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Music (BMus)


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 community music (new for 2016), composition, comprehensive, music education, music history, music theory, and performance. Instruction is available in winds, brass, percussion, piano, organ, voice, strings, classical guitar and historical instruments.

Practice Makes Perfect

As a first-year student, you’ll receive a minimum of one hour of private instruction every week and participate in weekly masterclasses (applicable to students in all streams except for the community music stream, which has its own private instruction schedule). You’ll also work with professional coach accompanists, who will assist you with the preparation and performance of solo repertoire.

Earn an Education Degree, Too

New for 2017: The Music program has entered into an agreement with Laurier’s Faculty of Education, guaranteeing that the top-ranking Music graduates who meet the requirements for Laurier's Bachelor of Education (BEd) program will be provided a space in the program.

Limited Enrolment

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, three 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.

Transfer Students

Interested in transferring to Laurier? Review our admission requirements and other information on how to apply in our admissions toolkit.

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Faculty of Music

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


  • Minimum 75% average.
  • English at 60%.
  • Successful audition.
  • Interview with a faculty member.
  • Theory placement test (equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced Rudiments).
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, are available in our admissions toolkit.
  • View more information about applying and auditioning.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • Grade II RCM Theory or Equivalent.
  • Audition.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.


  • 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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