Bachelor of Arts - Major in Popular Music Studies

The BA (Major in Popular Music Studies) is a module unique to Western that engages students with the interdisciplinary nature of the study of popular music.

The program incorporates three dimensions:

  • practical subjects, including songwriting and analysis of popular songs and recordings
  • recording practice
  • critical study of musical styles, recordings, artists, and genres in their broader historical and cultural contexts.

In addition to courses in popular music and culture, the program includes post-1945 popular music, musical theatre, jazz, and more advanced courses indigenous musics and musics of the world, film studies, literature, and sociology. Introductory and advanced courses in songwriting and desktop music production allow students to compose, produce, and record their own music.

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Contact Information


Associate Dean (Undergraduate Admissions & Programs)
Dr. John Cuciurean
Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 85333
E-mail: jcuciure@uwo.ca

Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
Odilla Van Delinder
Phone: 519-661-2044
E-mail: ovandeli@uwo.ca

Recruitment Officer
Sasha Gorbasew
Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 80532
E-mail: agorbase@uwo.ca

Academic Counsellor
Ms. Diane Mills
Phone: 519-661-2044
E-mail: pdmills@uwo.ca