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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Faculty of Music

Why study Music at Laurier?

Because it's our passion.

If music is your passion, and you want an excellent education, then Laurier is the university for you. Our dedicated faculty understand your dreams and are committed to helping you achieve your educational goals.

Our alumni are successful in virtually every area of the performing world, where they appear in opera houses and concert halls, orchestras, choirs, bands, chamber music ensembles, and musical theatre.
They are church organists and music directors, composers, conductors, educators, musicologists, music librarians, music therapists and theorists. Those who have exciting careers in fields other than music continue performing or teaching music in their communities, and attribute their professional success to their music education at Laurier. No matter what your reason is for studying music, your education at Laurier will
prepare you for a successful future.

Because of our tradition of excellence.

We ease the integration of new students into the university culture. Our popular Laurier Day program
is an opportunity for potential students to visit the university and the faculty, meet the dean, attend a concert by our current students, and tour the campus and our music facilities. Our annual November Audition Workshop for senior high-school music students provides an opportunity to learn about the official audition process through mock auditions, information sessions, and presentations by faculty and students. Our extensive concert series is open to the public and all students are admitted at no charge.

A personal community with “generosity of spirit”

Personal attention and concern for your development form the foundation of our program. Because of our supportive, close-knit community, where faculty are accessible, students learn to work together, and to develop a camaraderie that enables creativity to thrive.

Our small classes

Most of our classes have between 20 and 35 students, with the exception of Music History, our largest class, which has approximately 80 students. This class is taught in one of our spacious multimedia-enhanced classrooms.

Outstanding faculty

All courses are taught by distinguished scholars, performers, and educators who are committed to providing you with an excellent education.

Our studio lessons

  • All lessons are taught by distinguished performers.
  • Performance majors, from third year on, receive a 90-minute private lesson per week.
  • All students may take 60 minute lessons. In some programs, students have the option to take 30 minute lessons if they prefer. 
  • Second Practical Study students receive a 30-minute private lesson per week.

Master classes

All students have weekly master classes, often with internationally-renowned guest artists.

Subsidized professional accompanying

There is a minimal charge for studio accompanying, as the Faculty of Music subsidizes accompanying costs. Students work with professional coaches/accompanists who assist with the performance of solo repertoire.


6.67 to 18.33 hours per year depending on program and year.


4.67 to 16.33 hours per year depending on program and year.

  • First year - 4.5 hours/year
  • Second year - 7 hours/year
  • Non performance (3rd & 4th years) - 9 hours/year
  • Performance (3rd year) - 14 hours/year
  • Performance (4th year) - 16.33 hours/year