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Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours)

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Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours)

The Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours) program is a four-year post-secondary program structured to help students master their instruments while at the same time acquiring the theory, ear training, history, and performance skills required to develop compelling interpretations.

The program is offered in in piano, orchestral instruments, and voice.

Participants receive extensive performance opportunities as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestra members. The Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours) requires that students have completed a high school diploma or equivalent.

This program is offered in piano, orchestral instruments, and voice. Learn more →

Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours) Admission Requirements

Disciplines: Piano, Voice, and Orchestral Instruments
Level: Post-secondary (undergraduate)
Program Length: 4 years

Academic Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following minimum academic requirements:
 
Ontario High School Curriculum Applicants:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with at least six Grade 12 U or M courses with a minimum 70% average.
  • If first language is not English and if 4 full years of high school were not completed in an approved Ontario high school, the applicant must submit additional proof of proficiency in English (see below)
  • Canadian High School Curriculum

Applicants from outside Ontario:

  • Grade 12 High School Diploma or CEGEP equivalent with a minimum average of 70% in university preparatory courses. If first language is not English and if 4 full years of high school were not completed in a Canadian school, the applicant must submit additional proof of proficiency in English (see below)

International High School Applicants:

  • High school graduation, equivalent to Grade 12 in Ontario, with a 70% (or letter grade equivalent) average in the final year. If first language is not English or if 4 years of high school were not completed in the English language, the applicant must submit additional proof of proficiency in English (see below)
  • SAT scores are not required for US applicants

Postsecondary Applicants:

  • Completion of one or more years of an accredited post-secondary college or university program. If first language is not English, the applicant must submit additional proof of proficiency in English (see below)
  • Transfer credits may be awarded for qualifying courses passed with a minimum of B- (70-73%), provided that the sending institution is recognized by GGS. Students applying for transfer credit must declare all previous formal studies and arrange for official transcripts as well as course descriptions and detailed course outlines from all previously attended post-secondary institutions at the time of initial application for transfer credit.
  • Authenticated translation is required for official documents submitted in a language other than English
  • Credit may be granted on a course-by-course basis or for a combination of courses

Home Based Learner Applicants:

  • A document detailing the courses that have been covered in grades 11 and 12; a statement from your home educator explaining your readiness to handle  
  • a confidential evaluation letter from a third party indicating readiness for university-level study.
  • In addition to these documents, the prospective student must complete ONE of the following standardized tests:
    • GED: Successful completion
    • SAT 1: minimum combined score of 1100 (critical reading-550 and math-550)
    • SAT 2: minimum score of 650 on one subject examination
    • ACT: minimum average of 24
    • University: minimum grade of 60% in one university course in a relevant admission subject
    • High School: minimum grade of 70%

Mature Learner Applicants:

  • Students aged 21 or older who have not graduated from high school and have not completed a GED may be considered for admission under certain circumstances, pending a successful audition. To be considered a mature learner, a student must have been out of school for at least two years. Prospective students must provide the following materials during the application process:
    • Two letters of reference
    • One letter of intent
    • A full record of employment
    • All academic records

Only applicants who can demonstrate clear evidence of their ability to cope with the program requirements will be considered.

Music Requirements:

  • A competitive live entrance audition of selected repertoire from the published audition repertoire page, including pre-screening recordings for clarinet, cello, piano, violin, and voice applicants
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Current repertoire list
  • Musical resume/CV

Students entering the GGS BMus program who have completed RCM Certificate Program Theory examinations with marks of 75% or higher will be exempted from some GGS Theory courses. Contact the Registrar for further information.

Applicants whose first language is not English require an official English language proficiency score on file that meets the minimum guidelines for admission. Please see the required scores here.

Transfer credits may be awarded for qualifying courses passed with a minimum of a B- (70–73 percent). Transfer Credits and Challenge exams are determined upon acceptance. Contact the Registrar before applying to discuss Transfer Credits and Challenge Exams.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

The Royal Conservatory of Music has been granted a consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this program for a seven (7) year term starting October 12, 2017. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions.)


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