Music Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts, School of Performing Arts

Credential
Diploma

Program Highlights

The Music Diploma (Classical) Program provides a rich learning environment that nurtures the artistic and creative potential of each student.

The program integrates theoretical, historical and performance studies, offering concentrations in piano, voice, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and composition.

This two-year Diploma is transferable to a Bachelor of Music Degree and provides the foundation for further studies in Music Education and the Liberal Arts.

Many Music diploma students have successfully transferred into third year Music Therapy.

  • Demonstrate the ability to hear, identify and work conceptually with the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of tonal music, including sight-reading, keyboard proficiency and analysis, and to use these skills to solve musical problems and evaluate the way music is shaped by artistic movements and cultural forces.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of music history and literature and the development of musical forms and genres from the Western art tradition up to the present time including the aural recognition of styles, forms and genres.
  • Demonstrate research skills and an ability in written communication and critical inquiry appropriate to third-year university level of study.
  • Competently perform repertory appropriate to third-year university entry level as individuals and as members of ensembles, utilizing skills and knowledge gained from the learning outcomes in theory, musicianship skills, keyboard skills and music history.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with music technology in its various forms for composition and scholarly pursuits.

Intakes

CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallBoth

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
MUS 100Theory I3.00 credits
MUS 112Ear Training and Sight Singing I1.50 credits
MUS 120Music History I3.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list
WMPI 100World Music Private Instruction2.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list
ENSM 100Choir Ensemble I2.00 credits
ENSM 110Instrumental Ensemble I2.00 credits
Choose 1.00 credits from the following list
MUS 114Class Piano I1.00 credits
WMPI 150World Music Private Instruction Secondary1.00 credits

Second Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required
MUS 101Theory II3.00 credits
MUS 113Ear Training and Sight Singing II1.50 credits
MUS 121Music History II3.00 credits
ENGL 010Language Skills3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL 103Introduction to Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 107Indigenous Literature and Film3.00 credits
ENGL 109Literature and Contemporary Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 190Introduction to Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 191Creative Writing: Contemporary Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 200Literature in English from Beowulf to Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 201Literature in English after Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 203Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 205Modern American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 207Literary Theory and Criticism3.00 credits
ENGL 208Studies in Fiction3.00 credits
ENGL 213World Literature in English3.00 credits
ENGL 217Literature on the Edge3.00 credits
ENGL 218The Art of Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 219Reel Lit: Literature into Film3.00 credits
ENGL 290Creative Writing: Letter and Line3.00 credits
ENGL 291Creative Writing: Narrative Fictions3.00 credits
ENGL 292Creative Writing: Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 293Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3.00 credits
ENGL 295Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 296Creative Writing: Writing for the Stage3.00 credits
ENGL 300Writing, Rhetoric, Style3.00 credits
ENGL 301Studies in Rhetoric3.00 credits
ENGL 302Studies in British Columbian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 305Studies in Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 308Studies in British Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 311Studies in American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 314Studies in National Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 317Traditions in Western Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 320World Literature in Translation3.00 credits
ENGL 323Studies in Genre3.00 credits
ENGL 326Traditions in Poetry3.00 credits
ENGL 329Literature and Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 332Literature and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 335Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 338Literature and Media3.00 credits
ENGL 341Literature and Visual Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 344Literature and the Environment3.00 credits
ENGL 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 395Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Directed Studies in Creative Writing3.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list
WMPI 200World Music Private Instruction2.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list
ENSM 150Choir Ensemble II2.00 credits
ENSM 160Instrumental Ensemble II2.00 credits
Choose 1.00 credits from the following list
MUS 115Class Piano II1.00 credits
WMPI 250World Music Private Instruction Secondary1.00 credits

Third Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required
MUS 200Theory III3.00 credits
MUS 212Ear Training and Sight Singing III1.50 credits
MUS 220Music History III3.00 credits
Elective 100 level or higher - excluding COND, ENSJ, ENSM, JAZZ, MUS, PMI and WMPI3.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list
WMPI 300World Music Private Instruction2.00 credits
Choose 1.00 credits from the following list
MUS 214Class Piano III1.00 credits
WMPI 350World Music Private Instruction Secondary1.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list
ENSM 200Choir Ensemble III2.00 credits
ENSM 210Instrumental Ensemble III2.00 credits

Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required
MUS 201Theory IV3.00 credits
MUS 213Ear Training and Sight Singing IV1.50 credits
MUS 221Music History IV3.00 credits
Elective 100 level or higher - excluding COND, ENSJ, ENSM, JAZZ, MUS, PMI and WMPI3.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list
WMPI 400World Music Private Instruction2.00 credits
Choose 1.00 credits from the following list
MUS 215Class Piano IV1.00 credits
WMPI 450World Music Private Instruction Secondary1.00 credits
Choose 2.00 credits from the following list
ENSM 250Choir Ensemble IV2.00 credits
ENSM 260Instrumental Ensemble IV2.00 credits

Voice concentrators are required to take MUS 122 & 123 in the year it is offered. These courses are 2 credits in total. Voice concentrators will graduate with 64.00 credits in total.

Choose from the following list
MUS 122Lyric Diction I1.00 credits
MUS 123Lyric Diction II1.00 credits

Total program credits: 62.00

Program Notes

First year students with a low result on the Theory Placement Exam may enroll in PMI 060/061 in order to provide supplemental instruction to MUS 100/112 OR to prepare for entry into MUS 100/112 in their second year. Please note that PMI 060/061 credits cannot be counted toward completion of the Music Diploma and must be taken in addition to the required courses.

