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Community Music (MA)

Community Music (MA)

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Our Master of Arts (MA) in Community Music is an interdisciplinary program that balances theory and practice for the development of leadership skills in community music. During this program you’ll complete an applied community service placement and a research project. The final requirement is a presentation of your research in a public community setting where your leadership is demonstrated in context.

The MA in Community Music is offered full-time and part-time.

Our program is designed for community leaders who are, or plan to be, engaged in creating or making music with diverse populations in schools, places of worship, private studios, seniors’ homes, community centres or other venues where music making occurs. Those who are currently in music careers will find this program tailored to the deepening of their skills and interests through scholarship and applied experience. Those completing undergraduate programs will find this to be a natural progression that builds on the foundational experiences and developing musicianship acquired in their undergraduate years of study.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

Contact Us:

Lee Willingham, Graduate Coordinator


General Inquiries


Program Options


Full-time students will normally complete the curriculum in three consecutive terms (Fall–Winter–Spring/Summer).


As a part-time course of study, the program is designed with flexibility in both sequence of courses and duration of program. The part-time program has a typical duration of 6 terms.

*You can develop your program in consultation with the graduate coordinator.

Sample Courses

  • Community Music Practices and Leadership
  • Music and Meaning in Community Contexts
  • New Media, Business, Administration and Marketing
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Workshops
  • Qualitative Research Methods


  • A four-year honours degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum B in your final two years of full-time undergraduate program of study.
  • Applications from a diverse range of disciplines are welcome, but a foundation of musical training and experience is required for admissibility to this program.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.


Community Music provides you the skills to be successful in a number of careers, including:

  • ensemble leaders and administrators
  • classroom and studio teachers
  • adult education teachers and support staff
  • arts councils administers
  • administrators and managers of arts-based businesses, schools and music camps
  • music/leisure coordinators at seniors residences
  • prison and probation support workers
  • community youth leaders
  • church/worship/faith-based leader

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