To enter Music I, students must meet the Humanities admission requirements and pass an audition consisting of a performance (the minimum level required for both equates to Royal Conservatory of Music Honours Grade 8), a theory test (equivalent to RCM Advanced Rudiments), as well as an ear-training test. Most auditions take place between February and April. For more information, please visit the Humanities website.

Your Classes

Learn about your first-year course requirements, and course options.

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.

For a full list of courses that can be available in this program, please consult the academic calendar.