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Wilfred Laurier University School of Music

If music is your passion and you want an excellent education, then Laurier is your university. Our dedicated faculty understand your dreams and are committed to helping you achieve your educational goals.

Our alumni are successful in virtually every area of the performing world, where they appear in opera houses and concert halls, orchestras, choirs, bands, chamber music ensembles, and musical theatre. They are church organists and music directors, composers, conductors, educators, musicologists, music librarians, music therapists, and theorists, and work in the music industry. Those who have exciting careers in other fields such as law and business continue performing or teaching music in their communities, and attribute their professional success to their music education at Laurier. No matter what your music program, your education at Laurier will prepare you for a successful future.

Our students tell us that the Faculty of Music at Laurier is special because of our:

We ease the integration of new students into the University culture. Our popular Laurier Day program is an opportunity for potential students to visit the University and the Faculty, meet the Dean, attend a concert by our current students, and tour the Campus and our Music facilities. Our annual November Audition Workshop for senior high school music students provides an opportunity to learn about the official audition process through mock auditions, inf ormation sessions, and presentations by faculty and students. Our extensive concert series is open to the public and all students are admitted at no charge.

Personal attention and concern for your development form the foundation of our program. Because of our supportive, close-knit community, where faculty are accessible. Students learn to work together, and to develop a camaraderie that enables creativity to thrive.

All of our classes have between 15 and 30 students, except for Music History, our largest class, which has approximately 80 students. This class is taught in our new spacious multi-media enhanced classroom.

All courses are taught by distinguished scholars, performers, and educators who are committed to providing you with an excellent education.

All lessons are taught by distinguished performers. • Performance majors, from second year on, receive a one and one-half hour private lesson per week.
• Non-performance students receive a one-hour private lesson per week
• Second Practical Study students receive a one-half hour private lesson per week.

All students have weekly masterclasses, often with internationally renowned guest artists.

There is a minimal charge for Studio accompanying, as the Faculty of Music subsidizes accompanying costs. Students work with professional coaches/accompanists who assist with the performance of solo repertoire.
• Performance majors, from second year on, receive 36 hours/year of private professional accompanying .
• Non-performance students receive 24 hours/year of private professional accompanying.
• Second Practical Study students receive 12 hours/year of private professional accompanying.

Several individuals, corporations, and foundations invest in Laurier students' academic and performance pursuits. They establish scholarships and bursaries, donate instruments and music scores. Their direct support of our various music programs and new initiatives allows our students to practice their craft and showcase their talents.

Waterloo, Ontario home to Wilfrid Laurier University, has a population of 274,00, when combined with that of its neighbour, Kitchener. Waterloo is within easy reach of major transportation routes to nearly two-thirds of North America's population centres.

It is

a 1 ½ hour drive to Toronto, London, Hamilton,
a 1 ½ hour drive toBuffalo and Niagara Falls,
less than a day's drive (500 miles) to New York City, Detroit,Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Chicago
To reach Laurier from Highway 401, take exit 278B (coming from London), or 278 (coming from Toronto) and follow Highway 8 West to Highway 86 North to Waterloo and continue to University Avenue West; follow University Avenue West to the campus. Distance from Highway 401 to the campus is 16km.

If you wish to visit and require directions to the city and the campus, please click here for a map.

Kitchener-Waterloo is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Canada, with 22 per cent of its population born outside Canada. It has the fourth-highest immigrant concentration in the country, after Toronto, Vancouver, and Hamilton, and the fourth-highest concentration of visible minorities in Ontario.

The K-W region has a strong historical and cultural heritage and a flourishing tradition of support for the Arts. The community's musical roots were established in the mid 1900's, and music continues to be an integral component of Kitchener -Waterloo's cultural identity and focus, providing both employment and opportunities to hear exciting concerts. The Centre in the Square, a 2,107-seat theatre in Kitchener, and Guelph's River Run Centre present productions and performances by nationally- and internationally-renowned performers and musicians, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble many of whose members teach our students.

The region is home to five bands, one wind ensemble, and fifteen choirs, including the K-W Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Howard Dyck, host of CBC's "Choral Concert." The K-W Chamber Music Society attracts top national and international performers. Ten spring and summer festivals ensure that music is performed throughout the year. These include the Elora Festival, the Guelph Spring Festival, the Kincardine Festival, Laurier's own Quartetfest and Windfest, and Kitchener's Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, a new music festival established by Laurier's Dr. Peter Hatch. Current students and alumni often perform with these organizations.

