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The following degree options are available to students within Music:

  • Honours Bachelor of Music
  • Honours Bachelor of Music (Music Cognition)
  • Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music and Another Subject
  • Bachelor of Arts Music
  • Minor in Music

Diploma in Music Performance

The Diploma recognizes a concentration in the area of music performance and can be completed concurrently with a Music degree or with a degree in another subject. Students who are not in the Music program must complete an audition before being admitted to the Diploma.

Students take solo performance courses and accompanying and chamber music, leading up to the special final year solo performance course Music 4E09, which culminates in a recital presentation of approximately forty minutes duration. Since Music 4E09 may not be used for credit towards any McMaster degree, students pursuing the Diploma must plan their work to accommodate nine extra units.

Career or Options Beyond This Program

  • music education
  • music business management
  • musicology
  • music therapy
  • music cognition research
  • publishing
  • performance
  • government service
  • human resources
  • law
  • public relations

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While co-op and internships are not currently offered for the Music program, there are many performance opportunities available.

Performance Opportunities

All Music programs at McMaster involve performance, both solo and ensemble. There are many opportunities to perform in public, such as the Student Concert Series for soloists and chamber groups. All students receive private lessons in their principal instrument or voice, and must also participate in one of the seven important ensembles sponsored by the School of the Arts:

  • McMaster Chamber Orchestra
  • McMaster Concert Band
  • McMaster Jazz Band
  • McMaster University Flute Ensemble
  • McMaster Percussion Ensemble
  • McMaster University Choir
  • McMaster Women’s Choir

Admission to these ensembles is by audition and is open to music and non-music students.

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30 a.m.
MUSIC 1B03

History of Western Music (Lecture)

HUMAN 1QU3

Insight and Inquiry (Lecture)

HUMAN 1QU3

Insight and Inquiry (Lecture)

MUSIC 1CC3

Harmony (Lecture)

9:30 a.m.
MUSIC 1CC3

Harmony (Lecture)

MUSIC 1B03

History of Western Music (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.
ENGLISH 1C06 A/B

History of English Literature (Tutorial)

11:30 a.m.
MUSIC 1B03

History of Western Music (Lecture)

HUMAN 1QU3

Insight and Inquiry (Tutorial)

12:30 p.m.
MUSIC 1E06

Solo Performance

1:30 p.m.
ENGLISH 1C06 A/B

History of English Literature (Lecture)

ENGLISH 1C06 A/B

History of English Literature (Lecture)

MUSIC 1D03

Aural Skills (Lecture)

2:30 p.m.
MUSIC 1D03

Aural Skills (Lecture)

3:30 p.m.
MUSIC 1D03

Aural Skills (Lab)

4:30 p.m.
MUSIC 1GB3

Ensemble Performance

5:30 p.m.

Students studying music have access to:

  • large rehearsal rooms
  • practice rooms
  • seminar rooms, several equipped with two grand pianos
  • multimedia classrooms
  • a multimedia classrooms large instrument collection, including string, wind, brass and percussion instruments
  • Mills Memorial Library’s extensive music section
  • Music Cognition Laboratory
  • an on-campus concert hall with a world-class Steinway piano

Profiles & Alumni


Ryan Peplinski
Music graduate
Ryan Meeboer
Music graduate