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Minor in music

Study music from a variety of perspectives

Whether you’re interested in making music or learning about music, the music minor offers students from all faculties the opportunity to enhance your musical knowledge through theory, history and analysis, and performance.

The UNB Centre for Musical Arts offers a variety of credit and non-credit courses that cover music theory and music history, as well as more specialized classes including Music, Computers & Technology; Music and Cinema; and Conducting. We also offer online courses such as Music Through the Ages and Music of the World.

We have three music ensemble options which can be taken for credit or as an extra-curricular activity: Concert Band, Orchestra, and Choir. Ensembles are open to everyone and all are welcome.

If you want to delve deeper into music, the Music minor allows you to group a variety of music courses into a cohesive set of learnings. The Centre for Musical Arts has something to offer anyone with a musical interest.

Music credit courses | 2020-2021

Eligibility

Admission to the music minor is open to students from any faculty who have completed 30 ch towards a degree. Students should contact the Director of Music, Richard Hornsby, for program approval and advising. Students are encouraged to begin the minor in their second year of study.

Program of study

The minor consists of 24 credit hours approved by the director. Of these 24 ch, at least 12 ch must be at the upper level. All students are required to take at least one of the following theory-based courses:

  • MUS 2113
  • MUS 2114
  • MUS 2123
  • MUS 2124

and at least one of the following music-history courses:

  • MUS 1001
  • MUS 1002
  • MUS 2797
  • MUS 3022
  • MUS 3204
  • MUS 3797
  • MUS 3798

For the remainder of the courses, students are expected to consult with the director of the Centre for Musical Arts to ensure a coherent set of courses is selected to reflect a distinct area of concentration.

Students wishing to focus on performance will typically take at least 12 ch from performance and theory based courses, while students primarily interested in the history and appreciation of music will typically take at least 12 ch from courses in those areas.

Private lessons

MUS 3003/3004

  • Private lessons must be taken from one of the approved Conservatory teachers at the Centre for Musical Arts.
  • Students must take a minimum of 20 lessons over two terms; each lesson must be at least 30 minutes in length.
  • Lessons are not covered in UNB tuition; Students pay the Conservatory directly.
  • Conservatory teachers are responsible for student evaluations.

Ensemble

MUS 3005/3006/3007

  • Students participate in one of the following UNB-directed ensembles for four terms: UNB Chorale, UNB Concert Band, or Fredericton Chamber Players.
  • Attendance is mandatory.
  • Evaluation is based on attendance and contribution to the ensemble.

Participating in private lessons or in an ensemble allows students to acquire or deepen skills on a chosen instrument and in musical literacy.

All students must fill out a registration form at the Centre for Musical Arts, in consultation with the Director of Music, Richard Hornsby, before enrolling in MUS 3005 / 3006 / 3007.

MUS 3000 and 3001: This is a directed study option for which consideration requires consultation with the Director of Music.

The UNB Concert Band

Under the direction of Hugh Kennedy, the UNB Concert Band meets on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Memorial Hall.

The band welcomes all students, staff, and members of the community at large. It plays at fall convocation, the end of term concerts, and in collaboration with the local community band. Some instruments are available for loan.

The UNB Chorale

The UNB Chorale is under the direction of Christine Jones, and rehearses in Room 23 of Memorial Hall on Mondays from 7 – 9 p.m.

The choir welcomes advanced and novice singers from students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The choir participates in concerts on campus, as well as other events in the community.

Fredericton Symphony Orchestra

The Fredericton Symphony Players, under the baton of Richard Hornsby, is a community orchestra that welcomes students. The orchestra performs various concerts throughout the year. Rehearsals take place on Saturdays from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in room 23 of Memorial Hall.

Contact

Richard Hornsby, Director of Music
Media Arts & Cultures program