Music (BFA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Offered by:
Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts

Why study music?

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. Whether you want to compose, write songs or perform, become a music therapist or an arts manager, Concordia’s music programs give you the flexibility to create your own musical future.

Working in our studios and rehearsal spaces will teach you the skills, knowledge, discipline and experience with equipment that professionals need. Our programs give 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 Details

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


  • Major in Music (54 credits)
  • Minor in Music (24 credits) Please note: The Minor in Music is only available in the classical/contemporary genre

Music specializations:

After the successful completion of first year core courses (30 credits), students in the Major in Music program may apply for transfer into one of three Specialization in Music (66 credits) programs:

  • Specialization in Music Composition
  • Specialization in Music Performance Studies
  • Specialization in Jazz Studies (covers both performance and composition)
    As of the 2014-15 academic year, students may apply for direct entry to this Specialization from the first year.

Read more about our Music program.

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