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.

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.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2018-2019 calendars for the previous requirements.

Common Core 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
3 elective course units in a discipline other than music (MUS)3 Units
3 course units in French as a second language (FLS) 43 Units
51 course units related to your profile and instrument combination51 Units
6 elective course units6 Units
Total: 120 Units

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Specific Instrument Requirements

Guitar

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 in 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
12 optional course units in music (MUS) 512 Units
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory course units of ensembles from:9 Units
Guitar Ensemble
6 optional course units of ensembles from: 6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Harp

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 in 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) 515 Units
Ensemble courses
12 optional course units of ensembles from: 12 Units
Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Percussion 

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 in 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
12 optional course units in music (MUS) 512 Units
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory course units of ensembles from:9 Units
Wind Ensemble
6 optional course units of ensembles from: 6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
or
6 optional course units of ensembles from:
Orchestra
Total: 51 Units

Piano

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 in 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) 515 Units
Ensemble courses
6 compulsory course units of ensembles from:6 Units
Piano Ensemble
Accompaniment
6 optional course units of ensembles from: 6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Saxophone 

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 in 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
12 optional course units in music (MUS) 512 Units
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory course units of ensembles from:9 Units
Wind Ensemble
6 optional course units of ensembles from: 6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Cords and strings 

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 in 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) 515 Units
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory course units of ensembles from:9 Units
Orchestra
3 optional course units of ensembles from: 3 Units
Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Opera Production
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Guitar Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Brass Choir
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
Baroque Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Mixed Ensemble
Piano Ensemble
Accompaniment
Studio Accompanying
Chamber Music I
Total: 51 Units

Voice

Please consult the Faculty of Arts for the additional voice sector requirements.

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 in 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) 515 Units
Ensemble courses
6 compulsory course units of ensembles from6 Units
Opera Production
6 optional course units of ensembles from: 6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Winds and Brass

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 in 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
12 optional course units in music (MUS) 512 Units
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory course units of ensembles from:9 Units
Wind Ensemble
6 optional course units of ensembles from: 6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
or
6 optional course units of ensembles from:
Orchestra
Total: 51 Units

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