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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
September 19, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Admission Requirements



A foundation of musical training and experience is required for entrance to this program. The Program Learning Outcomes demand graduate level scholarship in dealing with a depth and breadth of new knowledge, in developing and applying approved research methods, and in engaging in a leadership practice that advances musical quality in the community. Specifically, candidates will articulate in a statement how their personal goals for practice in Community Music align with the outcomes of the program, and how their previous experiences enhance the possibility of success in achieving them.

Further, it is expected that the candidate will be open to and respectful of the conventional practices of other art forms (outcome #3). They will demonstrate a reflective and critical process in their own growth as a community music practitioner.

Admission to an internationally recognized MA in CM (outcome #1) requires the following:

  • A four-year honours degree (20 full credits, or the equivalent from an international institution) from an accredited university;
  • Minimum "B" standing in the final two years of study
  • A statement of musical background supporting the applicant's candidacy (including formal and informal study, and related career experience)
  • A statement of interest (500 words) outlining areas of research interest and the relationship between the graduate degree and the applicant’s professional goals.

Candidates with recently conferred undergraduate degrees are welcome to apply to this masters level program as a sequential continuation of their study. However, the program design and content are meant for the practitioner with some career or vocational experience. Candidates will be assessed on an individual basis, and while not a requirement, it is recommended that the candidate provide evidence of:

  • Teaching or musical leadership experience
  • Two years professional experience
  • Some administrative planning, budgeting, or related experience

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants without professional experience (e.g., recent Bachelor level graduates) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The admission policy for the MA in Community Music program recognizes a diverse range of musical practices as eligible experience to qualify for acceptance. The program welcomes without bias, a wide variety of experiences in a wide variety of musical genres.