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QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY, KINGSTON Dan School of Drama and Music







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Room 204 Harrison-LeCaine Hall, 39 Bader Lane, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6, Canada

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Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts. Studies include performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology. Bachelor of Music. Studies include performance (classical, jazz, music theatre), composition, musicology, twentieth century popular music, ethnomusicology, music technology. Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education. Includes some study of the approaches of Kodály, Orff and Dalcroze.


Graduate program


Master of Arts in Arts Leadership.


Diploma programs


Graduate Diploma in Arts Management. Studies in arts marketing, arts philanthropy, finance, strategicvf planning. Digital Media Diploma. One year. Studies in sound and digital technology. Offered at St Lawrence College, and may be combined with the Queen's University Bachelor of Music.

Institution Notes:

The University was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841. The School of Music is housed in the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts with some fine performing spaces. The first two years of the four-year music theatre program are taken at St Lawrence College. There is an active opera program. Talented students may be given the opportunity to perform with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. Queen's Community Music, (formerly known as Queen's Conservatory of Music), offers music tuition to children and interested members of the local community.

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:

April 2019