Degree PlansCourses of InstructionCourse Lists

D.Baird, C.Brunette, J.Burge, G.Craig, G.Dalbec-Szczesniak, T.Davidson, P.Freeman, D.Gartshore, J.Hanlon, B.Kelly, E.Kwasniewska, R.Lamb, S.Lind, O.Malyshko, C.Marvin, M.Mozetich, D.Namer, K.Pegley, B.Ravenscroft, M.Rogalsky, G.Runions, A.Shannon, G.E.Smith, M.Szczesniak, C.Tormann, W.Tormann, D.Tremblay, M.Walker, I.Zuk

Departmental Notes
Subject Code    MUSC
World Wide Web Address
Director of the School    M.Walker
School Office    Harrison-LeCaine Hall, Room 204
Telephone    613-533-2066
E-Mail Address   
Chair of Undergraduate Studies    S.Lind
Academic Adviser to B.Mus. Year I Students    M.Walker
Academic Adviser to B.A. Students    C.Marvin
Academic Adviser to Con.Ed. Students    R.Lamb
Administrative Assistant    S.Roth


At Queen’s University School of Music, you will obtain a solid education in western classical music from the ancient to the postmodern, and build on courses in applied study (performance), musicology/ethnomusicology, music education, and theory and composition.

The School of Music offers four different ways to study Music.  The most specialized of these is the four-year Bachelor of Music degree program.  This is a direct-entry degree program and is subject to special admission conditions (see below and Admission Regulation 12 for details).  Admission is based on an audition, music theory and aural skills tests, and an interview, and students must also meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to the University.  Students entering the Bachelor of Music degree program may also apply for the concurrent B.Mus./Music and Digital Media Program with St. Lawrence College.

The School of Music also offers Major, Medial and Minor/General Plans as part of the regular Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree Programs.  Students enter these Plans through application in the normal fashion following their first year of study (see Academic Regulation 2 for details).  These Plans offer many of the music courses available within the B.Mus. Program, including private instrumental or vocal instruction, but excluding musicianship courses and some applied study courses.  The Minor/General Plan in Music and the Medial Plan in Music both allow the student to choose from one of four main areas of study within music: musicology/ethnomusicology, theory/composition, education, or applied study (performance).  The Major Plan in Music is designed for specialization in the academic areas of musicology, ethnomusicology and theory/analysis.
Departmental Policies
Procurement and costs of accompaniment are the students’ responsibility; the School of Music may subsidize a portion of the costs.

B.Mus. and Queen’s students in the following categories will be able to rent instruments from the School of Music for ($75 for four months in 2014-15, but subject to change):  i) who are enrolled in the secondary instrument courses MUSC 180-187/3.0 and MUSC 189/3.0; ii) who are enrolled in applied studies courses (MUSC 121/6.0, 221/6.0, 321/6.0, 421/6.0, MUSC 120/6.0, 220/6.0, 320/6.0, 420/6.0, or MUSC 124/6.0, 224/6.0, 324/6.0, 424/6.0); or iii) who require  an instrument for participation in a School of Music ensemble.
Advice to Students

Course Load
B.Mus. students may register for a maximum of 37.5 units over the Fall and Winter Terms. All other Music students must follow the normal course load restrictions as detailed in Academic Regulation 3

Music Education Option
Students who intend to enter a Bachelor of Education program should choose music education as their main area of study in the B.Mus. Program.  They should follow the course of study outlined in the Music Education Option for B.Mus. Plans and/or contact their intended Bachelor of Education Department/School to ensure that teaching subject prerequisites have been fulfilled.

Specific Ensemble requirements for B.Mus. students are detailed under the Music Specialization Plan. Ensemble courses are open to all students in Arts and Science for credit, upon successful audition.  All students must audition in early September.

Access to and Credit for Music courses in other Arts and Science Programs
Some courses in Music are only open to registration by B.Mus. students or to students in a Music Major Plan. Individual course descriptions will indicate these courses.  Most, but not all MUSC courses may be used to fulfill the elective or Plan requirements of Arts and Science degree Programs.  Some MUSC courses are designed for, and fulfill Program requirements for, only B.Mus. students.  For a complete list of such courses please consult the Degree Program Information section of this Calendar.

A theory rudiments diagnostic test is administered during the audition phase of the application to the B.Mus. Program.  B.Mus. students achieving a grade of A- or better on this test enrol in MUSC 191/6.0 without conditions. B.Mus. students achieving a grade of B+ or lower will be expected to do remedial work as part of MUSC 191/6.0. Students are strongly encouraged to strengthen their skills in rudiments before commencing the program.  Students in plans other than the B.Mus. Program may contact the School of Music regarding Rudiments requirements for admission to other courses, including MUSC 103/3.0 and/or MUSC 191/6.0.

Students in Music Major, Medial or Minor/General Plans follow the standard Arts and Science admission regulations.  Admission to the Bachelor of Music Program is by direct-entry.  Once admitted to this Program, students will be automatically enrolled in the Music Specialization Plan.  Admission will generally require an audition.  Students from other universities, from any other Faculty at Queen’s, or currently registered in any other Program in Arts and Science must also apply through Undergraduate Admission to the B.Mus. Program.  This includes any students who were previously required to withdraw from the B.Mus. Program and who wish to gain re-entry. Again, an audition will be required.  See Admissions Regulation 12 for complete details.

Students seeking admission to the concurrent B.Mus./Music and Digital Media Diploma Program with St. Lawrence College should follow the same admissions procedures for the direct-entry B.Mus.  Upon receiving an offer of admission from Queen’s for the B.Mus., students complete a Program Application Form to St. Lawrence College for part-time study through the concurrent MDM Program. Forms are available through the School of Music.