Music at Queen's offers a solid education in western classical music from the ancient to the postmodern, and builds on courses in applied study (performance), musicology/ethnomusicology, music education, and theory and composition.


Queen's Music offers four different ways to study. 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. Admission is based on an audition, and students must also meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to the University. 

Queen's Music also offers Major, Medial and Minor/General Plans in Music as part of the regular Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree Programs.  Students enter these Plans through application in the normal fashion following their first year of study (Click here for more information).  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; Queen's 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 Queen's Music for ($75 for four months in 2015-16, but subject to change):
i) who are enrolled in the secondary instrument courses MUSC 180-187/3.
ii) who are enrolled in applied studies courses (MUSC 121/6.0, 221/6.0, 321/6.0, 421/6.0 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 consult with the Music Education advisor 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, upon audition.

Access to and Credit for Music courses in other Arts & 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 (see, in particular, Ensembles above), 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 the academic 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. Students are strongly encouraged to strengthen their skills in rudiments before commencing the program.

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.

For those students whose goal to be a music educator has been chosen before they enter university, the B.Mus. degree can be combined with a Bachelor of Education. Admission to the five-year concurrent B.Mus./B.Ed. program is based on an audition, on a Personal Statement of Experience (evaluated by the Faculty of Education) and on meeting Queen's academic requirements. A student whose application to the B.Mus./B.Ed. program is unsuccessful will automatically be considered for the B.Mus. program.