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.

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, jointhonours 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. Feb. 19, 2020March Break Open House
    march break

    Join us for Waterloo’s open house for applicants and admitted students.

    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    10 am to 4 pm

  2. Feb. 6, 2020orchestra@uwaterloo’s 2020 concerto and aria competition presents musical excellence
    Concerto and Aria Competition finalists joined by Professor Emeritus David Taylor

    Concerto and Aria Competition finalists joined by Professor Emeritus David Taylor

    The orchestra@uwaterloo held its 2020 Concerto and Aria Competition on February 1 at Conrad Grebel University College. Any student or recent graduate of the University of Waterloo is eligible to compete in this biennial competition hosted by the orchestra. The Department of Music at Conrad Grebel University College is grateful to Professor Emeritus David Taylor, whose generous and ongoing support of the orchestra has made these competitions possible.

  3. Jan. 30, 2020Worship Apprentices: A Resource for the Church
    Students singing in chapel

    Every Tuesday, a diverse team of UWaterloo students gathers for prayer, small group discussion, song teaching, and worship service planning. These students are part of the Worship Apprentice Program offered by Grebel’s Music Department as a skill-building opportunity within the Church Music and Worship Program. 

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  1. Mar. 11, 2020Noon Hour Concert: Selections from 24 Paganini Caprices
    Ben Sung, violinist

    The name Paganini conjures as much myth as history for musicians and violinists.  Portraits reveal a gaunt, ghostly man, and much of the music he composed asks for seemingly impossible feats of time and distance.  Join violinist Benjamin Sung for a performance of Paganini's Opus 1: the 24 Caprices for violin solo.  Taken together, these works are a testament to the potential of human achievement - in creativity, in expression, in technique, and in art. 

  2. Mar. 18, 2020Noon Hour Concert: Peter and the Wolf
    Sergei Prokofiev

    Sergei Prokofiev wrote the story and composed the music for Peter and the Wolf in 1936. It was written in two weeks for a children's theatre in Moscow. He wrote the music as a child's introduction to the orchestra with each character being represented by an instrument or group of instruments. Peter and the Wolf was an immediate success and continues to be enjoyed today by children all over the world.

    For Peter and the Wolf, The KW Woodwind Quintet will be joined by narrator by Mark Vuorinen. In addition, the quintet will perform Mozart's Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman (known to many as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star) and and excerpt of Mozart's Horn Concerto in F, played on a garden hose.

    Wendy Wagler (flute), Sarah Cardwell (oboe), Barbara Hankins (clarinet), Heather Carruthers (bassoon), Trevor Wagler (horn).  Suitable for all ages, perfect for a March Break event.

  3. Mar. 21, 2020UWaterloo March Break Open House 2020
    march break pic

    Are you thinking about which university is best for you?  How can I add music experiences or study music at UWaterloo?  Whether you are waiting for an offier or already received an offer, we want to meet you!

    Come to the University of Waterloo March Open House on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

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