Whatever your interests, the School of Music has something for you. Our programs celebrate diverse musical practices and traditions and are designed to support a wide range of professional aspirations within the music industry and beyond. Through engaging and rigorous coursework, comprehensive performance training, and opportunities for community-based learning, students develop:
- Artistry, creativity, and resilience
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Self-awareness and empathy
- Communication skills - both verbal and non-verbal
- Self-confidence and the ability to take risks
We pride ourselves on our rich, student-focused learning environment. In addition to being active as scholars, performers, and creators, our faculty are dedicated educators, committed to helping each student realize their potential.
Personalized academic and career advising is available to all undergraduate and graduate students at the School in order to demystify the course selection process and to help ensure that you get what you need from your time at Memorial.
The Bachelor of Music is a four-year degree program that prepares students for a wide range of careers within the music industry and beyond, while also providing a strong foundation for further study in a variety of disciplines including law, medicine, business, and the humanities. Students in the Bachelor of Music program typically complete two years of general music study before selecting a major at the end of the second year. All undergraduate students, regardless of major, get four years of private lessons on their instrument or voice.
The joint degrees of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Bachelor of Commerce is a five-year program offered jointly with the Faculty of Business Administration. The joint degrees program (affectionately known in the School of Music as the “MUBU”) is designed to provide a comprehensive education in both music and business. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded two degrees: a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Commerce.
The Master of Music programs in performance, performance/pedagogy, and conducting directly address the variety of career and life skills contemporary musicians must possess.
The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Ethnomusicology offer nationally distinctive and regionally unique opportunities for individuals who are interested in researching music as a cultural practice.