Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts, Major in General Studies

 Intakes for this program have been postponed indefinitely.

Description

The Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts degree is a fusion of Western art music traditions with contemporary music practices. In addition to private lessons, music theory and history, aural musicianship and keyboard skills, and ensemble experience, practical courses such as Music Video Production, the Business of Music, Approaches to Music Education, and Psychophysiology of Music Performance, give this program an experiential dimension rarely found in traditional music programs. The program fosters students' creativity and versatility, equipping them to adapt to changing market demands and to apply learned theory and practice in a variety of cultural and service sectors.

It is recommended that prospective music students attend a music information session where program content and application procedures will be explained. For more information, please visit kpu.ca/music

Foundation Courses

Some applicants who demonstrate musical talent may not have taken private lessons or do not have the rudimentary knowledge of music theory necessary for university music study. Such students can be given the opportunity to register in one or more foundation courses to upgrade specific musical and technical skills. These courses generally cannot be applied toward the degree. The Foundation courses include:

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/arts

Department's website: kpu.ca/arts/music

Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Continuance Requirements

Successful completion of three credits of ENGL at the 1100-level within the first 30 credits.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts degree must declare the credential. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • A successful performance audition/interview on the applicant's main instrument
  • A satisfactory score on the KPU Music Placement Test

Audition/interview - Applicants will have a scheduled audition on their instrument to demonstrate their musical and technical skills. For details, see the Music Department's website kpu.ca/arts/music

For all instruments except piano, the standard of practical work expected at the time of audition is equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Grade 6. The entrance standard for piano is equivalent to RCM Grade 10.

KPU Music Placement Test - The placement test assesses the knowledge and skill of the applicant in music theory, music history, and aural musicianship (i.e., ear training). For details, see the Music Department's website kpu.ca/arts/music

Students who have successfully completed the RCM – Advanced Rudiments Examination in Theory or Conservatory Canada, Theory IV may be exempt from writing the theory section of the placement test upon presentation of the certification of completion on or before the day of the audition.

Students who have successfully completed the RCM History 1 Examination may be exempt from writing the history section of the placement test upon presentation of the certification of completion on or before the day of the audition.

Regardless of their music background, all declarants to the music program take the aural skills section of the placement test.

Curricular Requirements

The Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts program requires a minimum of 120 credits, including 15 credits of non-music electives. Students completing the General Studies Major may also elect to complete one of four concentrations. Each concentration requires additional credits.

General Studies Major

Lower Level Requirements
MUSI 1113Introduction to the Music Industry3
Music Theory
MUSI 1150The Language of Music I3
MUSI 1250The Language of Music II3
MUSI 2350The Language of Music III3
MUSI 2450The Language of Music IV3
Aural Musicianship
MUSI 1151Aural Musicianship I2
MUSI 1251Aural Musicianship II2
MUSI 2351Aural Musicianship III2
MUSI 2451Aural Musicianship IV2
Music History
MUSI 1153History of Music I: Cornerstones of Music History3
MUSI 1253History of Music II: Heroes, Politics, and War3
MUSI 2353History of Music III: Music and the Arts3
MUSI 2453History of Music IV: Challenging the Conventions of Music3
Keyboard Skills or Electives
Select one of the following options:4
Option 1:
Keyboard Skills I
Keyboard Skills II
Keyboard Skills III
Keyboard Skills IV
Option 2, only for students whose main instrument is piano:
Electives
Studio Lessons
MUSI 1157Major Instrument - Concentration I2
MUSI 1257Major Instrument - Concentration - II2
MUSI 2357Major Instrument - Concentration III2
MUSI 2457Major Instrument - Concentration IV2
Ensemble
Select one of the following options:8
Option 1:
Kwantlen String Orchestra I
Kwantlen String Orchestra II
Kwantlen String Orchestra III
Kwantlen String Orchestra IV
Option 2:
Kwantlen Wind Ensemble I
Kwantlen Wind Ensemble II
Kwantlen Wind Ensemble III
Kwantlen Wind Ensemble IV
Option 3:
Kwantlen Chorus I
Kwantlen Chorus II
Kwantlen Chorus III
Kwantlen Chorus IV
Option 4:
Guitar Chamber Ensemble I
Guitar Chamber Ensemble II
Guitar Chamber Ensemble III
Guitar Chamber Ensemble IV
English/Writing Intensive Courses
ENGL 1100Introduction to University Writing3
Select one additional English/Writing Intensive course3
Non-Music Electives
Select 3 credits of course(s) numbered 1100 or higher, not in the MUSI subject area3
Upper Level Requirements
Student must have successfully completed Lower Level requirements before beginning Upper Level. Completion of Upper Level requires 52 credits of courses to include:
Music Theory
MUSI 3550The Language of Music V: Jazz and Pop3
MUSI 3650The Language of Music VI: Contemporary3
Music History
MUSI 3553History of Jazz and Pop Music3
MUSI 3653World Music3
Studio Lessons
MUSI 3557Major Instrument - Concentration V2
MUSI 3657Major Instrument - Concentration VI2
MUSI 4757Major Instrument - Concentration VII2
MUSI 4857Major Instrument - Concentration VIII2
Ensemble
Select one of the following options:8
Option 1:
Kwantlen String Orchestra V
Kwantlen String Orchestra VI
Kwantlen String Orchestra VII
Kwantlen String Orchestra VIII
Option 2:
Kwantlen Wind Ensemble V
Kwantlen Wind Ensemble VI
Kwantlen Wind Ensemble VII
Kwantlen Wind Ensemble VIII
Option 3:
Kwantlen Chorus V
Kwantlen Chorus VI
Kwantlen Chorus VII
Kwantlen Chorus VIII
Option 4:
Guitar Chamber Ensemble V
Guitar Chamber Ensemble VI
Guitar Chamber Ensemble VII
Kwantlen Chamber Singers VII
MUSI 3512The Business of Music3
MUSI 3551Conducting I3
Non-Music Electives
Select 12 credits of any courses numbered 1100 or higher not in the MUSI subject area.12
Music Electives
Select 6 additional credits from courses in MUSI numbered 3000 or higher6
Major Without Concentration
Students who do not complete one of the Concentrations listed below, must select 4 additional credits from courses in MUSI numbered 3000 or higher4
Total Credits120

