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 lets you explore different scientific disciplines and thus acquire a broad background in all the sciences. If along the way you develop an interest in a particular field, you can transfer to the program in question.

This program is offered in English and in French. 

Do you love music and science? Would you like to develop your musical abilities to their full potential while doing advanced studies in the sciences? Now you can do so thanks to a new bachelor’s program offered jointly by the University of Ottawa’s faculties of Arts, Science and Engineering. Acquire in-depth knowledge and pursue rigorous training in music and science in this new program, the first of its kind in Canada!

The combined Bachelor of Music and Science program was created for students who would like to be able to work in either field and are interested in developing their skills in both disciplines. This five-year combined program leads to a degree in music (BMus) and in science (BSc) and opens the door to graduate studies. To be admitted to the program, students must be accepted into the Bachelor of Music, successfully complete an instrument or voice audition, demonstrating outstanding abilities, and meet the Bachelor of Science admission criteria.

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

Bachelor of Music (BMus) (90 units)
3 course units from:3 Units
Workshop in Essay Writing
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
3 course units in French as a second language (FLS) 13 Units
MUS 1031BSC / Applied Music I: Performance BMUS/BSC 26 Units
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
MUS 2031BSC/Applied Music II: Performance BMUS/BSC 26 Units
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 3031Applied Music III: Performance BMUS/BSC 26 Units
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
MUS 4031Applied Music IV: Performance BMUS/BSC 26 Units
MUS 4033Applied Music V: Performance BMUS/BSC 26 Units
9 course units from: 49 Units
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
Studio Accompanying
12 course units from:12 Units
Music Education I
Music Education II
Selected Topics on Music History
Selected Topics in Music Theory and Analysis
Music and Critical Thought
Popular Music in Society
Research in Music: Tools and Methods
Chamber Music I
Piano Pedagogy I
Piano Pedagogy II
Seminar I
Selected Topics in Score Analysis
Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Topics in Music Technology
Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
Honours Bachelor of Science with Major (BSc) (60 units)
60 course units from any already existing science major leading to the Bachelor of Science 560 Units
Total: 150 Units
All non-keyboard majors must submit to a proficiency exam at a Grade VI RCMT set by the School of Music at the end of the second year. This exam must be completed successfully by the end of the fifth year to obtain the BMus/BSc degree.
Courses are selected through tutorial consultation. The Department 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 music.