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Music (BMus)


 waterloo

Laurier’s Bachelor of Music trains musicians of all interests, inspiring future performers, composers, theorists, educators, musicologists plus alumni who pursue careers in law, medicine and business.

Built around world-class instructors and a supportive learning environment, you’ll start your Bachelor of Music as a common year student, giving you the flexibility to delve deeper into all areas of music before choosing a major. Majors are chosen in second year and are offered in composition, comprehensive, music education, music history, theory and critical analysis and performance.

As a first-year student, you’ll receive weekly one-hour private lessons, ensemble experience and masterclasses plus access to professional coach-accompanists. We admit 100 students annually in winds, brass, percussion, piano, harp, organ, voice, strings, classical guitar and historical instruments.

Hit the Stage

Performing opportunities are endless at Laurier. Each year, you will be placed in one of our ensembles, where you will learn and train under the direction of our talented faculty, performing in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall. You may wish to take part in our Tuesday student recitals, which showcase our student’s talents each week.

Ensembles include the Laurier Symphony Orchestra, Laurier Wind Orchestra, three choir opportunities, Improvisation Concerts Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble plus additional chamber groups.

Guest Artists

Each year, guest artists and educators will visit Laurier to lead a masterclass, workshop or lecture and to perform. As a student you will get to work closely with leading Canadian and international artists, giving you a new opportunity to grow and explore your discipline. Recent guests have included Dame Evelyn Glennie, Janina Fialkowska, Anton Kuerti, Tafelmusik, Bob Egan and Raffi Armenian.  

Generous 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.

Earn an Education Degree, Too

Laurier’s Faculty of Education guarantees admission to their Bachelor of Education to a limited number of top-ranking music students upon gradation. Criteria includes maintaining a minimum B average and meeting the Faculty of Education’s general admission requirements.

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Want to learn more about the Faculty of Music at Laurier? Come visit us or request our viewbook.

Info for Current Students

Faculty of Music

Program Highlights

  • 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

Requirements

  • Minimum 75% average.
  • English at 60%.
  • Successful audition.
  • Interview with a faculty member.
  • Theory and ear training 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.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.
  • Plus all music audition requirements

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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