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Music

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Discover your true significance and 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. Challenge yourself by performing in highly regarded U of S student ensembles such as the Greystone Singers, Wind Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles, Music Theatre Ensemble and the University Chorus.


Program Options

Bachelor of Arts - Music

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours

Also available:

Bachelor of Music

  • B.Mus. Individualized
  • B.Mus. Performance Honours

Music Education

Admission Procedures

Note that the application deadlines and admission procedures for Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music in Music Education programs differ from those for the Bachelor of Arts - Music. The following information pertains to the Bachelor of Arts - Music but you are encouraged to explore our B.Mus. programs, as well, to determine which program may be right for you.

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What is Music?

The Department of Music has well-documented history of helping aspiring musicians achieve success in a wide range of endeavours. Our graduates have gone on to become established recording artists, symphony members and conductors, and renowned teachers around the world. With an array of theatres, practice rooms and the latest digital recording and performance equipment, our students benefit from first-class facilities and instruction from our many distinguished professors.

The Department of Music offers the study of performance, composition, music theory, history and literature, and both elementary and secondary music education. Students develop advanced skills with applied study in piano, voice, brass, winds, strings or percussion. An overall understanding of the history of music provides students with a rich perspective into the music, the composers’ lives and their contributions to musical traditions, styles, genres and forms of composition.

Music: Is it for you?

  • Study at one of the most beautiful University sites 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.
  • Students at the U of S are 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.
  • Our department also presents students 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.
  • Please note the following deadlines: 
    • The Department of Music annually holds auditions for entrance to both the Bachelor of Music program and the Music Education program. These auditions are normally held in late winter or early spring.
    • Potential students interested in the Bachelor of Arts program are not required to audition, but do need to write a theory exam.

Sample Classes

  • 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Performer
  • School/Private Studio Teacher
  • Music Technologist
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Recording Engineer
  • Studio Director
  • Conductor

Skill Sets Gained

  • Communications skills: written and/or oral
  • Creativity
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Decision-making skills
  • Goal-setting
  • Honesty, integrity, and ethical standards
  • Organizational/Planning skills
  • Personal management/Motivational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills
  • An integration of mind, body, and spirit

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