The School of Music at the University of Ottawa is one of the country's leading music schools. It is the ideal place to nurture your passion for all things musical and to pursue the rigorous training needed for an active and successful career in the field. We maintain close ties with renowned institutions such as the National Arts Centre (NAC) and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Our program boasts state-of-the-art music facilities and internationally recognized professors who perform around the globe and publish in leading academic journals. We are a full-service music school offering programs in performance, composition, music education, piano pedagogy, theory and musicology. 

Although any of our programs can pave the way for a career in education, musicology, music journalism or arts administration, the Bachelor of Music (BMus) is designed specifically for students wishing to become career musicians. Admission to the BMus therefore requires that you audition on your main instrument and demonstrate an intermediate or advanced level. In addition, the University of Ottawa is one of the only institutions in the country to offer the possibility of combining the BMus program in performance with a major in science.

This program is offered in English and in French. 

Additional requirement: admission to the BMus requires an audition. Consult the School of Music guidelines.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
3 course units from:3 Units
Sight-Singing and Dictation I: General
Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Intermediate
Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Advanced
Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Enriched
One option from the following:18 Units
Option 1:
Applied Music I 2
Applied Music II 2
Applied Music III 2
Option 2:
Applied Music I: Performance BMUS 2
Applied Music II: Performance BMUS 2
Applied Music III: Performance BMUS 2
MUS 2306Theory and Analysis I 33 Units
MUS 2307Theory and Analysis II3 Units
MUS 2331Forms and Styles I: Middle Ages and Renaissance3 Units
MUS 2332Forms and Styles II: Baroque and Early Classical3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Sight-Singing and Dictation II: General
Sight-Singing and Dictation II: Intermediate
Sight-Singing and Dictation II: Advanced
Sight-Singing and Dictation II: Enriched
MUS 3306Theory and Analysis III3 Units
MUS 3307Theory and Analysis IV3 Units
MUS 3333Forms and Styles III: Late Classical and Early Romantic3 Units
MUS 3334Forms and Styles IV: Late Romantic and Early Modern3 Units
MUS 3335Twentieth-Century Music3 Units
12 course units from: 412 Units
Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Opera Production
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Guitar
Jazz
Brass Choir
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind
Baroque Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Mixed Ensemble
Piano Ensemble
Accompaniment
Studio Accompanying
39 course units according to chosen profile requirements: General, Composition, Music Education, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theory/Musicology, Arts Administration39 Units
3 elective course units in a discipline other than music (MUS)3 Units
3 course units in French as a second language (FLS) 53 Units
6 elective course units6 Units
Total: 120 Units

Note(s)

1

This course has variable topics. Students may take this course twice.

2

Students failing an applied music course (MUS 1030, MUS 1032, MUS 2030, MUS 2032, MUS 3030, MUS 3032) will be asked by the School of Music to withdraw from the BMus.

3

A written test at the beginning of courses MUS 1191, MUS 1192, MUS 1193, MUS 1194 and MUS 2306 will determine placement in an additional weekly lab.

4

Students may repeat the same course code more than once.

5

An exemption from this requirement is given to students who obtain an equivalency for the language proficiency test or who pass a music (MUS) course offered in French. The course is then to be replaced by 3 elective course units.

