We're glad you are interested in studying at Queen's School of Music! From here you can find information about degree programs, financial assistance, admission requirements, and musical life at Queen's and in Kingston.
The School of Music offers an inclusive approach to the study of traditional and contemporary Western art music, while also providing opportunities for students to study the music of other cultures, jazz, popular music and music technology. Undergraduate programs are reviewed, updated and enriched on a regular basis. Graduates of the School of Music go on to a variety of professional careers, including public school education, private studio teaching, college or university teaching, performance, and other vocations such as composition, broadcasting, recording, music publishing, librarianship and arts management. Our graduates have been successful in gaining admission to competitive graduate music programs throughout North America.
We offer four undergraduate degrees in music: a comprehensive four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Music degree, a four-year Bachelor of Arts Honours program with a Major or Medial (double major) concentration in music, and a three-year B.A. with a Minor concentration in music. Click here for important information regarding Rudiments Prerequisites. Through their selection of music option courses, students in the flexible B.Mus. program can choose to focus on one or more areas - musicology/ethnomusicology, theory/composition, education or applied study (performance) - without having to commit to a declared "major."
Located in Harrison-LeCaine Hall, our facilities include state-of-the-art electroacoustic music studios, a computer lab for applications in music, and an early music instrument room. There are a number of practice rooms with upright pianos, and students have access to grand pianos as well. The music library is housed in the historic Douglas Library building, and features an electronic seminar room, listening stations, and two specially designed listening/study rooms. The School's distinguished faculty members are dedicated to high standards of teaching and learning, while maintaining active performing, composing lives, and engaging in scholarly research.
Admission requirements and audition procedures for the B.Mus. degree are described in detail under the relevant links. We are committed to rewarding excellence with financial assistance, and many of our scholarships and bursaries are available to entering students. All students are automatically considered for these scholarships - no special application is necessary. On-campus residence is guaranteed to all first-year students at Queen's.
Musical life at the School is vibrant. There are many performing opportunities for students, both as soloists and within one of the School's many vocal or instrumental ensembles. Some students have the opportunity to participate in the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. The School's visiting artists and lecturers series brings musicians and speakers from across North America to Queen's, and we host many special music events throughout the year, such as Master Classes in various instruments/voice and Piano Fest. The Queen's Performing Arts Office offers a selection of concerts that feature the leading touring professional performers in music and dance.
Students can also participate in the many extra-curricular music activities on campus. The Queen's Student Opera Company (QSOC), a student-run organization, presents one or two operas each year. Queen's Musical Theatre stages two professional-quality productions per year, drawing on music and drama students for all aspects of production. Students can gain broadcasting experience by hosting a show on CFRC, the campus radio station.
Queen's University is located in the heart of Kingston, one of Canada's oldest and most attractive cities. Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and with easy access to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and New York, Kingston maintains the friendly atmosphere of a "university town." Its flourishing cultural life includes the performing arts, festivals, museums, and a vital nightlife.
Information on this site should answer most of your questions, but please write, call or contact the School if you need further information. Alternatively, why not pay us a visit? Visitors can arrange a guided tour of Queen's, and we would be delighted to show you around the School of Music.
We look forward to meeting you.