Course Sequence - Bachelor of Music (BMus)

The School of Music at the University of Ottawa is one of the country’s leading music schools. It is the ideal place to nurture a student’s passion for all things musical and to pursue the rigorous training needed for an active and successful career in the field. We maintain close ties with renowned institutions such as the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre. Our program boasts state-of-the-art music facilities and internationally recognized professors who perform around the globe and publish in leading academic journals. We are a full-service music school offering programs in performance, composition, music education, piano pedagogy, theory and musicology.

Although any of our programs can pave the way for a career in education, musicology, music journalism or administration, the Bachelor of Music (BMus) is designed specifically for students wishing to become career musicians. Admission to the BMus therefore requires that students audition on their main instrument and demonstrate an intermediate or advanced skill level.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

The Music program at the University of Ottawa leads to either a professional or honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies or 120 credits (40 courses), or a certificate in piano pedagogy (30 credits).

Bachelor’s degrees

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Honours BA in Music FI
  • Honours BA with Major in Music Studies FI
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)/Honours Bachelor of Science with Major (BSc) (see Music and Science)

Certificate

  • Certificate in Piano Pedagogy

Minor

  • Minor in Music

FI French Immersion Stream available.

Language of instruction

All programs are offered in English and in French.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Musician
  • Music critic
  • Teacher (in a private studio or in a school)

What can I do with my studies? (www.sass.uOttawa.ca/en) is a tool that provides information on career opportunities in music.

 

BACHELOR’S IN MUSIC (BMus) – 120 CREDITS (4 YEARS)

Notes

For sector/profile specific course sequences, please contact your academic unit.
1 This course has variable topics.  Students may take this course twice.
2 A written test at the beginning of courses MUS1191, MUS1192, MUS1193, MUS1194 and MUS2306 will determine placement in an additional weekly lab.
3 Students failing an applied music course (MUS1030, MUS1032, MUS2030, MUS2032, MUS3030, MUS3032) will be asked by the School of Music to withdraw from the BMus. These courses are also 6 credits.
Students may repeat the same course code more than once. Students must register to the ensembles required by their sector. These requirements are defined by the performance sector.
5 The compulsory course MUS3335 is offered every two years. Students are advised to plan accordingly.
6 Ensemble credits above the required minimum of 12 credits will be counted as optional credits.
7 An exemption from this requirement is given to students who obtain an equivalency for the language-proficiency test or who take a MUS course offered in French.
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N.B. All non-keyboard majors must demonstrate piano proficiency at a Grade VI RCMT-level or pass a proficiency examination set by the Department in order to obtain the BMus degree. 
 

3 credits = 1 course except MUS1030, MUS2030, MUS3030, MUS1032, MUS2032, MUS3032 (worth 6 credits)

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
Total

120 credits 

(37 courses)

30 credits

(9 courses)

30 credits

(9 courses)

30 credits

(9 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

6 credits

(2 courses)

ENG1100  Workshop in Essay Writing

 
3 credits from: 
AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
ENG1120  Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction 
ENG1121  Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry  

 

 

 

Music

108 credits

(around 33 courses depending on profile option)

3 credits from: 
MUS1191 Sight-Singing and Dictation I: General
MUS1192 Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Intermediate
MUS1193 Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Advanced
MUS1194 Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Enriched

MUS2306 Theory and Analysis I2
MUS2331 Forms and Styles I: Middle Ages and Renaissance
MUS2307 Theory and Analysis II
MUS2332 Forms and Styles II: Baroque and Early Classical
3 ensembles credits from list A4
 

MUS3306     Theory and Analysis III 
MUS3307     Theory and Analysis IV 
MUS3333     Forms and Styles III: Late Classical and Early Romantic 
MUS3334     Forms and Styles IV: Late Romantic and Early Modern
 
3 credits from:
MUS2191 Sight-Singing and Dictation II: General
MUS2192 Sight-Singing and Dictation: Intermediate
MUS2193 Sight-Singing and Dictation: Advanced
MUS2194 Sight-Singing and Dictation: Enriched

3 ensembles course credits from list A4
 

 

