successfully completed under the Performance major may be used to satisfy the requirements for principal applied study in the new major, with any additional credit hours being used as music electives in the new major.