Course Sequence - Honours BA with Major in Music Studies

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.


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 with Specialization 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 in Piano Pedagogy


  • Minor in Music

FI French Immersion Stream available.

Language of instruction

All programs are offered in English and in French.


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

What can I do with my studies? ( is a tool that provides information on career opportunities in music.




1 This course has variable topics.  Students may take this course twice

  1. A written test at the beginning of courses MUS1990 and MUS2306 will determine placement in an additional weekly lab.

3 Enrolment subject to audition, prerequisite, and / or permission of the School of Music


Optional MUS courses at the 1000 and 2000 level

MUS1901 Cours d’instrument / Solo performance Studies 3

MUS1920 Cours d’instrument I / Applied Music I 3

MUS2304 The Sound of Rock

MUS2310 Music in the Movies

MUS2324 Selected Topics in Musical Aesthetics and Criticism

MUS2371 Introduction to Music and Sciences

MUS2382 Introduction to World Music


Optional MUS courses at the 3000 level

MUS3110 Music Education I

MUS3111 Music Education II

MUS3302 Selected Topics in Music Theory and Analysis3

MUS3305 Music and Critical Thought

MUS3307 Theory and Analysis IV3

MUS3308 Popular Music in Society

MUS3315 Music and Computers I

MUS3333 Forms and Styles III: Late Classical and Early Romantic3

MUS3337 Forms and Styles IV: Late Romantic and Early Modern3

MUS3335 Twentieth-Century Music

MUS3338 Opera 3

MUS3901 Orchestre / Orchestra 3

MUS3902 Harmonie 3

MUS3903 Production d’opéra / Opera Production 3

MUS3904 Ensemble chorale / Choral Ensemble 3

MUS3905 Chœur Calixa-Lavallée / Calixa-Lavallée Choir 3

MUS3907 Ensemble de guitare / Guitar Ensemble 3

MUS3908 Ensemble de jazz / Jazz Ensemble 3

MUS3909 Chœur de cuivres / Brass Choir 3

MUS3910 Ensembles de cuivre / Brass Ensemble 3

MUS3911 Ensemble de vents / Wind Ensemble 3

MUS3912 Ensemble Baroque / Baroque ensemble 3

MUS3913 Ensemble de percussion / Percussion Ensemble 3

MUS3914 Ensemble de musique contemporaine / Contemporary Music Ensemble 3

MUS3915 Ensembles mixtes / Mixed Ensembles 3

MUS3916 Ensemble de pianos / Piano Ensemble 3

MUS3917 Accompagnement / Accompaniment 3


Optional MUS courses at the 4000 level

MUS4301 Seminar I

MUS4302 Special Topics in Music Education

MUS4310 Selected Topics in Score Analysis

MUS4315 Topics in Music Technology

MUS4910 Stage / Practicum

MUS4924 Projet de recherche / Research Project

MUS4928 Recherche avancée en musique : méthodes et outils / Advanced Research in Music : Tools and Methods

3 credits = 1 course

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

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100  Workshop in Essay Writing


3 credits from:

PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking

PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments


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 

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

PHI1102 Moral Reasoning

PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions

PHI1104 Great Philosophers


PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts





42 credits

(14 courses)

3 credits from:

MUS1303 Materials of Music I

MUS1191 Sight-Singing and Dictation I: General

MUS1192 Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Intermediate

MUS1193 Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Enriched


MUS1194 Sight-Singing and Dictation I: Advanced

MUS2331 Forms and Styles I: Middle Ages and Renaissance
MUS2332 Forms and Styles II: Baroque and Early Classical

MUS2306 Theory and Analysis I2

MUS2307 Theory and Analysis II


6 optional course credits MUS at the 1000 or 2000 level from list


MUS3306 Theory and Analysis III


12 optional course credits MUS at the 3000 level from list

6  optional course credits MUS at the 4000 level from list

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)

30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.

Students must add a second module, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.


Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second module.


24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second module:

  • In the major option, students must take 24 electives (8 courses).

In the minor option, students must take 36 electives (12 classes).

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