There has never been a culture without music because it is an essential part of life — music nourishes our hearts and minds and stirs our souls. Concordia’s Major in Music program is the most flexible, giving you control of your own future in music – whether you want to compose, write songs or perform, manage artists or become a music therapist.
Working in our studios and rehearsal spaces will give you the skills, knowledge, discipline and experience with equipment that professionals need. After your first year you may transfer into the Specialization in Music Performance or Composition programs, or continue in the Major. Either program gives you the opportunity to:
Take ear training, music theory and music history classes in your own genre starting in your first year
Study composition, songwriting, arranging and orchestration
Perform with jazz or classical ensembles such as the Big Band, University or Chamber Choir or Contemporary Ensemble
Give a public presentation of your own creative project in your final year
After graduation you’ll have the knowledge, skill and passion to succeed as a musician or pursue graduate studies.
Program Type:Quota Program — Entry is competitive and selective, and the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of places available. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs. Closing dates for applications are stringently applied.
Annual Capacity:20 (fall admission only)
Cegep Profile:No specific profile required.
Online theory test
Upload audition video (major only)
Optional online placement tests in harmony, counterpoint, and dictation
Minimum Cut-off Averages
Minimum Cut-off Averages should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool.
Quebec Cegep (CRC): DEC
Canadian High Schools: 65% or C+
University Transfers: C
International Bacc. (IB): A minimum total of 27 points. Admission to competitive programs is based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.
Bacc. français: A minimum grade of 11/20 for students who have completed their Bacc. français outside of Quebec. Admission is competitive and based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.
Admission to most programs is based on portfolio/audition evaluations as well as academic grades. Applicants selected for admission have normally achieved grades that exceed minimum requirements.
Whether you’re an instrumental or voice student, jazz or classical, you can perform in both large and small ensembles. The department holds many performances throughout the year in university venues and around Montreal such as:
Your hard work while at Concordia will give you the knowledge and discipline to further your solo work, plus the teamwork skills to collaborate with others. Our alumni compose, perform, tour, produce original CDs, write for theatre, dance, film, TV and video games; their cultural work has been recognized through awards and prizes. Your degree can lead to many paths such as:
Administrator in the arts (band manager, festival organizer)