COVID-19 Update

Grebel cannot currently host in-person events, concerts, lectures, or other gatherings. Check out our events page for a list of virtual activities, including online concerts. Visit the UWaterloo COVID-19 website for current information and policies. 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.

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. Apr. 12, 2021Orchestra@UWaterloo Concerto & Aria Competition 2022
    Winner Ashley playing with accompanist Anna Ronai

    We regret to inform you that we have decided to postpone the February 2022 Concerto & Aria Competition to February 2023.  The first Covid shutdown occurred shortly after the 2020 competition, so we have not had a chance for the winners from that competition to perform with the orchestra.  Given the uncertainty surrounding the current

  2. Mar. 1, 2021Big Fish Musical
    Big Fish Musical

    If you want to see a Grebel musical like no other, this is definitely your chance to do so. So many members of the community have come together to put together a show that will exceed what many would think possible during a pandemic.

  3. Jan. 15, 2021Winter 2021 Ensembles are virtual
    Virtual ensemble

    Virtual ensembles give students a unique opportunity to closely examine their own performance through recordings, and to learn to work with others online.   Five available ensembles will emphasize collaboration, team-work, and instrumental and vocal technique.  Guest artists and speakers will give presentations, and there will be small group instruction as well. D

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