Also, 17 different organizations present theatrical productions in the area. The Stratford Festival of Canada, where many of our alumni perform, is just a half-hour drive from Waterloo. Local galleries and museums offer stimulating exhibits. Literary events such as the Stratford Festival's Authors' Series and the Eden Mills Writers' Festival feature Canada's most illustrious authors. Three nearby theatres screen art film. Local arts councils and societies support and encourage community arts activities.

Two nearby universities--the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph--contribute to making Waterloo a dynamic place to live and learn. The libraries of these three universities are connected electronically, further enhancing the research facilities for local students.

Faculty of Music Academic Committees
Information on current committee membership is available in the Dean's Office.

Academic Curriculum Committee (ACC)

To consider curricular matters relating to academic programs and the academic components of performance programs
To prepare curricular proposals for consideration and approval at Divisional Council, en route to Senate
Admissions and Scholarships Committee

To allocate scholarships designated for the Faculty of Music n the basis of Faculty based criteria (GPA and studio grade) and any scholarship-specific criteria (e.g. community service, teaching, etc.)
Concerts and Masterclass Committee

The committee member in charge of concerts receives requests and solicits interest from faculty and professional performers external to Laurier for participation on the Faculty’s annual Tuesday Noon Series of concerts; conveys the performance fee to the performer.
The committee member in charge of masterclasses receives proposals from full-time faculty and contract academic staff members for masterclasses by professionals external to Laurier; the masterclass representative is responsible for the annual masterclass budget and for insuring the opportunity for fair and reasonable allocation of funds across performance media
Ethics Review Committee

To consider and approve projects and course-related activities (including thesis research) that involve collecting information from human subjects or human participants (such as surveys, questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, participant observation, experiments using human participants, secondary use of data where the date identify individuals, etc.) where those activities are deemed to be of ‘minimal risk’ to those subjects or participants (as designed by the Tri-Council Policy on ‘Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.’
Executive Committee

To provide an opportunity for the Dean to raise concerns, present opportunities, report key information for distribution to faculty
To provide an opportunity for the various sub-unit co-ordinators to bring issues forward for discussion in a smaller-group format
To provide an opportunity for discussion regarding financial and budgetary matters
Grad Recital Committee

To receive applications from students planning to perform their performance grad recital; to insure that the repertoire list is complete and information is accurate
To insure the student applicant’s studio instructor has signed off on the program
Library Committee

To receive requests for books, musical scores, and recordings from faculty members for the purpose of supporting the curriculum
To identify gaps in the pairing of scores and recordings and to make recommendations to the University Library accordingly
To insure that the allocation of funds for the Faculty is used effectively and fairly
MWM Distinguished Masterclass Series Committee

To consider possible distinguished candidates for guest masterclasses (and concerts) for the academic year.
To research the fees and associated costs, as well as the availability, of potential guests
To insure the proposed activities are within the MWM budget and to keep an accurate accounting of the annual costs associated with the masterclass (concert)
To insure the adequate advertising and appropriate recognition of MWM in the marketing of the events
To assist MWM with client receptions associated with the events
To insure where possible that a fair distribution across performance media is established on a multi-year basis
Nominations Committee

To prepare the committee slate for the first meeting of the Divisional Council in the fall term
To revise the slate per discussion at the first Council meeting and resubmit for approval
Performance Curriculum Committee

To consider curricular matters relating to performance programs and the performance components of academic programs
To prepare curricular proposals for consideration and approval at Divisional Council, en route to Senate
Petitions Committee

To consider student petitions and render decisions
Publications and Web Committee

To consider proposals and initiate discussions around the Faculty’s publications (including but not limited to the Admissions Handbook, Resonance newsletter, instrumental brochures, and program brochures and newsletters)
To consider proposals and discussions around the Faculty’s website
Recruitment Committee

To consider recruitment activities for the Faculty of Music
To insure that the allocated budget for recruitment is spent fairly and efficiently
To insure that the messaging around the program is consistent in all recruitment contexts
Dean’s Student Advisory Committee

To provide an opportunity for the Dean to raise concerns, present opportunities, report key information for distribution to students
To provide an opportunity for the various student associations to bring issues forward for discussion with the Dean and the Faculty administrators
Wellness Committee

To consider wellness initiatives for the faculty and students in the music program
To propose and prepare budgetary materials for potential initiatives in the Faculty, to be submitted and approved by the Dean’s Office

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