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Music at Waterloo

Study music in a program that offers you the flexibility to pursue your passions.

At Waterloo, we offer instruction in more than 20 instruments, as well as vocal lessons. But that’s just the beginning.

Balance your study of performance, theory, and music history with classes on the relationship between music and technology, gender, and peace. Unpack the psychology of music, or delve into pop, jazz, opera, film scores, and more.

Throughout your degree, you’ll be learning from distinguished instructors: scholars, composers, theorists, and performers who are all committed to excellence in teaching.

Meanwhile, you’ll have no end of opportunities to enrich your education. Study abroad in England or Bali. Take part in one of dozens of performing groups and productions. Join our Living-Learning Community or attend concerts, social outings, and other events put on by the Music Society.

Whether you’re aiming for a career as a performer, composer, teacher, recording technician, or music software developer, this program gives you the building blocks you need.

About the program

briefcase Available as a co-op and regular program


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Graduation cap Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Music


Admission requirements

First-year courses

Listed below are required first-year courses. You'll choose additional classes so that you have a total of 5 courses per term.

September to December

MUSIC 116 - Music Ensemble
ENGL 109 - Introduction to Academic Writing
Choose an additional course from:
 • MUSIC 100 - Understanding Music
 • MUSIC 270 - Music Theory 1
 • MUSIC 226 - Music Studio
Plus 2 electives

January to April

MUSIC 117 - Music Ensemble
Choose an additional course from:
 • MUSIC 100 - Understanding Music
 • MUSIC 271 - Music Theory 2
 • MUSIC 227 - Music Studio
Plus 3 electives

 

After first year

About 40% of the classes you’ll take will be Music courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

Customize your degree

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.

 

Co-op

 

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op positions

  • Business Improvement Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Government Services
  • Student Coordinator, Parks Canada
  • Teaching Assistant, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School
  • Music Instructor, University of Waterloo
  • Guidance / At-Risk Support Assistant, Toronto District School Board

Recent graduates

  • Voice Teacher, Renaissance School of the Arts
  • Owner & Manager, Kitchener-Waterloo Mirador
  • Voice Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Glee
  • Principal, Linwood Public School
  • Group Sales Coordinator, Drayton Entertainment
  • Marketing Manager, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

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