Bachelor of Arts in Music


Program Description

Can you imagine how music might offer a vision of beauty in a broken world, help us hear the voices of those different from ourselves, transform us, and be seen as a gift of God? Music studies balance rigorous discipline alongside creative imagination and the urge for artistic excellence and passion alongside compassion and sensitivity to human need. Concentrations include performance, music education, musicology, music ministry, and comprehensive studies.

The Bachelor of Music is a professional program offering the following concentrations: music education, music ministry, musicology, performance, and comprehensive. Students are able to complete one or more concentrations for their degrees. Graduates from these concentrations frequently pursue graduate studies before embarking on a professional career in music. While these concentrations are identified as a career track, these degrees are also valuable as general arts degrees. B.Mus. graduates often are acknowledged as well-disciplined, well-educated, and imaginative people, with the competence to serve society well in a wide variety of areas.

Music Education Concentration - This concentration is designed for students who are interested in teaching music in the school setting. Students can focus on Early/Middle Years, Senior Years Choral, or Senior Years Instrumental. The B. Mus. in music education concentration requires a further two-year Certification program before the graduate is able to teach in the public school system (Manitoba universities offer only two-year after-degree education certification programs. Other provinces differ, with some offering 8- and 12-month programs).

Music Ministry Concentration - This concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue music ministry in congregational settings, combining two of CMU's strongest programs: music and theological studies. The program allows students to develop competencies in their instrument of choice, including the voice, and provides the student with sufficient flexibility to pursue other areas of interest in music ministry, including choral and instrumental conducting, arranging, and composition, as well as further theological studies.

Musicology Concentration - This concentration is designed for students wishing to focus their studies on music history and theory at an undergraduate level, particularly with the goal of continuing in graduate studies. Musicology is understood as an overarching discipline, incorporating music history, theory, aesthetics, and philosophy, as well as ethnomusicology. As an undergraduate program, this concentration introduces students to these disciplines, while at the same time allowing the student to begin serious work in a chosen direction in this discipline through reading courses and a thesis course.

Performance Concentration - The performance concentration allows students to focus on developing their gifts and abilities in both solo and collaborative performance. This concentration includes the requirement of two recitals within the last two years of the program. It also allows students to develop other competencies which are unique to their chosen areas of performance. Students do not infrequently combine this concentration with a second concentration.

Comprehensive Concentration - This concentration allows for a great deal of flexibility within the Bachelor of Music degree program. It is particularly suitable for those planning for careers or further studies in music administration, music production, composition, or performance in folk, jazz, or pop styles. It is also a degree program which allows a student to customize an individualized program of studies not offered in existing concentrations.

Tuition & Fees

  • CAD 13000 / year
  • CAD 15000 / year (International students)
Last updated Feb 2018

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The origins of CMU go back to the early 1990s when people from the business community and from four Mennonite colleges in Manitoba—CMBC, Concord College, Steinbach Bible College and Menno Simons Colle ... Read More

The origins of CMU go back to the early 1990s when people from the business community and from four Mennonite colleges in Manitoba—CMBC, Concord College, Steinbach Bible College and Menno Simons College—met to talk about inter-Mennonite co-operation in higher education. This led to formal discussions among the colleges, beginning in 1995. Steinbach Bible College withdrew from the process in 1996. Read less