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Special Admission Requirements for Music

All students applying to the Department of Music must first apply to the University of Regina. Go to Future Students.

Bachelor of Music Program (BMus)

All students applying to the Bachelor of Music program must pass both an audition and a theory exam. Both exams will take place on the same day. Contact the Department of Music to register.

Bachelor of Music Education program (BMusEd)

As this program is run jointly by the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (Department of Music), you must be admitted to both faculties.

Applicants must submit an official application to the University of Regina indicating interest in the BMusEd program so that the Faculty of Education can process the application. This is done via the Online Application for Admission.

If you have not yet taken courses in any university program, you must apply to the Faculty of Education no later than March 1.
If you have taken courses in a University program, apply no later than February 1st. Note that late applications may not be accepted.

In addition, all applicants to the program must pass both an audition and a theory exam. Both exams will take place on the same day. Contact the Department of Music to register.

Open House Week

Experience a day in the life of a UR Music Student.
Meet faculty and current students, attend clinics and workshops.
There is no registration fee.
Parents are welcome.
Contact the Department of Music to register.

Auditions

The Department of Music holds auditions every year, from January through March.
Auditions Dates for Entrance in 2021:

  • Saturday, February 6, 2021 (eligible for scholarship consideration)
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021 (eligible for scholarship consideration)
  • Saturday, March 13, 2021 (eligible for scholarship consideration)
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021

Please contact the Department of Music to register.

Applying to Audition

You must apply to audition at least two weeks prior to your audition date.

Theory Test

Students applying to the Bachelor of Music program (BMus) or to the Bachelor of Music Education program (BMusEd) must pass the Department’s theory entrance exam. The theory exam takes place on the audition dates, and takes no more than one hour to complete. It is comparable in difficulty to the Grade 2 Rudiments exam of the Royal Conservatory.

Performance Standards

We expect you to be performing at a minimum of Grade 8 Royal Conservatory standard.

Although we accept students every year who have not studied privately, it is an advantage to have had and/or be taking private lessons, as your teacher will advise you whether you are likely to pass a university entrance audition.

We also encourage prospective students to contact our applied teacher for their instrument (or voice), and to come in to play for them. Our teacher will assess whether you are playing at university entrance level. If you attend our annual Open House in November, you can receive further assistance with audition preparation. Contact the Department of Music for information and application procedures for the Open Houses.

Audition Repertoire

Please refer to Lists of Appropriate Repertoire (129 KB) pdf

Alternatively, you may contact the Music Department to obtain a list for your instrument or voice.

The general recommendation is as follows:

  • If you are an instrumentalist, prepare a minimum of two contrasting pieces, from different periods and in different styles.
  • If you are a vocalist, prepare three songs in at least two different languages.

Your audition and interview will last about 20 minutes altogether. Therefore, your repertoire should take no more than 10 minutes to perform.

Accompanist for Audition

If you are performing one or more works that require piano or other instrumental accompaniment, you must bring an accompanist with whom you have rehearsed. If you don’t have one, contact the Department of Music at least a month prior to your audition. We maintain a non-exclusive list of accompanists in Regina and can supply you with some names. We do not accept taped accompaniment.

When will I know if I passed the audition?

You can expect to hear from the Department of Music within two weeks of your audition.

What if I didn’t pass my audition?

If your audition was unsuccessful, we will advise you if you should re-audition at a later date. Consult the Department Head to discuss your options.