University of Prince Edward Island

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Music Education

University of Prince Edward Island

Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Field of Study:Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Length:5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,570
National: $6,570
International: $14,274
Careers:Musicians and Singers


The Bachelor of Music Education Program is a five‐year program (150 semester hours) designed to qualify graduates for the teaching of music as specialists in elementary and secondary school music. Upon the completion of this program, a student will qualify for a Prince Edward Island Teaching Certificate 5. Bachelor of Music Education students who wish to specialize in grades K-6 are advised, when choosing arts or science electives, to select from a variety of areas. Bachelor of Music Education students who wish to specialize in grades 7-12 are advised, when choosing arts or science electives, to elect an area in which they are prepared to continue at least to the 300 level, to provide them with a second teaching area.

At the end of the second year of study, students wishing to complete the Bachelor of Music Education programme must submit a letter of application to the Chair of the Music Department outlining why they consider the field of music education to be an appropriate career path, and why they feel they would be good teachers. The music education faculty will interview the applicants to determine their suitability for this programme. Students must have an overall average of 70% and a music average of 75% in the second year of study and must maintain those minima in order to continue in the Bachelor of Music Education program.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70 to 100
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Social Studies  or  Grade12 International Languages 
Applicants are required to have successful completion of Grade 12 examinations in a University Preparatory Program with an overall average of at least 70% (75% for Quebec Secondary V students) in the following subjects: English, one Social Studies or Language, and any 3 other academic courses. Applicants are also recommended to have Grade 12 math. Note: Grade 12 Math is a prerequisite for some 1st year Art courses.
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or CanTEST [min. 5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600+6]
Application Notes : The language of instruction at the University of Prince Edward Island is English. All academically admissible applicants, regardless of their country of origin or citizenship status, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to undertaking studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Proficiency may be demonstrated by: 1. Three years of full-time study in English in Canada or in another country where English is a principal language (as recognized by UPEI); evidence of bilingualism (English and another language) is acceptable for those applicants educated in Canada in a language other than English; OR 2. Submission of an official test score at or above the acceptable minimum, such as: IELTS (Academic) - overall score of 7 with 7 in writing and speaking; 6.5 in reading and listening; TOEFL paper-based test - 600 with minimum TWE of 6; TOEFL internet-based test - 100 with a minimum of 25 in speaking and writing, 22 in reading and listening; MELAB - 85; CanTEST - 5; CAEL - 70; Pearson Test of English - 66; Cambridge Advanced English - CAE A: CPE A & B; 185-190 after Jan 1/15; or Eiken - 1.
Additional Admission Requirements:
    In addition to the standard University of Prince Edward Island entrance requirements, candidates for Bachelor of Music Education program will demonstrate technical proficiency, musical expression and learning potential on their instrument or voice. A personal interview, audition, and diagnostic tests in theory and aural skills will be arranged prior to registration for each student wishing to enter this program. Prospective music students must meet both a) the general University admission requirements for UPEI, and b) the following Departmental requirements: each student seeking admission to the BMusEd program must audition on an instrument or voice, showing proficiency in performance, technique and sight-reading at the Grade VIII RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) level, and students must take theory and ear assessments, demonstrating proficiency at the RCM Advanced Rudiments level. Please visit the website for complete program requirements.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on July 27, 2022