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Teach Grade School or High School

University of Guelph students are particularly competitive when applying for teacher’s college with music as their primary teachable. The Bachelor of Arts (Music) from Guelph provides our students a high-quality Music degree AND the space to take credits necessary for additional teachables in a meaningful way. Our students have or are attending programs at Althouse College-Western University, Queen’s University, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, and Lakehead University among others…

Jennifer-Lynn Parnall

Jennifer-Lynn ParnallTeacher’s College, Queen’s University, Class of 2014

My final year at the University of Guelph was full of live music, captivating research, and friendships that will last a lifetime. I am grateful for the experiences and courses offered to me by my professors. They opened my eyes to professional opportunities I had not known about.

I have graduated and am now pursuing a career as an international music teacher. My passion for music and travel have combined and my studies of world music, pedagogy, and music history helped guide me to this place. I am proud to be a music graduate from the University of Guelph, and I am sure many alumni feel the same. The music department at Guelph is passionate, motivated, and dedicated to supporting and preserving this wonderful art form. Those are inspiring qualities by which to be surrounded.

Matthew Janik

Matthew JanikTeacher’s College, Althouse College – Western University, Class of 2014

The choice to study music at the University of Guelph was one of the best I have made. Throughout my degree I made an entirely new set of close friends, lived with people who shared my interests in performance and study, and worked with university professors in a way no other schools I know could offer. Guelph University’s music program meant more to me than simply learning complex theory, critical analyses, and performance techniques. I now understand that I lived, worked, and performed in a safe learning environment that encouraged the growth of an individual’s critical thinking skills and mental well being over summative assessments and number grades. These skills have helped me shape my own philosophies, particularly concerning music education. I am currently attending teacher’s college, and have transferred countless attitudes and teaching strategies that were modeled for me by music professors at the University of Guelph.


Kimberly Garrett

generic pianoTeacher, Engage Education, Class of 2013

My experience in the University of Guelph music program prepared me for my future in more ways than I ever imagined. The constant support, guidance and vast knowledge of my professors created a truly life-changing four years. During my studies I was able to grow as a musician, and understand the discipline and professionalism that is needed. When I graduated in 2013 I continued my studies at Queen’s University to become a secondary music and drama teacher.

Since receiving my Bachelor of Education, I have moved to London, England where I’ve been pursuing both teaching and performing music. Without the knowledge I gained and the relationships I made at Guelph, I wouldn’t have the confidence, passion and understanding of music that I have today. I am proud to be University of Guelph alumni and will forever look back on those years as the time I truly became a musician.