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Dan School Programs

Dan School Programs

The Dan School offers a graduate degree and diploma in Arts Management & Leadership, and undergraduate degrees in Drama, Music, Music Theatre, a range of minors, medials, and cross-disciplinary specializations. Here is a list of the most popular majors and degree plans offered.


The Dan School of Drama and Music emphasizes a balanced approach in which theory informs practice and practice informs theory. In Drama you can study all aspects of theatre, from acting and directing to theatre history and dramatic literature, and there are many different opportunities to become involved with our productions, which have been described as “intriguing work that meets a high level of accomplishment”. Some of our popular offerings include Music Theatre, Acting, Technical Production and summer courses in Medieval Theatre at Herstmonceux Castle in England. We also offer an internship opportunities in which students work with a professional theatre company. Our graduates are broadly resourceful thinkers and practitioners able to work comfortably and confidently in a wide range of professions. Studying Drama at Queen’s can take place in three main locations – Theological Hall, one of Queen’s oldest buildings and often referred to as the most dramatic building on campus; our Castle in England or at the new, world-class Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.


The Dan School of Drama and Music, operating within the Faculty of Arts and Science, offers three Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Music for students who wish to integrate the study of music into a broad academic education in the humanities or sciences.


  • No audition is necessary for the BA/BAH concentration programs in Music.
  • Yes, most courses offered by Music are open to B.A. students.
  • Yes, we offer a rudiments course (MUSC 104) to prepare students for music courses that require a rudimentary knowledge of music theory (theory and musicology). Students who have prior advanced rudiments experience may contact the department to request exemption from the MUSC 104 pre-requisite on applicable courses. 
  • Yes, non-B.Mus. students including B.A. and B.Sc. students can take Applied Music (private lessons), although space is limited to certain instruments each year and to candidates who pass the audition. The course code is MUSC 124, and auditions occur during Orientation Week.
  • Yes, after a successful audition non-B.Mus. students, including B.A. and B.Sc. students, can participate in ensembles. Auditions occur in the first week of classes.



The Bachelor of Music program prepares students for a wide variety of professional careers in music, and for post-graduate study in a chosen area of specialization. 


The required core component of the program provides students with a solid foundation in musicology, theory, musicianship and applied study. Through their selection of music option courses, students may focus on one or more of the main areas of study: musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, composition, education, or applied study (performance). Although the majority of the core courses fall into the first two years of the program, students may start to focus their music option choices on a special area as early as their first year of study. Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising to assist them in planning a program of study that best suits their strengths and needs.

Students who meet higher standards of performing ability, including those entering their first year, may audition in September for acceptance into the “double credit” Applied Study (performance). In addition to their private lessons, students in these courses perform a public recital at the end of the year, and receive 12 units instead of the 6 units associated with other Applied Study courses.

Program Information

This flexible program consists of:

  • Core required music courses including musicology, theory, musicianship, applied study (individual lessons) and ensembles  
  • Music option courses.  Through their individual selection of courses students can choose to focus on one or more areas in music including musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, composition, education, or applied study (performance) without having to commit to a declared “major”  
  • Non-music elective courses in any subject within Arts and Science  
  • Students must audition to be accepted into the B.Mus. program, as well as meeting Queen’s admissions requirements.
  • Entrance requirements include playing or singing at a RCM Grade 8/9 level, theoretical knowledge equivalent to Grade 8 Theory (Advanced Rudiments), and the ability to aurally identify intervals and chord types.
  • B.Mus. students may not take a minor in another subject.



The Dan School of Drama and Music, and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (IBCPA) are offering both a new Arts Management Graduate Diploma and a Master’s in Arts Leadership for students and experienced professionals who have the passion and acumen for the arts and are seeking opportunities in arts management and leadership.

The program centres on developing 21st century leadership and management capabilities. Coursework covers strategic planning and thinking, a specific focus on comprehensive revenue development in arts marketing and philanthropy, cultural policy, contract negotiations and labour relations, financial and management accounting, artistic producing, and creative entrepreneurship.