Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA Music) | College of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA Music)

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The BA Music at the University of Guelph is geared to students who have a significant interest in music and music studies within a wider liberal arts education. It is a comprehensive and flexible program that offers instruction in music history, theory and criticism and and examines the significance of classical, world, and popular musics. Students develop a high degree of musicianship through skills training, music lessons (for those interested in advanced instrumental and vocal training), and participation in a variety of ensembles. With new facilities in digital technology, we support the increasing importance of technology in musical production, distribution, and listening. Our students go on to further studies and careers in music education (institutional and private), graduate music research, arts administration, performance, and production.

Why take a BA Music?

The B.A. in Music differs significantly from the more traditional Bachelor of Music degree where the primary thrust is on training professional musicians. The Bachelor of Music often streams students into highly specific sub-disciplinary areas (such as performance, history, or theory), and offer few options for courses outside of music.  The BA Music integrates intellectual and practical training, and is inherently interdisciplinary, reaching out to students from across the arts and sciences, allowing students to combine Majors and Minors in Music with studies in other disciplines. Students focusing on a career in music will normally take a Music Major, while the Music Minor is popular with a wide variety of students, including those who plan to enter law, medicine and veterinary school. The Area of Concentration is designed for the student who wishes to use music as a teachable subject for post-secondary music education.

Our program offers:

  • Close contact between faculty and students
  • A great community of students with a strong Music Students Association
  • Top-notch ensembles from our award winning choirs to jazz, concert winds, chamber and contemporary music
  • Cutting edge digital music lab
  • A diverse and excellent faculty with national and international reputations
  • Music Major (honours)
  • Music Minor
  • Area of Concentration in Music