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  • Fall 2018 auditions are scheduled for May 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, 2018. Please click "how to apply" for detailed information and support with your application. All 2018 applicants will be contacted. Stay tuned! 

    The Music Diploma (Classical) Program provides a rich learning environment, which nurtures the artistic and creative potential within each student. The program integrates theoretical, historical and performance studies, offering concentrations in piano, voice, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and composition. Students benefit from frequent recitals and masterclasses on their primary instrument, allowing them to develop confidence and self-expression in performance. Small class sizes with innovative and creative teaching enhance the students' educational experience and prepare them for a wide array of professions in the music field. Participation in the University's award-winning choir allows for concert and touring opportunities, while developing ensemble skills and rehearsal techniques. This two-year Diploma is transferable toward a Bachelor of Music Degree and also provides the foundation for further studies in Music Education and the Liberal Arts.

    For over 30 years, many Music diploma students have successfully transferred into 3rd year Music Therapy. Students may complete the requirements for this program over two years at the same time as they complete the Music diploma by selecting the Music Therapy Course Stream, described on pages 422-426 of the Capilano University Calendar. Special consideration is made for candidates coming to Capilano University who already have many of the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree. Students will be advised as to the most efficient path for 3rd year entry into this specific stream of study. 

    All courses in the Music Diploma Program are transferable to the School of Music at the University of British Columbia and to the Faculty of Music at the University of Victoria. Capilano University students have also received transfer credit to the following universities: Alberta, Brandon, Calgary, Dalhousie, Guelph, Lethbridge, McGill, Regina, Simon Fraser, Toronto, Western Ontario, Western Washington and York.

    Graduates of the program who have pursued further studies have successfully developed rewarding careers in the following fields: Elementary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Education, Private Music Instruction, Conducting, Composition, Musicology, Performance (Voice and Instrumental), Music Therapy, Music Criticism and Music Publishing.

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  • The Music Diploma Program invites the community to attend free concerts on Fridays. Concerts start at 11:45am. See "News & Events" for more information.

    Capilano University now offers a Conducting Certificate in Music as of September 2007. See "Conducting in Music Certificate" for more details about the program.

    "I highly recommend the Music Diploma Program to any student looking for not only an excellent education, but also a personally rewarding one. My studies at Capilano College equipped me to go on to further education with the confidence, knowledge and skills that I needed, and left me with friendships and experiences that have made a lasting, positive impact."

    Torey Zachary (Graduate 2004)