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3-82 Fine Arts Building, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C9, Canada

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Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts in Music. Studies include music history, ethnomusicology, cultural studies. Performance courses may be included. Bachelor of Music. Studies include performance (classical, jazz, opera), composition, theory, music history, ethnomusicology, music technology, choral conducting, history of jazz, Canadian music. Bachelor of Education in Music. For either elementary or secondary school teaching. The spring, summer and autumn music education academies may include programs in Kodály, Dalcroze and Orff.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts in Music. In ethnomusicology, musicology. Master of Music. In performance, pedagogy, choral conducting, composition. Master of Education. In music education. Doctor of Philosophy. Doctor of Music.


Certificate program


Certificate in World Sound Arts. A study of sounds, techniques and disciplines that stretch beyond standard Western music - electroacoustic music, popular and jazz music, world music, ethnomusicology. Available to students from any faculty in the University.

Institution Notes:

The University was founded in 1908. Today it boasts five campuses as well as other locations around the province. In Edmonton the Augustana campus offers the music programs. Facilities include two large rehearsal halls, a small recital hall, two chamber music rooms, thirty practice rooms (including those for organ and percussion), four music classrooms, and an electronic music studio. The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology houses the Qureshi collection of field recordings, and a large and growing collection of regional music documentation. The University library holds a complete collection of the Smithsonian Folkways ethnomusicology resource as well as other non-Western music recordings. The department of music education organises summer programs leading to a Kodály certificate (two levels), the Orff Schulwerk certificates (various levels) and a Dalcroze workshop. There is a community outreach program (mUseofA) whereby music students perform in nursing homes, aged-care homes, hospitals, public schools, unemployment centres, prisons and the like.

Country Notes:


Initial music training for young children is generally provided by a large network of private teachers offering instruction in their homes. Some primary schools have class music programs and many schools, particularly secondary, employ instrumental teachers for students wishing to learn at school.


Entry to tertiary level professional music training courses is normally following completion of secondary schooling. Such training is available in conservatories, colleges and universities. An extensive network of independent Bible Colleges offers intensive music training in a number of Canadian provinces. Music programs at these Colleges may in many cases be incorporated into degrees offered by neighbouring universities.


In the province of Quebec the education system is organised as follows:

 • Ages 4 and 5, optional kindergarten. • 

Ages 6, 7 and 8, first cycle, primary. • 

Ages 9, 10 and 11, second cycle, primary. •

 Ages 12, 13 and 14, first cycle, secondary.

 • Ages 15 and 16, second cycle, secondary.

 • Ages 17 and 18, Diplôme d’Éducation Collégiale (CEGEP). This completes secondary education. Specialisation in music is available, and is required for entry to Bachelor of Music programs. Higher education is organised as follows:

 • Premier cycle: (First cycle) Baccalauréat (equivalent to Bachelor of Music). Normally three years.

 • Deuxième cycle: (Second cycle) Maîtrise (equivalent to Master’s degree). 

May be taken by course work alone or by a combination of course work and thesis. Music courses at this level may be taken in the areas of musicology, performance, composition, music education, instrumental teaching. 

• Troisième cycle: (Third cycle) Doctorat. A minimum of three years beyond Maîtrise. By course work and thesis. Available only in musicology or music education. PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS IN MUSIC. Several systems of public examinations in practical and theoretical music are available, the most extensive being those organised by the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music and the Western Board.
 THE CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE (Centre de Musique Canadienne).

 The Canadian Music Centre was established in 1959 and now has several regional centres across Canada. It holds a lending library and owns an on-line music store, the CMC Boutique. The Centre organises the New Music in New Places festival which features contemporary music by Canadian composers, performed in public places such as malls, pubs, wineries, museums, airports and beaches. 

Chalmers House, 20 St Joseph Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1J9, Canada. 

Tel +1 416 961 6601 Fax +1 416 961 7198
. Website: The Canadian Music Centre is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Last Updated:

March 2019