Length of Study

Four years for bachelor degree; two year diploma exit

Study Options


Credential Granted

Bachelor degree after 4 years; diploma exit possible after 2 years


Fall term (September)

Oct 21 2015
This research presentation looks at a few of the most popular compositions by Music Department Chair, Allan Gilliland, and traces their development from black dots to world stages.
Nov 29 2015
MacEwan Music is excited to present a Tribute to Motown and Soul
Nov 30 2015
Our student musicians jive and swing in this big band concert
Aug 17 2015
MacEwan University community features prominently in annual theatre festival

For nearly 40 years, the music program at MacEwan University has been helping students realize their goals of becoming professionals in the music industry.

The four-year Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) is a systematic study of jazz and contemporary popular music, including pop and rock, making MacEwan one of the few universities in Canada with this focus. The opportunity to study with working professionals while pursuing a challenging academic curriculum will give you the skills, insights, competency and the credentials to pursue a career as a professional musician, a performer, a creator and a leader in the evolving music industry.

The level of skill, training and musical literacy required of musicians in contemporary music is constantly rising. This degree responds to the current demands of the music industry and combines the high degree of professionalism and academic rigor required for further education at the graduate level.

Diploma exit available

Students who enter the degree have the option to exit after their second year with a music diploma.

World-class facilities

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Centre for the Arts and Communications campus is a creative, supportive community with state-of-the-art equipment, small class sizes and many opportunities to perform. This facility includes fully equipped current lab spaces (piano, drum and percussion, music technology, MIDI, recording studio), sound-resistant practice modules, large performance classrooms, and a 363-seat John L. Haar Theatre.

MacEwan University’s new Centre for Arts and Culture, designed by world-renowned architect Bing Thom, is now under construction. The Centre will open in Fall 2017 with approximately 40,000m² (approximately 430,000 square feet) of classroom, lab, exhibit, and performance space.