About Music

We are the Department of Music at Waterloo

Conrad Grebel University College has been responsible for offering courses and extra-curricular programs in Music to the wider university since the 1960s. Approval of the Bachelor of Arts programs in music was given in 1974. Since that time, hundreds of students have graduated from the University of Waterloo with degrees in music.

With our flexible program combining theory, studio, performance and history, also investigate the "edges" of music including relationships between music and technology, film, gender, or psychology. Travel to England, Estonia or Bali to experience and study music.

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. 

>> What sets us apart?

>> Forty Years Strong! article (a brief history)

Who are students of Music at Waterloo?

Music at Waterloo includes a wide range of students, both in music and from other disciplines.

  • Majors (includes double majors or joint honours)
  • Minors
  • Elective students (taking a course or two or participating in an ensemble)

>> Academics & Requirements

At present, we have approximately 40 majors and 60 minors in the department. Music students here are generally interested both in making music and in asking questions about music’s relevance to society.

>> Student Profiles

Find a supportive environment

Whether majoring in music or pursuing a variety of different program options that combine music with other subjects,  as a Waterloo student, you are invited to take a music course, sing in a choir, play in an instrumental ensemble, or sign up for a studio lesson - no matter what program you are in.  Small class sizes means you get to know your classmates and your Prof.

>> Living-Learning community

Our Graduates excel

Our Grads a variety of careers including public, private, and post-secondary school teaching, performance, music ministry, and business. Many have pursued masters and PhD degrees in music.

Many of our music majors have gone on to teacher training, pursued graduate school, worked as private music teachers, or became performers and composers. Still others have found work in the music industry in the areas of software development and recording technology.

>> Career Paths of our Grads