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Community Music (BMus)


 waterloo

In Community Music, you will learn and experience the benefits of introducing music into different settings within a range of community contexts. You will be introduced to a music making approach that stresses active collaboration through creative songwriting, improvisation and group performance.

Auditions for Community Music allow you to demonstrate your personal musical strengths. Pieces can be performed on any instrument(s) (including voice) in any genre or musical style

Our instructors will pass on the leadership and musicianship skills for you to facilitate community music. Community Music can lead to a range of rewarding careers within the music industry and beyond.

As a first-year student, you’ll take year-long courses in voice and drumming, be part of the community music ensemble, take history and improvisational skills courses as well as four electives outside of the Faculty of Music.

Flexible in course requirements, you have enough room to pursue a minor or double degree to combine your love of music with other subjects outside the Faculty of Music. Recording courses are available through Conestoga College, giving you hands-on experience with current recording technology.

With guidance from a Laurier instructor, in fourth year, you will have the freedom to create a capstone project, allowing you to identify your main strengths or interests and put them to action in any form. Capstone projects are not limited and could be structured as an event, research-project, new business, performance or more. If teaching is your passion, upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for Bachelor of Education programs. Pathways to the Bachelor of Music Therapy are available.

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Faculty of Music

Program Highlights

  • Laurier is the first university in Canada to offer an undergraduate program in Community Music.
  • Flexible in course requirements, you will have enough room to pursue a minor or double degree in area outside of the Faculty of Music.
  • Many courses have been designed by recent graduates of our Master of Arts in Community Music program, meaning course content is fresh and innovative.
  • In 2013, Laurier was voted Canada’s Best Music Campus by CBC Radio.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Class Drumming/Voice
  • Community Music Ensemble
  • History of Rock and Roll
  • Managing an Arts Centred Career
  • Structure in Popular Music
  • Community Music Foundations

Requirements

  • Minimum 75% average.
  • English at 60%.
  • Successful audition.
  • Interview with faculty member.
  • Theory and ear training test (equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced Rudiments).
  • Aural skills assessment.
  • Optional portfolio of compositions.
  • View more information about applying and auditioning.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

Careers

  • classroom/private teacher
  • community ensemble leader (choir/bands)
  • music therapist
  • arts administrators
  • music program/event directors

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