Find Your Sound

Cape Breton University’s Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS) Music Major is like no other music program in Canada. This program focuses on traditional and tradition-based popular music, with particular emphasis on local music traditions like Celtic, Gaelic, Acadian and First Nations. The program is designed for students who have a passion for a The Music program at CBU features courses in music theory, music history, Celtic music, popular music, world music, dance, and critical issues in culture.
broad range of music and want to work in the music industry.

What Is The Study of Music?

Cape Breton is one of the most celebrated cultural regions in the country. Leading the charge in our cultural influence is our music. Students have the opportunity to take performance courses taught by some of Cape Breton’s best known traditional musicians including the likes of Stan Chapman, who taught Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster, and Kyle MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils.

Why Study Music At CBU?

An education in tune with your interests.

  • No audition is required, as the BACS Music Major is a primarily academic study of music (please note that the program is not suitable for students who are interested in being a music teacher in the public school system).
  • Shape your career around Music with the option to minor in Business or receive a certificate in Ethnomusicology. Find out more in Program Delivery.
  • With rich audio archives, a state-of-the-art Rotary Music Performance and Digitization Lab, and access to a thriving traditional music scene, opportunities are endless for research for music students on Cape Breton Island.
  • Students have the opportunity to be involved in local music-making, where they will learn playing techniques and build their repertoire through the community and experiential learning.
  • Experience Music off-campus with opportunities including:
    • International Exchange Programs to Ireland, Scotland, or England, where students can learn the ins and outs of the music industry in a completely different context
    • Two Work Experience Placements, where students acquire work experience and are able to make contacts and network within the music industry

Possible Career Paths

Some careers you could leverage with a Major in Music. Please talk to your  Academic Advisor to make sure you are taking the right courses and any additional post-graduate courses or training you would need to make any of these careers a reality.

  • Film
  • Journalism
  • Museums
  • Music Industry – Performance
  • Tourism
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Academia
  • Archives
  • Arts Administration
  • Broadcasting
  • Education
  • Festivals
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