Length of Study

Four years, full time

Study Options


Credential Granted

BMus: Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music


Fall term (September)


Applicants with completed credited post-secondary coursework from qualified institutions will be assessed on an individual basis to determine possible advanced standing credit.

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
Feb 28 2016
The Showcase Bands are among MacEwan Music’s high profile ensembles
Mar 5 2016
An evening of performances featuring our talented fourth-year Music students
Jun 17 2015
Music grad heads to California for an internship with legendary film composer Hans Zimmer
Jun 17 2015
Our grads are primed to do great things

MacEwan University's new Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music is one of the few post-secondary music programs in North America to provide an academic degree that combines studies in jazz with other contemporary genres. The program is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Complementing MacEwan University Music’s well reputed and long-standing two-year Music Diploma program, the four-year Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) program responds to the current professional demands of the music industry and meets the university music degree program standards of the Canadian University Music Society.

This new program began in September 2011.

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. The instructors are highly trained and experienced professionals who are active in the music industry. They demonstrate their passion for music in the classroom, and on national and international stages.

Taught by Active Industry Professionals

Your instructors are active music professionals with a combination of experience, academic credentials and industry contacts.

Degree and diploma students will share common curriculum in the first year of core studies:

  • Basic techniques of performing jazz and popular music
  • Fundamental music theory (jazz and traditional)
  • Aural skills
  • History of jazz and popular music
  • Performance ensemble participation

In your second, third and fourth years you will pursue one of the following major routes:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • General
    - Music Technology and Production minor or
    - Music Career Management minor or
    - A combination of courses from the minor areas of study

Practice and Perform

Performance Ensembles are open to all Music Program degree and diploma students. You'll practice and perform with music students from various years and routes of study.

Ensembles include:

  • Big Band I & II
  • Showcase Band I & II
  • Jazz Combo I & II
  • A Capella Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble

With the launch of the Bachelor of Music degree, several new MacEwan University ensembles (new Combos, additional Jazz Ensemble, Contemporary Choir, and Contemporary Lab Band) will expand your performance opportunities.