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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 the Bachelor of Music in Music Education program at the University of Saskatchewan.


Program Options

  • 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

Admission Procedures

Admission Procedures

All applicants planning to enter the B.Mus. (Music Education) program must first arrange for an Interview, Audition, and a Theory Placement Examination with the Department of Music. Advanced standing in Applied Music, Theory, and History may be granted upon special examinations. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate performance ability in the audition.

For the audition, applicants will be expected to prepare two contrasting music selections. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their music teachers, or consult with the Department of Music to determine suitable repertoire for the audition. Students are responsible for making their own accompanist arrangements if required. Audition application forms are available on the Department of Music website.

Applicants are required to submit an application to Admissions, Student and Enrolment Services as well as an Application to Audition to the Department of Music.

Recommended Preparation for Music Programs

Private instrument study will be a strong contributor to a successful audition, and is highly recommended.  Students are encouraged to study theory (we recommend the equivalent of Grade II Rudiments - Royal Conservatory of Music), history, and music appreciation, in order to be prepared for university-level study.

Band, choir, and orchestra participation is highly recommended as a way of improving performance skills and increasing knowledge of the literature.

Keyboard experience is essential for all music students. Candidates are encouraged to seek keyboard training prior to entering our programs.

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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