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

Compulsory courses
MUS 3315Music and Computers I3 Units
MUS 3360Conducting I 53 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from3 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
15 optional course units in music (MUS), pedagogy (PED) or in psychology (PSY) from: 615 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
Specialized Workshop in Music Education I
Specialized Workshop in Music Education II
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness I
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness II
Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
Choral Conducting
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
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory ensemble course units from:9 Units
Piano Ensemble
Accompaniment
6 optional ensemble course units from:6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Harp 

Compulsory courses
MUS 3315Music and Computers I3 Units
MUS 3360Conducting I 53 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from3 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
18 optional course units in music (MUS), pedagogy (PED) or in psychology (PSY) from 618 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
Specialized Workshop in Music Education I
Specialized Workshop in Music Education II
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness I
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness II
Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
Choral Conducting
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
Ensemble courses
12 optional ensemble course units from:12 Units
Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Percussion 

Compulsory courses
MUS 3315Music and Computers I3 Units
MUS 3360Conducting I 53 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from3 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
15 optional course units in music (MUS), pedagogy (PED) or in psychology (PSY) from 615 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
Specialized Workshop in Music Education I
Specialized Workshop in Music Education II
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness I
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness II
Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
Choral Conducting
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
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory ensemble course units from:9 Units
Wind Ensemble
6 optional ensemble course units from:6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
or
6 optional ensemble course units from:
Orchestra
Total: 51 Units

Piano 

Compulsory courses
MUS 3315Music and Computers I3 Units
MUS 3360Conducting I 53 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from3 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
18 optional course units in music (MUS), pedagogy (PED) or in psychology (PSY) from 618 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
Specialized Workshop in Music Education I
Specialized Workshop in Music Education II
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness I
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness II
Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
Choral Conducting
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
Ensemble courses
6 compulsory ensemble course units from:6 Units
Piano Ensemble
Accompaniment
6 optional ensemble course units from:6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Saxophone 

Compulsory courses
MUS 3315Music and Computers I3 Units
MUS 3360Conducting I 53 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from3 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
15 optional course units in music (MUS), pedagogy (PED) or in psychology (PSY) from 615 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
Specialized Workshop in Music Education I
Specialized Workshop in Music Education II
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness I
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness II
Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
Choral Conducting
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
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory ensemble course units from:9 Units
Wind Ensemble
6 optional ensemble course units from:6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Cords and strings 

Compulsory courses
MUS 3315Music and Computers I3 Units
MUS 3360Conducting I 53 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from3 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
18 optional course units in music (MUS), pedagogy (PED) or in psychology (PSY) from 618 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
Specialized Workshop in Music Education I
Specialized Workshop in Music Education II
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness I
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness II
Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
Choral Conducting
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
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory ensemble course units from:9 Units
Orchestra
3 optional ensemble course units 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
Accompaniment
Studio Accompanying
Chamber Music I
Total: 51 Units

Voice

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

Compulsory courses
MUS 3315Music and Computers I3 Units
MUS 3360Conducting I 53 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from3 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
Specialized Workshop in Music Education I
Specialized Workshop in Music Education II
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness I
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness II
Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
Choral Conducting
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
Ensemble courses
6 compulsory ensemble course units from:6 Units
Opera Production
6 optional ensemble course units from:6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
Total: 51 Units

Winds and Brass 

Compulsory courses
MUS 3315Music and Computers I3 Units
MUS 3360Conducting I 53 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from3 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
15 optional course units in music (MUS), pedagogy (PED) or in psychology (PSY) from 615 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
Specialized Workshop in Music Education I
Specialized Workshop in Music Education II
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness I
Specialized Workshop in Musicians' Wellness II
Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
Choral Conducting
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
Ensemble courses
9 compulsory ensemble course units from:9 Units
Wind Ensemble
6 optional ensemble course units from:6 Units
Choral Ensemble
Calixa-Lavallée Choir
or
6 optional ensemble course units from:
Orchestra
Total: 51 Units

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