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Information For Incoming BMUS Students
Congratulations on your successful audition at the UBC School of Music!
1. WELCOME AND ORIENTATION
2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
- Subscribe to the weekly newsletter from International House.
- Calculate your financial plan (incl. tuition/student fees and living costs)
- Jobs on Campus:
- Jobs at the School of Music:
- Each year the Concerts and Communications Manager hires School of Music students for ushering and front-of-house duties. Go to Music Building Rm. 206 on the first day of class to pick-up an application.
- Each year the Audio Manager trains select music students on audio engineering. These students then are paid to record recitals, auditions, etc. Further details and application instructions will be e-mailed to all School of Music students in September.
- If you applied for UBC Housing and are eligible for PRIORITY ACCESS, remember that upon admission to UBC, you must pay your course registration deposit (through the Student Service Centre) by the June 1st housing deadline. If you do not, you will lose your housing priority access status.
- The Universal Transportation Pass is a mandatory program for all Alma Mater Society (AMS) members and provides cardholders with:
- Unlimited access to TransLink Bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus services (all zones) and discounted West Coast Express fares
- Additional information
7. ADVISING WEBPORTAL
- The BMUS advising webportal is here. Bookmark this page.
- From this page you may link to information on degree requirements, registration and drop/add dates, exchange programs, etc.
8. BMUS CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS
- All students in the B.Mus. program will be reviewed annually to determine whether they should be allowed to continue in their course of study. Every year students should improve their performance technique, refine their interpretative abilities, increase the scope of their repertoire on their principal instruments, and be acquiring the basic musicianship skills that are essential for a professional career in music.
- The primary means of evaluating a student's progress in music performance is a jury or recital required at the end of each winter session. A student who achieves a grade of less than B- on a jury or recital will be placed on probation. A student on probation who scores less than B- on a jury or recital will be required to withdraw from the B.Mus. program.
- Students should master basic musicianship skills early in their program. Only students who have passed MUSC 106 may take third-year performance lessons. Only students who have passed MUSC 205 may take fourth-year performance lessons. Students are required to be continually registered in musicianship from September to April until MUSC 206 is successfully completed.
- Students are required to be continually registered in the core music history courses (MUSC 120, 121, 220, 221) from September to April until MUSC 221 is successfully completed.
- Students are required to be continually registered in the core music theory courses (Regular stream - MUSC 100, 101, 200, 201, 300; Intensive stream - MUSC 110, 111, 210, 300) from September to April until MUSC 300 is successfully completed.
- There are higher standards for continuation in the Piano, Voice, Opera, Orchestral Instrument Performance, Organ, Harpsichord, and Composition majors. They are specified in the descriptions of those majors in this Calendar. Students who do not meet these standards may not continue in those majors, although they may be allowed to continue in the B.Mus. program as General Studies majors.
- Students must also meet the continuation requirements of the Faculty of Arts. Students whose grade-point average fails below Faculty minimums, or who fail a course twice, must withdraw from the B.Mus. program.
9. WRITING REQUIREMENT
- The Writing Requirement must be attempted within your first 30 credits and successfully completed within your first 60 credits. If you fail the Writing Requirement class twice, you will required to withdraw from UBC, take the writing class at another school, and apply for readmission to UBC.
- If you are applying to UBC as a transfer student who has taken 30 or more transferable credits, you must take your Writing Requirement course during your first term at UBC.
- Once you have commenced your BMUS program at UBC, any required Writing Requirement credits MUST be completed at UBC.
10. CONCERT ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT
- Requirement (read before choosing your specific course sections or scheduling your classes)
11. SECONDARY PIANO CREDITS
- For all majors except Secondary Education Stream [GSSM] and Piano Performance [PIAN]
First (1st) and second (2nd) year secondary piano credits may be WAIVED by either:
1. Submitting a photocopy (or fax copy) of your Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Grade Six (6) piano certificate (or an equivalent examining board such as Conservatory Canada) to the Music Student Advisor by August 1, 2013. Note: only exams taken within the last four (4) years are eligible.
2. A secondary piano examination (exam requirements) with a member of the keyboard division faculty – by appointment with Alice Enns (alice.enns(at)ubc.ca) early in September.
- Secondary Education Stream (GSSM)
Due to the importance of secondary instrument expertise when teaching in secondary schools, it is not possible for GSSM majors to test-out/have waived any secondary instrument credits:
1. GSSM majors not concentrating in piano or voice require 2 years of secondary piano, 1 year of class voice and 1 year of further secondary study on any instrument/voice on which they have prior experience (e.g. voice, piano, other).
2. GSSM voice concentrators require 2 years of secondary piano and 2 years of further secondary study on any instrument/voice on which they have prior experience (e.g. voice, piano, other).
3. GSSM piano concentrators must take at least 1 year of class voice, and take 3 years of further secondary study in voice or on another instrument on which they have prior experience (e.g. voice, other).
- How do I register for ensembles? For most ensembles an audition is required to secure your place.
- During the audition you play or sing a prepared piece for the conductor - check the course description for specific audition requirements.
- Auditions are held in the first week of September. Come in and sign up for audition times at the Music Office in late August or if you are unavailable to come in person, call our reception desk at 604-822-3113 or e-mail Margret at music.office(at)ubc.ca.
13. TRANSFER GUIDELINES (including AP & IB credits)
15. ATTEND A SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM
- Summer Music Institute (including Vocal Workshop) - Each July, several hundred students spend a week or two on campus under the leadership and guidance of the performance faculty of the School of Music, and other distinguished music educators from British Columbia and the United States.