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Music (BMus)


 Waterloo

Laurier’s Faculty of Music is built around a world-class faculty and a supportive learning environment. As you live, work and play on Canada’s best music campus, you’ll be inspired to dream big, and join the ranks of our successful alumni who enjoy diverse and innovative careers in the music industry.

Our BMus program offers concentrations in music education, contemporary music (composition and improvisation), music history, music theory, performance and comprehensive. Instruction is available in winds, brass, percussion, piano, organ, voice, strings, classical guitar and historical instruments. As a first-year student, you’ll receive a minimum of 1 hour of private instruction every week and participate in weekly masterclasses. You’ll also work with professional coach accompanists, who will assist you with the preparation and performance of solo repertoire.

We admit about 100 students every year and limit our overall enrolment to 350, which means we are large enough to have a full wind and symphony orchestra, 3 choirs, an outstanding opera program and contemporary music ensembles, but small enough to have most of our classes between 25 and 35 students. You’ll participate in at least one ensemble each year, and explore the many performance opportunities both on campus and in the vibrant music community of Kitchener-Waterloo.

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Program Highlights

  • In 2013, Laurier was Canada’s Best Music Campus by CBC Radio.
  • The Penderecki String Quartet, one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of its generation, has been in residence at Laurier since 1991.
  • Every year, Laurier’s QuartetFest brings together young artists and world-renowned performers from across Canada and abroad.
  • Opera Laurier puts on a production of excerpts in the fall and a full opera in the spring – popular shows that provide performing experience for vocalists and instrumentalists alike.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Approaches to Music Education
  • Medieval Culture in Pop or Art Music
  • Music and New Technology
  • History of Rock Music
  • Introduction to Opera

Requirements

  • Minimum 75% average.
  • English at 60%.
  • Audition on primary instrument.
  • Interview with a faculty member.
  • Theory placement test (equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced Rudiments).
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • Grade II RCM Theory or Equivalent.
  • Audition.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.

Careers

  • Musician/Performer
  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Music publicist
  • Producer
  • Film music editor
  • Teacher
  • Arts program administrator
  • Music therapist
  • Music/Arts journalist
  • Sound technician
  • Festival coordinator/organizer
  • Music copywriter
  • Music historian

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