Honours Bachelor of Music

The Honours BMus is a four-year program beyond the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (refer to Undergraduate Admissions chapter for requirements). Depending on the program, a sequence of at least 14.0 Music credits together with at least 4.0 non-music credits is required; in addition to the remaining 2.0 MU/non-MU electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

The Honours BMus program is intended for students who plan to become professional musicians: composers, church organists, performers, teachers, musicologists, music librarians, etc.

The core of required courses is designed to ensure that every student completing the program has a sound knowledge of music history and theory, and is a competent performer. Students in the comprehensive program have the most elective credits in which to pursue particular interests in music and in other subjects. The music education stream of the comprehensive program prepares students for teaching music in elementary and secondary schools. Students may apply to enter specialized programs at any time after Year 1.

All Year 1 and Year 2 music requirements must be completed or in progress while the student is enrolled in MU190A*/MU190B*, MU290A*/MU290B*/MU290D‡ and MU390A*/MU390B‡. Students must be enrolled full-time while registered in MU190A*/MU190B*, MU290A*/MU290B*/MU290D‡, MU390A*/MU390B‡ and MU490A*/MU490B‡. Part-time registration may be allowed while enrolled in MU490A*/MU490B‡/MU490D depending on the student's program and by permission of the dean.

    1. All Year 1 and Year 2 music requirements of the student's program must be completed or in progress when the student enrols in MU290.
    2. Individual tuition (MU190, MU290, MU390, MU490) must be taken in consecutive years.
    3. Rule (a) takes precedence over rule (b) but if rule (b) is broken, the student must successfully complete an audition before resuming individual tuition. 
  1. Keyboard Facility
    With the exception of piano and organ majors, all students who have not completed Royal Conservatory Grade VI Piano (or equivalent) prior to entering the B.Mus. program must demonstrate proficiency at this level before proceeding to Year 3. For those who have not completed a Grade VI Exam, successful completion of an Equivalency Exam may be used to fulfill the piano requirement.

    All incoming and transfer students will be required to sign up for a placement interview during Orientation week. The placement interview is an opportunity for students to:
    • provide proof of completing a Grade VI exam in the form of an official certificate or a copy of examination results, completed within the previous 3 calendar years.
    • attempt the Equivalency Exam
    • display their current level of proficiency at the piano for workshop placement purposes

    Students unable to pass the Equivalency Exam are strongly recommended to take the Piano Facility workshop. This workshop is offered to assist students to prepare for the Equivalency Exam, which is administered as part of the workshop at no additional charge. Students may register for the Keyboard Facility workshop through the Laurier Conservatory, which may be taken as often as needed.
      1. Year 1 students may choose to pursue piano studies on their own in lieu of taking the workshop.
      2. All students who have not completed the Keyboard Facility requirement must re-test during Orientation week of Year 2. Students entering Year 2 of the program who have not passed the Equivalency Exam shall be placed on probation, and are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Keyboard Facility workshop.
      3. Any student who has not completed the Keyboard Facility requirement before the end of Year 2 shall be required to withdraw from the Faculty of Music. If such students pass the Equivalency Exam during Orientation Week of Year 3, they will be reinstated to the Faculty of Music in time to begin classes in September.
      4. The Equivalency Exams may be taken by a student entering Year 2 or Year 3 during Orientation week along with the incoming Year 1 students at no additional charge, or students may arrange for an exam to be administered at any time, arranged with the Piano Facility Co-ordinator, for a fee of $50.

  2. Failure to obtain the required standards in any year of the program will necessitate withdrawal from the program.
  3. Students in specialized programs (composition, music history, performance and theory) must at the end of each year be recommended by the faculty in order to continue in those programs.
  4. A student who satisfies the requirements for a musical skills course by placement examination must take a music elective in its place.
  5. Non-music minor: students may, in consultation with the department concerned, elect to organize their non-music electives to meet the requirements for a minor. (Refer to the Regulations Governing Minors and the Departments section of the: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Music, Faculty of Science, School of Business and Economics - Economics Department and Martin Luther University College.
  6. For the Progression/Graduation Requirements and Probation regulations, consult the University Undergraduate Regulations chapter.

