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.
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
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)
If you wish to study jazz, you should take jazz classes in your first year and then apply to transfer to the Specialization in Jazz Studies after you have completed 30 credits.
- New Music and Media Arts
- Ensemble courses such as Orchestra, Choir, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble
- Composition (I – VI)
- Songwriting (I – II)
- Private study (for students in the Major and Specialization programs only)
Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of current courses.
We’re proud to offer spaces where you can unleash your creativity and your abilities as an artist. You will enjoy an array of professional facilities and equipment, including:
- Soundproofed practice rooms, three with drum-kits
- Smart classrooms with multimedia and playback capabilities
- Over two dozen well-maintained pianos, plus seven concert grands
- Computer-equipped keyboard lab with 16 full-size keyboards
- Recording room and control booth wired to record and playback activities in certain classrooms
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:
- Oscar Peterson Concert Hall
- D. B. Clarke Theatre
- Local jazz clubs
- Montreal International Jazz Festival
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:
- Composer, arranger
- Music therapist
- Administrator in the arts (band manager, festival organizer)
- Teacher, musicologist, researcher