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School of Drama and Music at Queen's University


Harrison-LeCaine Hall
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Director (Drama): Craig Walker
Associate Director (Music):
Ireneus Zuk
Director, Queen’s Community Music:
Karma Tomm

Our music degree plans provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for students who wish to explore music as a medium for intellectual and personal growth and expression. We encourage our students to develop high-level performance skills while at the same time building crucial music and academic literacy. The new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts with its world-renowned performance hall and waterfront rehearsal room is an inspiring place to learn. New to our School of Drama and Music is the concurrent Bachelor of Music Degree and Digital Media (MDM) Diploma Program, a joint 4+1 year program between Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College. Students in this program combine up-to-date skills in sound and digital technology with a high-standard education in music performance and academics, receiving both a Queen’s degree and a St. Lawrence diploma.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Music - BMus

Specialization in Music
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline.

BMus / MDM: (Bachelor of Music from Queen's University + Music and Digital Media Diploma from St. Lawrence College)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Specialization in Computing and the Creative Arts (COCA)
This specialization consists of the majority of the courses in Computing and a SubPlan such as Art, Drama, Music or Film and Media with room for elective courses.

Major in Music
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in Music
A dual course of study in Music and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Music
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts - BA

General in Music
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

Full list of Undergraduate Degree Plans at Queen's University

First Year Courses

The School of Drama and Music offers a number of first year courses in Music.  Your choice of course depends on your background, interests, and what subject you may wish to study in upper years.  Some courses are only available to students in the Bachelor of Music Program - differentiated below.

  • MUSC P52/3.0 Rudiments (Arts and Science Students)
  • MUSC 101/3.0 An Introduction to the History of Western Art Music I (Arts and Science Students)
  • MUSC 102/3.0 An Introduction to the History of Western Art Music II (Arts and Science Students)
  • MUSC 171/3.0 Social History of Popular Music (Arts and Science Students)
  • MUSC 289/3.0 World Musics (Arts and Science Students)
  • MUSC 103/3.0 Music and Society (B.Mus. and Arts and Science Students with permission)
  • MUSC 191/6.0 Theory and Analysis I (B.Mus. and Arts and Science Students with permission)
  • MUSC 124/6.0 Applied Music (Arts and Science Students with successful audition)

If you have been admitted to MUSC-P-BMS, in first year you must take:

MUSC 103/3.0 (Musicology) and MUSC 191/6.0 (Music Theory)

MUSC 127/3.0 and MUSC 128/3.0 (Musicianship)

MUSC 121/6.0 (Applied Study:  Note that students who meet higher standards of performing ability may  audition in September for acceptance into the “double credit” Applied Study courses MUSC 120/6.0 and MUSC 125/6.0 in lieu of MUSC 121/6.0.  If you audition successfully, you may change your registration at that time.  In addition to their private lessons, students in these advanced courses perform a public recital at the end of first year)

One of:  MUSC 180/3.0; MUSC 181/3.0; MUSC 183/3.0; MUSC 185/3.0; MUSC 187/3.0; MUSC 188/3.0 (Music Education courses:  choose the course related to an instrument which is not your primary performance instrument)

One of:  (Vocal Ensembles) MUSC 160/1.5; MUSC 167/1.5; MUSC 162/1.5; MUSC 165/1.5; MUSC 166/1.5; MUSC 168/1.5; MUSC 169/1.5; MUSC 178/1.5; MUSC 179/1.5 (Note that over the course of your degree, you must take at least one vocal ensemble, therefore it might be advisable to select a vocal ensemble in first year)

Special Note

Students in Music Major, 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 the Admission Services 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 13 for complete details.

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.

If you are a B.Mus. student, the School of Music will register you in your first-year core Music courses.

What it takes to get into Music in your second year >>

Click here for the complete list of Courses in Arts and Science

Music Electives for Non-Music Students

Music has space available in many courses and is willing to admit non-MUSC students with alternate pre-requisites (such as prior RCM study).  Contact the MUSC Chair of Undergraduate Studies at linds@queensu.ca for any enrolment requests/questions.

Courses that do not require previous Music knowledge:

  • MUSC P52 (Rudiments)
  • MUSC 102 (Introduction to the History of Western Music II)
  • MUSC 289 (World Music, an online course)
  • MUSC 171 (Social History of Popular Music)

Performance courses (undergraduate students in any program with previous performance experience are welcome to apply):

Upper-year courses:

  • MUSC 386 (Research Issues in Ethnomusicology):  Course topics explore the intersection of contemporary ethnomusicology and critical theory (ideology, postcolonial theory, identity); ethics (working with vulnerable populations); representation (race, gender and class); interviewing techniques; fieldwork practices; media (filmic representations of world music); historical ethnomusicology; transcription; and advocacy.  NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC REQUIRED.
  • MUSC 476 (Politics of Sound):  This course will cover a range of topics within the area of sound studies, focusing upon the ways in which music and sound art have affective and political impact upon listeners. Topics will include the use of sound in war/torture, non-Western and First Nations epistemologies of sound, musical improvisation as a form of democracy, and the politics of sound from feminist and LGBTQ2 perspectives.  NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC REQUIRED.
  • MUSC 358 (Jazz and Popular Music Arranging).  Students interested should have advanced harmony knowledge (minimum RCM Harmony 3 or 4) and/or previous jazz experience.

Students with substantial Music backgrounds are also welcome to inquire about any of our other courses.  See the Music website or SOLUS for specific information about class times and locations (http://www.queensu.ca/music/programs/courses-offered).