Music Education Concentration

(Not currently offered)

Students must complete a total of 134 credits, including

MUSI 3502Computer Applications in Music Education3
MUSI 3586Introduction to Music Pedagogy3
MUSI 3686Approaches to Music Education3
MUSI 4786Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques3
MUSI 4851Conducting II3
MUSI 4899Music Practicum3
Total Credits18

Studio Pedagogy Concentration

(Not currently offered)

Students must complete a total of 134 credits, including

MUSI 3502Computer Applications in Music Education3
MUSI 3586Introduction to Music Pedagogy3
MUSI 3686Approaches to Music Education3
MUSI 3688Studio Pedagogy I2
MUSI 4788Studio Pedagogy II2
MUSI 4888Studio Pedagogy III2
MUSI 4899Music Practicum3
Total Credits18

Jazz Studies Concentration

(Not currently offered)

Students must complete a total of 139 credits, including

MUSI 3590Orchestration and Arranging3
MUSI 3591Composition3
MUSI 4790Arranging for Small Ensembles3
MUSI 3535Jazz Improvisation I1.5
MUSI 3635Jazz Improvisation II1.5
MUSI 4735Jazz Improvisation III1.5
MUSI 4835Jazz Improvisation IV1.5
Select one of the following options:8
Option 1:
Jazz Band V
Jazz Band VI
Jazz Band VII
Jazz Band VIII
Option 2:
Jazz Combo V
Jazz Combo VI
Jazz Combo VII
Jazz Combo VIII
Total Credits23

Composition Concentration

(Not currently offered)

Students must complete a total of 134 credits, including

MUSI 3590Orchestration and Arranging3
MUSI 3591Composition3
MUSI 4790Arranging for Small Ensembles3
MUSI 4791Contemporary Composition3
MUSI 3691Song and Lyric Writing3
MUSI 3602Audio Recording and Production Techniques3
Total Credits18

Other Information

Private Lessons

Students may major in one of the following: piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, guitar, or percussion. Private lessons are generally available only to students enrolled full time in the music programs.

Secondary Lessons

Students may be eligible for secondary lessons only if they have successfully met all Keyboard Skills requirements (covered in MUSI 1154, MUSI 1254, MUSI 2354, MUSI 2454).

Private Lesson and Chamber Ensemble Policies and Fees

To be eligible for private lessons, a student must enroll in a minimum of 9 credits per semester, excluding the lessons themselves. Part-time music students must consult with the Music Chair regarding their private instruction options.

Fees in addition to course tuition apply for private music lessons and chamber ensembles. Please contact the Music Department for further information.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts.  Transcripts will indicate a Major in General Studies.

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