Music – General Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

General Studies is designed to provide a broad, flexible, general higher education in music, including private lessons on the instrument that you play best. You'll have the freedom to choose many elective courses, allowing continuation into various professional options, including graduate degrees.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: School of Music
  • Degree: Bachelor of Music
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • No Honours Option

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Music program may follow one of four streams: General Studies, Advanced Performance, Scholarship, or Composition. Every stream includes four years of private lessons in an instrument or voice, along with ensemble performance (4 years), music scholarship (3 years), and non-music electives (4 years). The distribution of required and elective courses, in Music and in other subjects, is different for each stream. General Studies is designed to provide a broad, flexible, general higher education in music, including private lessons on the instrument the student plays best. Most undergraduates admitted to the School of Music are eligible to enrol in this program. In General Studies, you may select from three streams:

General Studies (concentrations include Piano, Organ, Voice, Opera, Guitar, Harpsichord, Orchestral Instruments, Historical Musical Instruments);
General Studies – Elementary Education Stream (preparation for studies in education leading to certification as a teacher in BC elementary schools);
General Studies – Secondary Education Stream (preparation for studies in education leading to certification as a music teacher in BC secondary schools).

Campus features

The School of Music offers cutting-edge performance facilities like the Gessler Multimedia Teaching Studio and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, recently named one of the world’s greatest concert halls.

Program Requirements

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