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The Department of Music offers instruction leading to both the Bachelor of Music degree (B.Mus.) and the Bachelor of Arts in Music. The former is professionally oriented, whereas the latter (B.A. Major or Honours in Music) is designed for the student with a more general interest in music. A Minor in Music is available to students in any program. The Bachelor of Music degree is offered without designated majors, and allows the student considerable latitude to put emphasis on any of the subject areas: Music Theory and Composition; Music History and Literature; Music Education and Performance. It is designed to develop well-rounded musicians in practical, theoretical, and historical areas, as well as to provide a sound education in the liberal arts. This versatility of approach is in keeping with the wide-ranging demands which are placed on the musician of today.
Students applying for studies in Music are eligible for University general entrance scholarships in addition to those specifically established for students in Music. For detailed information, refer to Section 5, Financial Assistance.
In order to qualify for a Bachelor of Music Degree, a student must complete 120 credits including:
Note: Students who choose to take zero, one, or three ensembles as part of their Music electives will have to complete a total of 121 credits to qualify for their Bachelor of Music degree.
Note: Music Education and Performance Electives may be offered in one term only or over two terms. Please consult the timetable for specific information.
All B.Mus. students must participate in a core ensemble during every year in which they are registered for an Applied Music or Recital course. The core ensemble will normally be determined by the Applied Music instructor in consultation with the student and the Ensemble Directors, and will be chosen to suit the student's interests and developmental needs, and the requirements of the ensemble program. All music ensembles run for two terms and are valued at one credit per year of participation. B.Mus. students may complete up to three elective ensemble credits in addition to their required core ensemble credits, for a maximum of seven on their degree. Students in all other degree programs are eligible to complete up to six credits on their degree through ensemble participation.
The following may be taken for core ensemble credit; they may additionally be taken for elective credit: 1619-4619 Wind Ensemble, 1629-4629 Chamber Orchestra; 1639-4639 Symphonic Band; 1659-4659 Elliott Chorale; 1669-4669 Choral Society; 2679-4679 Opera Workshop (not open to first-year students). The following may only be taken for elective ensemble credit: 1689-4689 Large Ensemble of Like Instruments; 1649-4649 Instrumental Jazz Ensemble. All ensembles are valued at 1 credit per year of participation.
Attendance and prompt arrival at all ensemble rehearsals and participation in all public performances are mandatory unless prior consent of the director of the ensemble has been obtained. Preparedness for and active participation in rehearsals and performances, as well as regular attendance, are principal factors in the determination of the mark that the student will receive. The details of the application of this policy will be provided by Ensemble Directors at the beginning of each academic year.
In addition to performing on Collegium programs, qualified students are given the opportunity of presenting full-length and shared solo recitals. Recitals may be credited or uncredited.
To be eligible to present an uncredited full or shared recital, a student must be recommended by his/her Applied Music teacher, must have achieved a grade of at least A- in MUSC 2511 (Applied Music IV), or 3511 (Applied Music VI), and must have participated in two Collegia or the equivalent, since enrolling in the Bachelor of Music program.
To be eligible to present a credited shared recital (MUSC 4581), a student must be recommended by his/her Applied Music teacher, must have achieved a grade of at least A- in MUSC 3511 (Applied Music VI), and must have participated in two Collegia, or the equivalent, since enrolling in the Bachelor of Music program and must pass a recital jury.
To be eligible to present a credited full recital (MUSC 4591), a student must be recommended by his/her Applied Music teacher, must have achieved a grade of at least A- in MUSC 3501 (Applied Music V), and must have presented at least one shared recital and must pass a recital jury.
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