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Music course descriptions

Read descriptions of all our course offerings in the Academic Calendar.

Music for non-majors

Are you interested in music but not enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program? There are plenty of ways to get involved in musical life at Mount Allison! 

Courses for non-majors

These courses are designed for non-majors:

Fundamentals of Music I - MUSC 1001 (3cr, Winter)
This course is an introduction to fundamental concepts of music theory, including notation and technical terminology, as well as to listening, singing, and keyboard skills.

Introduction to Music - MUSC 2001 (3cr, Fall)
This course considers the art of listening to music. It begins with an introduction to the elements of music, and examines Western classical music, popular and folk music, world music, and film music through historical and analytical lenses.

World Music - MUSC 2021 (3cr, Winter)
This course introduces different musical traditions from around the world and examines the innovative and eclectic mix that makes up world music today.

Introduction to Music in Canada - MUSC 3001 (3cr, Winter)
This course surveys music in Canada from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present, from both historical and social perspectives, and includes the music of Indigenous and immigrant groups.


You may also receive permission to register for the following courses, depending on your background knowledge and experience in music. Contact the Department Head if interested.

Materials of Music I & II - MUSC 1101/1111 (3cr, F/W)
These courses are a study of the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal materials of music through analysis, writing, and listening.

Introduction to Music History & Literature - MUSC 1201 (3cr, Fall) 
Explore the history and literature of music in the Western World through an overview of the various styles, eras, and genres of Western Art Music.

Aural Skills and Musicianship I - MUSC 1703 (3cr, F/W)
This course covers the practical aspects of music theory. It includes practice in aural musicianship skills, including sight-singing, interval recognition, dictation, improvisation, and keyboard skills. 

Composition & Music Technology I & II - MUSC 2141/2151 (3cr, F/W)
Learn to compose and notate original musical ideas.

Modern Musical Theatre - MUSC 3271 (3cr, Fall) 
Investigate the American and British Musical theatre traditions from precursors in the nineteenth century to the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Opera History - MUSC 3201 (3cr, Winter)
Explore the history of opera from its earliest beginnings to the present day.

Music and Difference - MUSC 3231 (3cr, Winter)
The course explores ways in which difference has shaped music, examining how of ageism, racism, classism, and disability studies relate to music, and including feminist, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer perspectives.


We welcome non-BMus students to participate in ensembles, most of which earn one credit per year. Ensembles include:


Attend some of the many exciting concerts offered by the Department of Music each year. All concerts, including faculty and guest recitals, student recitals, masterclasses, ensemble concerts, collegia, and colloquia are FREE to current MtA students!  See our Calendar of events page for more details.

Mount Allison’s Performing Arts Series also offers deep discounts on student tickets and subscriptions

Course timetable



Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music program includes four years of weekly private lessons on your chosen instrument or voice, combined with academic studies in music and non-music courses. This program allows you much freedom to put emphasis on performance, music education, composition, music history, or music theory.

The BMus degree is suitable for those who contemplate any professional career in music, including teaching, performance, musicology, music therapy, arts administration, recording, broadcasting, music librarianship, and music journalism. An audition is required.

Bachelor of Arts (major and honours in music)

Our BA programs balance music study with courses in other disciplines. The BA emphasizes the academic aspects of music and are designed for students who wish to combine their study of music with more non-music courses than are available in the BMus curriculum. Private lessons are not available in the BA major and honours programs.

Bachelor of Arts (minor in music)

The minor in music is a disciplinary minor taken by students pursuing a major or honours program in another degree, or as part of a program with three minors. It consists of a selection of core and elective music courses. A minor in music is available to students in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. Private lessons are not available in the minor in music program.

We also welcome non-Music students to enroll in individual courses and to audition for our large ensembles.