At Queen's University School of Music, you will get 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. Admission is based on an audition, and students must also meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to the University.
The School of 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.
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 2010-11, 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 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
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 or the Medial and Minor/General Plans. They should follow the course of study outlined in the Music Education Option as noted in the following Plans to ensure that teaching subject prerequisites have been fulfilled.
Specific Ensemble requirements for B.Mus. students are detailed under the Music Specialization Plan which follows. Ensemble courses are open to all students in Arts and Science, upon audition, but may not be used to fulfill the elective or Plan requirements of any Program in Arts and Science, except for the B.Mus Program.
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 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.
Non-piano students who have not yet completed Royal Conservatory Grade VI Piano (or equivalent) prior to entering the B.Mus. program must do so, at their own expense, before proceeding to second year. Successful completion of MUSC P04/0.0 may be used to fulfill the piano entrance requirement. An equivalency exam will be held in Orientation Week in September for students who have completed their first year of the B.Mus. Program, but who have ot yet demonstrated a Grade VI piano-playing level.
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.