Music programs at GPRC will help prepare you to pursue a career in music or to continue your studies at other educational institutions. You will have the opportunity to specialize on an instrument, including voice, and to perform with talented musicians. Participation in College Ensembles is required of our programs, and performances in community productions or events is also encouraged.
Music students have access to our Fine Arts Recording Studio complex that consists of four individual studios, a digital lab/classroom with many modern workstations, and several well-equipped practice rooms. Music performances take place in either the Collins Recital Hall or the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre.
The Fine Arts Department offers our music programs at the Grande Prairie Campus on a full-time or part-time basis during the day and evening.
Admission is based on the quality of audition and also academic entrance examinations as per institutional requirements.
Students of the GPRC Fine Arts music programs have also successfully completed music degrees at institutions outside of Alberta.
Other Program Opportunities
If you are interested in other music programs, the College offers courses towards:
- Bachelor of Music, University Transfer program
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education combined degree programs
- Bachelor of Arts, University Transfer music major/minor program
- Bachelor of Education, University Transfer music major/minor program
Applicants require an Alberta Education High School Diploma and the following:
- English 30-1
- Music 30
- Grade Two Conservatory Music Theory, or MU1000*
*A performance audition is required before you are offered admission. Contact the Fine Arts Department to schedule an audition.
Mature Student Admission
Students who have been out of school for one full year may also be admitted. Applicants must have English 30-1 or be admissible to EN0130 as determined by College placement assessments. If EN0130 must be taken in order to fulfill the English requirement, it must be taken in the first semester which means that first year requirements may not be completed within a year. In addition to the English requirement, applicants must have the equivalent of Grade-Two Conservatory Music Theory*.
*Applicants who do not present successful completion of MU1000 or Grade Two Conservatory Music Theory will be required to write a Music Theory Placement examination before registering in this program. Students who do not demonstrate the equivalent of Grade Two Theory skills will take longer to complete this program of study.
Advanced standing for selected courses may be given at the discretion of the Fine Arts Department in accordance with College policy.
First year (30 credits)
- Junior English (3), EN1201 recommended
- DD2091 Electronic Notation (3)
- MU1010 Introduction to Music (3)
- MU1250 Applied Music I (6)
- MU1510 Aural and Keyboard Skills I (3)
- MU1550 Music Theory I (3)
- MU1560 Music Theory II (3)
- MU1650 Introduction to World Music (3)
- Music Ensemble (3) chosen from
Second year (30 credits)
- DD1081 Music Technology I (3) or DD1082 Introduction to Video Production (3)
- DD2081 Music Technology II (3) or MU2570 Song Writing I (3)
- MU2250 Applied Music II (6)
- MU2510 Aural and Keyboard Skills II (3)
- MU2550 Music Theory III (3)
- MU2560 Music Theory IV (3)
- Music Ensemble (3) chosen from
- One of
- DD1021 Popular Music in the 20th Century (3)
- MU2620 Women in Music (3)
- MU2800 Introduction to the Study of Western Music History (3)
- MU2830 Western Art Music History (3)
- Approved Option (3)
Students will need to successfully complete the program requirements to graduate with a Diploma in Music, Performance. If you meet these requirements, please complete a Parchment Application form, available from Student Services.
Acceptance into any university degree program once you have completed your studies at GPRC is based on your audition, the depth of your musical experience and your academic standing. Option courses vary from institution to institution and are often evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Early contact with the institution to which you are transferring is encouraged and close consultation with a GPRC Fine Arts advisor is suggested. All post-secondary Bachelor of Music programs are slightly different. An audition is normally required by each university and you should pay attention to specified audition dates published by each university. You are advised to consult directly with the university you are interested in transferring your diploma to for these degree opportunities. Most receiving institutions will transfer a maximum of 60 credits from GPRC. Bachelor of Music students are advised to take 9 credits of options for Music, Art or Science.
The GPRC Diplomas give you flexible and varied musical experiences, but credit is often awarded on a case-by-case basis. Transfer admission to a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts, Music, or Post-Diploma program is based on audition and is considered on an individual basis.
Transfer opportunities exist within Alberta at the following universities:
University of Alberta
Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta
University of Lethbridge
Post-Diploma Bachelor of Music
Post-Diploma Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education
Concordia University College
King’s University College
University of Calgary