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Street Address:

Waterloo campus: Aird Centre,75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5, Canada


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts Honours in Music. Studies include performance, music history, music education, church music. Honours Bachelor of Music. Concentrations in performance (classical, jazz, early music, opera), composition, theory, music history, analysis, music education, community music, integrated musical arts. Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy.


Graduate program


Master of Arts in Community Music. Master of Music Therapy.


Other program


Diploma in Opera. Two terms. A post-graduate program.

Institution Notes:

The University was founded in 1911 as the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary of Canada and in 1924 it was re-established as the Waterloo College of Arts. This was later affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. The current name and status were granted in 1973. There is a second campus in Bantford. The Faculty of Music has two well-equipped electroacoustic music studios as well as a small collection of early keyboard instruments. Research centres associated with the Faculty of Music are the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community and the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research. The Library houses the Maureen Forrester Legacy Collection and the Maureen Forrester Archive, consisting of over 4,000 scores and memorabilia. The Laurier String Academy offers stringed instrument training to children aged 5 to 18, using the Suzuki repertoire.

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