Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G6
Conrad Grebel Programs
If you are interested in studying an instrument for credit while at the University of Waterloo, you need to audition for a course called Music Studio. Music Studio offers individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar and all orchestral instruments. Lessons are weekly and are typically 45 minutes in length. You receive one lesson a week for twelve weeks. You may take up to two terms of studio (approximately 24 weeks of lessons) as arts elective courses, without being a music major. You should have a skill level of approximately Grade 8 Royal Conservatory or its equivalent if you wish to enroll in a Music Studio course. If you are not interested in a Music Studio course, you do not need to audition. To graduate with a degree in music, you will need to demonstrate approximately a Grade X Royal Conservatory level of competence in an instrument or voice. You may already come with this skill, or you may achieve it through private study. In either case, if you are not interested in a Music Studio course, you do not need to audition to study music at University of Waterloo. Typically though, students attain the required performance level through the Music Studio courses.
You should contact the Music Department Administrative Assistant by phone or by email to arrange an audition. Following the audition, you may wish to contact the Undergraduate Music Advisor, Prof. Kenneth Hull, to arrange an interview to discuss your musical background, the requirements for studio and for the degree program you wish to take.
You need to prepare two pieces (or selections from a larger work) of contrasting style. It is preferable but not required that these be performed from memory. You will also be asked to sight-read a short musical passage. Vocalists will be asked to sight-sing. If you are an instrumentalist or a vocalist, you will be provided with a piano accompanist at no charge to you.
You do not need to pass an audition before being accepted to the University of Waterloo. The audition for music studio and your acceptance by the University are two separate procedures. Your acceptance to the University of Waterloo is not influenced by your music studio audition. You may choose to take one of two paths: early Spring audition, or September audition (during orientation week). If you wish, you may audition for music studio in April even if you do not have an offer from the University of Waterloo. You do not need to worry that your acceptance to the University will be turned down if your audition does not go well. Your acceptance to the University of Waterloo is not affected by your audition. The advantage to this method is that you know right away if you will be able to take music studio in the fall. The disadvantage is that you do not know if you have been accepted by the university. If you are not accepted by the university, you cannot study music here no matter how well your audition goes. You may also wish to wait and see if you get accepted by the university before auditioning. For those with early offers can audition in April. If you receive a later offer, your audition would take place in September during the orientation week. Please keep in mind that your acceptance to the University of Waterloo does not guarantee that you will pass your audition to music studio. You should have a skill level of approximately Grade 8 Royal Conservatory or its equivalent if you wish to enroll in a Music Studio course. If you do not have this skill level, you may not be accepted into music studio, even if you have been accepted by the University of Waterloo. The advantage to this method is that you already know that you have been accepted by the university. The disadvantage is you will not know until the fall whether or not you can take a Music Studio course and study an instrument for credit at the University of Waterloo. Auditions take place at the beginning of every new term, so it is possible to study privately and then re-audition. ndable text.
You need to contact the music office to set up an audition. Auditions are held in January during the first week of classes, and in September during orientation week. You can reach the music office by email or call at 519-885-0220 x24226. For more information on auditions, see "how do I apply to the Music department." For more information on music studio, see the Music Studio web page. What if I don't pass my audition the first time? Can I try again? Usually, you can try again. At your audition, the panelists listening to you may give you an option to try again the next term. If you are very close to the level required, but not quite there, they may recommend that you take some private lessons before trying again.
No. In order to study music here, you must be accepted by the University of Waterloo.
No. We only hear people in person. Auditions take place at several times throughout the year and you can audition once you arrive on campus as a student.
You have registered for your first term of a music ensemble. The University of Waterloo Music department at Conrad Grebel University College offers five ensembles: Chapel Choir, Chamber Choir and University Choir for vocalists; Stage Band and Instrumental Chamber Ensembles for instrumentalists. See the ensemble web page of this website for more information on ensembles. In order to join an ensemble, you need to audition. Auditions are held during registration week and the first week of class in September, the first week of class in January and the first week of class in May. Sign up for an audition by dropping by the Music Office, room 1104, at Conrad Grebel University College. You may also call the Music Administration Assistant to arrange an audition.
At your audition, you will be asked to sing or play a prepared piece. Your piece need not be classical; it can be in any style. You may be asked to do some sight reading. Lists are posted a few days after the audition with the names of people who have been admitted to the ensemble.
