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. 

The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.

French immersion is available when taken as part of an honours degree.

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

3 course units from:3 Units
Materials of Music I
Sight-Singing and Dictation I: General 1
Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Intermediate 1
Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Advanced 1
Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Enriched 1
MUS 2306Theory and Analysis I 13 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
MUS 3306Theory and Analysis III3 Units
6 optional course units from:6 Units
Solo Performance Studies 2
Applied Music I: Secondary Instrument 2
The Sound of Rock
Music in the Movies
Selected Topics in Musical Aesthetics and Criticism
Introduction to Music and Science
Introduction to World Music
12 optional course units from:12 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
Selected Topics in Music Theory and Analysis 2
Music and Critical Thought
Theory and Analysis IV 2
Popular Music in Society
Music and Computers I
Forms and Styles III: Late Classical and Early Romantic 2
Forms and Styles IV: Late Romantic and Early Modern 2
Twentieth-Century Music
Opera 2
Orchestra 2
Wind Ensemble 2
Opera Production 2
Choral Ensemble 2
Calixa-Lavallée Choir 2
Guitar 2
Jazz 2
Brass Choir 2
Brass Ensemble 2
Woodwind 2
Baroque Ensemble 2
Percussion Ensemble 2
Contemporary Music Ensemble 2
Mixed Ensemble 2
Piano Ensemble 2
Accompaniment 2
6 optional course units from:6 Units
Seminar I 2
Selected Topics in Music Education 2
Selected Topics in Score Analysis 2
Topics in Music Technology 2
Stage
Research Projecy I
Advanced Research in Music: Tools and Methods
Total: 42 Units

Note(s)

1

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

2

Enrolment subject to audition, prerequisite, and/or permission of the School of Music.