Undergraduate Students

MUSC 124 Applied Music

Do you have a music background? Would you like to continue to take private lessons while at Queen’s as an elective course?

If you answered YES to these questions, you will be pleased to find out that MUSC 124 (6 units) offers one-on-one instrumental or vocal instruction for students who are not in the Bachelor of Music program.

Earn credits via individual instrumental and vocal instruction!

Earn credits while continuing to develop your music education with private instrumental or vocal lessons!

Information on the minimum level required for audition repertoire is found below.

MUSC 124 - Applied Music I  

Credit Units: 6.00  

Private instrumental or vocal instruction for non-Bachelor of Music students.

Tuition: In addition to the regular tuition fee, MUSC 124 students are charged an additional fee for private music lessons: estimated cost $1,600.

Note: This program is also offered the Bader College. Learning Hours may vary.

Learning Hours: 263

  • 24 Practicum
  • 23 Individual Instruction
  • 216 Private Study

Requirements: Registration is based on a successful audition. 
Recommendation: At least i) Royal Conservatory Grade IX (or equivalent) for pianists; or ii) Grade VIII piano and Grade VIII organ (or equivalent) for organists; or iii) Grade VIII (or equivalent) for all other instrumentalists and vocalists.

Pre-requisite: Permission of the School.

Exclusion: MUSC 120; MUSC 121; MUSC 125.  

MUSC 124 consists of 23 individual weekly one-hour lessons (or an equivalent amount of time every two weeks) with the same highly skilled performance faculty who teach our Bachelor of Music students. 

Scheduling of lessons occurs after students have registered in their other courses, which generally makes MUSC 124 an easy course to fit into any student’s timetable. For many undergraduate students, this will be the only course that they take in their undergraduate degree that consists of a private weekly lesson. The additional charge of $1600 beyond the course fee is required to help cover the extra costs in providing students with such an individualized elective course opportunity. Additionally, MUSC 124 students can book up to two hours of practice time a day in DAN School practice rooms and are provided with the same performance opportunities as Bachelor of Music students such as attending and performing at masterclasses and entering the annual Concerto/Aria Competition for the opportunity to perform with the Queen’s University Orchestra.

After successfully passing an audition, students can take MUSC 124 at any point in their Queen’s studies and continue thereafter throughout their time at Queen’s.  Many students take MUSC 124 in first year and continue in this stream for all four years of their program. Following this process will generate 24 of the 30 units required to complete a Minor Concentration in Music.

Students are expected to play a final jury examination held in the week following the end of classes in April, and to participate in weekly or bi-weekly Studios for their instrument/voice. The final course mark consists of an average of the jury mark and the instructor’s mark for work completed during the academic year.

Please note: Summer registration by students directly is not possible for MUSC 124 because of the audition. Students interested in this course are advised to register for an alternate course during the registration period should their audition not be successful. Students will be informed by email if the audition is successful or unsuccessful, and successful students will be automatically registered in MUSC 124. It is up to students to drop any place-holder course and to check that MUSC 124 has been added on SOLUS.

The course fee is currently $1600, in addition to usual tuition cost.