The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music is a four-year program (120 semester hours) designed for those who wish to study music in a more general Arts curriculum.  As a general program, it will not prepare students for teaching music, but will prepare them for further study toward careers such as music librarian, musicology, music publishing, communications media, and sound recording.

Course Structure

Year I

Music 1130-1140 — Theory (6 semester hours)
Music 1150, 1170— Aural Skills (6 semester hours)
Music 1230-1240 — Music and Culture (6 semester hours)
Non-Music electives (12 semester hours)
OR
Non-Music electives (9 semester hours) and Music 1050 — Studio Minor (3 semester hours) 

NOTE: Students in the BA with a major in Music program will be required to take part in at least one ensemble for each semester they are in the program. This is equal to a minimum of four full-year ensembles for a BA Major in Music degree, two of which must be in large ensembles. Unless the ensemble requirement is fulfilled, graduation will be denied.

NOTE: Students wishing to take Studio Minor must have the permission of the relevant applied instructor and the department chair.

Year II

Music 2130-2140 — Theory (6 semester hours)
Music 2150, 2170 — Aural Skills (6 semester hours)
Music 2230 — Music and Culture (3 semester hours)
Music Elective (3 semester hours)
Non-Music electives (12 semester hours)
OR
Non-Music electives (9 semester hours) and Music Electives (3 semester hours)
OR
Non-Music electives (9 semester hours) and Music 2050 (3 semester hours)
OR
Non-Music electives (6 semester hours) and Music Electives (3 semester hours) and Music 2050 (3 semester hours)

NOTE: Ensembles required (see note at end of Year I).

Year III

Music Electives (12 semester hours)
Non-Music electives (18 semester hours)
OR
Non-Music electives (15) and Music 3050 (3 semester hours)

NOTE: Ensembles required (see note at end of Year I)

COMMENT: Students may take a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit in Music Education toward the Music electives required for Years III and IV. 

Year IV

Music Electives (12 semester hours)
Non-Music electives (18 semester hours)
OR
Non-Music electives (15 semester hours) and Music 4050 (3 semester hours)

NOTE: Ensembles required (see note at end of Year I).

See Comment at the end of Year III regarding Music Electives.  PLEASE NOTE: AT LEAST 30 SEMESTER HOURS (10 COURSES) OF THE NON-MUSIC ELECTIVES MUST BE ARTS COURSES.

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Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Arts Admission?

High School Graduates

Canadian High School Equivalency Chart

Successful completion of Grade 12 examinations in a University Preparatory Program with an overall average of at least 70% (75% for Quebec Secondary V students) in the following subjects:

  • English;
  • one Social Studies or Language;
  • any 3 other academic courses. Grade 12 math recommended.
    Note: Grade 12 Math is a prerequisite for some 1st year Art courses.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Additional Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

In addition to the standard University of Prince Edward Island entrance requirements, candidates for the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education programs will demonstrate technical proficiency, musical expression and learning potential on their instrument or voice. 

A personal interview, audition, and diagnostic tests in theory and aural skills will be arranged prior to registration for each student wishing to enter a Music Program.  An audition is not required for entrance into the BA Program with Major in Music.  

Prospective music students must meet both a) the general University admission requirements for UPEI, and b) the following Departmental requirements:

  1. Each student seeking admission to the BMus, or BMusEd program must audition on an instrument or voice, showing proficiency in performance, technique and sight-reading at the Grade VIII RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) level.
  2. Students seeking admission to a Music program must take theory and ear assessments, demonstrating proficiency at the RCM Advanced Rudiments level.

Auditions

The schedule for the various components of the audition procedures will be forwarded approximately two weeks in advance of the actual audition date. Be sure that you are familiar with the audition requirements and procedures, and that you are prepared to write the theory and aural skills assessments. NOTE: Applicants for the BA (Music) Program are not required to perform an audition unless they wish to take Applied Music as an elective.

Courses for Non-Music Majors

Understanding Music as a Socio-Cultural Practice 2010 and Explorations in Music 2020 may be offered to any non-music major. Students should check with the Chair of the Department in which they are majoring to ensure that these courses may be counted as electives. Note: These courses are not offered every year.

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Faculty of Arts Programs Tuition

UPEI's undergraduate tuition is the second-lowest in the Atlantic region, and we offer more than $5 million in scholarships and awards. 

Tuition

$6,270 per year, based on 30 credit hours ($627 per 3 credit course).
International students pay $7,320 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Arts, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

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Including Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships and Academic Excellence Awards, these awards recognize the academic achievements of all students who meet the eligibility criteria while studying towards their first undergraduate degree.

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