Important Dates

Application Dates

May 2, 2017 - Aug 7, 2018

Course Registration & Waitlisting

Jul 9-20, 2018

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 27, 2018  4 p.m.

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Apr 2, 2019

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 (60%) calculated on English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and two academic Grade 12 courses.

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

Audition, theory test, ear test, interview.


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).

Admission Notes

Audition

All students planning to enter the Music Diploma program must audition.  This process includes a performance of repertoire, an ear test, an interview and a theory exam.  Applicants must demonstrate a thorough and fluent knowledge of the fundamentals of music (Rudiments). 

Approximately three weeks after their audition, students will receive notification of their acceptance or nonacceptance to the Music Diploma program.

Audition Requirements

All prospective students wishing to enter the Music Diploma Program are required to audition on their primary instrument. Those students unable to attend a live audition may submit a tape/CD or video recording for assessment. Due to enrolment demands and to be eligible for entrance scholarships, applicants are strongly advised to audition as early as possible.

When filling out the application form please include which instrument(s) you will be auditioning on in the comments section of the form.

Students will be notified of their audition date in early spring.

The audition process consists of the following four parts:

1. Repertoire  

Applicants must perform two contrasting selections, preferably by memory and not to exceed 15 minutes. One copy of each selection must be provided for the audition committee. A list of repertoire studied within the last two years and a letter of reference from the applicant's current teacher should be presented at the audition, if possible. Where an accompanist is needed, it is suggested the applicant provide his or her own pianist or perform without accompaniment (an accompanist provided by the university may be available on certain audition dates). 

Sight-Reading may be required at the discretion of the audition committee.

Performance Level Required:

  • Piano: Royal Conservatory of Music Grade Ten or equivalent.
  • Applicants below this level may enroll in a preparatory year.
  • Voice: There is no specific grade level required. An ability to perform in a language other than English is an advantage, but not required.
  • Wind/Brass/Strings/Guitar/Percussion: Royal Conservatory of Music Grade Six or equivalent.

The above grade levels are approximate guidelines and those applicants who are below the indicated level and demonstrate good potential for future growth and development will be given consideration.

2. Musicianship Skills Assessment  

  • Tap or clap a short rhythmic excerpt
  • Identify intervals within an octave (ascending and descending)
  • Identify chords (major, minor, dominant and diminished sevenths in root position)
  • Pitch Matching (match one to three pitches with the voice after being heard on the piano)

3. Interview

Applicants will be asked about their musical background and future music, career and personal goals.

4. Theory Exam

Applicants must demonstrate a thorough and fluent knowledge of the fundamentals of music (pitch, key signatures, scales, rhythm, intervals, chords, transposition and musical terms).

Applicants who have successfully completed the Royal Conservatory of Music Level Eight Theory (Advanced Rudiments/Grade Two Rudiments) Exam will be granted exemption, however, are required to bring a copy of their RCM certificate to the audition.

A sample theory exam is available from the music office or by downloading the following PDF files:

Sample Theory Exam (pdf)

Recommended Texts for Preparation:

  • Berlin, Boris, Molly Sclater and Kathryn Sinclair. Keys to Music Rudiments. Toronto: Gordon V. Thompson (Warner Bros. Publications), 1968-1969.
  • Lawless, James. The New Theory Workbook. 3 vols. Waterloo, Ontario: Waterloo Music, 1991.
  • Sarnecki, Mark. The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments. Mississauga, Ontario: Frederick Harris Music, 2001.
  • Vandendool, Grace. Keyboard Theory. 3 vols. Mississauga, Ontario: Frederick Harris Music, 2001.
  • Wharram, Barbara. Elementary Rudiments of Music. Mississauga, Ontario: Frederick Harris Music, 1969.

Go to www.musictheory.net or Music Fundamentals worksheets and answer sheets for additional music theory and ear training resources.

5. Distance Audition Information

  1. What format should I use to record my audition?

    You can use any format that will allow us to clearly hear and see your performance. Typically applicants either send a DVD or use a website such as YouTube to post their performance online. If you send a DVD, please ensure that the file name is a standard one i.e. Mp4, which is usable by most computers or DVD players. Recordings should be in one uninterrupted take for each piece performed. Generally, two pieces in contrasting styles are sufficient.

    Submit DVDs to (please note DVDs will not be returned):
    Music Office
    Capilano University
    2055 Purcell Way,
    North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5

    Submit YouTube auditions to music@capilanou.ca quoting the exact URL link for your audition.

  2. How will I write the theory placement test?

    Please provide the name and contact information of the music educator who will oversee your writing of the theory placement test. We will email or fax them the test and they will be required to return the test to us for marking. You must write the test with the following guidelines: one-hour time limit, no help from the overseeing teacher, and no outside resources in the room.

  3. How will my interview and musicianship testing be done?

    This part of the audition is typically done by telephone or Skype. If you are able to assure us of your proficiency in musicianship skills, the test can be postponed until after you have received a letter of admittance - the musicianship test is really just a placement test. It does not normally prevent an applicant from being admitted to the program unless they have some kind of hearing disability. The telephone or Skype sessions will be arranged.
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