The Certificate in Music and Wellbeing provides an interdisciplinary approach that helps students from a
wide range of academic backgrounds have the opportunity to engage in courses that promote and
explore contexts related to music and wellbeing.

Quick facts
  • Two-year certificate
  • Part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school

What you will learn

The selection of courses in this certificate will encourage you to participate in music making, music
appreciation, music pedagogy, and music research to explore the nature and intersections of
music and wellbeing as they occur in physical, mental, physiological, and psychological spaces and

MUS 200.3: Music and Wellbeing

Course participants will be introduced to the histories, contexts and theories of music in relation to the human experience. On the basis of neurological, psychological, and biological foundations, the power of music and musicking to build identity, community, emotional resilience and enhance spiritual practice will be explored.

HLST 110.3: Introduction to Health Studies

Health Studies is a broad and interdisciplinary subject area. This lecture-based course provides an overview of how health has been conceptualized and studied from a wide range of science, social science, and humanities disciplines. The course will examine ways in which the unique perspectives offered by specific academic traditions have been utilized to study and address both past and current health issues.

EMUS 115.3: Introduction to Music Education

This course will provide students with an introduction to key questions and issues in music education theory and practice. The aim is to provide a stimulating and challenging environment in which students are encouraged to think about the nature and roles of music education in schools, studios, and community settings. This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore key topics in education that impact on the nature and value of music learning and will provide the necessary tools to equip students as learners and educators in a variety of contexts. Accordingly, a good deal of class time is dedicated to examining and discussing major issues, ideas, methodologies, and approaches to music education in schools and also to encouraging self-examination of personal experiences and the values students bring to their studies of music education.

MUAP 202.1: Concert Band

This ensemble is open to all students of the University of Saskatchewan. No audition is necessary. Throughout the academic year, a wide variety of wind ensemble repertoire will be studied, rehearsed, and performed. Students will rehearse together on a regular basis with the intention of performing at two major concerts (one at the end of T1, one at the end of T2). Other concerts may be scheduled throughout the academic year. All concert dates will be announced in early September, before the add/drop deadline. Students will be tested individually twice a year - once before the major T1 concert and once before the major T2 concert.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.


Study at one of the most beautiful university campuses in Canada while being immersed in the City of Saskatoon's active arts environment. Saskatoon is a hotbed for musicians with solo and group performance opportunities with the renowned Saskatoon Symphony, Fringe Festival, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Jazz Society and the SaskTel Jazz Festival.


Performance opportunities

This program provides you with the opportunity to perform in several ensembles that are highly regarded throughout Saskatchewan, including the Greystone Singers, Wind Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles, Music Theatre Ensemble and University Chorus.


The connection of the fine arts to other disciplines and professional programs such as medicine and law is highly valued. A music certificate related to wellbeing would enhance your student credentials for post-graduate degrees and employment by developing your musical skills such as fine motor skills, your musical knowledge and your transferable skills (i.e. critical and creative thinking).

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $746 per 3 credit unit class $3,611 per 3 credit unit class
Student fees $1,121 per year $1,121 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2024-2025 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 for this program.

Program options

Students hanging out in the Bowl in front of the Peter MacKinnon Building

The Certificate in Music and Wellbeing is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science. You may earn the certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or after having already received a degree from here or another institution.

If you are already enrolled at USask, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2024
Dec 1, 2023
Documents due: Dec 15, 2023
Sep 1, 2023
Documents due: Oct 1, 2023
May 2024
Apr 1, 2024
Documents due: May 1, 2024
Feb 1, 2024
Documents due: Mar 1, 2024
July 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
Mar 1, 2024
Documents due: Apr 1, 2024
September 2024
Aug 15, 2024
Documents due: Aug 15, 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
January 2025
Dec 1, 2024
Documents due: Dec 15, 2024
Sep 1, 2024
Documents due: Oct 1, 2024

Ready to apply?

If you are a current USask student, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

To apply to this program as a new student, please apply for admission to any undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Science and after you are admitted, declare your plans to the college.

Explore related programs

If you are looking for graduate level (Master or Ph.D.) programs please consult our graduate students' website.

Explore our campus

Instagram YouTube

If you are interested in more information about this certificate, please contact student-advice@artsandscience.usask.ca