Recommended Plan of Study for B.Mus. Students

B.Mus. students may register for a maximum of 37.5 units per academic year; permission to exceed this maximum may be requested from the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in special circumstances such as when a student is registered for the "double credit" applied study (MUSC x20/x25).

See the Faculty of Arts & Science calendar for further information.

Year 1

Music Core

  • MUSC 103* — Music and Society
  • MUSC 121 — Applied Study I (private instrumental/voice lessons)
  • MUSC 127* — Ear training and Sight singing I
  • MUSC 129* — Keyboard Harmony I (see note i below)
  • MUSC 191 — Theory and Analysis I (see note ii below)
  • MUSC 203* - Romantic & 20th Century Music
  • One ensemble
  • 9 music option or non-music elective units (including one of MUSC 180*, MUSC 181*, MUSC 183*, MUSC 185*, MUSC 187* or MUSC 188*).

Recommendations for Music Options (Year 1)

  • Students intending to teach music should consider taking a secondary instrument course from the MUSC 180* - 188* series;
  • Students interested in composition may take MUSC 153, a Composition Seminar course, or MUSC 255, Electroacoustic Music Composition;

Recommendations for Non-music Electives (Year 1)

  • Students interested in teaching at secondary school level should consider taking a 100-level course in the relevant "second teachable" subject in their first year to facilitate entry into upper-level courses in that subject.

Year 2

Music Core

  • MUSC 204* — Baroque and Classical Music
  • MUSC 205* — Medieval and Renaissance Music
  • MUSC 221 — Applied Study II
  • MUSC 227* — Ear training and Sight singing II
  • MUSC 292 — Theory and Analysis IIA
  • MUSC 293 — Theory and Analysis IIB
  • One ensemble (1.5 units)
  • 12 music option or non-music elective units

Degree Requirements

Of the minimum 126 units required for the B.Mus. degree, at least 36 units must be at the 300 level or above. These 36 units may include core, music option and non-music elective courses, excluding ensembles.

A. Core Courses (60 units)

Most of the required core courses - in musicology, theory, musicianship and applied study - should be completed in the first two years of the program, as outlined above. In addition, students must take one ensemble in each of the first two years.

Other B.Mus. core requirements should be completed as follows:

  1. MUSC 392* may be completed in in Year 3 or Year 4;
  2. the 3 units in music theory, musicology or ethnomusicology may be completed in Year 3 or Year 4;
  3. it is recommended that the remaining two ensembles that make up the four required core ensembles be completed in Years 3 and 4.

Music Option and Non-music Elective Courses

A minimum of 60 units in music options and non-music electives are needed to complete the 126 units required for the program.

B. Music Options

No more than 108 units of the 126 required for the degree may be in music core and music option courses. Through their selection of music option courses students may specialize in one or more of the main areas of study: musicology/ethnomusicology, theory/composition, education, or applied study (performance). Students of exceptional performing ability may audition for the "double credit" applied study performance option, MUSC x20/x25. Students enrolled in this option are required to present a public recital at the end of the year, and receive 12 units per year of applied study.


An additional four ensembles beyond the four required core ensembles may count towards the music option credits.

C. Electives (18 to 36 units)

Students must take at least 18 elective units in non-music subjects; a maximum of 36 elective units in non-music subjects may count towards the 126 units required for the B.Mus. degree.