Two Music Departments in Downtown Edmonton

Posted on January 29, 2016

The Music Departments of MacEwan University and the University of Alberta will both benefit by being close to each other in the downtown. MacEwan and the University of Alberta have already been working together for many years. This will bring them even closer and therefore become more effective in providing a complete range of excellent post-secondary music education in Canada.

MacEwan is primarily oriented towards jazz and contemporary popular music including a strong record of training recording engineers and producers. Besides performance, arranging and composition in jazz and contemporary popular music, MacEwan offers extensive courses in music technology and career management for musicians. They offer undergraduate courses and have no immediate plans to include a graduate school to their campus.

The University of Alberta is primarily oriented towards classical music performance, instrumental and choral conducting, composition, musicology, media studies and ethnomusicology, including a strong tradition in choral music and classical and contemporary classical composition. The University of Alberta offers Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees in music.

These two music schools complement each other because they have distinctly different focuses on the education and training of musicians. Realistically, all post-secondary music schools focus on a specific aspect of music. So, worldwide and in Edmonton there are many examples of two or more high quality music departments working together and, by doing, so offering a wider range of training and scholarship in music.

Both schools offer a strong component of campus-wide musical activities available to all students enrolled and many activities that are available for participation to the greater community.
John Mahon, Executive Director, Edmonton Cultural Trust