3  ensembles course credit from list A4

MUS3335 Twentieth-Century Music5
 

3 ensembles course credits from list A4

MUS1030     Applied Music I3                                  MUS1032 Applied Music I: Performance BMUS
MUS2030     Applied Music II3                or              MUS2032 Applied Music II: Performance BMUS
MUS3030     Applied Music III3                                MUS3032 Applied Music III: Performance BMUS

39 credits according to chosen profile requirements: General, Composition, Music Education, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theory/Musicology, Arts Administration6
3 credits of non-MUS courses
3 FLS credits7

Electives

12 credits 

(4 courses)

6 elective credits (2 courses)

 

LIST A

MUS3901 Orchestre / Orchestra
MUS3902 Harmonie / Wind Ensemble
MUS3903 Production d’opéra / Opera Production
MUS3904 Ensemble chorale / Choral Ensemble
MUS3905 Choeur Calixa-Lavallée / Calixa-Lavallée Choir
MUS3906 Chorale de l’Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa Choir
MUS3907 Ensemble de guitares / Guitar Ensemble
MUS3908 Ensemble de jazz / Jazz Ensemble
MUS3909 Choeur de cuivres / Brass Choir
MUS3910 Ensemble de cuivres / Brass Ensemble
MUS3911 Ensemble de vents / Woodwind Ensemble
MUS3912 Ensemble baroque / Baroque Ensemble
MUS3913 Ensemble de percussions / Percussion Ensemble
MUS3914 Ensemble de musique contemporaine / Contemporary Music Ensemble
MUS3915 Ensemble mixte / Mixed Ensemble
MUS3916 Ensemble de pianos / Piano Ensemble
MUS3917 Accompagnement / Accompaniment
MUS3918 Accompagnement en studio / Studio Accompaniment

 

 

GENERAL PROFILE

3 credits from:
MUS4301 Seminar I
MUS4308 Topics in Counterpoint
MUS4310 Selected Topics in Score Analysis
MUS4311 Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
MUS4320 Keyboard Literature I
MUS4321 Keyboard Literature II
MUS4323 Survey of Music in Canada
MUS4374 Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
36 MUS credits

COMPOSITION PROFILE

12 compulsory credits:
MUS3018 Composition I / Composition I (6 credits)
MUS4018 Composition II / Composition II (6 credits)
12 credits from the list below with at least 3 credits from MUS4308, MUS4310, MUS4311, MUS4374:
MUS3302 Selected Topics in Music Theory and Analysis
MUS3925 Orchestration / Orchestration
MUS4308 Topics in Counterpoint
MUS4310 Selected Topics in Score Analysis
MUS4311 Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
MUS4374 Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
MUS4912 Arrangement / Arranging
MUS4917 Techniques contemporaines de composition / New Music Techniques in Composition
15 MUS credits

MUSIC EDUCATION PROFILE

6 compulsory credits:
MUS3315 Music and Computers I
MUS3360 Conducting I
Students wishing to teach at the high-school level are strongly encouraged to register for an additional 3-credit course in Conducting.
3 credits from:
MUS3110 Music Education I
MUS3111 Music Education II
18 MUS, PED or PSY credits from:
MUS2950 Classes instrumentales - violon / Instrumental Classes - Violin
MUS2952 Classes instrumentales - clarinette / Instrumental Classes - Clarinet
MUS3950 Classes instrumentales - violoncelle et contrebasse / Instrumental Classes - Cello and Double Bass
MUS3951 Classes instrumentales - guitare / Instrumental Classes - Guitar
MUS3952 Classes instrumentales - flûte et saxophone / Instrumental Classes - Flute and Saxophone
MUS3953 Classes instrumentales - flûte à bec / Instrumental Classes - Recorder
MUS3954 Classes instrumentales - trompette et cor / Instrumental Classes - Trumpet and French Horn
MUS3956 Classes instrumentales - percussion / Instrumental Classes - Percussion
MUS3970 Approches musicales pour jeunes élèves / Musical Approach for Young Students
MUS4110 Music Education III
MUS4302 Selected Topics in Music Education
MUS4360 Orchestral Conducting
MUS4952 Classes instrumentales - hautbois et basson / Instrumental Classes - Oboe and Bassoon
MUS4954 Classes instrumentales - trombone et tuba / Instrumental Classes - Trombone and Tuba
MUS4961 Direction chorale / Choral Conducting
PSY1101 Introduction to Experimental Psychology
PSY1102 Introduction to Applied Psychology
PSY2105 Child Development
PED3102 Schooling and Society
3 credits from:
MUS4301 Seminar I
MUS4308 Topics in Counterpoint
MUS4310 Selected Topics in Score Analysis
MUS4311 Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
MUS4320 Keyboard Literature I
MUS4321 Keyboard Literature II
MUS4323 Survey of Music in Canada
MUS4374 Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
9 elective credits

