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 128* — 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 182*, MUSC 183*, MUSC 185*, MUSC 187* or MUSC 188*), or 6 music option or non-music elective units if the student is registered for MUSC P04 or MUSC 006.

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;
  • Musicology courses without prerequisites include the Social History of Popular Music (MUSC 171*), Women, Gender and Music (MUSC 286*), World Musics (MUSC 289*). Note: not all of these courses are offered every year.

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;
  • Students who wish to enter a Faculty of Education should consider taking PSYC 100 or SOCY 122 in their first year, although these courses my also be completed as correspondence courses through Continuing and Distance Studies in any year.

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 228* — Keyboard Harmony II
  • MUSC 291 — Theory and Analysis II
  • One ensemble (1.5 units)
  • 9 music option or non-music elective units

Degree Requirements

Of the minimum 129 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 (63 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 63 units in music options and non-music electives are needed to complete the 129 units required for the program.

B. Music Options (27 to 45 units)

A maximum of 45 units in music option courses may count towards the B.Mus. degree; students may take as few as 27 music option units, depending on how many non-music electives they choose.

No more than 111 units of the 129 required for the degree may be in music core and music option courses. Through their selection of music option courses students 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 two 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 129 units required for the B.Mus. degree.