Bachelor of Music / Music & Digital Media Diploma Program

Bachelor of Music / Music and Digital Media Diploma Program Queen's University St Lawrence College

In a unique partnership between Queen's School of Music and the Music and Digital Media program at St Lawrence College, we now offer a new five-year program which will allow you to graduate with both a BMus degree and an MDM Diploma. This program is the only program of its kind in Canada.

Are you passionate about music? Are you interested in musical performance and digital technology? Do you want to combine the theoretical knowledge and background of a Queen’s degree with the practical and technical skills of a St. Lawrence College diploma? If so, this new integrated program may be for you!

Courses at Queen's include:

  • applied music lessons
  • ear training
  • keyboard skills
  • theory and analysis
  • music and society
  • music history and culture

And through St Lawrence College:

  • photography
  • digital graphics
  • video production
  • audio recording
  • digital motion graphics
  • multimedia authoring

We are the school with a small-town feel, but with a large-city appeal. Queen's ArtSci is rich in history, clad with awards and medals for academic excellence, a network that is unlike any other - just ask any grad, and to top it off we have students like you that make Queen's University one unique place to study.

Our music degree plans provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for students who wish to explore music as a medium for intellectual and personal growth and expression. We encourage our students to develop high-level performance skills while at the same time building crucial music and academic literacy. The new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts with its world-renowned performance hall and waterfront rehearsal room is an inspiring place to learn.

Quick Facts:
  • 633 Arts and Science students participated in a study-abroad experience last year
  • 1,100+ student volunteer and leadership opportunities are available
  • A graduation rate at Queen's is 88.9%, compared with a graduation rate average across all universities in Ontario of 77.1% (2013)
  • 90.1% of Queen’s graduates were employed six months following graduation, compared to the provincial average of 86.5%. Two years after graduation, the employment rates were 93.5% for Queen’s and 92.2% for the provincial average (2013).

Find out more about the Queen's Experience:

Dr. Margaret Walker
Director, School of Music
Queen's University
Telephone: 613-533-2066

The Music and Digital Media Program is the only program of its kind in Canada. This challenging program builds foundational skills related to music performance and teaching, multi-media, film and audio recording. MDM prepares students for further education and careers in music and in media industries.

The focus is on the connection between different artistic disciplines and creative integration of art forms. Music Theory, History and Ear-Training are combined with digital media courses such as Photography, Graphics, Video, and Recording. Throughout the program, students study their primary instrument/voice in 10 private ‘Applied’ lessons per semester. In second year, students focus on a ‘stream’ of their choice and work to develop a personal ‘Portfolio’.

Samples of Student Project
Fugue in d minor by Derek Horemans, Class of 2014

Derek Horemans - Fugue in D minor from Derek Horemans on Vimeo.


Find out more about the SLC Experience:

Dr. Adrienne Shannon
Program Coordinator, Music & Digital Media
St. Lawrence College
613-544-5400, ext. 1269

The comprehensive music program combines a balance of theoretical, historical, cultural and technological music studies with practical applications, creative and performing opportunities. In this flexible program students are not compelled to declare a "major," and all courses are open to all B.Mus. student provided they have the prerequisites. The B.Mus. program prepares students for a wide variety of professional careers in music, other fields and for post-graduate study in a chosen area of specialization.

Some of our Music alumni work in the following industries:

  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Arts Administration
  • Audiology
  • Broadcasting - Radio and T.V.
  • Field Recording: Sound Libraries, Bio Acoustic Research; Nature Sounds
  • Film & Entertainment
  • Fundraising & Event Management
  • Journalism
  • Media – Electronic & Print
  • Performance – Music & Theatre
  • Rehabilitation Therapy – Occupational, Physical, Music, Play,
  • Sound Engineering
  • Sound Effects
  • Sound Library Technician
  • Studio Management
  • Teaching

KINGSTON - Post-secondary music students now can take a unique course that gives them the best of both worlds – the rarefied air of the concert musician as well as the more down-to-earth, practical side of commercial music production.

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The audition for the B.Mus. program requires candidates to prepare a 15-minute program consisting of three works of contrasting style/period that demonstrate their technical skill and musical understanding.

Playing/singing is expected to be at the minimum admission level for the instrument/voice. For candidates who have not participated in the RCM examination series, we provide a list of sample audition repertoire.

