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WESTERN UNIVERSITY, LONDON Don Wright Faculty of Music







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Talbot College Room 210, London, Ontario N6A 3K7, Canada


+1 519 661 3531

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Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts: • Honours Specialisation in Music. Performance lessons are not offered. • in Popular Music Studies. Studies include history of popular music since 1945, world music, songwriting, arranging, music production and recording. Performance lessons are not offered. • in Music Administrative Studies. Includes arts management, publishing, marketing. • in Music Recording Arts. A five year joint program with Fanshawe College. Bachelor of Music Honours. Studies include performance (classical, jazz/pop, early music), music history, composition, theory, music education. Bachelor of Musical Arts.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. In musicology, theory, popular music and culture. Master of Music. In performance (classical, opera) choral and instrumental conducting, composition, orchestration, pedagogy, music education. Doctor of Musical Arts. Doctor of Philosophy.


Diploma and certificate programs


Artist Diploma in Performance. One year. For advanced performance. Music Performance Diploma. Three years. For students in faculties other than music. Ontario College Diploma in Music Industry Arts. A two-year program as part of the Music Recording Arts course, offered through Fanshawe College.

Institution Notes:

Western University (formerly known as the University of Western Ontario), is a public institution founded in 1878. The Don Wright Faculty of Music is home to three departments - Music Education, Music Performance Studies, and Music Research and Composition. The music library has an extensive collection of eighteenth century materials, with particular emphasis on opera as well as a collection of historical keyboard, string and wind instruments. The Mahler-Rosé Room houses memorabilia associated with Gustav Mahler. There is a well-equipped multimedia centre, with digital audio workstations. The music department has access to a number of fine performing spaces and has an active opera and musical theatre program. The Accademia Europea Dell'Opera offers a European opera experience in the Italian town Lucca in Italy through the collaboration of Western University, the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini and Opera Studio Nederland. The Canadian Operatic Arts Academy is an international program in opera for singers and repetiteurs. The University’s New Horizons Adult Band Program provides instruction to adults wishing to learn to play wind or percussion instruments.

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