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Pursue a B.Mus. or B.A. in Music

Cultivate your talents in performance, musicology, aural skills, and more. At King's, you will study the physical aspects of music—including theory and performance techniques—and its aesthetic qualities, all in a collaborative and fun environment. You will also answer philosophical questions about music and ask questions about its nature, origin, and development.

A music degree at King's guides you to a richer understanding of the role music plays in a well-lived life and engages in the beauty, drama, intellectual rigour, and healing power of Western classical music. An equal emphasis is placed on classroom learning and private instrument instruction and you will find countless performance opportunities to hone your craft and do what you love—making music!

In addition to the B.Mus. and B.A. in Music programs, any student can enjoy music as part of their program by selecting music courses as electives or by adding a music minor.

Music Degree Program Highlights

  • Perform in numerous concerts and recitals throughout the course of your program
  • Develop new performance techniques and abilities
  • Take part in choral and instrumental ensemble opportunities
  • Study under the guidance of professional musicians with years of performance and instruction experience.
  • Be a part of class discussions, presentations and analysis of songs, sounds, and ideas
  • Explore Christianity's influence on the development of music and examine the beauty of music through a Christian perspective

Private Music Instruction

King's offers private musical instruction in a variety of instruments. The university also offers courses in choral conducting, pedagogy and collaborative piano, all of which are taught by excellent instructors ready to adapt to your unique learning needs.

Private music instruction is available to all Music majors and minors as well as any King's student looking to fulfill a Fine Arts course requirement for their program.

For any inquiries related to registering for a private music instruction course as part of your program, please contact the Music Department.

Music Facilities

Nicholas B. Knoppers Hall

King's recital hall seats an audience of 200 and features excellent acoustic and recording facilities. The hall’s instrumental inventory includes the following:

  • Yamaha nine-foot concert grand piano, once owned by renowned pianist Glenn Gould
  • Hailun seven-foot grand piano
  • Letourneau 12-stop, two-manual mechanical pipe organ
  • Hubbard one-manual, Flemish-style harpsichord
  • Sabathil two-manual pedal harpsichord

Organ students have weekly lessons at West End Christian Reformed Church, which boasts of a beautiful 36-stop, two-manual mechanical Letourneau organ. This venue is also an excellent alternative resource for recitals.

Practice rooms

  • Eight practice rooms that are bright, naturally lit, and very spacious
  • Practice time is scheduled for each term according to availability and student needs
  • Many of our eight practice rooms house grand pianos

Additional music facilities

Take a look at our vocal studio, practice rooms, most prized instruments, and other fine arts spaces using King's campus map.

Music Program Options

Available as a major

  • 4-year Bachelor of Music
  • 4-year Bachelor of Arts

Available as a concentration

  • 3-year Bachelor of Arts

Available as a minor

  • 4-year Bachelor of Arts
  • 3-year Bachelor of Arts
  • 4-year Bachelor of Science
  • 4-year Bachelor of Commerce

Available as a diploma and certificate

Kaija Feldbusch, B.Mus. '22

Kaija Feldbusch

My favourite part of being a student here is being a part of the community at King's. I remember my first year, when everything was new and unfamiliar. Older music students readily introduced themselves to me and offered me assistance with courses, answers to any questions I had, and reassurance that I would enjoy King's. Being offered that level of support meant so much to me and helped me feel comfortable almost immediately.  Throughout my King's experience, I have time and again experienced…

Allan Nelson, B.Mus. Performer's Certificate

Allan Nelson

I was a little hesitant about attending a Christian institution, but quickly learned that King’s isn’t what I expected. The professors are inclusive and open-minded; It’s a place where I fit in, even though I didn’t think I would. King’s has a strong music program. I chose Music Performance because I like performing and learning about repertoire. It’s nice to learn about the history of music and some of the intentions behind it, and I’ve discovered new passions…

Dr. Charles Stolte, Four Blake Seasons

Dr. Charles Stolte

On March 18, 2017, I was privileged enough to premier Four Blake Seasons in The King’s University Knoppers Hall. The origins of this composition start with a student and a bit of poetry. In 2016, David McCune (BMus, ‘17), a bass voice student, gave me a series of poems by English poet William Blake exploring the four seasons, and asked if I would compose a set for his senior recital. Initially I was intrigued by the poetry and decided to take up this project. I began work on composing…

Carla Stolte, Art Specialist and Community Activist

Carla Stolte

Author and Theologian Howard Thurman once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” This is a key quote that has driven me in my work.  I work as the art specialist at Mount Royal School. In 2014 I had the opportunity to oversee a project for my students that was designed to help them think about the importance of community. "The Penny Project has been one…

Dr. Joachim Segger, Le Passage du Temps

Dr. Joachim Segger

January 2017, saw the world premiere of Le Passage du Temps composed by Jacobus Kloppers, emeritus professor of music and founder of King's music program. The event also celebrated Canada's 150th anniversary. The project, including the excerpt featured below, was a collaboration between faculty past and present. The music was an original composition by Jacobus Kloppers, written in 1993. The event was narrated by associate professor of music, Dr. Charles Stolte and performed by King's professor of…

    Careers & Graduate Programs

  • Arts Administration
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Education
  • Music Composition
  • Music Teaching
  • Music Technology
  • Music Therapy
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Professional Performing
  • Worship Leadership
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