Some ensembles are harder to get into than others. For instance, the Chapel Choir and Chamber Choir are smaller choirs. The singers chosen are strong vocalists, with an extensive background in choral singing. Generally speaking, if you have experience in playing in ensembles in high school, or in other groups, and/or have taken private music lessons, you stand a good chance of getting into the ensemble of your choice. Learn more about music ensembles at the ensembles web page.
In order to take a music ensemble course, you must audition. You may call the Department of Music Administration Assistant or sign up at the music office, room 1104, during the registration period. Auditions are very short (no more than 10 minutes). At your audition, you will be asked to sing or play a prepared piece. Your piece need not be classical; it can be in any style. You may be asked to do some sight reading. Lists are posted a few days after the audition with the names of people who have been admitted to the ensemble. Learn more about music ensembles at the ensembles web page.
Yes. Each term of ensemble is given a 0.25 credit, to a maximum of six terms. Within the Faculty of Arts, up to two pairs of 0.25 credit courses may be counted as term course (0.50) equivalents, and counted towards degree requirements. Your first term of ensemble, no matter what ensemble you are in, is 116. Your next term of ensemble, no matter what ensemble you choose, is 117 and so on. In other words, register using the lowest course number for your first term, the next highest for your second term, etc.
If you wish to receive credit for a music ensemble you must register for it on your timetable (through the University of Waterloo Registrar's office) before the drop/add period ends. The course number is MUSIC 116 (with 117, 216, 217, 316, 317 used for succeeding terms). The division is "GE." The course is offered on a credit/fail basis.
Students must attend rehearsals regularly. Generally, you are permitted to miss no more than two rehearsals a term. Each ensemble will perform a final concert close to the end of the term. It is mandatory to attend the dress rehearsal (an extra rehearsal right before a concert) and the final concert. The good new is - there are no exams!
Yes, under certain conditions. If you are interested in studying an instrument for credit while at the University of Waterloo, you need to audition for a course called Music Studio. Music Studio offers individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar and all orchestral instruments. Lessons are weekly and normally are 45 minutes in length. You receive one lesson a week for twelve weeks. You may take up to two terms of studio (approximately 24 weeks of lessons) as arts elective courses, without being a music major. You should have a skill level of approximately Grade 8 Royal Conservatory or its equivalent if you wish to enroll in a Music Studio course. For information about the audition process, see "How do I arrange an audition for Music Studio?" and "What do I need to do for the audition?"
Once you have passed the audition, you need to drop by the Music Office. The Administration Assistant will give you a permission number to register online for the course. You must also pay a Music Studio fee on top of your regular tuition. The Music Studio fee for year 2006-2007 is $216.00 payable to Conrad Grebel University College. Lessons are weekly and normally are 45 minutes in length. You receive one lesson a week for twelve weeks.
You must also participate in master classes, which are scheduled throughout the term. A master class is a larger version of a lesson. All students studying your instrument participate in a group class. Every student is required to perform at least once in front of his or her peers and the master class instructor. Students who are enrolled in 226 and 227 are encouraged to participate in students recitals. These recitals take place near the end of the term. Students enrolled in 326, 327, 426 and 427 must participate in students recitals.
The final exam is called a jury. Juries are held after the last day of class. In this jury, you will be asked to perform two of the pieces you have been working on throughout the term. You will perform in front of two music professors. Your mark is based on your instructor's evaluation. This evaluation is worth 60% of your final mark. Your jury counts for 30% of your final mark, and your participation in master class counts for 10% of your mark. The master class grade may not normally raise the grade which would otherwise be the result of the instructor and jury grades.
Finally, you are required to register participate in a music ensemble course. This course is worth a quarter credit; Music Studio is worth a half credit.
No. The music department does not offer lessons for beginners. You need to have a skill level of grade 8 from the Royal Conservatory of Music or its equivalent to enroll in music lessons. Music lessons are available privately off campus. These lessons are not available through the University of Waterloo, and are not available for credit. If you are interested in starting some music lessons for your own enjoyment, give the Music Administration Assistant a call.
Yes, but on a very limited basis. Conrad Grebel University College has a very limited (and I mean really limited) number of instruments available to students who are taking an ensemble course. Instruments are not available for any activities outside the Department of Music. You may rent an instrument for a term. The instrument is due back after the final concert. For more information on what is available, contact the music office at 519-885-0220 x24226.
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G6
Conrad Grebel Programs