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Explore musical creation in all its rich diversity. Learn about complex music from around the globe – from ancient times to the modern age. Hone your skills in critical thinking, analysis, and writing. Study the ways music reflects and responds to shifting cultural, social, political, and historical environments. If you are interested in the study and practice of music for professional growth, academic progress, or personal enrichment, this program is for you. With flexible, online courses you can fit them into your busy schedule.

Industry and Careers

This certificate can lead to professional music-related pursuits, including in:

  • Arts and cultural organizations
  • Early childhood music education
  • Fundraising, outreach, and event planning
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Psychology and anthropology

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Individuals who want to pursue academic study in the creative arts at the undergraduate level
  • Recent university graduates who may have a degree in early childhood education, psychology, anthropology, or business and want to start a career in music 
  • Individuals looking to enhance their life through the study of music and understand music in its cultural context 

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Survey specific music cultures from around the world, popular music genres and artists, and Western European music
  • Employ a musical vocabulary and aural skills
  • Conduct theoretical analyses of musical compositions
  • Utilize skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, and research
  • Articulate the relationship between music and culture in the popular realm
  • Critique social and political structures through the lens of popular music studies literature
  • Understand how cultures are reflected in their music

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required course*
  • 5 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*You can select either CMUS 101 or CMUS 106 as your required course, or take both. If you choose to take both, you only need to complete four electives to fulfill the certificate requirements. 


Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent 
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits, including English 
    • With a minimum grade of 70 percent 


  • Mature student status with relevant work experience 

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Additional Details


You can select either CMUS 101 or CMUS 106 as your required course, or take both. If you choose to take both, you only need to complete 4 electives to fulfill the certificate requirements.