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BA Music

UBC's Bachelor of Arts Music Program is committed to a comprehensive approach to the study of traditional and contemporary Western art music. The Music Department offers students a chance to critically analyze music spanning over centuries uptil the modern day, as well as opportunities to study the music of other cultures, film music, jazz and electroacoustic music. 

Get experience at UBC

Building your career takes more than attending academic lectures. Get involved with research and complement your studies with relevant research and applied experiences. Whether you choose one of the experiences listed below or one of the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

Go Global 

There’s a lot to learn when you venture out into the world.  Go Global programs allows you to learn from a new vantage point, explore different schools of thought, take courses that may not be available at UBC and help you culminate an international perspective.

Arts Co-op Program

Gaining paid, full-time, relevant experience will help you explore career options in non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector across Canada and abroad. Completing an Arts Co-op term can help put you on a fast track for a successful career in your field of interest. Graduate with career skills, experience, and a network of professional contacts that will give you a competitive edge after graduation.

Arts Internship Program

Build a career while you are studying through part-time, unpaid internships designed with Arts students in mind. Exciting internships are being created at non-profits that allow you to apply your valuable classroom knowledge and skills to the world of work and gain industry contacts along the way. Check out exciting internships you can apply for.

Community experience

Work and learn in community settings like non-profits and inner city schools. Take a course with a community-based experiential learning (CBEL) component and develop an understanding of community contexts and the systemic factors underlying community needs. Whether it’s a course or signing up for Trek & Reading Week placements, International Service Learning or a grant project in community, you’ll build skills in real-world settings and make invaluable connections with people in community.

Career possibilities

Art/music therapist

Art and music therapists combine strong communication and interpersonal skills with experience in their field, which enables them to use creative processes to help clients express and deal with physical, emotional, and psychological problems.


Professional critics use their knowledge and experience in a wide range of subject areas, such as theatre, film or art, to articulate their opinions in a way that will be enjoyable and valuable to readers.

Music teacher/instructor

Teaching music requires an understanding of technique, musical expression and experience in performance to teach people to read and interpret music, and to express themselves through it.

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