Music


The Music program helps you develop into a well-rounded musician with experience in performance, theory, music history, and music education, as well as a sound basis in the liberal arts.

Overview

The Music program helps you develop into a well-rounded musician with experience in performance, theory, music history, and music education, as well as a sound basis in the liberal arts.

Whether you are looking to prepare for a professional career in music, or simply want to study music as an elective or as an extracurricular activity, the Music department has plenty to offer.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours
Bachelor of Music (BMus)
Minor

Curriculum

At Mount Allison, the Music program stresses professional training with an emphasis on musical performance.

The department offers performance study in:

  • voice
  • piano
  • strings
  • woodwinds
  • brass
  • percussion
  • guitar
  • organ
  • harpsichord

Although it is a classically-based program, Music offers electives in jazz, musical theatre, world music, and much more.

Small class sizes within Mount Allison's Music program mean that you work closely with the department's talented and enthusiastic faculty, have constant access to instruments and practice rooms, and perform on stage on a regular basis.

 


Degree options

At Mount Allison, there are different levels of Music depending on your interests, skills, and career goals.

Bachelor of Music (BMus)

As a Bachelor of Music student, you'll benefit from four years of weekly private lessons on your chosen instrument or voice, combined with academic studies in music and non-music courses.

There are also courses in areas such as composition, conducting, collaborative piano, chamber music, jazz, opera, and world music.

Bachelor of Music students are not formally streamed into specific areas of musical study, meaning the program gives you the freedom to focus on the areas that best suit your interests and career plans.

This program allows you much freedom to put emphasis on performance, music education, composition, music history, or music theory.

The Bachelor of Music degree is suitable for those who contemplate any professional career in music, including teaching, performance, musicology, music therapy, arts administration, recording, broadcasting, music librarianship, and music journalism.

A separate Music application and an audition is required.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music

A Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music balances music study with courses in other disciplines — it emphasizes the academic aspects of music and is designed for students who wish to combine their study of music with more non-music courses than are available in the Bachelor of Music curriculum.

Private lessons are not available in the Bachelor of Arts, but there are still ample opportunities to perform in music ensembles and societies.

A BA honours in Music is also available.

Minor in Music

A minor in Music consists of a selection of core and elective music courses and can be combined with any degree.

Private lessons are not available in a minor, but there are still ample opportunities to perform in music ensembles and societies.

Courses open to all students

For students outside the Music department, there are Music courses offered in:

  • music appreciation
  • theory
  • music in Canada
  • world music

You also have the opportunity to participate in the department’s large ensembles.

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

What's the difference between a BMus and a BA in Music?

Faculty Spotlight

Careers

Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

Skills developed in the Bachelor of Music program are highly transferable to other areas of study. Creativity, independence, teamwork, and dedication to perfection are some of the skills that are highly prized in areas such as medicine and law.

Popular career paths for Music graduates include:

  • music teacher at the elementary or secondary level
  • choral or instrumental conductor
  • music therapist
  • composer
  • arts administrator
  • instrument designer/repair technician
  • music librarian
  • music software designer
  • sound engineer
  • speech therapist

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Laurel Young ('90)
Bachelor of Music
Associate professor of music therapy, Concordia University

» Dr. Laurel Young ('90) follows passion for performance into a career in music therapy and academia

Testimonials

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The Mount Allison Music department is an incredibly welcoming and involved music program. The small size fosters an intimate environment that allows a high level of instruction and communication with faculty and opens up a lot of opportunities that are unique to each student.


Bryenton Wayne
Innes
'20
Bachelor of Music
Lakelands, NS
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With its active and friendly department, superb facilities, distinguished faculty, plentiful performance opportunities, small class sizes, and non-competitive environment, Mount Allison's Department of Music is truly excellent.


Madeleine
Gaudette
'19
Bachelor of Music
Tignish, PEI

Extras

 

Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music

Mount Allison is home to one of the finest university music buildings in the country — the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music.

The Conservatory includes:

  • 310-seat concert hall, Brunton Auditorium, hosting more than 80 concerts, recitals, and guest speakers each year
  • Practice studios, most equipped with pianos
  • An extensive collection of instruments, including 15 grand pianos
  • A computer lab with hardware and software for music notation, audio editing, and electroacoustic composition
  • Choral and instrumental music collections

Our collection includes a Yamaha CFX Concert Grand, giving our Music department one of the best piano collections in Atlantic Canada. 

Located in the Conservatory is the Alfred Whitehead Memorial Music Library, housing the largest musical resources collection in the Maritimes with more than 45,000 books, scores, audio recordings, and video

 

Perform!

The Music department's Collegia Musica series offers you the chance to perform in front of an audience on a weekly basis.

Music ensembles and societies also enjoy a reputation as some of the finest in the country:

  • Symphonic Band
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Elliott Chorale
  • Choral Society
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Garnet & Gold Musical Theatre
  • Music for the Cure

All large ensembles are open to all Mount Allison students.


Applying to the Bachelor of Music

In addition to the general University admission application, students applying to the Bachelor of Music must also:

  • submit a Music application
  • audition
  • take a music entrance assessment
  • submit a letter of reference

Find out more about applying to the Bachelor of Music.

Applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Music?Details

The Music application form is for students applying to the Bachelor of Music only — there is no need to fill out the form or audition if you plan on applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Music.

DEADLINES FOR BMus APPLICATION:

Feb. 10
Deadline to submit your Music application and letter of reference.

March 4
Deadline to submit your recorded video audition and audition portfolio, if not auditioning in person.

Audition Preparation Weekend

Our Audition Preparation Weekend is designed for any high school student who is interested in making music a part of their university studies, and will be of particular interest for Grade 11 and 12 students who are considering auditioning for a Bachelor of Music degree. Find out more about workshops and tours provided by the Department of Music.

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Bachelor of Arts
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Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts.

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts.

Academic Awards

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Mount A is 3rd in national academic awards won by students


Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second for student satisfaction and third in the number of students who have won national academic awards. To date, 55 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars.

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