Courses & Programs

Courses & Programs

Where could this lead you in life?

Well, some Bishop’s graduates have pursued careers as scholars, teachers, arts administrators, and composers, as well as performers, both classical and pop. Others have taken their B.A. and gone in a completely different direction. Some students just want to pursue their love of music, without making it a career. So why not major in music, as well as another subject?

PROGRAM OPTIONS

I. B.A. Honours in Music

Required: 60 credits

In addition to the requirements listed below for the Music Major, the following courses are required for students pursuing the Honours Program, whether in the Classical or Popular Music Studies stream.

Music Theory or Composition Option:

MUS 300  (3 credits)
Theory/Composition Elective  (3 credits)
MUS 435  (6 credits)

Music History Option:

MUS 300  (3 credits)
Music History Elective  (3 credits)
MUS 445  (6 credits)

Special Project Option:

MUS 300  (3 credits)
Elective related to topic  (3 credits)
MUS 455  (6 credits)

Performance Option:

Music Literature Elective  (3 credits)
MUS 372 & MUS 373  (4 credits)
MUS 475  (6 credits)

II. B.A. Major in Music (Classical)

Required: 48 credits

2 Music Literature Courses  (6 credits)
4 Music History Courses  (12 credits)
MUS 121, MUS 122 & MUS 22  (3 credits)
MUS 131, MUS 132 & MUS 231  (9 credits)
Any 2 from  MUS 332, MUS 333, MUS 335 & MUS 337  (6 credits)
4 Ensemble Courses  (4 credits)
MUS 172, MUS 173, MUS 272 & MUS 273  (8 credits)

Year 1 Requirements (20 credits)

2 Music Literature Courses  (6 credits)
MUS 121 & MUS 122  (2 credits)
MUS 131 & MUS 132  (6 credits)
Any 2 Ensemble Courses (taken from MUS 180 – MUS 189)  (2 credits)
MUS 172 & MUS 173  (4 credits)

Year 2 Requirements (19 credits)

2 Music History Courses  (6 credits)
MUS 221  (1 credit)
MUS 231  (3 credits)
MUS 332 or MUS 333 or MUS 335 or MUS 337  (3 credits)
Any 2 Ensemble Courses (taken from MUS 280 – MUS 289)  (2 credits)
MUS 272 & MUS 273  (4 credits)

Other Requirements (9 credits)

These remaining music credits may be taken at any time during the student’s stay at Bishop’s. Majors and Minors are entitled to take more than the required number of music credits.

III. B.A. Minor in Music (Classical)

Required: 24 credits

MUS 110 & MUS 111  (6 credits)
MUS 121  (1 credit)
MUS 130 & MUS 131 or MUS 131 & MUS 132  (6 credits)
Any 2 Ensemble Courses (taken from MUS 180 – MUS 189)  (2 credits)
MUS 172 & MUS 173  (4 credits)
Music Electives  (5 credits)

IV. B.A. Major in Popular Music Studies (Jazz, Pop/Rock)

Required: 48 credits

Any 3 from MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 103, MUS 104 & MUS 109  (9 credits)
MUS 121, MUS 122 & MUS 22  (3 credits)
MUS 131, MUS 132 & MUS 231  (9 credits)
MUS 290  (3 credits)
MUS 233  (3 credits)
4 Ensemble Courses  (4 credits)
MUS 172, MUS 173, MUS 272 & MUS 273  (8 credits)
3 Music Electives taken from MUS 238, MUS 291, MUS 292, MUS 293, MUS 332, MUS 333, MUS 335, MUS 337 and/or those from Music History/Literature  (9 credits)

Year 1 Requirements (17 credits)

Any 1 from MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 103, MUS 104 & MUS 109  (3 credits)
MUS 121 & MUS 122  (2 credits)
MUS 131 & MUS 132  (6 credits)
Any 2 Ensemble Courses (taken from MUS 180 – MUS 189)  (2 credits)
MUS 172 & MUS 173  (4 credits)

Year 2 Requirements (19 credits)

Any 2 from MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 103, MUS 104 & MUS 109  (6 credits)
MUS 221  (1 credit)
MUS 231  (3 credits)
MUS 233 or MUS 290 (offered on a rotation basis)  (3 credits)
Any 2 Ensemble Courses (taken from MUS 280 – MUS 289)  (2 credits)
MUS 272 & MUS 273  (4 credits)

Other Requirements (12 credits)

These remaining courses may be taken at any time during the student’s stay at Bishop’s. Majors and Minors are entitled to take more than the required number of music credits.

V. B.A. Minor in Popular Music Studies (Jazz, Pop/Rock)

Required: 24 credits

Any 2 from MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 103, MUS 104 & MUS 109  (6 credits)
MUS 121  (1 credit)
MUS 130 & MUS 131 or MUS 131 & MUS 132  (6 credits)
1 Ensemble Course (taken from MUS 180 – MUS 189)  (1 credit)
MUS 172 & MUS 173  (4 credits)
2 Music Electives taken from MUS 238, MUS 291, MUS 292, MUS 293, MUS 332, MUS 333, MUS 335, MUS 337 and/or those from Music History/Literature  (6 credits)

VI. Double Major: Secondary Education and Music

Programme requirements for students pursuing a double major in Secondary Education and Music may be found under “School of Education” in the Academic Calendar. All questions concerning courses and requirements should be referred to the Chair of the School of Education.

Refer to page 62 in the calendar for course requirements.

VII. Arts Administration: Music

Refer to page 72 in the calendar for course requirements.

VIII. Certificate in Musical Studies

The Certificate in Musical Studies is designed for the part-time or community student who does not wish, or is not able, to take a full degree program. It allows the flexibility to focus on history and literature, theory, and where teaching resources permit, performance.

Students may take courses in the regular Fall, Winter or Spring sessions in Lennoxville, or at the Knowlton campus. Courses taken in the certificate program may be transferred later to a minor or major within a degree program in Music at Bishop ’s University; however, students may not be enrolled in a certificate program and degree program at the same time.

For admissions requirements, see Regulations for Certificate Programs in the Academic Calendar.

Required: 30 credits

MUS 130*, MUS 110, MUS111 *If necessary

The remaining credits may be taken from the following list of courses, offered by the Department in rotation:

Music Literature: MUS 103, MUS 104, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 108, MUS 112, MUS 114, MUS 205, MUS 207.

Music Theory: MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 231, MUS 238, MUS 332.

Music History: MUS 240, MUS 241, MUS 242, MUS 244, MUS 245, MUS 246, MUS 247.

Music Performance* MUS 170-171, MUS 270-271, MUS 370-371.
* A supplementary instruction fee is levied for all individual performance courses. 
Ensemble courses will be permitted upon consultation with the Department.

Admission

Students seeking admission must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the university. In addition, the Music Department requests that each applicant submit details of previous musical studies and experience. A placement audition, either live on campus or on a recording, is required. Please contact the Department directly for details.

As a general rule, students should possess their own instruments (with the exception of piano, harpsichord and organ).

For complete details, view the Music section of the academic calendar.

See also Bishop’s University Admission Process.