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Music (BFA)

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Program type
Major, Minor, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
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Why study Music?

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.

Program highlights

  • 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

Program structure

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.

Program options

  • Major in Music (54 credits)
  • 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.

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 two specialization in Music (66 credit) programs:

  • Specialization in Music Composition
  • Specialization in Music Performance


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.

Admission criteria

This program is available for Fall admission only.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

Applicants must submit additional requirements for admission directly to the department.

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
  • Video audition
  • 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.

Please remember:

  • 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:

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.

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.

Application deadlines

Fall term


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.

Winter term


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:

  • Composer, arranger
  • Performer
  • Music therapist
  • Administrator in the arts (band manager, festival organizer)
  • Teacher, musicologist, researcher

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