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Program Highlights

The Music Diploma (Classical) Program provides a rich learning environment that nurtures the artistic and creative potential of each student.

The program integrates theoretical, historical and performance studies, offering concentrations in piano, voice, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and composition.

This two-year Diploma is transferable to a Bachelor of Music Degree and provides the foundation for further studies in Music Education, Music Therapy and the Liberal Arts.

  • Demonstrate the ability to hear, identify and work conceptually with the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of tonal music, including sight-reading, keyboard proficiency and analysis, and to use these skills to solve musical problems and evaluate the way music is shaped by artistic movements and cultural forces.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of music history and literature and the development of musical forms and genres from the Western art tradition up to the present time including the aural recognition of styles, forms and genres.
  • Demonstrate research skills and an ability in written communication and critical inquiry appropriate to third-year university level of study.
  • Competently perform repertory appropriate to third-year university entry level as individuals and as members of ensembles, utilizing skills and knowledge gained from the learning outcomes in theory, musicianship skills, keyboard skills and music history.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with music technology in its various forms for composition and scholarly pursuits.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation

Program-specific requirements

  • Audition
  • CapU Music Theory Placement Exam (70%) or MUS 109 (C+) or Royal Conservatory of Music Level 8 Theory
  • Ear test
  • Interview

Admission Notes

First year students can fulfill the theory requirement by successfully completing the Royal Conservatory of Music Level 8 Theory (Advanced Rudiments/Grade Two Rudiments), by achieving a minimum grade of 70% on the CapU Music Theory Placement Exam, or by achieving a minimum grade of C+ in MUS 109. Please note that MUS 109 credits cannot be counted towards completion of the Music Diploma and must be taken in addition to the required courses.

Students interested in applying to the Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree can contact the Music Department for a list of recommended courses that should be taken in addition to the Music Diploma. 

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required:
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
MUS 100Theory I3.00 credits
MUS 112Ear Training and Sight Singing I1.50 credits
MUS 120Music History I3.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:
WMPI 100World Music Private Instruction2.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction - Concentration Instrument 100-Level2.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:
ENSM 100Choir Ensemble I2.00 credits
ENSM 110Instrumental Ensemble I2.00 credits
Choose 1.00 credits from the following list:
MUS 114Class Piano I1.00 credits
WMPI 150World Music Private Instruction Secondary1.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction - Secondary Instrument 100-Level1.00 credits

 

Second Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required:
MUS 101Theory II3.00 credits
MUS 113Ear Training and Sight Singing II1.50 credits
MUS 121Music History II3.00 credits
ENGLEnglish 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:
WMPI 200World Music Private Instruction2.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction - Concentration Instrument 200-Level2.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:
ENSM 150Choir Ensemble II2.00 credits
ENSM 160Instrumental Ensemble II2.00 credits
Choose 1.00 credits from the following list:
MUS 115Class Piano II1.00 credits
WMPI 250World Music Private Instruction Secondary1.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction - Secondary Instrument 200-Level1.00 credits

 

Third Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required:
MUS 200Theory III3.00 credits
MUS 212Ear Training and Sight Singing III1.50 credits
MUS 220Music History III3.00 credits
Elective 100-level or higher - excluding COND, ENSJ, ENSM, JAZZ, MUS, PMI and WMPI3.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:
WMPI 300World Music Private Instruction2.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction - Concentration Instrument 300-Level2.00 credits
Choose 1.00 credits from the following list:
MUS 214Class Piano III1.00 credits
WMPI 350World Music Private Instruction Secondary1.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction - Secondary Instrument 300-Level1.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:
ENSM 200Choir Ensemble III2.00 credits
ENSM 210Instrumental Ensemble III2.00 credits

 

Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required:
MUS 201Theory IV3.00 credits
MUS 213Ear Training and Sight Singing IV1.50 credits
MUS 221Music History IV3.00 credits
Elective 100-level or higher - excluding COND, ENSJ, ENSM, JAZZ, MUS, PMI and WMPI3.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:
WMPI 400World Music Private Instruction2.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction - Concentration Instrument 400-Level2.00 credits
Choose 1.00 credits from the following list:
MUS 215Class Piano IV1.00 credits
WMPI 450World Music Private Instruction Secondary1.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction - Secondary Instrument 400-Level1.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:
ENSM 250Choir Ensemble IV2.00 credits
ENSM 260Instrumental Ensemble IV2.00 credits

 

Voice concentrators are required to take MUS 122 & 123 in the year it is offered. These courses are 2 credits in total. Voice concentrators will graduate with 64.00 credits in total.

Choose from the following list:
MUS 122Lyric Diction I1.00 credits
MUS 123Lyric Diction II1.00 credits

 

Total program credits: 62.00

Program Notes

For students who take MUS 109 to fulfill the theory requirement, please note that credits from MUS 109 cannot be counted towards completion of the Music Diploma and must be taken in addition to the required courses.

Students interested in applying to the Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree can contact the Music Department for a list of recommended courses that should be taken in addition to the Music Diploma.

Contact

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604 984 4911
music@capilanou.ca

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