The School of Music (www.music.ubc.ca) offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music designed for students interested in studying music as one of the liberal arts. The degree is also an alternative to the Bachelor of Music Major in Music Scholarship for students interested in graduate work in music theory, music history, or ethnomusicology. Students wishing to become professional performers, composers, or teachers should, if qualified, consider the appropriate Major in the Bachelor of Music program. The School also collaborates with Theatre and Film, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, and Modern European Studies. For current offerings, consult the School (www.music.ubc.ca).
For the general course requirements of the Bachelor of Arts, see Degree Requirements.
For information on advanced degrees, see graduate Music.
Students may declare a major or minor in Music after completing 54 credits and passing the required 100 and 200-level courses in music theory and music history, listed below. There are no performance requirements.
Students who wish to register for ensembles must audition; they should contact the School of Music in mid-August to sign up for audition times.
Students take the 12-credit music history sequence, MUSC 120, 121, 220, 221. Students take at least one small or large ensemble course (any of MUSC 150-165). Students also take a 12-credit music theory sequence; most students take MUSC 100, 101, 200, and 201 (3 credits each); students with strong preparation (and permission of the instructor) may take the intensive theory stream, MUSC 110, 111, 210 (4 credits each). These courses should all be completed successfully by the end of Year 2.
When entering the Major program at the beginning of the third year, the student must draw up a plan of study for the last 60 credits of coursework, in consultation with a School of Music advisor. Another review by an advisor must precede the final 30 credits.
Students must take a total of 60 credits, including 30 credits of 300- or 400-level Music courses1.
As for Major.
Students take 48 credits of 300- and 400-level Music courses1 including MUSC 449 and at least 18 credits in music theory, music history, music technology, or ethnomusicology.
At least 54 credits must be at the upper level.
A minimum 68% average in each year is required.
The Honours program is open only to students who show special aptitude and the capacity to profit from working extensively in this field. The School may terminate a student's candidacy for Honours if, after a prescribed process of evaluation, it decides that an appropriate level is not being maintained, at least a 68% average notwithstanding.
First and second years of the program require that students complete:
Students must take 18 credits at the 300 or 400 level.1
1Any 300- or 400-level course in music history, music theory, music technology, or ethnomusicology counts toward this requirement. Ensemble and composition courses with 100- or 200-level course numbers will count as 300- or 400-level courses, and hence as part of the upper-level requirements for the Major, Honours, or Minor in Music, when taken in the third or fourth years. At most a total of 12 credits of ensemble courses may be counted toward the Bachelor of Arts, and at most 8 credits of ensemble courses may count as upper-level requirements for the Major, Minor, or Honours in Music.
The Minor in Applied Music Technology provides knowledge, guidance, and experience to support professional artistic activities involving music and technology. This Minor involves 18 credits of 300- and 400-level courses that explore the use of technology in music and sound creation.
To be considered for admission to this Minor, applicants must have completed prerequisites MUSC 100 and 119, and required courses MUSC 319 and 320 with high standing. Applicants will submit three examples of coursework or independent projects that demonstrate their aptitude and potential for research, software development, and artistic creation using recent and emerging music technologies.
Prerequisites (6 credits):
Required courses1 (6 credits):
Required courses (6 credits):
Electives (6 credits), to be chosen from the following list, subject to the restrictions of the student's degree and major. Approval of the Music Technology Coordinator is required.
1Interested students are encouraged to take MUSC 319 and 320 in second year, but the minor can still be completed in four years by students who take these courses in third year.
2This course can be repeated for credit, as its content is different every year.