This is a flexible program that will allow you to pursue rigorous academic study of a wide variety of musical genres with the option of including a hands-on studio experience with classical or contemporary music.
A Rigorous, Enriching Program
The BA in Music is a flexible program designed for those captivated with music and its role in social and cultural life. With its focus on academic study and the development of creative and critical thinking skills, this four-year program provides excellent preparation for careers and graduate studies in music theory or music history and a range of careers in areas outside of music.
The BA in Music also includes classes for students who wish to pursue advanced contemporary music making including popular and electronic music and music technology. You can develop composition and performance skills that reflect the diversity and richness of these practices, challenge yourself to be a creative and reflective musician, and prepare yourself for a career in the rapidly evolving music industry.
The Windsor Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Fox Theatre and Michigan Opera Theatre are all just a short distance from campus. Detroit and Windsor’s thriving and influential jazz, pop, blues and electronic scenes will inspire and inform you.
The Music program will soon move into a dynamic, new building in downtown Windsor. You could be one of the first classes of students to reap the benefits!
There are many possibilities for applied music making in this degree. You may audition for ensemble courses, private lessons on your instrument or Diverse Musics and Practices. DMAP is a course that allows students interested in new music, music technology, and multimedia to receive significant course credit for applied creative work in an ensemble/workshop setting. If you successfully audition for this course, you will build a portfolio of creative projects including compositions in different styles, electronica, arrangements, sound recordings, and music videos. DMAP students will be equally able to create music for a TV commercial, a website, or experimental video, and to pursue their own development as creative artists, wherever that may take them.
70% minimum admission average. The OSS Diploma and six Grade 12 U or M courses, including ENG4U, are required.
Incoming Music students must pass a written theory test roughly equivalent to the Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced Rudiments. View a sample Theory Test.
What You Will Take in First Year
In addition to the required courses below, students may choose from an array of courses offered across the University.
01-150 Foundations of Academic Writing I
32-112 Music Theory I
32-126 Music History and Literature I
32-222 Basic Skills I
33-xxx Ensemble of your choice. Ensembles include: University Singers, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, or Windsor Community Orchestra
01-151 Foundations of Academic Writing II
32-113 Music Theory II
32-127 Music History and Literature II
32-223 Basic Skills II
33-xxx Ensemble of your choice
This program provides an excellent academic experience, which allows students to pursue graduate level music study. Our graduates have gone on to graduate studies in musicology and composition. Students who participate in Diverse Musics and Practices will also be able to create music for a TV commercial, a website, or an experimental video, and to pursue their own development as creative artists, wherever that may take them.
Excellent Student Support
You’ll thrive in a friendly and supportive community of professionals who share your passion for music. Faculty will know you by name and you will be part of a community of students who care about and support one another. Music students are assigned a faculty member who is their personal academic advisor. Theory and basic skills courses have upper-year teaching assistants who are available to assist students during labs. Our active music society represents students on faculty committees and plans several great student functions throughout the year.
School for Arts and Creative Innovation - MUSIC
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Phone: 519-253-3000 ext. 2780
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