Our programs

Approximately 250 music majors study each year at the UVic School of Music. With a resident string quartet and tenured faculty in all instrument families, we are devoted to a performance-focused approach to developing musical skills while encouraging new and creative paths to careers in music.

We offer many opportunities to perform as a soloist, in chamber groups, or in one of our many small and large ensembles.

Students often enter the program with a strong passion for music. By their second year, many students choose a focus from our program list:

General information:

Degrees

  • We offer degrees in Music Education, Performance, Composition and Theory, History, and a combined program in Music and Computer Science (resulting in either a BA in Music or a BS).
  • Students do not declare a specialization until after year 1, as most degrees require the same courses for the first year. Exceptions include Music Education and the Combined Program.
  • Visit the university calendar for information about admission requirements and those specific to music
  • After applying to UVic, music students are contacted by the School of Music with details about the audition process and further requirements.
  • The university calendar provides detailed information about our degree requirements.

Finances

  • We offer one of the most affordable undergraduate degrees in North America.
  • We provide over $250,000 in scholarships and aid to our students each year.
  • Most financial aid offers are announced by our central office.

Size

  • We typically admit 50 students to our undergraduate program each year.
  • The School of Music is made up of about 250 students; many of our ensembles are open to Music majors and non-majors.
  • Academic classes range from individual tuition to classes of 15-40 students, with the majority of courses having no more than 20 students.

Services

  • UVic prides itself on the services it provides students, with a focus on access, well-being, and fairness for students of all backgrounds.
  • Academic services and student affairs provide a quick overview of available services. More detailed information can be found on the UVic Student Life website.

Applications

  • UVic has centralized sites for applications and financial aid.
  • The School of Music has additional requirements for new and transfer students, such as auditions. After applying to UVic, music students will be contacted by the School of Music with details about the audition process and further requirements.
  • All non-native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency

Transfer students

Moving from another university or college is a big decision. We’re glad you’re thinking of us and want to make the transition as smooth as possible.

  • First, consult the BC Transfer Guide to see how specific classes that you’ve taken can count toward your UVic degree.
  • You must complete at least 30 units at UVic, including at least 18 of the minimum 21 upper-level units required for all degree programs.
  • No students are admitted into fourth year.
  • You must still audition. Your audition will determine which year of individual lessons is most appropriate for you.

Personnel

Application deadlines:

  • High School Students: February 28
  • Transfer Students: March 31
  • Supplemental application, reference letters, audition recordings, etc. (everyone): March 31
  • All application deadlines are outlined on the undergraduate admissions page