Programs of Study:

Community Music

The Bachelor of Music, Community Music concentration consists of 20.0 credits, of which at least 12.0 and no more than 16.0 credits may be MU courses; 9.0 senior level MU credits are required to graduate. The following courses are required for this concentration:

Required Courses:
MU100, MU121, MU140, MU141, MU146 or MU181, MU194, MU195
MU200, MU240, MU242 or MU265, MU243, MU246 or MU281, MU295G* or MU295K*
MU340, MU341, MU346 or MU381
MU440*
1.0 credit from group A electives: MU269, MU344, MU353*, MU441*, MU446.
2.0 credits from group B electives: MU251T, MU267, MU274, MU275, MU310, MU342, MU343, MU472, MU473.
4.0 credits of non-music electives
Music or non-music electives toward a total of 20.0 credits.

In addition to the courses above, Community Music students must complete either:
(A) one of the following modules, or
(B) a minor or option in another discipline.

1.5 credit Studio module (*by audition): MU196(C), MU296(C), MU396C
2.0 credit Multi-Instrumentalist module, MU202 and 1.5 credits selected from the MU201 series, excluding MU201G°, MU201J, MU201R, MU201T°
2.0 credit Education module, chosen from EM202, EM203, EM300, MU202, MU203, MU204, MU208, MU302, MU304, MU308, MU353*, MU402
1.0 credit Entrepreneurship Core module: ENTR300, ENTR301. (BU111 and BU121 are strongly recommended)

Notes:

  1. Students may apply up to 0.5 senior-level credits from the Studio module, or Conestoga Modern Audio Arts courses toward the group A requirement.
  2. Community Music students are encouraged to consider the following Minors/Options:
    Applied Digital Option, Christian Studies and Global Citizenship Option, Christian Studies and Global Song Option, Film Production Option, Legal Studies Option, Music and Cultural History Option, Education Minor.
  3. Note that some of the options and minors may contain additional prerequisite courses.
  4. A maximum of two minors/options are allowed in a degree program.

 
Composition

Students in the Composition concentration are required to write works for various ensembles and to participate in a Composition master class. Those students wishing to continue in Composition beyond Year 2 must submit a portfolio of their work to the composition faculty. Upon approval, the student can enrol in Year 3 and Year 4 composition courses (MU360* and MU460*), which can be taken by composition majors only. During Year 3 and Year 4, students study individually with members of the faculty; in the final year students write an extended work as their graduation composition. A student in the Bachelor of Music, Composition concentration must complete 20.0 credits, of which at least 14.5 and no more than 16.0 credits may be MU courses; 9.0 senior level MU credits are required to graduate. The following courses are required for the Composition concentration:

Required Courses:
MU100, MU136°, MU137°, MU160, MU161, MU162, MU181, MU190A*
MU236°, MU237°, MU251T, MU252, MU260A, MU260B, MU266, MU268, MU270, MU271,
MU281, MU290A*
MU336°, MU337°, MU360*, MU381, MU396
MU460*, MU496
0.5 credit chosen from: MU361, MU461, MU463
0.5 credit chosen from: MU375, MU377
4.0 credits non-music electives
Music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

Notes:

  1. MU264* may count in lieu of MU266 and MU268.
  2. For students who take MU390 and MU490, the extra half credit(s) earned shall count as music electives.

 
Comprehensive

This concentration allows the student to maximize their Music electives in order to design a program of study in accordance with the student's own musical interests. A student in the Bachelor of Music, Comprehensive concentration must complete 20.0 credits, of which at least 14.0 and no more than 16.0 credits may be
MU courses; 9.0 senior level MU credits are required to graduate. The following courses are required for the Comprehensive concentration:

Required Courses:
MU100, MU136°, MU137°, MU161, MU162, MU181, MU190A*,
MU236°, MU237°, MU266, MU268, MU270, MU271, MU281, MU290A*,
MU336°, MU337°, MU375, MU381, MU396 or MU390A*
MU481MU496 or MU490A*
0.5 credit chosen from: MU377, MU461
An additional 0.5 credit chosen from the MU372378 or the MU470475 series
An additional 0.5 credit chosen from the MU470475 series
2.0 credits Music Electives
4.0 credits non-music electives
Music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

Notes:

  1. MU264* may count in lieu of MU266 and MU268.
  2. For students who take MU390 and MU490, the extra half credit(s) earned shall count as music electives.

 
Integrated Musical Arts

Integrated Musical Arts is an experiential, project-centred learning concentration. It is designed for musicians who are interested in integrating a collection of musical skills in order to enter the music profession in production, performance, and composition or song-writing after graduation.

In the IMA concentration, each student is required to complete self-directed projects in three different musical disciplines chosen from the categories of creation, production and performance. Students must complete three projects, but no more than two can be in the same project category. With the help of the IMA concentration director, each student chooses their three project disciplines at the end of second year of study; in consultation with the director, the student sketches out a plan for electives to support the
projects.

