COVID-19 Update

All events at the University of Waterloo and Grebel are cancelled until further notice. Visit the UWaterloo COVID-19 website for Spring term information and plans for the Fall term. Read Grebel-specific details about the College's response to COVID-19.

Follow Your Musical Passion

Explore the many ways that music is meaningful in today's world

Conrad Grebel University College is home to the University of Waterloo's Department of Music and offers instruction in more than 20 instruments as well as vocal lessons.

The flexible Bachelor of Arts program will allow you to pursue a major or minor in music, or combine music courses and ensembles with most other areas of study. Study performance, music history, and theory while discovering the ways music relates to technology, film, gender, and global culture. Small class sizes provide opportunity to get to know classmates and professors within a supportive environment.

Please note: Ensembles will likely begin again in Fall 2020, while Studio courses are available online during Spring term. 

Choose Music at The University of Waterloo

  • Community: Our music program is large enough to offer an interesting and vibrant community, yet small enough to allow relationships among each student, staff, and faculty member.
  • Music as an arts degree: Discover the ways music interacts with other areas of study within the Faculty of Arts.
  • Flexibility: A major in music may be combined with another program in any faculty as a double major, joint honours degree, or a minor. Music courses are also available as electives within other disciplines.   
  • Faculty and teaching: Our faculty is made up of scholars, composers, theorists, performers, and educators; all of whom are committed to excellent teaching.
  • Resources of a great university: For the past 28 years, the University of Waterloo has been ranked most innovative among 47 universities across the country.

Our Graduates excel

Amanda kind

Amanda Kind (Honours Music, 2006) Artistic Director for the KW Glee club

Mary- Catherine Pazzano

Mary-Catherine McNinch-Pazzano (Joint Honours Music and Drama, 2010) Accomplished Jazz performer and music teacher.

Matthew Attard

Matthew Attard (Honours Music & Business, Co-op, 2013) Talented percussionist and dedicated teacher.

  1. June 18, 2020Music Professor Inspires Learning Inside the Classroom and Out

    The high value Laura Gray places on her students is obvious inside the classroom and out. Laura is associate professor of Music at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo, serving as chair of the Music Department for nine of her 22 years at Grebel.

  2. May 27, 2020Student Composition to be performed at Noval Scotia Choral Festival
    Cameron Slipp conducting pic

    We are excited to share that the Nova Scotia Choral Festival (NSCF) 4th Young Composer's Competition jury selected an honourable mention for the competition; Peregrina by composer Cameron Slipp, a fourth year music major.

  3. May 20, 2020Visit Grebel at our Virtual Open House
    Virtual Open House

    Due to Covid resistrictions, we are now offering virtual tours of our residence and learning facilities. 

    Did you miss our first Virtual Open House? We had so much fun that we want to do it again on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00pm EST (check for more dates to come). Attend this live virtual event for a tour of Grebel's residence life and academic programs, online! Register here to receive your webinar link. 

Read all news