Yearly Program Study Plan; B.Mus. Voice

Use this 4-year online guide to plan your studies and graduate from your Bachelor of Music (Voice) program on time. Download the Voice Area Handbook (PDF) for a general overview of Voice Area requirements.

If you're a transfer student or a CEGEP graduate, you may be able to complete the program in 3 years instead of 4.

Which courses to take each year

This is a basic 4-year plan for students from high school with no advanced standing.

Program audit

You will receive a summary of exemption credits from placement exams, transfer credits, Advanced Placements (AP), etc, before you begin your first semester at the Schulich School of Music. You can access this information via an Online Program Audit (OPA) customized for you. Visit the OPA web page to learn more about how you can view your personalized program plan.

Meet with your academic advisor to review your program plan at least once a year.

Course load

You should normally register for 15-18 credits per term.

  • Full-time course load: 12 credits or more
  • Part-time course load: 11 credits or less

Language courses

  • Complete these language courses before taking the corresponding diction courses: French (FRSL 207D), English (second language, CESL course), Italian (ITAL 205D) or German (GERM 202D). These language courses count as non-music and/or free electives.
  • If you studied in a French immersion high school or a Québec CEGEP, you are exempted from FRSL (French Language) 207. You will not receive credit for this course.
  • Take a placement test before registering in a French language course. Contact the French Language Centre for more information.
  • Register for intensive language courses in the summer if you want to lessen your course load in Fall/Winter terms.
  • Language and diction courses have limited enrolment. Register early!

Practical instruction and practical exams

  • You must complete 3 practical exams (MUIN 282, 382 and 482) during your program. In some cases, you might take your exams at different times than what we suggest in our sample 4-year plan.
  • Determine when to apply for these exams with your practical instruction teacher.
  • For practical instruction registration details, visit Registration

Sample year 1 course plan (with no course exemptions)

  • You must take placement exams in theory, musicianship and keyboard before school starts. Depending on your results, you may be exempted from first year theory or musicianship courses.
  • You must be proficient in English for all courses, especially Music History. Non-anglophone students should defer MUHL 186 until their second year and register for an English as Second Language (ESL) course in year 1. ESL courses can be accepted as non-music electives. Contact the Writing Centre for ESL course information.

Fall term

MUTH 150 Theory and Analysis 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 140 Musicianship Training 1 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 170 Musicianship (Keyboard) 1 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPD 135 Music as a Profession 1 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 209 Introduction to Lyric Diction 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 180 BMus Practical Lessons 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Ensembles (MUEN 5xx)

MUHL 186 Western Musical Traditions 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  • Students with a grade C or higher in college or university-level music history courses will be exempted from MUHL 186.

Winter term

MUTH 151 Theory and Analysis 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 141 Musicianship Training 2 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 171 Musicianship (Keyboard) 2 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 181 BMus Practical Lessons 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Ensembles (MUEN 5xx)

One non-music elective (preferably a course to develop critical thinking and writing skills, such as psychology, philosophy, history, etc. before taking MUHL 286 in your 2nd or 3rd year)

Year 2 course plan

If you want to add a minor or second major to your program, apply in year 2.

Fall term

MUTH 250 Theory and Analysis 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 240 Musicianship Training 3 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 280 BMus Practical Lessons 3 2.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Ensembles (MUEN 5xx)

FRSL 207D1 Elementary French 01 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(or equivalent)

MUPG 212 English Diction 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 296 Acting for Voice 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 297 Movement for Voice 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Winter term

MUTH 251 Theory and Analysis 4 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 241 Musicianship Training 4 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

FRSL 207D2 Elementary French 01 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(or equivalent)

MUHL 286 Critical Thinking About Music 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 281 BMus Practical Lessons 4 2.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 282 BMus Performance Exam 1 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Ensembles (MUEN 5xx)

Year 3 course plan

Fall term

MUSP 3xx upper-level musicianship

MUHL 3xx upper-level music history

ITAL 205D1 Italian for Beginners 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(or equivalent)

MUPG xxx Complementary performance

MUIN 380 BMus Practical Lessons 5 2.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Ensembles (MUEN 5xx)

One free elective

Winter term

MUTH 350 Theory and Analysis 5 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPD 235 Music as a Profession 2 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ITAL 205D2 Italian for Beginners 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(or equivalent)

MUPG 211 French Diction 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG xxx Complementary performance

MUIN 381 BMus Practical Lessons 6 2.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Ensembles (MUEN 5xx)

MUIN 382 BMus Performance Exam 2 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Year 4 course plan

Fall term

MUHL 3xx upper-level music history

MUPG 210 Italian Diction 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GERM 202D1 German Language, Beginners 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(or equivalent)

MUIN 480 BMus Practical Lessons 7 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 300 Voice Coaching 1 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Ensembles (MUEN 5xx)

One free elective

Winter term

GERM 202D2 German Language, Beginners 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(or equivalent)

MUPG 213 German Diction 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 481 BMus Practical Lessons 8 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 301 Voice Coaching 2 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 482 BMus Performance Exam 3 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Ensembles (MUEN 5xx)