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Follow Your Musical Passion

Choose Music at The University of Waterloo

You can be part of a supportive academic community with flexible programs, inspiring classes, excellent teaching, extraordinary musical experiences and have all the resources of a great university! 

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.
  • 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.
  • Be a part of small class sizes to provide opportunity to get to know classmates and professors.

Our Graduates excel

Stephanie sits at a piano at the grebel chapel

Stephanie Collings (Joint Honours Music and Arts & Business, 2020) Talented pianist, digitial operations coordinator for a tech company and composer.

Mary-catherine stands in front of a window

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

Nicholas plays the piano in the grebel chapel

Nicholas Wong (Honours Music and Statistics, 2020) International school music teacher, freelance piano instructor, with a dream of being a conductor.

  1. May 6, 2022Winter Ensemble Concerts a Treat for the Ears

    The University of Waterloo Music Department at Grebel was pleased to welcome small audiences back in person to enjoy end-of-term ensemble concerts this April. Also recorded for a broader audience, this treat for the ears showcased musical talent from the Chamber Choir, University Choir, Balinese Gamelan, Orchestra@UWaterloo, Jazz Ensemble, and small instrumental chamber ensembles. Participants include students from all faculties at UWaterloo, strengthening the connection between science, technology, engineering, math, and arts!

  2. Mar. 7, 2022Spring Term Jazz Ensemble!
    Jazz Ensemble

    New this year is Spring term Jazz Ensemble. 

    See Jazz Ensemble page for details.  Students from all faculties welcome, including Grad students.  This ensemble is directed by Michael Wood, and will start with auditions on May 2nd.  There will be an end of term concert as well.

  3. Jan. 24, 2022Virtual Noon Hour Concert Series: Connecting with Nature
    Two musicians playing a guitar and a flute

    Music unites people all over the world. This winter, Conrad Grebel University College is bringing people together virtually through the Noon Hour Concert series, starting January 26 at 12:30 pm. Additional concerts will premiere on most Wednesdays during the Winter term. These concerts are recorded with a small live audience and are broadcasted on the Grebel YouTube channel.

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  1. June 10, 2022Balinese Gamelan Ensemble at the Hespeler Village Market
    Market & Gamelan

    An outdoor Farmer's market is the perfect location to enjoy the Balinese Gamelan Ensemble.  Please join us at the Hespeler Village Market at 5pm. Both the student Balinese Gamelan and the Community Gamelan will be performing. Audience members will be able to try out the Gamelan instruments after the concert.

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