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Discover your true potential as a musician, teacher, composer or music theorist. Develop your abilities with individual private lessons in applied study on piano, voice, brass, winds, strings or percussion with nationally and internationally trained instructors.


Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will study performance, composition, music theory, history and literature, and both elementary and secondary music education. You will receive weekly private lessons and ensemble experience every year. You'll engage in significant student-teaching experiences throughout your degree and an extensive internship in the second year of your Bachelor of Education-Sequential Music program.

Once you are finished your Bachelor of Music - Music Education degree in the College of Arts and Science, you will be accepted automatically into the College of Education so that you can complete a Bachelor of Education - Sequential Music degree in two years. This allows you to finish two degrees in six years.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Some courses are given in alternate years so careful planning in consultation with the Department of Music is necessary. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
MUS 120.2 Musicianship I
MUS 133.3 Fundamentals of Music Theory I
MUS 150.3 History of Music I Western Art Music 1600 to 1830
MUS 180.0 Introduction to Library Research Methods
MUAP 143.3 Applied Music Private Study I
ENG 111.3 Literature and Composition 
DRAM 203.3 History of Theatre from 600 BCE to 1850 CE

Winter Term
MUS 121.2 Musicianship II
MUS 134.3 Fundamentals of Music Theory II
MUS 151.3 History of Music II Western Art Music 1815 to the Present
MUAP 145.3 Applied Music Private Study II
MUAP 207.1 Chamber Ensemble
EDST 130.0 Student Teaching BMus Music Education Elementary Middle Years Year 1
ENG 112.3 Literature and Composition (continued)

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

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

MUAP 202: 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.

MUS 364: Music of Classical Period
A history of music covering the Classical period from approximately 1700 to 1800. Emphasis will be on the main forms, composers and representative compositions from this period.

MUS 428: Choral Pedagogy
A systematic study of the fundamentals of organizing and leading a choir. Topics include: the voice as instrument; auditioning and placement of singers; text, languages, and diction; warm-ups, choral balance, blend, and tone; rehearsal management, leadership and organizing performances.

Location
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.

Faculty
You will be surrounded by extensive first-class learning opportunities thanks to personalized instruction and critique from world-class composers, clinicians and musicians, all of whom comprise the Department of Music faculty.

Performance opportunities
Our department also presents 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.

Facilities
With an array of theatres, practice rooms and the latest digital recording and performance equipment, you will benefit from first-class facilities.

Careers

The Department of Music offers a unique degree program in music education (in collaboration with the College of Education) for those whose goal is to teach music at elementary or secondary levels. Students who complete this program are automatically accepted into the College of Education's two-year Bachelor of Education - Sequential Music program. The completion of this professional B.Ed. degree qualifies candidates to teach in all Canadian school-based systems.

There are many music-specialist positions available to teachers who are entering the work force. These combined degree programs also allow for teaching positions that involve part-time music along with other subject specialties and will train students to meet the challenge of a variety of teaching positions in a flexible job market with two separate degrees.

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

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 in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Music (Music Education) - Elementary/Middle Years
  • Bachelor of Music (Music Education) - Secondary
  • Bachelor of Music Honours (Music Education) - Elementary/Middle Years
  • Bachelor of Music Honours (Music Education) - Secondary

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, or honours degree.

As part of your Music Education degree you will get to choose if you'd like to specialize in teaching elementary or secondary students and also choose a second teaching area to complement your music teaching. See below for the possible teaching areas in each stream.

Once you have finished the Bachelor of Music Education degree, you will be automatically accepted into the Bachelor of Education - Sequential Music program if you would like to teach in the K-12 system.

  • Arts Education
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Science, General
  • Social Sciences/Social Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences/Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Winter
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
Spring
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
Summer
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
Fall
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Auditions

Auditions with the Department of Music are required if you are planning on entering either the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music - Music Education program. The audition consists of an interview, a performance, and a short theory placement test.

Applications are not considered complete until both the online application for admission and all additional audition materials are submitted.

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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