Music student during rehearsals.


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.
Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree options:  

The Music program stresses professional training, with an emphasis on musical performance. There are also courses and ensembles open to students outside the Music department.

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

Bachelor of Music
As a Bachelor of Music student, you will benefit from four years of advanced private lessons. The department offers performance study in:

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

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 flexible approach to the study of Music helps ensure you are well prepared for the wide-ranging demands and varied career options that exist for today’s musicians. Find out more about the Bachelor of Music.

Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts with a major or minor in Music allows you to balance your musical studies with other subjects and may be suited to you if you are planning a career in music scholarship, librarianship, or other music-related fields, rather than performance.

Courses in the Music program are available in the four main areas of: 

  • performance
  • music history and literature
  • music theory and composition
  • music education

Courses open to all students
For students outside the Music department, there are courses offered in:

  • music appreciation
  • theory
  • music in Canada
  • world music
  • chamber orchestra

You also have the opportunity to participate in the department’s large ensembles, such as symphonic band and the Choral Society, which are open to all students.

Find a list of Music courses in the academic calendar – Music.

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

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