Program Information

School: MacEwan University
Faculty: Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Music Theory and Composition
Description: In the Composition Major, you focus on the art of writing music and lyrics. You study techniques in melody, harmony, rhythm and arrangement, as well as setting lyrics to melody. You also focus on aural and sight-reading skills and take courses on trends in 20th-century composition, film scoring, orchestration and the business of music.

When you complete this major, you will have the skills to create pieces in a variety of styles and genres, perform in workshop settings and public recitals, and use industry standard music software to create artistic and commercial works.

URL: Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music – Composition at MacEwan University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*

This cost estimate is for Year 2 (33 credits) of the program.

Note: The books and supplies estimate does not include the cost of a laptop (approximately $1,500-$2,000). Course, material and special fees vary the most in the music programs. The listed fee is an average.

Careers: Conductors, Composers and Arrangers,Musicians and Singers

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 65

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants must have a minimum overall average of 65 percent, with no course grade lower than 50 percent, in the following high school courses: ELA 30-1 or 75% in ELA 30-2, and four subjects from Group A, B, C or D courses. Applicants are strongly encouraged to present a broad range of subjects in order to benefit from the breadth of learning and to increase flexibility of future program and course choices. Please visit the website for more information on entry requirements.

Additional Admission Requirements:

    All applicants must audition. Limited space is available, and not all applicants who are eligible may be admitted. When admission becomes competitive, performance in the audition is the primary criterion for admission. Applicants must also be aware that admission for any category is limited based on the availability of spaces for the principal instrument.