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 Dan 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.
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)
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.
General in Music
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.
The Dan 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. The majority of our courses are open to students in any Arts and Science program, although in some cases previous music experience is required (differentiated below):
If you are a B.Mus. student, the School of Music will register you in your first-year core Music courses.
MUSC 103/3.0 (Musicology) and MUSC 191/6.0 (Music Theory)
MUSC 127/3.0 and MUSC 129/3.0 (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: MUSC 160/1.5; MUSC 162/1.5; MUSC 164/1.5; MUSC 166/1.5; MUSC 178/1.5 (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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for any enrolment requests/questions.
Courses that do not require previous Music knowledge:
Performance courses (undergraduate students in any program with previous performance experience are welcome to apply):
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).
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 Dan School of Drama and Music has these general policies in place:
Interested students should telephone the Dan School 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.
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:
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:
Founded in September 2007, Queen's Conservatory of Music (QCM), now Queen's Community Music, is a developing organization housed in the Dan 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 Dan School of Drama and Music DSC is a group of enthusiastic volunteers and leaders dedicated to representing the students of the School. Several of the DSC members hold positions on various Music committees and participate in 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 Dan School 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.
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.).