Our music degree programs have been carefully designed to offer students a fine balance between academic and performance courses. As a student, you will explore the various dimensions of music through courses taught by teachers of national and international stature as well as receive mentorship opportunities from seasoned musicians and professionals in the field.

As a music student, you will have the opportunity to take courses in:

  • Performance
  • Theory
  • Conducting
  • Composition
  • Orchestration
  • Canadian Music
  • World Music
  • Pedagogy

It is our goal to develop your talent as both a soloist and a collaborative musician, and cultivate your creativity by exposing you to diverse musical genres, traditions, and innovations. Instruction is available in all orchestral instruments as well as:

  • Classical Guitar
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Saxophone
  • Organ

You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of music ensembles such as:

  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Wind Ensemble
  • New Music Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble

Our strong community connections open the door to academic and professional opportunities with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, New Music North, Consortium Aurora Borealis, and more. You will be able to share your talent and develop your professional skills as you progress through the program.


The Lakehead Advantage

Our well-rounded approach to music education sets our Department of Music apart from other programs across Canada in that you are required to touch on every aspect of music throughout your undergraduate studies, from performance to musicology, composition, conducting and more. This breadth of study allows you to discover and develop hidden talents and abilities.

Our department is small and conducive to an interactive and intimate learning environment. All course are taught by our renowned faculty – setting the stage for academic excellence and professionalism.

The A.L. Musselman Music Library is located in the William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts and is open to all students. The library includes a large number of musical scores, recordings, and resources to support any project or personal interest in the field of music.


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