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Music and Music Education

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Recite and learn. Fine tune your own musical skills. Share with the community through performance. Teach tomorrow's children to applaud the music of the past, present and future. These opportunities and more are available when you choose a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music in Music Education program at the University of Saskatchewan.

Program Options

Bachelor of Music

  • Bachelor of Music Individualized (B.Mus. Individualized)
  • Bachelor of Music Performance Honours (B.Mus. Performance Honours)

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

  • Bachelor of Music Four-year degree in Music Education (B.Mus. (Mus. Ed.)) - Elementary/Middle Years
  • Bachelor of Music Honours degree in Music Education (B.Mus. (Mus. Ed.)) - Elementary/Middle Years

  • Bachelor of Music Four-year degree in Music Education (B.Mus. (Mus. Ed.)) - Secondary
  • Bachelor of Music Honours degree in Music Education (B.Mus. (Mus. Ed.)) - Secondary

* We also offer a Bachelor of Arts - Music.

Bachelor of Education - Sequential Music

Admission Procedures

All applicants planning to enter a B. Mus. or B.Mus. (Music Education) program are required to audition with the Department of Music. The audition consists of an interview, a performance, and short theory placement test.

How to apply:

  1. Follow the steps to apply for admission, including filling out the online application
    • Select Music - Bachelor of Music as the application type
    • When prompted within the application, select an audition date
  2. In addition to other supplemental items for your application, submit audition materials including a resume, one page essay of ambitions and two references to admissions@usask.ca by February 12  for the February 27, 2016 audition date and April 1 for the April 16, 2016 audition date.

Learn more about the audition and audition materials.

Bachelor of Education - Sequential Music

Once you have completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, you can continue on to a Bachelor of Education - Sequential Music degree with guaranteed admission. You will need to complete an additional 60 credits worth of classes including an internship in a school. Speak to an academic advisor in the College of Education for more details about this program if you are interested in pursuing this option.

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What is Music Education?

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 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.

Music Education: Is it for you?

Features of the degree program include:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Elementary or Secondary) degree
  • Upon completion, automatic acceptance into the Bachelor of Education degree program
  • Four years of Applied Music with one-hour private lessons weekly
  • Four years of ensemble experience
  • A full complement of music education courses
  • Significant student-teaching experiences in years one through three, followed by an extensive internship year two of the Bachelor of Education program
  • Music electives including music theory, music history and electronic music
  • Instrumental, vocal and general music methods courses
  • Conducting courses
  • A wide range of Arts & Science electives
  • 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

  • MUS 150: History of Music I Western Art Music 1600 to 1830
    History of Western art music with an emphasis on the main composers and their representative compositions, forms, genres, and compositional techniques including Florentine Camerata, opera, stile rappresentivo, basso continuo, cori spezzati, stile concertato, sonata da chiesa, sonata da camera, scordatura, linear/learned counterpoint, stile galant, Empfindsamer Stil, Harmoniemusik, Alberti/Merky bass.
  • MUAP 201: Wind Orchestra
    This ensemble is open to all students of the University of Saskatchewan by audition. Auditions take place in the first week of September by appointment. 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 and a tour may be scheduled throughout the academic year. All concert and tour 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 367: Music of Twentieth Century
    Focuses on historically prevalent ideas and on analytic techniques necessary for a definitive understanding of the Twentieth-Century revolution of musical language.

Career Opportunities

  • Studio Teacher
  • Elementary School Music Teacher
  • High School Music Teacher
  • Music Consultant/Supervisor
  • Music Professor
  • University Music School Administrator

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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