Bachelor of Music Transfers

Transfer from the B. Mus.:  Students in the Bachelor of Music Program who wish to transfer from the Music Specialization to a different Arts and Science Plan, may do so by submitting the form  on the Changes to your Program page. There is no return to the Bachelor of Music without submitting an application through Undergraduate Admission and undergoing an audition (this includes those students who transfer to the Music Major, Medial or Minor and who then want to return to the Bachelor of Music). It is prudent to seek academic advice from the School of Music or from an academic advisor in Arts and Sciencebefore changing your Plan.

Transfer to the B. Mus.:  Students who wish to transfer to the Bachelor of Music Program -- Music Specialization Plan from another Plan in Arts and Science (including the Music Major, Medial or Minor) must apply through the Faculty of Arts and Science office; first-years through SOLUS and upper-years through the plan change process. Applicants are required to perform an audition. There are limited spaces available, and it is prudent to seek advice from the School of Music before initiating this process.

The School of Music has these general policies in place:

  • Students are also strongly advised to have completed RCM Advanced Rudiments (Grade II) harmony. (Students who have taken MUSC191 at Queen's prior to their application to transfer, and passed with at least a C-, may be considered for enrolment in MUSC291 instead of MUSC191).
  • The performance audition may be waived if the student has been taking an applied study course (MUSC*24) in their other program.  If the student has not taken a MUSC*24 course, they will have to play an audition, and are subject to the prerequisites required for their proposed major instrument as specified on the School of Music website. (The Auditions coordinator prefers that prospective transfers call the School of Music to arrange an ad hoc audition on a weekday, rather than have them sign up for one of the scheduled audition days for prospective new students).
  • If the student is not already known to the School of Music in some capacity (already taking music courses, or having spoken with the Director or the Chair of Undergraduate Studies about a transfer), an informal interview at the same time as an audition is required.

Interested students should telephone the Department of Drama and Music at 613-533-2066 and speak to the auditions coordinator or the Chair of Undergraduate Studies.

Pending a decision on admission to the BMUS plan, ASC1 students should still participate in the Plan Selection Process and choose an alternate plan in early May in case they are not accepted into the Bachelor of Music Program.

Bachelor of Music Degree (BMus)/Music and Digital Media (MDM) Diploma Program

Combine your passion for music and digital technology; your need for theory and performance with practical skill and experience. A match between Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College; students in this unique 4+1 model will graduate with a BMus Degree and an MDM Diploma in five years.

There are three easy steps to apply:

  1. Apply to Queen’s BMus degree program through OUAC;
  2. Book and complete a successful audition at the Department of Drama and Music;
  3. Upon receiving an offer of admission for the BMus program, complete a program application form for St. Lawrence College.

Learn more about the BMus / MDM program >

Job and Career Opportunities for Music Grads

The comprehensive music program combines a balance of theoretical, historical, cultural and technological music studies with practical applications, creative and performing opportunities. In this flexible program students are not compelled to declare a "major," and all courses are open to all B.Mus. student provided they have the prerequisites. The B.Mus. program prepares students for a wide variety of professional careers in music, other fields and for post-graduate study in a chosen area of specialization.

Some of our Music alumni work in the following industries:

  • Advertising
  • Arts Administration
  • Audiology
  • Broadcasting - Radio and T.V.
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Communications
  • Copyright Law
  • Film & Entertainment
  • Fundraising & Event
  • Management
  • Journalism
  • Leisure Pursuits
  • Marketing
  • Media – Electronic & Print
  • Medicine
  • Performance – Music & Theatre
  • Public Relations
  • Rehabilitation Therapy – Occupational, Physical, Music, Play,
  • Sales
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Sound Engineering
  • Teaching

What to do with a Music Degree handout from Career Services >

Queen’s Community Music

Founded in September 2007, Queen's Conservatory of Music (QCM), now Queen's Community Music, is a developing organization housed in the School of Drama and of Music that offers private and group music instruction for non-University credit. Courses, ensembles, workshops and performance opportunities will bring together people from all across the Queen's and greater Kingston communities who share the passion of music. QCM strives to provide the highest level of music education in a non-credit setting, and to build a community destination for musical enrichment and learning for musicians of all ages.

For more information, please go to their website.

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Department Student Council

The School of Drama and Music DSC is a group of enthusiastic volunteers and leaders dedicated to representing the students of the Department. Several of the DSC members hold positions on various Music committees and participate in Department meetings. The DSC is actively involved in recruitment and participates in the Ontario Universities' Fair and Queen's March Break Open House. This group is also involved in the planning and running of social events, including semi-formals, Paint the Crest, and the Messiah Sing-along. The DSC often organizes fundraising events in which the proceeds go to support new projects in the Department of Drama and Music. The DSC is also responsible for administering course evaluations, overseeing the mandatory concert attendance requirement, and helping to promote Music concerts.

More information on the Department Student Council.

Alumni Profile

Stephen London, BMus ‘94
Originally an orchestral musician, Steve studied composition and conducting with Canada’s music elite: John Burge and Kristi Allik. In 1995, he received a certificate from the world renowned ‘Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television’ program at the University of Southern California. The opportunity to study in L.A. with such composers as Jerry Goldsmith was invaluable and integral to his development as a serious composer for film and television. He also gained a great deal of experience working as a score coordinator with Christopher Young on such films as ‘Unforgettable’ (MGM) and ‘Copycat’ (Warner Bros.).

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