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Music History; B.Mus. (Major)

The undergraduate music history program challenges students to think critically about music. Course materials center on such areas as the place of music in different cultural contexts, the social condition of musicians, the evolution of performing styles, and the different ways music can project meaning and reflect identity. As a premise for critical thought students are taught the parameters of different musical styles and are given the tools to understand musical syntax. Classes offer exposure to a wide variety of repertoire in the Western classical tradition as well as to jazz and popular idioms.

Music History provides excellent preparation not only for graduate study in musicology, but also for a considerable range of professional training programs including journalism, information sciences, arts administration, and teaching.

Minors, double degrees and double majors

Once you're enrolled in this program, you can apply to add a minor in another music field or from another faculty at McGill University.

You can also apply to add a second major or degree to your B.Mus. program.

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Program structure

The B.Mus. Music History program is made up of 124 credits.

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Apply by January 15 for Fall 2024

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Student resources

If you're a new student, check out our orientation guide (link below)!

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