Students may apply for entry to the IMA concentration at the end of year 2, upon completion of 10.0 credits while enrolled in the year 1 and 2 in any BMus concentration, including at least 1.0 non-music credit. Students in the IMA concentration who have the necessary prerequisites may enrol in MU396 and MU496. Admission to the concentration is competitive, based on the availability of advisors and on the quality of the student proposals.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR ADMISSION TO THE IMA CONCENTRATION:
In addition to a completed and approved IMA proposal, students entering IMA from the CY (Common Year) stream must complete:
MU100, MU136°, MU137°, MU161, MU162, MU181, MU190A*
MU236°, MU237°, MU266, MU268, MU270, MU271, MU281, MU290A*
1.0 credit of non-music electives
1.5 credits of music or non-music electives to total 10.0 credits

In addition to a completed and approved IMA proposal, students entering IMA from the CM (Community Music) stream must complete:
MU100, MU121, MU140, MU141, MU146 or MU181, MU194, MU195
MU200, MU240, MU242 or MU265, MU243, MU246 or MU281, MU295G* or MU295K*
1.0 credit of non-music electives
2.0 credits of music or non-music electives to total 10.0 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION:
1.5 credits chosen from at least two of MU442, MU443, and MU444 series courses.
Note: these courses have prerequisites that students are responsible for meeting. Meeting these prerequisites will count toward the music elective requirements.
Additional non-music electives to total 4.0 credits non-music electives.
Additional music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits, including at least 9.0 Music credits at the 200-level or above.

 
Music Education

This concentration is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching music at the elementary or secondary level. It combines the core Music credits of the BMus program with instruction in conducting, instrumental and choral techniques, and methods and philosophy of music education. A student in Music Education must complete 20.0 credits, of which at least 14.0 and no more than 16.0 credits may be MU courses; 9.0 senior level MU credits are required to graduate. The following courses are required for Music Education concentration:

Required Courses:
MU100, MU136°, MU137°, MU161, MU162, MU181, MU190A*
MU202, MU236°, MU237°, MU266, MU268, MU270, MU271, MU281, MU290A*
MU336°, MU337°, MU367, MU375, MU381, MU394, MU396 or MU390A*
MU481, MU496 or MU490A*
0.5 credit chosen from: MU203, MU208
0.5 credit chosen from: MU358, MU494
0.5 credit chosen from the MU386 or the MU372378, MU461, or MU470475 series

1.5 credits from the MU201 series, including courses from three of the following groups, beyond the group of the principal practical study:
Percussion: MU201A°, MU201J
Brass: MU201F°, MU201M°, MU201N°, MU201O°,
Woodwinds: MU201B°, MU201C°, MU201E°, MU201H°, MU201L°
Strings: MU201D°, MU201G°, MU201P, MU201Q°, MU201T°,
Voice: MU201R
4.0 credits non-music electives
Music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

Notes:

  1. MU264* may count in lieu of MU266 and MU268.
  2. For students who take MU390 and MU490, the extra half credit(s) earned shall count as music electives.
  3. Students with sufficient documented proficiency on an instrument may be exempted from the relevant techniques (MU201) course; students are strongly discouraged from enrolling in more than two secondary instruments at one time.
  4. Non-music electives should be chosen so as to constitute preparation for teaching at least one other subject.
  5. MU251T is strongly recommended for students interested in teaching at the secondary level.

 
Music History, Theory and Critical Analysis

The Music History, Theory, and Critical Analysis concentration allows students to emphasize the academic and research-oriented courses in music. It serves as excellent preparation for graduate work in musicology, music theory, library science, or other allied disciplines for which a strong foundation of academic courses, research and analysis skills are important.

Admission to the Music History, Theory, and Critical Analysis concentration normally requires:

  • a minimum GPA of 8.00 in the core academic courses (MU100, MU161, MU162, MU266, MU268, MU270, MU271);
  • submission of an essay from any 200-level music or non-music course (minimum grade B-);
  • demonstrated aptitude in core musical skills, and
  • an interview with the Music History, Theory, and Critical Analysis faculty.

A student in Music History, Theory, and Critical Analysis must complete 20.0 credits, of which at least 15.0 and no more than 16.0 credits may be MU courses; 9.0 senior level MU credits are required to graduate.

