Music Research and Composition
The Department of Music Research and Composition supports a rigorous and expansive program in the study and creation of music within the disciplines of musicology, music theory, popular music studies, and composition. We are collectively committed to educational, scholarly, and artistic excellence in our research and creative activites.
Our department offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees including a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Music History, Music Theory, and Composition, a Bachelor of Musical Arts (optionally with Honours in Music), and Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Popular Music Studies, a Specialization in Music Administrative Studies, or an Honours Specialization in Music, as well as a Major or Minor in Music. Our programs feature:
- Our Musicology and Music Theory Faculty, comprised of leading experts in their respective fields, explore music as an area of intellectual, humanistic inquiry by providing courses that range from traditional historical and theoretical approaches to more diverse interdisciplinary methodologies.
- Our Composition Faculty, comprised of stylistically diverse and award-winning composers, is committed to the creation of new music and to the nurturing of young composers in a constructive environment for the artistic expression of musical ideas.
- Popular Music Studies program, the only one of its kind in Canada, is geared toward creative musicians and allows students to gain a broad understanding of music within culture and society.
- Music Administrative Studies program, offered jointly with the Management and Organizational Studies program in the Faculty of Social Science, combines central elements of both programs to create an interdisciplinary environment for the study of music management.
- Music Library has holdings that are among the most expansive in North America. It houses an impressive general collection as well as several important and unique Special Collections.
- Nota Bene, Canada’s international undergraduate musicology journal run by our undergraduate students, provides a publication venue for the dissemination of undergraduate research from across North America.
- Early Music Studio provides students an opportunity to engage in historical performance practice on copies of period instruments and to conduct related research.
- CEARP Facility (Composition, Electro-Acoustic Research and Performance) is a cutting-edge resource, consisting of two audio and MIDI studios, for composers who wish to pursue creative development using electro-acoustic music techniques.
- Student Composer Concerts are organized jointly with Music Performance Studies to provide an opportunity for student composers to realize their creative works in collaboration with performance students and faculty.
- Performance emphasis with weekly, hour-long, private lessons on major instruments for all students in the Bachelor of Music with Honors programs (optional in third and fourth years).
Graduates of our programs have pursued a diverse range of careers in music. Some have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in music and are now on faculty as active researchers, composers, professors, and university administrators at institutions of higher education. Some have taken the critical thinking skills developed within their musical studies and applied these skills to advanced professional degrees such as law. Some have gone on to successful careers outside of academic institutions as composers and song writers (including several who have received awards for their music). And some are now working for major record labels, symphony orchestras, and in other music industry careers.
Our department is comprised of distinguished faculty who include nationally and internationally recognized scholars and composers. See Music Research and Composition Faculty & Staff for more information including a complete faculty list.
Degrees offered include the Master of Arts in Musicology, Music Theory, or Popular Music & Culture (offered jointly with the Faculty of Information and Media Studies), the Master of Music in Composition, and the PhD in Music (Musicology, Music Theory, or Composition).
Department Acting Chair Dr. David Myska
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85332
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85332