Note: Repertoire on these lists is intended only to provide an indication of the required level of playing/singing - candidates do not have to select pieces from the list for the audition. If you have any questions about the suitability of the repertoire you are preparing for the audition, please contact the appropriate Area Coordinator.

Audition Dates 2015:

  • Saturday, February 7
  • Saturday, March 7
  • Saturday, March 21
  • Saturday, April 11

All candidates for admission into the B.Mus. program (including concurrent B.Mus./B.Ed. applicants) will be invited to come to Queen's for an audition and interview, at which time they will have an opportunity to meet faculty and students, and to ask questions about the program. Audition days are held on several Saturdays during February, March and April.

A non-refundable audition fee of $50.00 must be submitted to the School of Music, and the PSE (for ConEd) must be completed online by February 15, 2015 (or prior to your audition day if it's in February).

Candidates living beyond a 500 km radius from Kingston may make arrangements to submit an authenticated recorded audition (CD or DVD). Your recorded audition must be received by the School of Music by March 1, 2015 for B.Mus./B.Ed. and April 1, 2015 for B.Mus. It may be possible to arrange an audition at a local festival, if the adjudicator is a member of the Faculty from the School of Music. Be sure to make arrangements in advance by contacting the School of Music.

Either way, you would be a great fit for the program as long as you have the formal training (see below) under your belt. The Queen's component of the program focuses on developing your critical music theory and knowledge while developing your skills as a classical or jazz musician. The program at SLC will allow you to let loose a little and branch out in to rock, country, funk or whatever type of music is your game. Not to mention the amazing opportunities outside of the classroom. Between the two campuses there are probably over 100 bands and music related clubs to join.

Here's some info on the instrument requirements for the program:

Applicants must meet the following Royal Conservatory of Music standards of playing and theoretical knowledge:

  • Piano: Grade 9 RCM, and Advanced Rudiments (Grade 2 RCM or Theory 4 Conservatory Canada) or equivalent
  • Organ: Grade 8 RCM, as well as Grade 8 Piano (RCM), and Advanced Rudiments (Grade 2 RCM or Theory 4 Conservatory Canada) or equivalent
  • Other Instruments and Voice: Grade 8 RCM, as well as Advanced Rudiments (Grade 2 RCM or Theory 4 Conservatory Canada) or equivalent.

Art makes us human. It also defines the human-computer interface.

Work in gaming, electronic arts and interaction design influences the way billions of people live their lives, do business, and experience culture. Computing and the Creative Arts Artists' thoughts and ideas on technology, society and innovation have always been years ahead of their time. Computing and the Creative Arts leverages this lead by educating you to be a modern Renaissance thinker, giving you a real head start when thinking about problems in interactive modern computing, answering questions such as: how to build computers as tools for creativity?

Coca is an exciting new multi-disciplinary program for students interested in both Computing and the Arts. You'll learn how to direct, develop and use cutting-edge computer software programs for Music, Art, Drama, and Film production. As part of this offering, you will acquire the technical expertise to design and develop new applications and take full advantage of future trends in digital technology. You'll get the theoretical and historical background necessary to make critical judgements about new approaches to artistic expression and practical knowledge of the challenges faced by creative artists in a digital age.

In your first year, you will take introductory courses in the Arts disciplines in which you might be interested:

If you have no background in Computing, you should also take either Elementary Computer Animation (CISC-110) or Elements of Computing Science (CISC-101) in the fall and Introduction to Computing Science I (CISC-121) in the winter; otherwise you can take CISC-121 in the fall and Introduction to Computing Science II (CISC-124) in the winter.

At the end of the first year, you select the Computing and the Creative Arts (COCA) Specialization as your Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree plan, and you will also apply for one of the four Arts subjects as your Arts subplan.

In your second year, you will take the Introduction to Computing and the Creative Arts course (COCA-201) to get an overview of how Computing applications are currently impacting various arts-related fields, including new-media art, electronic music, applications in art preservation and analysis, computer animation, computer applications in theatre and dance, industrial and architectural design, and computer games. You'll also begin taking core courses in Computing and in your Arts option.

In the Music subplan, choose at least one of three half-courses surveying different musical periods: Medieval and Renaissance Music (MUSC-205), Baroque and Classical Music (MUSC-204), and Romantic and 20th-Century Music (MUSC-203).