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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

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About Community Music at Laurier

In Community Music, you'll learn and experience the benefits of introducing music into different settings within a range of community contexts. Through creative songwriting, improvisation and group performance, our teachers will pass on the leadership and musicianship skills for you to facilitate community music. Community Music can lead to a range of rewarding careers within the music industry and beyond.

As a first-year student, you’ll take year-long courses in voice and drumming, be part of the community music ensemble, take history and improvisational skills courses as well as four electives outside of the Faculty of Music.

Flexible in course requirements, you have enough room to pursue a minor or double degree to combine your love of music with other subjects outside the Faculty of Music. Recording courses are available through Conestoga College, giving you hands-on experience with current recording technology.

In fourth year, with guidance from a Laurier instructor, you'll have the freedom to create a capstone project that identifies your main strengths or interests and puts them to action in any form. Capstone projects are not limited and could be structured as an event, research project, new business, performance or more.

Throughout all four years you will be performing, learning and improving your musicianship. Small group instruction and large ensemble work is available to all students. Private studio instruction is not part of the curriculum, but can be arranged as not-for-credit lessons through our on-campus conservatory.


Auditions for Community Music allow you to demonstrate your personal musical strengths. Pieces can be performed on any instrument(s) (including voice) in any genre or musical style.

Interested in Teaching?

Take advantage of our automatic admissions agreement with Laurier's Faculty of Education. In your fourth year, you'll be eligible for consideration for this stream if you have a GPA of at least 75% and at least 50 hours of relevant volunteer work.

Interested in Music Therapy?

Pathways to the Bachelor of Music Therapy are also available.

"I learned a lot about how to use music within a community setting and greatly improved my improvisation skills! I thoroughly enjoyed learning various instruments and putting the skills I gained into practice. I would highly recommend this program to people who enjoy working in a close-knit community and want to express their love of music in new and innovative ways."

– Claudia Vanderheyden

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