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

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA Music)

rendering of the goldschidt room

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.

Live in the Bullring at the University of Guelph by the Simon Pequegnat Trio.   
Electric guitar - Simon Pequegnat    Bass - Mark Spagnolo    Drums - Matt Macleod

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

Ear Training and Musicianship Renewed!!

Some of you may have noticed the MUSC*1180 is no longer available. Instead, there is MUSC*1160. This new course is worth the same as 1180 (0.5 credit) and functions as a pre-requisite in the same was as 1180 did. It will consist of the same great musicianship skills-training while integrating them with music theory. The course will also draw on a broader range of musical styles and genres reflecting the diversity that characterizes present-day musical life.


Faculty Advisor - Music

Howard Spring
JHNH 112
519-824-4120 x58579

Faculty Advisors can:

  • provide information on the specialization, and can assist you in planning for completing the specialization course requirements. 
  • approve or deny substitutions for courses required for the specialization.  A signature is also required from a BA Academic Counsellor, but the faculty advisor must be approached first to assess the course you want to substitute, and sign for approval.
  • can advise on about careers and further education in the discipline, or refer you to another faculty member to discuss career direction and the graduate school application process, etc.