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Orchestral Instrument

The Major in an Orchestral Instrument is formulated for students who plan to become professional performers or teachers in schools of music or private studios.

Before entering this course of study, the student must successfully audition for the School. In general, the entrance level corresponds to the Toronto or Western Board Grade X, and there must also be the probability of significant development during the years of study at the University.

Although solo performance is stressed, all students in this program will constantly participate in large and small ensemble activity. Solo recitals are required at the end of the third and fourth years.

A detailed syllabus of repertoire representing standards of expectation in performance during undergraduate study is available on application to the School of Music.


Program requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instrument include:
Core B.Mus. Requirements in Music History, Musicianship, Music Theory, and Music Technology (34 credits)
For specific requirements, see Bachelor of Music, Degree Requirements. 
Music Performance (28 credits)
MUSC 1936
MUSC 2936
MUSC 3948
MUSC 4948
Secondary Performance (4 credits) 
MUSC 141 or 171A2
MUSC 241 or 2712
Secondary-level lessons in piano, if needed; see Minimum Requirements in Piano.
Large ensembles (16 credits) 
MUSC 1504
MUSC 1504
MUSC 3504
MUSC 3504
Students take four large ensembles, one in each year they take private lessons. The large ensembles chosen are normally those most appropriate to the student's concentration instrument, although substitutions may be allowed by the ensemble directors.
Small Ensembles and Music Electives (20 credits) 
Small ensembles and/or music electives14
Non-ensemble music elective(s)16
Students take five or more 2-credit small ensembles. The small ensembles taken in any given year will be determined in consultation with the division coordinator and ensemble directors. Wind and Percussion students must take 2 credits of MUSC 305, at least 4 credits of MUSC 162, and at least 2 credits of MUSC 157 or 163. String students must take 8 credits of MUSC 160 and 6 credits of additional small ensemble, including 2 credits of MUSC 159 and 2 credits of MUSC 163.
1 MUSC 309, MUSC 310, MUSC 311, and MUSC 312 are highly recommended.
Other Course Requirements 
Writing Requirement (WRDS 150 or ENGL 100)3
Literature Requirement3
Non-Music Electives18

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