Programs, Courses, Electives

The Department of Music's three Honours programs provide students the opportunity to develop their performance skills, while deepening their awareness and understanding of music history and literature, theory and analysis, and related topics.

Instruction is available in voice, all standard orchestral instruments, saxophone, classical guitar, piano, and organ. Studies in conducting, and orchestration, participation in ensembles, plus elective courses, contribute to the study of music as an intellectual discipline and creative and performing art.

Admission Requirements

Five programs of study are offered:

Our four-year Honours Bachelor of Music program will provide you with a comprehensive background in all aspects of music theory, history and performance. The program is designed to prepare you to enter the work force as a professional musician or to pursue graduate studies in such fields as musicology, composition, music theory, music librarianship, conducting and performance.

The Honours Bachelor of Arts (Music) program, while offering a wide range of courses in music, also allows you to take a number of non-music electives. If you are interested in pursuing a career in music education, this program has been designed especially for you. Upon completion of your HBA, you may further prepare yourself for this goal by pursuing the one-year consecutive Bachelor of Education degree.

Our six-year Concurrent Honours Bachelor of Arts (Music)/Bachelor of Education program offers a wide range of music courses as well as non-music electives. This program enables you to obtain a teaching certificate with a music credentials in the Primary/Junior level or in the Intermediate/Senior level. Field placements are optional at the third year level.

The Minor in Music program is available to students who have a keen interest in music but have other career goals.  It consists of 4 FCEs balanced between Music History, Music Theory, Performance and music electives. 

The Artist Certificate Program in Performance and Pedagogy is a non-degree program designed for select post-baccalaureate musicians and music teachers who wish to pursue advanced career opportunities in music performance and music education. 

Students in the certificate program will have the opportunity to deepen their artistry and broaden their musical perspective beyond the typical academic requirements of an undergraduate music degree program.

This program is reserved for advanced performers who have completed an undergraduate degree, post-secondary conservatory diploma, or a foreign equivalent in music, and are seeking an intensive, one-year immersion in piano performance and pedagogy.



Music Electives for non-music majors

Join the Vocal Ensemble, earn 0.5 Elective credit
Students who enjoy singing in a choir can enrol for a half credit elective to perform in the Lakehead University Vocal Ensemble. Rehearsals are from 7:00 to 9:00 pm every Monday in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall (MV 1004), William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts.
MUS 1333
MUS 2333
MUS 3333
MUS 4333   
Join the Wind Ensemble, earn 0.5 Elective credit
Students who play wind and percussion instruments or bass can enrol for a half credit elective to perform in the Lakehead University Wind Ensemble. Rehearsals are from 4:00 to 6:00 pm every Tuesday in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall (MV 1004), William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts.
MUS 1331
MUS 2331
MUS 3331
MUS 4331   
Join the Jazz Ensemble, earn 0.5 Elective credit
Jazz Ensemble (MUS 2335 and MUS 3335). Enrol for a half credit elective to play jazz music. Class meets from 4:00 to 5:30 pm every Thursday in the Jean McNulty Recital Hall (MV 1004), William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts. (Enrollment is subject to a successful audition for the instructor during the first week of classes in the fall).
MUS 2335 YA 
MUS 3335 YA
Music lessons for 0.5 Elective credit
You can earn credits by enrolling in music performance courses.  As a non-music major you can take music lessons in any of the available instruments or voice (half credit).  Since these are one-on-one lessons, you can start at any level - even as a beginner!  What a great way to enhance your education and have some fun too!  There is limited space and is available on a "first-come, first served" basis.  For more information call the Department of Music at 343-8787.

Performance: Secondary I
Lessons 1/2 hour, practice time as required
Co-requisite: Music 1310
Individual instruction. Open to non-Music majors with or without a musical background. A prepared jury is required at the end of the year.
Rudiments of Music 1310 is a co-requisite. This requirement may be waived if the student successfully completes a challenge exam, to be administered periodically throughout the year. Consult the Department for further information.

Courses available:

MUSI 1410 - ViolinMUSI 1412 - Cello
MUSI 1414 - ViolaMUSI 1416 - Bass (includes Bass guitar)
MUSI 1418 - Classical GuitarMUSI 1510 - Clarinet
MUSI 1512 - OboeMUSI 1514 - Bassoon
MUSI 1516 - FluteMUSI MUSI 1518 - Saxophone
MUSI 1610 - TrumpetMUSI 1612 - French Horn
MUSI 1614 - TromboneMUSI 1616 - Tuba/Euphonium
MUSI 1618 - Percussion (not available for drum kit)MUSI 1710 - Piano
MUSI 1714 - Voice