Students sitting in a circle in MEARL

Whatever your interests, the School of Music has something for you. Our programs celebrate diverse musical practices and traditions and are designed to support a wide range of professional aspirations within the music industry and beyond. Through engaging and rigorous coursework, comprehensive performance training, and opportunities for community-based learning, students develop:

  • Artistry, creativity, and resilience
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership 
  • Self-awareness and empathy
  • Communication skills -  both verbal and non-verbal
  • Self-confidence and the ability to take risks

We pride ourselves on our rich, student-focused learning environment. In addition to being active as scholars, performers, and creators, our faculty are dedicated educators, committed to helping each student realize their potential. 

Personalized academic and career advising is available to all undergraduate and graduate students at the School in order to demystify the course selection process and to help ensure that you get what you need from your time at Memorial.


Undergraduate Studies

The Bachelor of Music is a four-year degree program that prepares students for a career in music. Students take two years of general music study before selecting a major. All students get four full years of private lessons on their instrument or voice.

The joint degrees in Music (B.Mus) and Commerce (B.Comm.) is a five-year joint degrees program is designed to give students the musicianship, knowledge, skills and business acumen they need to forge their careers in music and further afield. Upon completion of the program, students earn two degrees -- a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Commerce.


Graduate Studies

The Master of Music programs in performance, performance/pedagogy, and conducting directly address the variety of career and life skills contemporary musicians must possess.

The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Ethnomusicology offer nationally distinctive and regionally unique opportunities for individuals who are interested in researching music as a cultural practice.