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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
October 31, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Bachelor of Music: Contemporary Music



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The Contemporary Music concentration consists of two streams:

The Composition Stream

In this program, you値l be required to write works for various ensembles and participate in a contemporary music masterclass. In your second year, you must submit a portfolio of your work to the contemporary music faculty. Upon approval, you can enroll in third- and fourth-year composition courses. From second to fourth year, you値l study one-on-one with faculty members, and in your final year, you値l write an extended work as your graduation composition.

Composition/Improvisation Stream

In this program, you値l be required to write works for various ensembles and participate in a contemporary music masterclass. In your second year, you must submit a portfolio of your work to the contemporary music faculty and pass an improvisation audition. Upon approval, you can enroll in third- and fourth-year composition courses. From second to fourth year, you値l study one-on-one with faculty members, but in your third and fourth years, your studio instruction is divided between a composition instructor and an improvisation instructor.

All composition/improvisation majors are required to regularly participate in improvisational ensemble performances and recitals, and during your fourth year you値l give a full-length formal improvisational recital, in which you will include at least one of your original compositions.

Select Contemporary Music Faculty and Instructors