Welcome to UBC School of Music!
Congratulations on your successful application! We've put together some information and advice to help you get started. International students, be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this page.
Register for classes
Before classes start you must pay a registration deposit, familiarize yourself with the course schedule and, once you've received your personal registration date from Enrolment Services, register for courses via the Student Service Centre (SSC).
Please note that some courses meet for both terms of the winter session, while others meet just in the first or second term. Be sure to register for both terms, right away — on, or as close as possible, to your registration date.
Sign up for a UBC orientation session
When you arrive in September, you can sign up for one of the orientation sessions held across UBC. Parents may want to attend the parent orientation. The university also offers a wide range of online resources to help you get set up. Here are a few to check out:
- I’ve been admitted to UBC. Now what?
- Get Oriented Guide (make sure to read about health coverage)
- Jump Start (for international students)
Get set up at the School of Music
1. Get your student ID card at the UBC Bookstore card office (this will be your fob to get in and out of the building after hours).
2. Once you have your card you may stop by the School of Music front desk to pay your annual music administrative fee of $20 (cash or cheque only & non-refundable). We then activate your fob and give you your concert pass for the year. Deadline for the fee payment is Friday, September 29th.
3. You may also order your practice room keys $20 (cash or cheque) at the front desk which will give you access to all the practice rooms in the School of Music building.
A link to book practice rooms will be available shortly.
Take the Music Placement Test
All first-year B.Mus. students must take the Music 100 Placement Test on the first Wednesday of classes in September. Sign up for the test by registering for Music 100 (the lecture and one tutorial). Here's a sample placement test and answer key.
The test evaluates the depth and fluency of students' knowledge of the rudiments of Western music, including scales, intervals, triads, seventh chords, rhythmic values, and time signatures. Explanations of these topics, along with drills for daily practice, can be found on the following free websites: teoria.com and musictheory.net. Students who have completed RCM Advanced Rudiments (or equivalent) with high standing should be well prepared for this test.
The UBC School of Music recognizes that applicants to the B.Mus. program have had different opportunities for pre-university training in music theory and aural skills. For students with little training in these areas, we provide a full-year foundations course to help them start their university studies with a strong foundation in these areas that are critical for success in the program and in the profession.
Students who do well on the placement test will be exempted from the foundations course. Students who demonstrate strong abilities in aural skills will be given appropriate advanced placement in the aural skills curriculum.
Join a student ensemble
Large and small and incredibly diverse, our student ensembles range in size from trios and quartets to the 110-member UBC Symphony Orchestra. They play in dozens of traditions and styles, from Bach to jazz to Balinese Gamelan and everything in between. They perform in superb facilities on campus and around Vancouver.
The Music Undergraduate Students Association (MUSA) is the elected governing and representative body of the University of British Columbia School of Music undergraduates. MUSA is a political voice for the Music Undergraduates; we represent the Music undergraduate in the greater Alma Mater Society (AMS), the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) and to our administration. We hold weekly meetings to plan events and courses of action to enrich the undergraduate experience. We design programs to get our membership active and involved in the school but also to augment their musical and professional training outside the classroom.
There are also elected division representatives for Strings; Winds, Brass, Percussion; Opera and Voice; Keyboard; Education, and Composition. These representatives serve as liaisons between MUSA, the students, and music faculty.
Currently, MUSA has scheduled weekly meetings that are open to all music students. Meeting agenda and minutes are available on the MUSA Facebook group as well as the MUSA bulletin board on the 4th floor of the Music Building.
Explore life on campus and beyond
- Music ticket deals for students
- Universal Transportation Pass (UPASS)/ Compass Card
- Campus Life and Student Resources
- Student clubs
- Sororities and fraternities
- Campus tours
Students coming from outside Canada and the U.S. should check out the International Student Handbook and consider contacting an International Student Advisor. You can keep up-to-date with relevant services and opportunities by subscribing to the weekly newsletter from International House.
Other useful information:
- Study permits & visas (including study permits)
- Health Insurance and Health Care
- Working in Canada
- Medical Services Plan
- Initial Study Permit (if you're currently in Canada as a visitor)
- Study Permit Extension
- Temporary Resident Visa
- Working in Canada (on-campus & off-campus)
- Co-op Work Permit
- Post Graduation Work Permit
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