Introduction to the Major in Music
Established in 1989, the Music program is focused on the academic study of music integrated with a creative approach to contemporary performance practices. Music students benefit from outstanding academic resources, music facilities and performance spaces as well as small class sizes and personalized attention from a highly qualified faculty who are dedicated to the educational mission of the program.
Both program pathways, Music and Music Performance, focus on the development of students’ knowledge and critical understanding of music. Emphasis is given to European music and the study of its repertoires, performance practices, scholarly literature and historical contexts. Students also engage with the creative possibilities offered by new music technologies and develop essential musicianship skills.
In addition to subject specific skills, the academic study of music also develops a variety of intellectual and generic skills, all of which are relevant to career paths in music as well as a variety of other fields. The program’s broad foundation in the study of music combined with the general education requirements and interdisciplinary options prepare students for postgraduate studies in a range of music disciplines.
What You Will Study
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music Performance
Music Performance majors pursue the academic study of music, learning how to research, evaluate and discuss music, with an emphasis on the development of music performance skills. Music Performance students have previous instrumental or vocal training, and are accepted to the program by audition. (Contact the Music Department Head for information about auditions). Performance students develop valuable performance skills at the Music Forum Performance Lab where they gather each week to perform their lesson repertoire and discuss a range of performance issues.