There has never been a culture without music — it nourishes our hearts and minds and stirs our souls. If your goal is to immerse yourself in the making of music, Concordia’s Major in Music program offers you the flexibility to control your own future — whether you want to compose, write songs, perform, manage artists, or become a music therapist.
Taking classes and working in our studios and rehearsal spaces will give you the skills, knowledge, discipline and experience you will need. After your first year you may transfer into the Specialization in Music Performance or Composition programs, or continue in the Major for the most flexibility. You will have the opportunity to:
Study composition, songwriting, arranging and orchestration
Perform in the University or Chamber Choir, Contemporary Music Ensembles, or Transdisciplinary Creation and Performance projects
Give a public presentation of your own creative “capstone” project in your final year
After graduation you’ll have the knowledge, skill and passion to succeed as a musician or pursue graduate studies.
Access to fully equipped practice rooms and recording studios, as well as over two dozen well-maintained pianos and seven concert grands
Opportunities to perform in Concordia’s great concert spaces and in local venues
Minor in Music (24 credits) Please note: the Minor in Music is not open to new applicants and 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 two specialization in Music (66 credit) programs:
United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
Additional requirements for admission
Music admissions package submission deadline: March 1 Applicants must apply online before submitting the music admissions package.
We need to know more about you than the general University application provides.
Information about you and your musical background
Online basic theory screening test
Online theory and ear-training placement tests
It is the applicant’s responsibility to upload the video audition online by the prescribed deadline. Test results are sent after the audition has been evaluated.
To check the program availability for the fall, as late applications will continue to be accepted for certain programs for an undetermined amount of time
Applicants must apply online before completing the online theory test and submitting their audition video
For more information on these additional requirements, please read the following:
Admission to the Minor in Music is only open to students who are already in a degree program at Concordia University. It is not open to new applicants. For information on how to add the Minor in Music, look for the Internal transfer of program request.
We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.
March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.
Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.
Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.
We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.
After your degree
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:
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