Music (BMus)

Take your talent to the stage, study music in a supportive learning environment while working alongside prominent musical artists and choose from several concentrations to personalize your academic experience. Receive weekly one-hour private lessons, ensemble experiences, masterclasses and access to professional coach-accompanists. You can apply to the Bachelor of Music Therapy program in your second year.


2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UM

Admission to the Bachelor of Music is based on the collective results of meeting academic requirements, successful audition, interview with a faculty member, completion of a theory and ear training test, reference and an optional portfolio.

Program Options and Courses


We know your passion for your instrument or voice is a big part of what defines you. Find your instrument below to learn what makes studying it at Laurier unique, as well as audition advice and repertoire requirements.

Don’t study an instrument listed below? Contact for audition information.

First-Year Courses

  • Music and its Contexts
  • Musical Skills Lab I
  • Musical Skills Lab II
  • Theory I
  • Theory II
  • Ensemble
  • Practical Study (lessons and masterclass)
  • 1.5 electives

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Practical Studies for Performance Majors
  • Musical Skills Lab VI
  • Theory III

Similar Programs

Bachelor of Education Pathway

Top-ranking Music graduates are guaranteed admission to Laurier’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) program, as long as they meet the minimum admission requirements for the BEd program.


You'll start your Bachelor of Music (BMus) as a common first-year student, giving you the flexibility to delve deeper into all areas of music before choosing your concentration.

Concentrations are chosen in second year and are offered in composition, integrated musical arts, music education, music history, theory and critical analysis, performance and self-directed studies.

You may also wish to consider applying to the Bachelor of Music Therapy after second year instead of choosing a concentration.

Once you are a music student at Laurier our academic advisor is always available to help you determine which concentration is the right fit for your career goals.

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

Faculty of Music Scholarships

On top of any entrance scholarships, you may earn at Laurier, Faculty of Music scholarships may be offered to you based on the success of your audition. Roughly $75,000 is awarded to first-year students each year. Financial success doesn’t end in first year; scholarships are available to upper-year students by application.

Our top first-year scholarships based on audition include the $5,000 Ken Murray Entrance Scholarship and the $2,000 Martens-Falk Voice Scholarship.

"The Music program at Laurier is highly respected and renowned due to the many opportunities it provides to students, whether that be performing in the community, within the faculty or sponsoring students to pursue their own entrepreneurial pursuits, including competitions."

Naomi Brito, Music graduate

"Laurier has provided me with all the materials I need in the program to be a successful musician and take away much of it into my professional career... and that’s all in just one course!"

Ian Fong, Music graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • musician/performer
  • conductor
  • composer
  • producer
  • teacher
  • music therapist
  • music/arts journalist
  • sound technician

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"It’s so great to be taught by such distinguished musicians, many with performance histories circling the globe. I enjoy building my skill and seeing my abilities develop as a singer. I love being able to witness my peers learn and grow during masterclasses."

Ashley Sherk, Music graduate

Interested in More Info?

Email, call 519.884.0710 x2492 or see all Music faculty and staff.