Music has been an integral part of the Mount Allison experience for nearly 140 years.

Whether you are looking to prepare for a professional career in music, or simply want to study music as an elective or as an extracurricular activity, the Music department has plenty to offer.


music student at the music conservatoryThe Music program at Mount Allison stresses professional training, with an emphasis on musical performance. The department offers performance study in:

  • voice
  • piano
  • strings
  • woodwinds
  • brass
  • percussion
  • guitar
  • organ
  • harpsichord

Although it is a classically-based program, Music offers electives in jazz, musical theatre, world music, and much more. To see a full list of Music courses, see our academic calendar – Music.

Bachelor of Music students are not formally streamed into specific areas of musical study. This flexible approach helps ensure you are well prepared for the wide-ranging demands and varied career options that exist for today's musicians.

Small class sizes within Mount Allison's Music program mean that you work closely with the department's talented and enthusiastic faculty, have constant access to instruments and practice rooms, and perform on stage on a regular basis.

Degree options

At Mount Allison, there are different levels of Music depending on your interests and skills:

  • Bachelor of Music
    Our Bachelor of Music program includes four years of weekly private lessons on your chosen instrument or voice, combined with academic studies in music and non-music courses. This program allows you much freedom to put emphasis on performance, music education, composition, music history, or music theory. The Bachelor of Music degree is suitable for those who contemplate any professional career in music, including teaching, performance, musicology, music therapy, arts administration, recording, broadcasting, music librarianship, and music journalism. An audition is required.

  • Bachelor of Arts with an honours, major, or minor in Music
    Our Bachelor of Arts program balances music study with courses in other disciplines – it emphasizes the academic aspects of music and is designed for students who wish to combine their study of music with more non-music courses than are available in the Bachelor of Music curriculum. Private lessons are not available in the Bachelor of Arts, but there are still ample opportunities to perform in music ensembles and societies.
  • Any degree with a minor in Music
    A minor in Music consists of a selection of core and elective music courses and can be combined with any degree. Private lessons are not available in a minor, but there are still ample opportunities to perform in music ensembles and societies.

Not sure about the difference between a major, minor, and honours?

Bachelor of Music - credits Bachelor of Arts - credits

A great place to perform

Brunton Auditorium in the Music ConservatoryMount Allison is home to one of the finest university music buildings in the country — the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music. It offers:

  • a 310-seat concert hall, Brunton Auditorium, hosting more than 80 concerts, recitals, and guest speakers each year
  • practice studios, most equipped with pianos
  • an extensive collection of instruments, including 15 grand pianos
  • a computer lab with hardware and software for music notation, audio editing, and electroacoustic composition
  • choral and instrumental music collections
  • collection includes a Yamaha CFX Concert Grand, giving our Music department one of the best piano collections in Atlantic Canada

The Alfred Whitehead Memorial Music Library houses the largest musical resources collection in the Maritimes with more than 45,000 books, scores, audio recordings, and videos.

Share your love of music with the community

The Music department's Collegia Musica series offers you the chance to perform in front of an audience on a weekly basis. Music ensembles and societies enjoy a reputation as some of the finest in the country:

  • Choral Society
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Music for the Cure
  • Garnet & Gold Musical Theatre
  • Host your own show on CHMA Radio
  • Check out the over 150 clubs & societies for even more!

To view a full description, student testimonials, and career options, visit Music program.

Applying to the Bachelor of Music

Once you've applied for general admission to the University, you must apply to the Bachelor of Music in a separate Music application form, an audition, and an entrance assessment. The deadline for music applications is FEB. 10.

Find out more about applying to the Bachelor of Music.

Applying to the Bachelor of Arts? The Music application form is for students applying to the Bachelor of Music only – there is no need to fill out the form if you plan on applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Music.