The following courses are required for the Music History, Theory, and Critical Analysis concentration:
Required Courses (9.510.5 credits):
MU100, MU136°, MU137°, MU161, MU162, MU181, MU190A*
MU236°, MU237°, MU266, MU268, MU270, MU271, MU281, MU290A*
MU336°, MU337°, MU375, MU396 or MU390A*
MU496 or MU490A*

3.5 credits chosen from List A and List B courses, with at least a 0.5-credit from each list:
List A: MU359, MU372, MU373, MU374, MU376, MU377, MU378, MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474, MU478*, MU479
List B: MU361, MU461, MU463, MU475

2.0 credits Music Electives
1.0 credit in any combination of French, German, Italian or Latin.
3.0 additional credits non-music electives
Music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

Notes:

  1. MU264* may count in lieu of MU266 and MU268.
  2. For students who take MU390 and MU490, the extra half credit(s) earned shall count as music electives.

 
Performance

The Performance concentration is designed for students who intend to become professional performers and teachers of performance. Students who demonstrate at audition time or during Year 1 or Year 2, that they have the potential to succeed as performers may apply to enter this program. Students in Year 1 and Year 2 of the Performance program receive one-hour weekly lessons, and are encouraged to take part in noon hour student recitals. Students in Year 3 and Year 4 receive 1.5 hours of private instruction per week, and are required to take part in noon hour student recitals. In addition, students in year 4 are required to give a full-length formal recital.

Students in Performance violin (Year 3 and/or Year 4) may take 1 hour lessons on violin and half-hour lessons on viola (or vice-versa). Depending on the split, the student would be required to fulfill two thirds of his/her performance activity (recital, ensemble, chamber music) on the instrument for which 1 hour lessons are given and one third of his/her performance activity on the instrument for which half-hour lessons are given. If a student chooses this option in Year 4, the Graduation Recital would be split between the two instruments.

Grading:
Term work will be averaged between the two instructors based on the proportion chosen (ex. 33% viola, 66%violin). There will be no change in grading procedure for the Graduation Recital or juries.

Required Courses for all Performance areas:
MU100, MU136°, MU137°, MU161, MU162, MU181, MU190A*
MU236°, MU237°, MU266, MU268, MU270, MU271, MU281, MU290B*
MU336°, MU337°, MU375, MU390B
MU490B
4.0 credits in non-music electives

Notes:

  1. MU264* may count in lieu of MU266 and MU268.
  2. If a request is made in writing and signed by a student and instructor, MU290D‡ (1.5 credits with 90 minute lessons) may be taken in place of MU290B* by permission of the dean. In this case, MU390A* will be taken for 1.0 credit only (1 hour lessons) in place of MU390B‡.

Additional credits required in specified performance areas:

  • Guitar
  • MU381
    0.5 credit from the MU372378, MU461, or MU470475 series
    2.0 credits of Music electives
    Music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

  • Orchestral Instruments
  • MU381, MU387, MU481
    0.5 credit from the MU372378, MU461, or MU470475 series
    1.0 Music elective credit
    Music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.
    Students whose principal instrument is violin, viola, or violoncello must take 1.5 credits from MU183, MU283, MU383 and MU483;
    those whose principal instrument is brass or woodwind (except Saxophone) must take 1.0 credits of MU183, MU283, MU383, MU483;
    those whose principal instrument is double bass must take a 0.5 credit of MU183, MU283, MU383, MU483.
    Students are required to complete their chamber music requirements (MUx83) on their major instrument. An ensemble placement audition must be successfully completed before the end of the second week of the fall term for placement in an instrumental ensemble.

  • Organ
  • MU292A, MU292B, MU361, MU365, MU367
    Music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

  • Piano
  • MU253 (in place of MU281), MU293, MU393, MU493
    0.5 credit from the MU372378, MU461, or MU470475 series
    0.5 credit chosen from MU383 or MU483;
    1.0 credit Music elective.
    Music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

  • Voice
  • MU294, MU298*; MU291, MU381, MU391
    0.5 credit from the MU372378, MU461, or MU470475 series or MU386
    0.5 credit music elective
    Music or non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

     

    Senate/Editorial Changes

    Senate Committee Addition February 13, 2018: Change to Orchestral Instruments; effective September 1, 2018.
    Senate Committee Addition April 17, 2018: Addition of Integrated Musical Arts Concentration; Deletion of Contemporary Music concentration and Composition/Improvisation stream; changes to Composition stream to concentration; Changes to Community Music concentration; effective September 1, 2018.