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A Music Education Tailored to You

At Providence University College, you’ll receive a Christian Music education that’s unique to you and your abilities. Whether you’re looking for a degree that offers you an overview of music in general or one that is specific to music performance, composition, ethnomusicology, theory and musicology, you’ll receive an education that’s tailored to you. You’ll learn from Music faculty who are highly regarded in their fields. They work in the larger music community of Manitoba and Canada and belong to a variety of professional organizations. You’ll benefit from access to large practice rooms and a magnificent Bösendorfer piano—one of the best in southern Manitoba. By studying in a Christian environment, you’ll get to the heart of music and faith and learn how music can bring people together, including those from different faith backgrounds. You’ll be prepared to go into the world confident in your abilities and prepared for a variety of music careers, from teacher to conductor and worship leader to professional musician.

4 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Music Advanced Major
4 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Music Honours Major (with concentration)
3 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Music Major
Combine with any Major

For Entrance into the Music program

Students will receive training in three core areas of music study - Music Theory, Music History and Music Performance.

The prerequisite for entry to the Music Major, Advanced Music Major or Advanced Ethnomusicology Major is a grade of "C" or better in any music course. For students who have taken additional courses toward the major, a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses, excluding failed courses. For entry to the Music Honours Major students must have 45 credit hours of accumulated academic credit, with 18 credit hours in Music including Music History Survey I & II, Music Theory I and Musicianship I and a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students will be required to choose a concentration: Performance or Composition.

Program Concentration Requirements

Students getting a Bachelor of Arts in Music Honours Major may choose from the following concentrations:

  • History
  • Music Theory
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Composition Concentration
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on first and second year Music Juries
    • Acceptance into the program by the music faculty based on the second year Jury.
  • Performance Concentration
    • Acceptance into the program by the music faculty based on a minimum of two original compositions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

  • Music and Culture
  • Music Theory
  • Musicianship
  • Baroque Music History
  • Music since 1945
  • Conducting I & II
  • Applied Composition
  • Music in Christian Worship
  • Music Education in Children
  • Church Music Repertoire
  • Anthropology of Music

David Sawatzky, D.M.A. (Program Coordinator)Associate Professor of Music

Michalis Andronikou, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Composition and Theory

Tracey Sawatzky, B.Mus. Instructor of Piano, Performing Arts School Assistant

David Klassen, M.A. Instructor of Music and Theatre

Bill Derksen, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Music Studies

Laurelle Froese Instructor of Voice

Willie Wiebe, B.Mus. Instructor of Guitar, Director of Guitar Ensemble

Nicholas Mullin, B.Mus. Director of Worship Bands

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji, M.A. Assistant Professor of TESOL; Director, MLI

Graduates build careers in education, composition, church music, performance and music business. Others pursue graduate studies throughout the country.