Office of the Registrar
School of Music (2014/2015)
5.3 Admission/Readmission Requirements to the Bachelor of Music Degree Program
  1. All applicants are required to audition to the satisfaction of the School on the instrument that they have chosen as their Principal Applied Study in their degree program.

    1. The School offers instruction in voice, piano. organ, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, percussion, guitar, violin, viola, cello and double bass. Audition requirements for each instrument may be obtained from the School of Music General Office or online at www.mun.ca/music.

    2. Auditions are normally held in early March. Dates and locations of upcoming auditions are available from the School of Music General Office or online at www.mun.ca/music/programs/.

    3. Late auditions may be held if space is available. Students auditioning late are normally not eligible for School of Music entrance scholarships.

    4. Transfer students and students seeking readmission to the music degree program must audition to determine their placement in applied study courses. The level of audition should be equivalent to the jury requirements for the prerequisite of the course to which they are seeking admission. Jury requirements are available from the Office of the School of Music or through the School of Music website at www.mun.ca/music.

  2. All applicants are also required to take the following admission and placement tests:

    1. Placement Test in Theory and Musicianship: This test in basic rudiments, aural perception, and simple four-part harmony will be administered during the entrance audition period.

    2. Sightsinging Test: This short test is administered individually.

    3. Piano Proficiency Test: Piano proficiency is a graduation requirement. Students are expected to meet this requirement within the first year of their program. Applicants whose level of attainment is not acceptable to the School will be required to repeat and pass the Piano Proficiency Test prior to registering for Music 2401. Students are advised to contact the School of Music regarding scheduling of the test and for information about private remedial piano instruction.

    4. Writing Test: This test is administered during the entrance audition period. It is intended to assess students’ writing skills and their capacity to articulate ideas about music.

  3. The School will notify applicants in writing when a decision has been made regarding admission.

5.3.1 Major
  1. With the exception of the Comprehensive Major, candidates normally declare their intended Major area of study in their fourth semester in the Bachelor of Music program.

  2. A candidate may not change his/her Major without the written permission of the Dean. In cases where permission is granted, the candidate shall be required to fulfill 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.

  3. Candidates shall choose one of the following areas for their Major:

5.3.1.1 Composition

Students interested in the Composition Major are strongly encouraged to take Music 3100 in their second year. Candidates for this Major must apply in writing to the Dean by February 15th in the semester during which they are registered for Music 2108, submitting up to three of their own compositions by the end of classes in that semester. Candidates will be interviewed by a panel of composition faculty. Admission to this Major will be based on the candidate’s: 1) submitted compositions, 2) interview, 3) achievement in Music 1107, 1108, 1700, 2107, 2108, 3100 and any other elective courses in music theory and composition, 4) general academic achievement, and 5) potential for a career and/or graduate work in composition.

5.3.1.2 Comprehensive

Candidates planning to apply for admission to the Conjoint degrees (Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Music Education) should first declare the Comprehensive Major by the end of their second semester in the Bachelor of Music program in order to take the necessary prerequisite courses for admission to the Conjoint degrees program. Students planning to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music Education as a second degree may wait until their fourth semester to declare this Major. Please note that completion of this degree does not guarantee admission to the Faculty of Education.

5.3.1.3 General Musical Studies

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. 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 is available at www.mun.ca/regoff/registration/Declare_Change_Academic_Program.pdf or in person at the Office of the Registrar.

5.3.1.4 Musicologies

Candidates for this Major must apply in writing to the Dean by February 15th in the semester during which they are registered for Music 2006, submitting up to three pieces of relevant work by the end of classes in that semester, including essays or analyses written either in the context of academic course work or independently. Candidates will be interviewed by a panel of faculty in this discipline. Admission to this Major will be based on the candidate's: 1) submitted work, 2) interview, 3) achievement in Music 1005, 1006, 2005, 2006 and any electives in musicologies, as well as English and research/writing courses, 4) general academic achievement, and 5) potential for a career and/or graduate work in musicology, ethnomusicology, journalism or a related field.

5.3.1.5 Performance

Candidates for this Major must apply in writing to the Dean by February 15th in the semester during which they are registered for Music 240B. Candidates are 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: 1) performance on the audition and achievement in Music 140A/B and 240A/B, 2) general academic achievement, and 3) potential for a career and/or graduate work in performance.

5.3.1.6 Joint Major in Music Performance and Musicologies

Candidates for the Joint Major must apply in writing to the Dean by February 15th in the semester during which they are registered for Music 240B. Candidates for admission to the Joint Major must fulfill the requirements for admission to both the Performance and Musicologies Majors.

5.3.1.7 Major in Music Performance with a Minor in Composition

Candidates for this Major must apply in writing to the Dean by February 15th in the semester during which they are registered for Music 240B. Candidates must fulfill the requirements for admission to both the Performance and Composition Majors.

5.3.1.8 Bachelor of Music Conjoint with Bachelor of Music Education

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 to the following Fall semester.