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4.49.1 BA in Music
4.49.2 BA Honours Music
4.49.3 BMus in Composition
4.49.4 BMus in Integrated Studies
4.49.5 BMus in Music History and Theory
4.49.6 BMus in Performance
4.49.7 Concurrent BMus (Music Education)/BEd
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University of Calgary Calendar 2013-2014 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.49 Music
4.49 Music
Overview of Programs and Procedures
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music

BA Honours in Music

Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Performance, Composition, Music History and Theory or Integrated Studies

Concurrent BMus in Music Education and Bachelor of Education

Notes: Minors in Music and Sonic Arts are also offered.


The Department of Music offers a four-year Bachelor of Music Degree that is designed for students wishing to enter a professional career in music, either as performers, teachers, composers, theorists, historians or critics. The BMus degree provides the opportunity for students to Major in Performance, Composition, Music History and Theory or Integrated Studies. In addition there is a major in Music Education that is available in the context of a concurrent BMus/Bachelor of Education degree for students wishing to pursue the Secondary Route. Students wishing to pursue the Elementary Route would complete a BA Music/Bachelor of Education degree. All BMus programs have a common first year.

The Department also offers four-year programs leading to BA (Music) and Honours BA (Music) degrees for the student who wishes to pursue a general liberal arts education with an emphasis on Music. As such it is an ideal degree for students who are interested in music but may wish to pursue careers in law, medicine, arts administration, media studies, elementary education, digital arts, and so on. In addition to music courses, Bachelor of Arts (Music) students have the flexibility to take a large number of courses outside of the department of Music, allowing them to create degree plans that cater to their individual interests and needs.

Students in all Music Programs are encouraged to meet with an Advisor early in their degree to plan and create a focus for their degrees.

Contact Information

Department Head: W. Jordan

Department Office: Craigie Hall D 100

Department Phone: 403.220.5379

Department Fax: 403.284.0973

Department Email:

Department Website:

For Program Advice

For information on where to get program advice, see the Faculty of Arts website under

In general, questions about overall programs should be addressed to the Student Success Centre (, while questions about program details should be addressed to the Subject Advisor in the Department Office.

Admission to the BA in Music

Prospective students wishing to enter the BA (Music) Program must meet the criteria in the section of this Calendar on A.2 “Admission Requirements” at the University of Calgary. Annual application deadlines are found in A.3 Deadline Dates for Undergraduate Applications for Admission and Transcripts.

Admission requires evidence of successful completion of Grade II Royal Conservatory Theory/Advanced Rudiments or the departmental music theory diagnostic exam.

Admission to the BA Honours Music

Students wishing to be considered for admission into BA Honours (Music) Program must have completed at least five full-course equivalents in the BA (Music) Program and must meet the criteria established by the Faculty of Arts in section 3.4.3 Honours Degrees with a Major Field. The application deadline is May 1.

Admission to BMus Degrees

Prospective students wishing to enter BMus Programs in the Department of Music must meet the criteria in the section of this Calendar on A.2 “Admission Requirements” at the University of Calgary. Annual application deadlines are set in the Applications for Admission Schedule.

Admission requires evidence of successful completion of Grade II Royal Conservatory Theory/Advanced Rudiments or the departmental music theory diagnostic exam.

Admission to BMus Programs is also contingent on an audition and interview where applicants are assessed not only on actual performance, but also on talent, potential, and musicality.

Audition Dates

Auditions occur in March with late auditions in early May. Applicants are encouraged to audition in March as these are the primary auditions. Auditions in May are only to fill in any leftover spaces. Applicants must audition in March to qualify for Department of Music Scholarships.

Applicants should complete the audition forms available on line at

Live Audition application form deadline: February 26 (for March audition); May 1 (for May audition).

Taped Audition application form/recording deadline: February 26.

Audition Requirements

Applicants should be prepared to perform two pieces (except for piano and voice, who should be prepared to perform three pieces), each from a different style period; singers and instrumentalists should provide their own accompanist. Applicants should be prepared to perform for approximately 10 minutes; in addition, they will be asked to sight-read a short piece of music appropriate to their instrument or voice.

Applicants audition on the instrument of their choice or in voice. Those who would like to audition on two instruments may do so. The jury will determine which instrument (or voice) will become the major when the applicant is admitted to a Music program.

Previously accepted students who have not been enrolled in a performance practicum course for a year or more may be required to re-audition in order to determine if the previous level of attainment has been maintained.


As an indication of the level for admission to the Music Department, the following guidelines should be noted:

  • Pianists and vocalists should be prepared to perform repertoire at the Grade X level.
  • All others should be prepared to perform repertoire at the Grade VIII level. Students who have not reached the Grade VIII level, but who have a serious interest in a career in music, are encouraged to apply and to audition at the level of performance they have reached. Suggested audition repertoire guidelines are available from the website at:

Applicants Who Live Outside a 150 Km Radius of Calgary

BMus applicants who live further than 150 km from Calgary may submit a video or audio recording. If a recording is submitted, the student may be required to perform a live audition upon arrival. The recording should consist of approximately 10 minutes of music and conform to the requirements for auditions given above. The recording should have been made not more than two months prior to submission, should be of good quality and should be solo or solo with accompaniment. Audition tapes must be received by the Department of Music by February 26.

Bachelor of Music (BMus) - Major Fields of Specialization

Within the Bachelor of Music students take a common first-year program of study and then select one of the following Major Fields of specialization:

  • Composition
  • Integrated Studies
  • Music History and Theory
  • Performance

Admission to each Major is conditional on:

  1. The completion of Music 211, 213, 221, 223, 225, 231 and 233 with an average of "B-" (2.70) or better in those courses.
  2. Grades of "B" (3.00) or better in courses in their area: Composition; Music History and Theory; or Performance.
  3. Approval of the Department Head.
Keyboard Proficiency Tests

The Department has a required minimum level of keyboard proficiency, which all Bachelor of Music students must achieve in order to graduate. Applicants who have never played a keyboard instrument, or whose proficiency does not meet the required level, will be advised to take remedial work in keyboard, either through the Department or privately.

Courses and Registration

In planning their programs, students should bear in mind that some senior courses are not offered every year.

Field of Music

The Field of Music consists of all courses labelled Music (MUSI), Music Performance (MUPF) and Music Education (MUED), which are categorized as follows:

July 31, 2013

Courses Designed for Non-Music Majors*: Music 201, 203, 209, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 401, 402, 403, and 405 plus all ensembles under Music Performance (MUPF).

*Music majors may count a maximum of 1.0 full-course equivalent from Music 201, 301, 302, 304, 305, 401, 402, and 405 toward their non-music options and Music minors may count a maximum of 1.0 full-course equivalent from Music 201, 301, 302, 304, 305, 401, 402, and 405 in their program. Music majors and Music minors may not count Music 209 and 309 toward their degree requirements.

*Students in the Sonic Arts minor may count Music 309 towards their degree requirements.

Music Theory and Musicianship: Music 211, 213, 225, 311, 313, 325, 329, 415, 417, 511, 513

Performance: Music 221, 223, 321, 323, 327, 421, 423, 427, 429, 462, 521, 523, 525, 527, 562, all courses labelled (MUPF)

Music History and Literature: Music 203, 231, 233, 303, 331, 333, 531, 533, 535

Composition: Music 341, 343, 441, 443, 445, 447

Sonic Arts: Music 351, 355, 451, 453, 551

Music Education: all courses labelled (MUED)