Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The School of Music, operating within the Faculty of Arts and Science, offers three Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Music for students who wish to integrate the study of music into a broad academic education in the humanities or sciences.

These programs 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. Ensembles are open, upon audition, to B.A. students without credit.

  • The four-year Bachelor of Arts Honours program with a Medial Concentration in Music allows students to concentrate in music as well as in a second subject offered within the Faculty of Arts and Science. Within the music concentration, students choose a main area of study, selected from musicology/ethnomusicology, theory/composition, education, and applied study (performance).
  • The B.A. with a Minor Concentration in Music, a three-year degree, also allows students to choose a main area of study within music: musicology/ethnomusicology, theory/composition, education, or applied study (performance).
  • The four-year B.A. (Honours) with a Major Concentration in Music is designed for specialization in the academic areas of musicology, ethnomusicology or music theory.

Click on each program type to read about the requirements of the program. The School of Music also offers academic advising to B.A. students to assist in planning a program of music study that best suits the student's strengths and needs.

Program Information

  • No audition necessary for the BA/BAH concentration programs in Music
  • Yes, most courses offered by the School of Music are open to B.A. students
  • Yes, we offer a rudiments course (MUSC P52*) to prepare students for music courses (theory and musicology) that require a rudimentary knowledge of music theory. You have the option of taking rudiments as a non-redit course through the Queen's Conservatory of Music
  • Yes, B.A. students can take Applied Music (private lessons), although space is limited to certain instruments each year.
  • Yes, there is an audition for Applied Music (MUSC 124)
  • Yes, after a successful audition B.A. students can participate in ensembles, but do not receive credit, It is an extra-curricular activity

1. B.A. Honours - Medial Concentration in Music (4 years, total of 114 units <19 credits>)

"Double major" program in which students have two concentrations, one in music, the other in the humanities, social sciences or languages.

  • 42 units <7.0 credits> in music concentration, including:
    1. required musicology courses (6 units <1.0 credits>)
    2. music option courses - including 18 units <3.0 credits> in one of the areas in music - musicology/ethnomusicology, theory/composition, education or applied study (performance) (36 units <6.0 credits>)
  • 42 units <7.0 credits> in the second concentration
  • 30 units <5.0 credits> in subjects outside the two concentrations

2. B.A. Honours - Major Concentration in Music (4 years, total of 114 units <19 credits>)

Focus on musicology/ethnomusicology/music theory only.

  • 60 units <10.0 credits> in music concentration, including: musicology/ethonomusicology courses (36 units <6.0 credits>), music theory courses (18 units <3.0 credits>), recommended language courses (3 units <1.0 credits>)
  • 54 units <9.0 elective credits> (18 units <3.0> may come from music)

3. B.A. Minor Concentration in Music (3 years, total of 90 units <15 credits>)

  • 30 units <5.0 credits> in music concentration, including:
    1. required musicology/ethnomusicology courses (3 units <1.0 credits>)
    2. music option courses including 12 units <2.0 credits> in one of the areas in music - musicology/ethnomusicology, theory/composition, education or applied study (performance) (24 units <4.0 credits>)
  • 60 units <10.0 elective credits>