Bachelor of music

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Campus: St. John's School: Music
Length: Four years Honours available: Yes
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The bachelor of music is a four year program that combines the highest musical excellence in an intimate setting of student and faculty collaboration. From day one you will experience close mentorship to fast track your musical development, professional opportunities to build your career, and a program that equips you with the skills, knowledge and courage to create your musical career.

To best serve your musical ambitions, tailor your program through the following majors:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Musicologies (includes music history, world music, jazz and popular music)
  • Joint major in musicologies and performance
  • Major in performance with a minor in composition
  • General musical studies
  • Comprehensive major (prepares students for specialized study in music education)

Students who major in composition, general musical studies, or performance may also choose to pursue a minor in jazz studies.

Students accepted to the bachelor of music have the option to pursue a joint bachelor of music and bachelor of commerce degree.

Unique features

The School of Music is an internationally oriented professional music school. Here is some of what makes the school special:

  • Career focused. Your program will make you the best musician you can be and prepare you for a professional musical career. With courses including Career Skills for Musicians and Music in the Community, professional apprenticeships and access to Memorial University’s entrepreneurship opportunities, you can build a career while building your musicianship.
  • Deep, meaningful mentorship and development. Every student receives weekly one-to-one mentorship in their area of applied study.
  • Professional work. Your collaborations and partnerships across the music industries will provide you with an array of professional opportunities hard to find anywhere else, from performing to composing, recording to apprenticeships and much more!
  • Music technology. In the 21st century, music and technology are inseparable. At the School of Music, you will benefit from dedicated music technology courses, a staff music technologist, and access to the state-of-the-art Memorial Electro Acoustic Research Lab.

From the moment you become a music student, you will have a dedicated advisor to guide you through your degree. You will also have the opportunity to join the vibrant Memorial Music Society, the student-led organization responsible for planning events and working with faculty to enrich your experience at the School of Music. This is all in addition to the student services provided by Memorial University. 

Admission requirements

Intake:
Fall semester only
Application deadline:
January 15

You may apply for admission into the School of Music directly from high school by indicating School of Music - bachelor of music in the appropriate place on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the program is subject to you meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University and demonstrating your excellence through your application, audition and music literacy tests. The bachelor of music is competitive for a limited number of placements. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee your acceptance into the program.

If you're interested in the bachelor of music program, we encourage you to apply in your final year of high school. However, if you're not ready to pursue a music degree in your first year, you may defer your application and enroll in music elective courses that can provide excellent preparation for the first year of the program, covering topics in music history and music theory.

Application fee

In addition to the University’s general application fee, applicants are required to pay a music supplementary application fee of $40 CAD.

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Additional documents required for admission

Your application to the bachelor of music will require you to submit the following:

  • statement of your musical experience and career objectives (included as part of the online application)
  • musical teacher reference form
  • performance audition (on site or remotely)
  • series of tests for musical literacy and competency

The School of Music provides full details on supporting documents required for admission.

Auditions are held in February. Late auditions may be scheduled if spaces are available after the February auditions.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for music students.

Sample courses

MUS 1105 - Thinking and Writing About Music I
MUS 1107 - Materials and Techniques of Music I
MUS 1700 - Introduction to Music Technology

Career opportunities

With a music degree, you are limited only by your imagination.

Music studies are recognized as among the best for future success. Our graduates go on to careers as performers, composers, teachers, orchestral musicians, entrepreneurs, theorists, musicologists, music therapists, sound engineers and more. Additionally, music has set up many of our graduates for celebrated careers as doctors, lawyers, engineers and business executives.

Here’s a short list of some of the amazing things our graduates do:

  • Operatic tenor;
  • Concert pianist;
  • MTV vlogger;
  • Film & TV composer;
  • Tonmeister: technology specialist & sound design;
  • Indie rockstar;
  • Endocrinologist;
  • Dean, School of Music;
  • Videogame composer;
  • Piano technician.