8 months
13770 CAD/year
5246 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts (MA) in Community Music from Wilfrid Laurier University is an interdisciplinary program that balances theory and practice for the development of leadership skills in community music.


During this program you’ll complete an applied community service placement and a research project. The final requirement is a presentation of your research in a public community setting where your leadership is demonstrated in context.

The Community Music program from Wilfrid Laurier University is designed for community leaders who are, or plan to be, engaged in creating or making music with diverse populations in schools, places of worship, private studios, seniors’ homes, community centres or other venues where music making occurs. 

Those who are currently in music careers will find this program tailored to the deepening of their skills and interests through scholarship and applied experience. Those completing undergraduate programs will find this to be a natural progression that builds on the foundational experiences and developing musicianship acquired in their undergraduate years of study.


Community Music provides you the skills to be successful in a number of careers, including:

  • ensemble leaders and administrators
  • classroom and studio teachers
  • adult education teachers and support staff
  • arts councils administers
  • administrators and managers of arts-based businesses, schools and music camps
  • music/leisure coordinators at seniors residences

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Community Music Practices and Leadership
  • Music and Meaning in Community Contexts
  • New Media, Business, Administration and Marketing
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Workshops
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 8 months
  • Part-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications will be considered until the program is full.


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year honours degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum B in your final two years of full-time undergraduate program of study.
  • Applications from a diverse range of disciplines are welcome, but a foundation of musical training and experience is required for admissibility to this program.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13770 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6885 CAD per semester during 8 months.
  • National

    5246 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2623 CAD per semester during 8 months.

Tuition per term

Living costs for Waterloo

810 - 1447 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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