“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
- Nietzsche

We couldn’t agree more! At Bishop’s, our programs and courses are constantly being redesigned and expanded allowing students to help realize their full potential as musicians or perhaps discover music’s power for the first time in an ever-changing, ever-shrinking artistic world. In an effort to meet the demands of music in the 21st century, students at Bishop’s since 2008 have had the choice of pursuing studies in two different disciplines: traditional Classical Music or in the bourgeoning area of Popular Music Studies. (Jazz, Rock & Pop) Interdisciplinary programs include degrees in Arts Administration and Secondary Music Education, both with a music emphasis.

You will find incredible flexibility within all of our programs allowing you the opportunity to explore other areas of interest across the Bishop’s campus.

Why Study Music at Bishop’s – How We’re Unique

The B.A. vs. The B.Mus.

Students comparing music programs in North America often seek reassurance that a music degree earned at Bishop’s ranks favourably with those found elsewhere. You will quickly discover that the core courses offered at Bishop’s in Music are the same as those in all other institutions. In addition, we can proudly boast small class sizes and a collegial, non-competitive environment that facilitates not only the development of your talents, but your confidence as well. Life-long friendships too begin at Bishop’s and are among our proudest accomplishments. Our students come from across the country and around the world not to mention the native Quebec culture infused throughout the University. This diversity makes the department a vibrant and exciting place to work and study.

Degree Options:

  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Honours in Music (Classical)
  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Honours in Popular Music Studies
  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Major in Music (Classical)
  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Major in Popular Music Studies
  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Minor in Music (Classical)
  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Minor in Popular Music Studies
  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Double Major in Music and Secondary Education
  • B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Arts Administration: Music Concentration

Check out complete degree requirements under Courses & Programs.

Did you know ?

Music students at Bishop’s are granted access to among our many fine instruments, two world-class 7–foot Hamburg Steinway pianos as well as the opportunity to make professional-level recordings in the acoustically superb 160-seat Bandeen Hall. In addition the Department houses a Wilhelm continuo organ, a 2-manual French Baroque harpsichord made by Montreal craftsman Yves Beaupré (both ideal for Baroque chamber ensembles), a seven-foot American Steinway, and access to a nine-foot American Steinway piano housed in Centennial Theatre. Recently refurbished, spacious practice rooms on the lower level are all equipped with Yamaha upright pianos.

Our alumni have pursued careers in a wide range of disciplines that include:

  • Professional Jazz, Pop and Classical Musicians
  • Music Educators in elementary, secondary and university settings.
  • Graduate Students in Musicology and Performance
  • Sound and Recording Engineers
  • Composers and Arrangers
  • Arts Administrators for professional organizations including: CBC Radio, TaffleMusik, The Montreal Chamber Music and Montreal Jazz Festivals.

Courses & Programs


Program Strengths

  • Small class sizes of 25 or less guaranteeing individual attention.
  • Second Instrument Study: Are you a violinist who also sings? A pianist who also plays guitar? We are one of the few music programs that allow you the opportunity to study more than one instrument at the same time and earn credits towards your degree.
  • Performance opportunities are everywhere both on and off campus as early as the first semester of study.
  • Artist-in-Residence Program: lessons, master classes and performance opportunities with nationally and internationally renowned artists visiting twice annually.
  • Musique Chez Nous: The department’s student operated concert series. Enjoy free concerts and take advantage of employment opportunities in publicity, recording and stage management.

Popular Courses

  • MUS 101 “Rock 101”
  • MUS 102 “Music for the Movies”
  • MUS 180 “Choral Ensemble”