Honours Bachelor of Music
The Honours BMus is a four-year program beyond the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (refer to Undergraduate Admissions chapter for requirements). Depending on the program, a sequence of at least 14.0 Music credits together with at least 4.0 non-music credits is required, for a total of 20.0 credits.
The Honours BMus program is intended for students who plan to become professional musicians: composers, church organists, performers, teachers, musicologists, music librarians, etc.
The core of required courses is designed to ensure that every student completing the program has a sound knowledge of music history and theory, and is a competent performer. Students in the comprehensive program have the most elective credits in which to pursue particular interests in music and in other subjects. The music education stream of the comprehensive program prepares students for teaching music in elementary and secondary schools. Students may apply to enter specialized programs in church music and performance after Year 1, and composition, music history and theory after Year 2.
All Year 1 and Year 2 music requirements must be completed or in progress while the student is enrolled in MU190A*/B/D, MU290A*/B/D and MU390A*/B/D. Students must be enrolled full-time while registered in MU190A*/B/D, MU290A*/B/D, MU390A*/B/D and MU490A*/B/D. Part-time registration may be allowed while enrolled in MU490A*/B/D depending on the student's program and by permission of the dean.
Programs of Study:
This program allows the student to choose a maximum number of Music elective credits in order to design a program of study in accordance with the student's own musical interests.
Core credits required of all Honours BMus students:
Other credits required in the comprehensive program:
This program is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching music at the elementary or secondary level. It combines the core Music credits of the BMus program with instruction in conducting, instrumental and choral techniques, and methods and philosophy of music education.
Required credits: All core credits listed above in the comprehensive program; MU290A*; MU396, MU496; if MU390A* is elected instead of MU396, MU490A* instead of MU496, the additional credit counts as a Music elective; MU381, MU481, MU367, MU394; MU358 or MU494; MU208 and MU209, or MU250*; 0.5 credit from the MU370 series or MU386, MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474; MU375 or MU461 or MU462; 1.5 credits from the MU251 series, including courses from three of the following groups, and excluding the group of the principal practical study:
Students with sufficient documented proficiency on an instrument may be exempted from the relevant techniques course. Non-music electives should be chosen so as to constitute preparation for teaching at least one other subject. MU251T is strongly recommended for students interested in teaching at the secondary level. MU354 is recommended for elementary school teachers.
This program is intended for those planning to become organists and choirmasters, possibly to pursue graduate degrees in those areas. A special advantage of this program is the co-operation of the Faculty of Music with Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in chapel services. Students in this program work with the Faculty of Music Chapel Choir, taking part as choristers and organists in regular chapel services, performing music from Gregorian chant to contemporary repertoire.
Students in this program are required to write works for various ensembles and to participate in a composition master class. Those students wishing to continue in the composition program beyond Year 2 must submit a portfolio of their work to the composition faculty. Upon approval, the student can enrol in Year 3 and Year 4 composition courses (MU360* and MU460*), which can be taken by composition majors only. During Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4, students study individually with members of the faculty; in the final year students write an extended work as their graduation composition.
Required credits: All core courses listed above in the comprehensive program; MU251T, MU252, MU260*, MU360*, MU460*, MU290A*, MU396 or MU390A*, MU496 or MU490A*; two of MU361, MU367, MU461, MU462; MU381; and 4.0 non-music electives credits; Music or non-music electives to make a total of 20.0 credits.
This program allows students to emphasize the academic and research-oriented courses in music. It serves as excellent preparation for graduate work in musicology. Students take at least 4.0 credits in music history, and in their final year write a major research paper.
Required credits: All core courses listed above in the comprehensive program; MU290A*; MU390A* or MU396; MU490A* or MU496; 2.0 credits from the MU370 series (of which a 0.5 credit may be MU386) excluding MU375; MU375 or MU461 or MU462; MU478*; Music electives as needed to complete 14.5 credits in Music; 2.0 credits in German, French, or Italian (proficiency in German at least to the level of GM210 is required); FI100* or FI247*; 1.0 additional non-music credit; 1.5 Music or non-music elective credits.
This program is designed for students who intend to become professional performers and teachers of performance. Students who demonstrate at audition time or during Year 1 or Year 2, that they have the potential to succeed as performers may apply to enter this program. Students in Year 1 receive one-hour weekly lessons, while those in Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 receive 1.5 hours of private instruction per week. If exceptional performance abilities are demonstrated at the time of audition, students may, at the recommendation of the audition panel and with permission of the dean, be offered 1.5-hour lessons in Year 1. All performance majors are required, during Year 2 and Year 3, to take part regularly in recitals, and during Year 4 to give a full-length formal solo recital.
Additional credits required in performance areas:
Orchestral Instruments: MU381, MU387, MU481; 0.5 credit from the MU370 series or from MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474; 1.0 Music elective credit and 1.0 Music or non-music elective credit. Students whose principal instrument is violin, viola, or violoncello must take MU283, MU383 and MU483; those whose principal instrument is double bass, woodwind, or brass must take one of MU283, MU383, MU483.
Students in this program complete 4.0 credits in music theory and a minimum of a 0.5 credit in composition. They must, by the time of graduation, have achieved competence on a keyboard instrument equivalent to that required for the satisfactory completion of MU190A*. In Year 4, students will meet the requirements of MU478* by presenting a graduation project in musical analysis or history of theory.
Required credits: All core courses listed above in the comprehensive program; MU361, MU367, MU461, MU462, MU160A, MU478*, MU381, MU290A*, MU390A*, MU490A*; 0.5 credit from the MU370 series or from MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474; 1.5 Music elective credits; 4.0 non-music credits; 1.0 senior Music elective credit dealing with aesthetic and/or theoretical issues may be substituted for MU478*.