Office of the Registrar
School of Music (2019/2020)
5.4 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 the 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:

5.4.1 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.

5.4.2 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.

5.4.3 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.

5.4.4 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, Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, and/or former Research/Writing (R/W) courses, 4) general academic achievement, and 5) potential for a career and/or graduate work in musicology, ethnomusicology, journalism or a related field.

5.4.5 Performance

Candidates for this Major must apply in writing to the Dean normally by the end of the fourth week of classes in the semester during which they are registered for Music 240B. Candidates are required to audition for this program and will be evaluated by a performance jury. A reference letter from the applied instructor must be submitted to the Dean prior to the jury taking place. Where possible, the jury examination for Music 240B and for admission to the Performance Major will be the same. 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, normally represented by a minimum 85% grade in Music 240A, 2) general academic achievement, normally represented by a minimum 70% average in Music courses, and, 3) potential for a career and/or graduate work in performance.

5.4.6 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.

5.4.7 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.

5.4.8 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.

5.4.9 Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Business Administration

This program is offered with the Faculty of Business Administration and is recommended for applicants planning to pursue a variety of careers in the music, creative and cultural industries from entrepreneurial ventures (e.g. performance, composition, studio teaching, digital media) to professional and managerial work within established businesses and organizations. Applicants for the joint degrees program must meet the Admission/Readmission Requirements to the Bachelor of Music Degree Program, must be admitted to the Bachelor of Music Degree program, and must select the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program on their online application to the University or on the Declaration/Change of Academic Program Form. Applications must be submitted by January 15 for admission to the following Fall semester.

5.4.9.1 Admission Requirements
  1. Admission to the program is competitive and selective. Prospective students are therefore encouraged to consider an alternate degree program in the event that they are not accepted into the Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Business Administration program.

  2. Applicants who have been awarded a Bachelor of Music Degree or an undergraduate Business degree from this University may not complete the Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Business Administration.

  3. Applicants for the Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Business Administration program must meet the Admission/Readmission Requirements to the Bachelor of Music Degree Program and must be admitted to that program.

  4. All applicants must submit a 750-word letter of motivation highlighting the applicant’s relevant past experiences, career plans, and motivation for pursuing the joint degrees program.

  5. Applicants may be requested to attend an interview.