Profile Requirements

General Profile
3 course units from:3 Units
Seminar I
Topics in Counterpoint
Selected Topics in Score Analysis
Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Keyboard Literature I
Keyboard Literature II
Survey of Music in Canada
Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
36 optional course units in music (MUS)36 Units
Total: 39 Units
Composition Profile
MUS 3311Compositional Techniques3 Units
MUS 3919Composition I3 Units
MUS 4018Composition II6 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Topics in Counterpoint
Selected Topics in Score Analysis
Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
9 course units from:9 Units
Selected Topics in Music Theory and Analysis
Orchestration
Arranging
New Music Techniques in Composition
15 optional course units in music (MUS)15 Units
Total: 39 Units
Music Education Profile
MUS 3315Music and Computers I3 Units
MUS 3360Conducting I 13 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
18 optional course units in music (MUS), pedagogy (PED) or in psychology (PSY) from:18 Units
Instrumental Classes -Violin
Instrumental Classes - Clarinet
Instrumental Classes - Cello and Bass
Instrumental Classes - Guitar
Instrumental Classes - Flute and Saxophone
Instrumental Classes - Recorder
Instrumental Classes - Trumpet and French Horn
Instrumental Classes - Percussion
Musical Approach for Young Students
Music Education III
Selected Topics in Music Education
Orchestral Conducting
Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
Choral Conduct
Schooling and Society
Introduction to Psychology: Foundations
Introduction to Psychology: Applications
Child Development
3 course units from:3 Units
Seminar I
Topics in Counterpoint
Selected Topics in Score Analysis
Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Keyboard Literature I
Keyboard Literature II
Survey of Music in Canada
Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
9 elective course units9 Units
Total: 39 Units

Note(s) 

1

Students wishing to teach at the high-school level are strongly encouraged to register for an additional three-unit course in Conducting.

Performance Profile 1
6 course units from:6 Units
Applied Music IV Performance (Voice)
Applied Music IV Performance (Instrumental)
3 course units from:3 Units
Seminar I
Topics in Counterpoint
Selected Topics in Score Analysis
Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Keyboard Literature I
Keyboard Literature II
Survey of Music in Canada
Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
30 optional course units in music (MUS)30 Units
Total: 39 Units

Note(s)

1

Students must register for the courses and ensembles required by their sector. These requirements are defined by the performance sector.

Piano Pedagogy Profile
MUS 4158Piano Pedagogy I3 Units
MUS 4159Piano Pedagogy II3 Units
6 course units from:6 Units
Keyboard Literature I
Keyboard Literature II
Studio Practicum for Pianists
6 course units from:6 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
Musical Approach for Young Students
Music Education III
Selected Topics in Music Education
Research Project I
3 course units from:3 Units
Seminar I
Topics in Counterpoint
Selected Topics in Score Analysis
Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Survey of Music in Canada
Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
6 optional course units in music (MUS)6 Units
12 elective course units12 Units
Total: 39 Units
Musicology/Theory Profile
3 course units from:3 Units
Research in Music: Tools and Methods
Advanced Research in Music: Tools and Methods
3 course units from:3 Units
Seminar I
Topics in Counterpoint
Selected Topics in Score Analysis
Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Survey of Music in Canada
Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
18 course units from musicology/theory:18 Units
Selected Topics in Musical Aesthetics and Criticism
Selected Topics on Music History
Selected Topics in Music Theory and Analysis
Music and Computers I
Opera
Orchestration
Research Project
Topics in Music Technology
Arranging
New Music Techniques in Composition
Research Project I
15 optional course units in music (MUS)15 Units
Total: 39 Units
Arts Administration Profile
AMT 3901Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations I3 Units
AMT 3902Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations II3 Units
CMN 1148Introduction to Organizational Communication3 Units
MUS 4910Practicum3 Units
TRA 1301Introduction to Translation3 Units
12 course units from:12 Units
Museum Studies and Artistic Practices
Curating for Contemporary Art
Selected Topics in Musical Aesthetics and Criticism
Introduction to World Music
Stage Management
Theatre Administration
12 optional course units in administration (ADM), communication (CMN), music (MUS) and/or translation (TRA)12 Units
Total: 39 Units

All non-keyboard majors must submit to a proficiency exam set by the School of Music at the end of the 2nd year. This exam must be completed successfully by the end of the 4th year to obtain the BMus degree.

Courses are selected through tutorial consultation. The School of Music determines the order in which some courses must be taken and can impose any courses deemed necessary for the musical development of the student; these courses may be chosen in departments other than the School of Music.