Why study Music at Dal?

Become a professional in music, or combine your music studies with programs in science, theatre or information technology.  Here at Dalhousie, you'll get the theory and training you need for the future you want. You'll have the opportunity to study with internationally recognized musicians and music scholars and participate in regular performances.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Music (BMus) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Fountain School of Performing Arts
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Through the study of Music, students can develop expertise as listeners, performers and creators. You'll have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses from one-on-one studio instruction, to small seminars and large lectures. You can also study a wide range of instruments as well as voice.

Training in music teaches poise, discipline, creativity, collaboration and the ability to think on one’s feet. These skills are excellent preparation for many career paths in and beyond the performing arts.

Sample courses:

  • Introduction to Composition
  • Writing About Performance
  • History of Western Music to 1750

Public performance by students in the Fountain School of Performing Arts is a key element of our programs, strongly encouraged and supported by the faculty. Weekly studio lessons in voice, guitar, piano, organ, and orchestral and band instruments are complemented by participation in numerous ensembles that present regular concerts.

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Music grads are creative, articulate, adaptable and confident and have gone on to do outstanding work in a wide variety of areas including:

  • musicologist
  • composer
  • performer
  • teacher
  • director/conductor

Focused music studies offered in the Bachelor of Music also prepares graduates for further study at the graduate level in many areas, including performance, composition, theory, musicology, popular musics, and more.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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