At Bishop’s, our programs and courses are constantly being redesigned and expanded allowing students to help realize their full potential as musicians or perhaps discover music’s power for the first time in an ever-changing, ever-shrinking artistic world.
Best Bachelor of Arts Programs in Performing Arts in Canada 2017. “WITHOUT MUSIC, LIFE WOULD BE A MISTAKE.”
We couldn’t agree more! At Bishop’s, our programs and courses are constantly being redesigned and expanded allowing students to help realize their full potential as musicians or perhaps discover music’s power for the first time in an ever-changing, ever-shrinking artistic world. In an effort to meet the demands of music in the 21st century, students at Bishop’s since 2008 have had the choice of pursuing studies in two different disciplines: traditional Classical Music or in the bourgeoning area of Popular Music Studies. (Jazz, Rock & Pop) Interdisciplinary programs include degrees in Arts Administration and Secondary Music Education, both with a music emphasis.
You will find incredible flexibility within all of our programs allowing you the opportunity to explore other areas of interest across the Bishop’s campus.
Why Study Music at Bishop’s – How We’re Unique
The B.A. vs. The B.Mus.
Students comparing music programs in North America often seek reassurance that a music degree earned at Bishop’s ranks favourably with those found elsewhere. You will quickly discover that the core courses offered at Bishop’s in Music are the same as those in all other institutions. In addition, we can proudly boast small class sizes and a collegial, non-competitive environment that facilitates not only the development of your talents, but your confidence as well. Life-long friendships too begin at Bishop’s and are among our proudest accomplishments. Our students come from across the country and around the world not to mention the native Quebec culture infused throughout the University. This diversity makes the department a vibrant and exciting place to work and study.
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Music students at Bishop’s are granted access to among our many fine instruments, two world-class 7–foot Hamburg Steinway pianos as well as the opportunity to make professional-level recordings in the acoustically superb 160-seat Bandeen Hall. In addition the Department houses a Wilhelm continuo organ, a 2-manual French Baroque harpsichord made by Montreal craftsman Yves Beaupré (both ideal for Baroque chamber ensembles), a seven-foot American Steinway, and access to a nine-foot American Steinway piano housed in Centennial Theatre. Recently refurbished, spacious practice rooms on the lower level are all equipped with Yamaha upright pianos.
Our alumni have pursued careers in a wide range of disciplines that include:
Professional Jazz, Pop and Classical Musicians
Music Educators in elementary, secondary and university settings.
Graduate Students in Musicology and Performance
Sound and Recording Engineers
Composers and Arrangers
Arts Administrators for professional organizations including: CBC Radio, TaffleMusik, The Montreal Chamber Music and Montreal Jazz Festivals.
Small class sizes of 25 or less guaranteeing individual attention.
Second Instrument Study: Are you a violinist who also sings? A pianist who also plays guitar? We are one of the few music programs that allow you the opportunity to study more than one instrument at the same time and earn credits towards your degree.
Performance opportunities are everywhere both on and off campus as early as the first semester of study.
Artist-in-Residence Program: lessons, master classes and performance opportunities with nationally and internationally renowned artists visiting twice annually.
Musique Chez Nous: The department’s student operated concert series. Enjoy free concerts and take advantage of employment opportunities in publicity, recording and stage management.
MUS 101 “Rock 101”
MUS 102 “Music for the Movies”
MUS 180 “Choral Ensemble”
B.A. Major in Popular Music Studies (Jazz, Pop/Rock)
Required: 48 credits
Any 3 from MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 103, MUS 104 & MUS 109 (9 credits)
MUS 121, MUS 122 & MUS 22 (3 credits)
MUS 131, MUS 132 & MUS 231 (9 credits)
MUS 290 (3 credits)
MUS 233 (3 credits)
4 Ensemble Courses (4 credits)
MUS 172, MUS 173, MUS 272 & MUS 273 (8 credits)
3 Music Electives taken from MUS 238, MUS 291, MUS 292, MUS 293, MUS 332, MUS 333, MUS 335, MUS 337 and/or those from Music History/Literature (9 credits)
Year 1 Requirements (17 credits)
Any 1 from MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 103, MUS 104 & MUS 109 (3 credits)
MUS 121 & MUS 122 (2 credits)
MUS 131 & MUS 132 (6 credits)
Any 2 Ensemble Courses (taken from MUS 180 – MUS 189) (2 credits)
MUS 172 & MUS 173 (4 credits)
Year 2 Requirements (19 credits)
Any 2 from MUS 101, MUS 102, MUS 103, MUS 104 & MUS 109 (6 credits)
MUS 221 (1 credit)
MUS 231 (3 credits)
MUS 233 or MUS 290 (offered on a rotation basis) (3 credits)
Any 2 Ensemble Courses (taken from MUS 280 – MUS 289) (2 credits)
MUS 272 & MUS 273 (4 credits)
Other Requirements (12 credits)
These remaining courses may be taken at any time during the student’s stay at Bishop’s. Majors and Minors are entitled to take more than the required number of music credits.
Students seeking admission must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the university. In addition, the Music Department requests that each applicant submit details of previous musical studies and experience. A placement audition, either live on campus or on a recording, is required. Please contact the Department directly for details.
As a general rule, students should possess their own instruments (with the exception of piano, harpsichord and organ).
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An application of $75 CAD for students studying within Canada or an application fee of $100 CAD for students studying outside Canada (payable by credit card) is required at the time of online application for all degree/certificate programs.
Students applying for an exchange program from approved partner institutions do not pay an application fee.
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Bishop’s University – Admissions Office
2600 rue College
Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7
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Admissions files are assessed on a rolling basis, as soon as all required documents are received.
Exceptions: Applications to the School of Education are reviewed in partnership with the School of Education and most offers for our education programs will not be made until January or February of each year. Applications for our Music programs also need to be evaluated based on their audition. Decisions for this program will not be made until both elements are reviewed.