Course Sequence - Honours BA in Music

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 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.
2 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

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




First module


60 credits

(20 courses)

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 I 2
MUS2307 Theory and Analysis II
MUS2331 Forms and Styles I: Middle Ages and Renaissance
MUS2332 Forms and Styles II: Baroque and Early Classical


3 credits from:
MUS2191 Sight-Singing and Dictation II: General
MUS2192 Sight-Singing and Dictation II: Intermediate
MUS2193 Sight-Singing and Dictation II: Advanced
MUS2194 Sight-Singing and Dictation II: Enriched

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 optional MUS credits at the 4000 level

MUS3335 Twentieth-Century Music

3 course credits from:
MUS3328 Research in Music: Tools and Methods
MUS4928 Recherche avancée en musique : méthodes et outils / Advanced Research in Music: Tools and Methods

3 course credits from List A

12 optional course credits in music (MUS) at the 3000 or 4000 level

9 optional credits from the lists below

Second module


0 or 30 credits 

(0 or 10 courses)

Optional minor added after first year
Students have the option of adding a minor (30 credits) in any of a number of disciplines offered by the Telfer School of Management or by the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences.
Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.



18 or 48 credits 

(6 or 16 courses)

In the minor option, students must take 18 elective credits (6 courses). In all other cases, students must take 48 elective credits (16 courses).



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 List A
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