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Community Music (BMus)


 waterloo

Community Music students study and experience the impact of introducing music into different settings within a range of community contexts. To do this, you will focus on collaborative music making by means of courses in creative songwriting, improvisation and group performance, with the goal of learning the best way to facilitate community music firsthand. Our Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Community Music is open to any genre or musical styles and invites you to demonstrate your personal musical strengths in your audition on the instrument(s) of your choice (including voice).

As a first-year student, you’ll take two yearlong courses in voice and drumming, be part of a community music ensemble, take history and improvisational skills courses, and four electives outside of the Faculty of Music. In your upper years, you will have the opportunity to take applied recording courses through Conestoga College. In fourth year, you will have the freedom to create a capstone project, with guidance from a faculty member, aligned with your strengths, interests and future career goals. Pathways to Laurier’s Bachelor of Music Therapy program are available.

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Faculty of Music

Program Highlights

  • Laurier is the first university in Canada to offer an undergraduate program in Community Music.
  • Flexible in course requirements, you will have enough room to pursue a minor or double degree in area outside of the Faculty of Music.
  • Many courses have been designed by recent graduates of our Master of Arts in Community Music program, meaning course content is fresh and innovative.
  • In 2013, Laurier was voted Canada’s Best Music Campus by CBC Radio.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Class Drumming/Voice
  • Community Music Ensemble
  • History of Rock and Roll
  • Managing an Arts Centred Career
  • Structure in Popular Music
  • Community Music Foundations

Requirements

  • Minimum 75% average.
  • English at 60%.
  • Successful audition.
  • Interview with faculty member.
  • Theory placement test (equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced Rudiments).
  • Aural skills assessment.
  • Optional portfolio of compositions.
  • View more information about applying and auditioning.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • Grade II RCM Theory or Equivalent.
  • Audition.
  • Interview.
  • Aural skills assessment.
  • Optional portfolio of compositions.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Careers

  • classroom/private teacher
  • music therapist
  • community ensemble leader (choir/bands)
  • arts administrators
  • event directors

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