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Auditions | Living at Grebel | Come and Visit

Anuj playing guitarIf you want to study music, you must first apply through OUAC and be accepted to the University of Waterloo through an entry program. (music is not an entry program). In the Faculty of Arts, you would select your major at the end of your first year, but start taking music courses in your first year.  Anyone in another faculty can take music courses as an elective or part of a music minor at any time their program allows.  It is possible to do joint major studies within the Faculty of Arts (see list of majors) and joint honours across faculties

Note: An audition is required before a music major status is granted and/or before the music studio course (individual performance instruction) is taken (MUSIC 226).  See also Early Scholarship Entrance/pre-approval auditions below.

FAQ:  Do I have to be accepted by the University first, before I audition; or do I audition before I can be accepted by the university?


Auditions are not required for University application acceptance.

Typically a level of performance equal to Grade Eight at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto is expected.  (No RCM certificate necessary).

See the Music Studio auditions page for audition dates, requirements and other information.

Early entrance auditions and scholarship opportunity

This is for high school students who wish pre-approval in the Music Studio performance course--which is also a requirement in order to declare music as your major, and to be considered for the entrance scholarships.  These are held in March/April.  Those who do not audition then, can audition as a current student.  Note:  whether you audition early or not will not affect your offer of admission in any way. See auditions page.

Anyone applying through OUAC who miss the early Spring auditions can still audition with the current students wanting to take Music Studio course (individual performance lessons), or with those wanting to declaring music as your major (usually at the end of 1st year), if not already done so for the Music Studio course.  These auditions take place at the beginning of the term they wish to take the course.

Living at Conrad Grebel University College

Living-Learning logoThe Department of Music together with Conrad Grebel University College residence program has launched a living-learning community for music students!

While studying music at the University of Waterloo, you may wish to live at the Residence where the Music classes are taught, at Conrad Grebel University College, or become an Associate if not actually living here. Students in Residence are from all different Faculties and backgrounds and at least 50% are upper year students too! See our Residence Program.

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Come and Visit

There are many ways to arrange to come for a visit.

1. Come to UWaterloo's many open house events.

2. Book a tour of UW campus.

3. Visit Conrad Grebel University College (Residence and/or Music Facilities) and arrange to talk with a specialist in these areas.

Auditions | Living at Grebel | Come and Visit

Contact Us

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March Break Open House

March Break Open House - March 19

If you miss this event on Saturday March 19, contact our recruitment specialist or contact us. We'd still love to chat or meet you and show you around!


  • early pre-approval & scholarship auditions - in Apr

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Living and Learning program logoThe Department of Music together with Conrad Grebel University College residence program is part of a Living-Learning community for Music Students! Find out how this is a super support for 1st year students in their academic and social life.  Find out more.

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