PERFORMANCE PROFILE

6 credits of applied music lessons:
MUS4032 Cours d'instrument IV: Interprétation (Chant)/Applied Music IV: Performance (Voice) (6 credits)
MUS4035 Cours d’instrument IV Interprétation (Instrumentale)/Applied Music IV: Performance (Instrumental) (6 credits)
3 credits from:
MUS4301 Seminar I
MUS4308 Topics in Counterpoint
MUS4310 Selected Topics in Score Analysis
MUS4311 Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
MUS4320 Keyboard Literature I
MUS4321 Keyboard Literature II
MUS4323 Survey of Music in Canada
MUS4374 Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
30 MUS credits
Students must register for the courses and ensembles required by their sector. These requirements are defined by the performance sector.

PIANO PEDAGOGY PROFILE

6 compulsory credits:
MUS4158 Piano Pedagogy I
MUS4159 Piano Pedagogy II
6 credits from:
MUS4320 Keyboard Literature I
MUS4321 Keyboard Literature II
MUS4901 Pratique en studio pour pianistes / Studio Practicum for Pianists
6 credits from:
MUS3110 Music Education I
MUS3111 Music Education II
MUS3970 Approches musicales pour jeunes élèves / Musical Approach for Young Students
MUS4110 Music Education III
MUS4302 Selected Topics in Music Education
MUS4924 Projet de recherche I / Research Project I
3 credits from:
MUS4301 Seminar I
MUS4308 Topics in Counterpoint
MUS4310 Selected Topics in Score Analysis
MUS4311 Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
MUS4323 Survey of Music in Canada
MUS4374 Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
6 MUS credits
12 elective credits

MUSICOLOGY/THEORY PROFILE

3 compulsory credits:
MUS3302 Selected Topics in Music Theory and Analysis 
21 credits of Musicology/Theory with at least 3 credits from MUS4301, MUS4308, MUS4310, MUS4311, MUS4323, MUS4374:
MUS2324 Selected Topics in Musical Aesthetics and Criticism
MUS3301 Selected Topics in Music History
MUS3315 Music and Computers I
MUS3338 Opera
MUS3925 Orchestration / Orchestration
MUS4024 Projet de recherche II / Research Project II (6 credits)
MUS4301 Seminar I
MUS4308 Topics in Counterpoint
MUS4310 Selected Topics in Score Analysis
MUS4311 Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
MUS4315 Topics in Music Technology
MUS4323 Survey of Music in Canada
MUS4374 Atonal and Twelve-Tone Music
MUS4912 Arrangement / Arranging
MUS4917 Techniques contemporaines de composition / New Music Techniques in Composition
MUS4924 Projet de recherche I / Research Project I
15 MUS credits

ARTS ADMINISTRATION PROFILE

AMT3901 Gestion des organismes artistiques et culturels I / Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations I
AMT3902 Gestion des arganismes artistiques et culturels I / Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations II
CMN1145 Introduction to Organizational Communication
MUS4901 Stage / Practicum
TRA1301 Introduction to Translation
12 credits from:
ART3344 Museum Studies
ART4119 Curating for Contemporary Art
MUS2324 Introduction to World Music
THE4930 Régie / Stage Management
THE4960 Administration théâtrale / Theatre Administration
12 optional credits in Management (ADM), Communication (CMN), Music (MUS) and / or Translation (TRA)
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