Music

The Department of Music trains our students to become critically aware musicians and prepares you for your chosen musical career by laying a foundation in performance, theory and musicianship.

We offer superb performance and academic instruction in pristine, professional facilities on campus and at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. You will receive individual attention from accomplished faculty, as well as experiential learning opportunities that allow you to perform, collaborate and engage with renowned Canadian and international artists.

Experience practical skills training in our music practicum course, where you can complete for-credit volunteer placements in either music education, music health/therapy, music administration or music in the community, and hone your performance skills with opportunities to perform in public concerts, recitals and with the department’s choral and instrumental ensembles.

Music Education The perfect lead into further studies in a faculty of education and eventual school teaching, or for teaching privately in a studio setting. This concentration includes music education foundations, technique courses in voice and all major instrument types, choral and piano pedagogy, conducting, music technology and music cognition. Music Education-oriented practicum placements are also available.

Music Therapy Foundations A kind of Music Therapy “pre-med,” and excellent preparation for graduate studies and eventual certification in Music Therapy. Students in this concentration complete courses in introductory music therapy, music cognition, voice, percussion and guitar techniques, as well as introductory, developmental and abnormal psychology. Music Therapy-oriented practicum placements are also available.

Music Performance For performers of the highest calibre who aspire to go on to graduate studies in performance and an eventual career concertizing. Entry to this concentration is via a juried audition at the end of first year. In years two to four in studio lessons, students prepare for three public recitals, one at the end of each year.

Alternatively, you don’t have to declare a concentration at all, and can graduate with our popular and long-established comprehensive BMus or Honours BA degrees. This is a great choice for students who have a wide variety
of musical interests and wish to run the gamut of musical experience at Brock.

All applicants complete a theory placement test and a scheduled interview. Students applying to the Bachelor of Music program, or who wish to take lessons, will also be required to audition on a solo instrument or voice.

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • BA in Music
  • Minor in Music

Please note: Students in Concurrent Teacher Education – Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4-10) may choose Music (Vocal) as a teachable subject. If you are interested in this program, you will apply to Concurrent Teacher Education – Junior/Intermediate, not the Bachelor of Music (BMus) or BA in Music programs. For more information on Concurrent Teacher Education – Junior/Intermediate, please visit their program page.

Expected cut-off: mid 70s
OUAC Code: BM (Bachelor of Music)
OUAC Code: BMM (BA in Music)

Not an Ontario Secondary School applicant? Find your admissions criteria here.


Career outcomes

  • Performer
  • Music teacher
  • Composer/arranger
  • Music therapist
  • Conductor

Prerequisite requirements

  • English (ENG4U)
  • A theory placement test (RMC advanced Rudiments) and aural skills test must be passed.
  • Entrance evaluation required - see the department website for details.

Recommended subjects

  • One from 4U history, 4U Music, 4U philosophy, 4U classical studies, or 4U international language