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Bachelor of Music

Faculty of Arts

Why study General Route?

Why take the General route in Music?

This route allows for the most flexible programming to accommodate individual backgrounds and interests; it can be as general or as specialized as you wish! You’ll have the opportunity to take courses in both theory and performance, including music history, world music, classical, and contemporary music. You can also earn credits by participating in one of our many performing ensembles, which include orchestras, concert choirs and bands, contemporary and improvisational ensembles, opera workshops, and world music ensembles.

Students accepted into the Bachelor of Music program will automatically be registered into the General Route.

Why get a Bachelor of Music degree?

Why study Music at the University of Alberta?

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) program is the most intensive of all our music programs; admission is dependent upon a successful performance audition as well as the completion of a music rudiments placement test. Through our program you will have access to award-winning teachers, global researchers, and renowned performers in a warm, close-knit academic community. Whatever your interest — singing, piano performance, computer music composition, or music history — you will have ample instructional resources to guarantee success.

Possible Careers

  • Arts and Cultural Administration
  • Chamber Musician
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Game Designer
  • Music Archivist
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Musician
  • Sound Designer
  • Studio Instructor

Admissions Requirements for 2019 - 2020

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

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Required Courses

  • One from the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One from the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences
  • Three from the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences

Admission Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

* Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.

 
 
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

    Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

  • Aboriginal Applicants  

    At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Aboriginal Students in their work towards a degree. Aboriginal students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Aboriginal Students refer to the U of A Calendar.

Deadline

Fall application: May 1, 2019

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.

Notes

  • More than one language other than English may be accepted.
  • The Faculty of Arts accepts proficiency in an Aboriginal language recognized in Canada (i.e. Cree, Slavey etc.) to meet a language other than English admission requirement. Proficiency is measure by either a test, administered by the university if such can be arranged, or by boards of examiners appointed by the university. Candidates having passed the required test of an Aboriginal language have their averages calculated on the remaining four matriculation subjects.
  • Two courses from the same second language cannot be used for meeting more than one admission subject requirement
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as January 1.
  • A Theory Placement Exam and an Audition are required for admission to this program. Contact the Department of Music at music@ualberta.ca or (780)492-3263 before May 1.
  • Only one Fine Arts Subject may be presented for admission.

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

 

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